The OECD findings tally with recent polls here, suggesting much of the electorate was unhappy with public-services related to housing and health. Photograph: Alan Betson

Research also suggests more than two-thirds list financial security in old age as top risk

The study indicated that Irish household debt now stands at 126 per cent of disposable income, a level last seen in 2003. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Research suggests significant part of private-sector debt stems from multinationals

The survey found that similar amount of people were also unaware of the Government’s help-to-buy scheme for first-time buyers .Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Survey by taxback.com suggests most people are unaware of tax-saving schemes

The North’s regulator denied Brexit was behind its move to set up its own retail IT system, insisting the timing was purely coincidental. Photograph: Reuters

North’s utility regulator denies plan to break away from Republic is linked to Brexit

Dublin port. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Strong trading performance comes amid signs of global slowdown

 European commissioner for agriculture Phil Hogan . Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Commissioner says proposal likely to breach WTO rules

After several years of rapid growth, culminating in an unprecedented 26 per cent jump in 2015, there is strong evidence the Irish economy is cooling.

While headline numbers flatter, key quarterly metrics soften ahead of Brexit

Larry Summers, the former US treasury secretary under Bill Clinton and White House adviser to Barack Obama, was in Trinity College to receive an award from the university’s philosophical society. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Former US treasury secretary advises best solution would be another referendum

Gross domestic product expanded by 6.7 per cent last year, while gross national product grew by 5.3 per cent.  Photograph: iStock

CSO says 3% growth in domestic demand better indicator of activity on the ground

Central Bank figures highlights ongoing disparity between rates here and elsewhere

An Anti-Brexit demonstrator protests outside the Houses of Parliament, in Westminster, London. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

New report suggests ongoing uncertainty is causing negative trends in several areas

Colin Hunt (48) joined the bank in September 2016 having  previously held positions in Macquarie Capital, Goodbody Stockbrokers, Bank of Ireland and NatWest

Hunt succeeds Bernard Byrne, who announced his decision to leave in October

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, on Thursday. Wall Street fell for the fourth straight session, weighed down by financial and technology stocks. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

ECB announces funding handouts, pushes back rate hike

Primark denied the reorganisation had anything to do with Brexit. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

Fashion retailer denies staff given ultimatum to move or face redundancy

The number of long-term unemployed on the Live Register at the end of February was 77,413, which equated to an annual decrease of 20%. Photograph: Getty Images

Latest monthly figures show number of claimants fell 3,500 to 196,500 in February

James Kavanagh and Nicky Byrne pictured together at the reopening of McDonald’s   flagship restaurant on Grafton Street after a €1.5 million refurbishment

Burger giant’s new look store contains new self-service ordering kiosks and table service

The ESRI found that hourly wage inequality between high and low earners reduced by up to 8 per cent on foot of the minimum wage change. Photograph: iStock

ESRI research shows 50 cent increase in minimum wage reduced income inequality

Glenveagh Properties warned we may be ‘living in an era where housing will never outstrip demand’. Photograph: iStock

Glenveagh Properties says private market does not have resources to meet demand

Mrs Brown’s Boys Buster (Danny O’Carroll)  Screengrab: BBC

Latest list also includes TV presenter Mark Cagney and trainer Alan Fleming

LacPatrick chairman Andrew McConkey, Lakeland chief executive Michael Hanley and Lakelands chairman Alo Duffy

Proposed merger will create second-largest dairy processor on island of Ireland

Fall in State’s jobless rate has slowed but is still falling, CSO says

Traders   at  New York Stock Exchange.  Wall Street’s main indexes climbed on Friday as strong economic data from China fed into optimism around trade, but muted US economic data kept a lid on gains. Photograph: Reuters

AIB shares fall 2% after the bank reports a dip in profit for last year and a lower-than-expected level of capital reserves

The Irish Daily Mail Newspaper, which has announced a major redundancy programme

Media group says downsizing triggered by falling paper sales and declining ad revenue

According to the Simi, there were 1,129 electric car registrations in January and February, up from just 176 in the same period last year. Photograph: Alexander Becher/EPA

Figure of 1,129 registrations in January and February almost surpasses total for last year

Dublin’s largest independent opticians chain MacNally has been put into examinership following a hearing at Dublin Circuit Court on Thursday.

