Former Quinn Group chief executive Liam McCaffrey: “We are hopeful that if the deal goes ahead, ourselves, management and Endless will invest further in developing the company and creating new jobs.” Photograph: Collins

Offer of £80m-£90m for former Quinn packaging/construction supplies divisions

Some of the Quinn Group premises are on the farm where Séan Quinn grew up, land that the entrepreneur hasn’t been allowed walk on since April 2011. Photograph: Alan Betson

Analysis: former managers and locals buy everything except glass division

Shares in Air France-KLM slumped the most since October 2011 after saying earnings will be hurt amid overcapacity on North American and Asian routes, poor demand for freight and the fallout from a dispute with Venezuela. Photograph: AP Photo/Francois Mori

Bad news and lowered expectations drive down prices in 18 European markets

Microsoft Luxembourg Sarl, one of four Microsoft subsidiaries in the Duchy, is in turn a subsidiary of an Irish Microsoft company that has a €15 billion turnover. The Irish company received royalty payments of €368 million from the Luxembourg operation in its most recent financial year. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Luxembourg subsidiary is owned by Irish Microsoft company with €15bn turnover

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. Ibec says he needs to start planning for growth. Photograph: Eric Luke

Analysis: employers’ group believes Ireland is heading for two decades of growth

Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy: “We have an opportunity to put fresh momentum behind Ireland’s recovery. Now is the time to draw a line under the period of painful austerity.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Government can end austerity and still hit budget target, employers’ body claims

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: said that on its own the change in the CSO estimate for GDP size would mean this year’s budget deficit would be closer to 4.5 per cent of GDP, compared to the target of 4.8 per cent

Government may hit deficit target with €1bn budget and not €2bn envisaged

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