Dublin largest independent opticians chain granted court protection

The annual rate of growth was down from 3.2 per cent in December and the lowest annual rate recorded since March last year. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New CSO data show sales grew by 1.2% in January on annual basis

Brussels says rising rents and insufficient construction behind more homelessness

Andrew Marr, BBC broadcaster and journalist; Siobhán Masterson, head of corporate affairs, Ibec and Danny McCoy, CEO, at the business leaders conference

BBC presenter says prospect of no-deal Brexit still high despite recent parliamentary manoeuvres

Ibec said any new SSIA-type savings scheme would have to work on a countercyclical basis. Photograph: Alan Betson

Complex trends in economy require fresh thinking, employers’ group chief says

Eir’s  director of mobile networks, Fergal McCann,  and CEO, Carolan Lennon. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Eir takes aim at Virgin as questions about the Government’s NBP project grow

The contract, which was renewed in 2017, is said to be worth at least €20 million a year to Limerick-based Enet. Photograph: PA Wire

Limerick-based Enet had contract to operate network last year without tender process

Imagine Communications chief executive Seán Bolger. The company is aiming to roll out a new 5G fixed broadband network within the next 18 months. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Investment to bring high-speed connectivity to rural parts of Republic

Building telecoms infrastructure in rural parts is proving a headache for governments across the world, principally because the technology and the demand it spawns keeps evolving.

Companies are to explain their difficulties with the process to Public Accounts Committee

Sales in the final quarter of 2018 demonstrated the slow but steady growth of retail in recent years, said Retail Ireland. Photograph: PA

Industry body’s retail monitor shows value of shopping rose 2.7% in final quarter of 2018

The Republic should be allowed keep all tariffs on imports from the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit, accountancy body Acca says. Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire

Industry group says additional revenue could be used as support package for Brexit-hit industries

Eir plans to invest €500 million in a new fibre broadband network that will supply 1.4 million premises across the State. Photograph: Andy Brown/Hemera/Getty

Five-year plan to bring fibre to 1.4m homes, including all towns with more than 1,000 homes

Ireland and England playing in the Guinness Six Nations championship at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Reuters

Teneo’s findings indicate match generated €12.4m for local economy

Firms in the tourism sector,   already  feeling the pinch from a weaker sterling, have been the worst hit over Brexit as the industry relies heavily on tourism from Britain. Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire

Latest AIB Brexit Sentiment Index reveals economic fallout of ongoing uncertainty

While the rate of growth eased to a three-month low, overall Irish construction activity has increased on a monthly basis since September 2013. Photograph:  Alan Betson

Ulster Bank barometer suggests housing demand still driving the construction sector

Workers in the domestic sector, which excludes multinationals such as Apple, added an average €47.87 to the value of the economy for every hour they worked in 2017, which  was less than the OECD average. Photograph: EPA

CSO figures suggest workers are no more productive than their international peers

European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici presents the EU executive’s economic forecasts during a news conference at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Brussels says economic outlook for Ireland remains clouded by uncertainty

The Government has been urged to rethink its housing policy in light of Brexit and “to apply more dynamic thinking” to solving the crisis.

Oireachtas report criticises aspects of Government policy, including HAP scheme

All EU countries are poised to continue growing, with the bloc expected to post its seventh consecutive year of expansion. Photograph: Reuters/Yves Herman

Brussels says economic outlook for Ireland remains clouded by uncertainty

 ‘Likelihood is that sentiment and spending indicators will remain on a choppy path in early 2019’ Photograph:  Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Latest barometer suggests consumers are still very cautious about outlook for economy

Kirby Tarrant, partner in charge of Clark Hill’s new Dublin office

Tie-up will give Irish significantly more clout internationally

Research suggests poor broadband is problem in urban as well as rural areas

Yew Grove’s IPO last June: the company  said it had now fully invested the €75 million generated from its flotation

Stock market’s newest property reit publishes maiden set of results

Economist Micheál Collins said Ireland had “effectively written the textbook on how not to do property supports via the tax system”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Expert highlights wide range of tax reliefs and reductions currently available in Ireland

In Ireland, workers add an average of $99.50 (€87) to the value of the economy every hour they work, according to the OECD. Photograph: Suzie Howell/New York Times

OECD figures suggest Republic leads way in labour productivity

Unemployment is expected to fall below 5% this year. Photograph: Alan Betson

CSO figures for unemployed fell to 127,300 in January, but participation rates still low

January is typically the biggest month of the year for VAT as it reflects the busy November-December shopping period.

Exchequer returns show sales tax accounted for half receipts generated in January

Capital Economics predicted the UK government would probably loosen fiscal policy by as much as 1 per cent of GDP   if the UK crashed out of the EU. Photograph:  AP

Capital Economics analysis says existing forecasts fail to factor in likely policy responses

The Department of Finance building at Government Buildings in Dublin. “A certain, stable, and globally agreed international tax framework is vital to facilitate cross-border trade and investment,” the department said. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Department of Finance says, however, changes must not prejudice small economies

United Oil and Gas is applying to have its ordinary shares traded on London’s smaller AIM market. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Exploration group applies have its ordinary shares traded on smaller AIM market

New Irish citizens at a citizenship ceremony in  Convention Centre Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller

Research disputes notion that deep-seated cultural factors drive immigration sentiment

Brown Thomas is among the members of the Ireland Canada Business Association. Photograph: Eric Luke

However survey by Irish-Canada business group highlights concerns about housing and broadband

Companies relocating to Ireland is help stoke demand for executive roles

Survey by recruitment specialist suggests high-level salaries could rise by 20%

Positive year: Shannon Group chief executive Matthew Thomas and chairman Rose Hynes

Semi-State group says total passenger numbers at the airport jumped to 1.86m in 2018

  REQUIRED: Handout photo issued by the House of Commons of Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom, Chancellor Philip Hammond, Prime Minister Theresa May, Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, following the results of voting on Amendments put forward by MPs over the Government’s Brexit deal, in the House of Commons, London.

House of Commons votes increases prospect of no-deal outcome, says Goodbody Stockbrokers

Tesco Ireland   is selling the vegan burgers at €7 for a pack of two

Tesco Ireland says product ‘looks, cooks, and tastes’ like the real thing

Nama: the agency’s quarterly report shows that it generated a total of €2.1 billion in cash in the nine months to the end of September last year

State agency says an additional 16,000 are either under construction or in pipeline

In New York, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq fell on Tuesday, as technology stocks pulled back. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Apple to report after US closing bell

Greencore chief executive Patrick Coveney. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Sandwich giant says decision would depend on whether clients would pay additional costs

While the Central Bank’s lending rules limit what individuals can borrow, the overall stock of credit has been rising steadily. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Figures show slowdown in approvals activity in the fourth quarter of 2018

Trips by residents from Europe other than Britain rose by 9.5 per cent to 3.8 million last year, while trips made by US and Canadian residents jumped by 13.4 per cent to 2.4 million.

British residents account for a third of total despite Brexit uncertainty, CSO figures show

 Shoppers in Arnotts on the first day of the store’s Christmas sale. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Latest official numbers show sales declined in volume terms last month

European commissioner for competition Margrethe Vestager: “When you become big, you have a special responsibility not to use your muscle to deny others the chance to compete against you.” Photograph: Alan Betson

EU competition commissioner says bloc is ‘unwavering’ in support for border backstop

EU commissioner Margrethe Vestager says there is no guarantee removing the backstop element of the proposed deal will unlock the Westminster logjam. Photograph: Alan Betson

Margrethe Vestager asserts Europe is unwavering in its support for the backstop

Arizun managing director John McDaniel and director Cathal O’Leary: “Arizun will buy the mortgage from the bank and write off the mortgage debt plus arrears.” said Mr O’Leary.

Irish firm comes up with plan to deal with 28,000 mortgages in long-term arrears

VR Education CEO David Whelan  and COO Sandra Whelan. The firm reported revenue that was “comfortably” above expectations. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/SON Photographic

Revenue of €700,000 as Dublin-listed tech firm buoyed by success of new virtual reality game

Arizun managing director John McDaniel and director Cathal O’Leary: “Arizun will buy the mortgage from the bank and write off the mortgage debt plus arrears.” says Mr O’Leary.

Arizun launches sale-and-leaseback scheme for people who don’t qualify for State support

The big mover on the Iseq was Ryanair which closed 3.5 per cent up at €10.45

Trading subdued as US markets were closed for Martin Luther King Day

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde giving a press conference on the IMF World Economic Outlook ahead of the World Economic Forum  annual meeting  in Davos,  Switzerland. Photograph: Getty Images

Washington-based fund says a greater than expected slowdown in China could spark further deterioration in sentiment

Simon McKeever, chief executive of the Irish Exporters Association, says the State is not ready for a hard Brexit.

Simon McKeever says companies in Ireland are totally unprepared for hard Brexit

Share traders start their systems for  a trading session in Frankfurt, Germany. Photograph: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach

Cairn Homes enjoys 4% bounce in Dublin on the back of positive trading numbers

Will the burger survive? Photograph: AP Photo/ Eugene Hoshiko

Study calls for overhaul of western diet to help environment

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said the budget was prepared ‘on a careful and contained basis’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister says he won’t apologise for using corporation tax to fund infrastructural investment

Since the low point of the crash in early 2013 property prices nationally have increased by 83 per cent.

Latest official figures show annual growth in Dublin in November was just 5%

 British five pound banknotes. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/REUTERS

Choppy trading in UK currency after May defeat in Brexit vote

Ibec has called for an overhaul of the State’s planning rules to address capacity constraints in the economy. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Business lobby says current system is unnecessarily costly and cumbersome

Shipping containers at Dublin Port. Exports and imports both slipped back in November. Photograph: Alan Betson

Overall trade surplus rises as imports fall faster than exports

Shoppers at the Arnotts sale: inflation rose 0.7 per cent in December, driven by housing costs.Photograph: Aidan Crawley

CSO figures say that motor insurance premiums fell 7% last year

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. The Government ran a small budget surplus last year for the first time in more than a decade thanks largely to record corporation tax receipts. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Agency highlights risks from increased tax competition and pressure on public spending

Goodbody analyst Dermot O’Leary expressed surprise at how little sterling had moved in the past week.

Analysts say market outlook is strong, as chance of no-deal Brexit decreases

Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy said the current uncertainty regarding the UK’s future trading relations had already prompted a slowdown in SME lending. Photograph: Alan Betson

Employers’ group also says Brexit uncertainty may dampen SME lending

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Corporation tax generated record €10.4bn for exchequer last year

The Minister for Finance , Paschal Donohoe, at the announcement of the exchequer returns on Thursday. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The only thing we can can confidently bank on is that the current outlook won’t hold

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. The positive outcome for the State’s finances was published shortly after the Cabinet heard the UK’s latest plans for a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: Donall Farmer

Year-end exchequer numbers show corporation tax generated record €10.4bn in 2018

Fancy a gin with pink grapefruit and a sprig of thyme? Course you do

New figures show 12 new gin brands were launched in 2018 alone

The EU typically accounts for 50 per cent of Irish goods exports, with the UK, Germany and Belgium accounting for the lion’s share. Photograph: Alan Betson

Survey highlights preferences of Irish exporters amid Brexit uncertainty

Proponents point to the high capital costs of fibre and the relatively low take-up rates, particularly in remote areas. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Government still promising bulk of plan by 2020 despite recent delays and controversies

Perrigo, which acquired Irish pharma group Elan in late 2013, has signalled its intention to appeal the decision to the Tax Appeals Commission, the deadline for which falls on December 28th

Listed pharmaceutical giant has signalled its intention to appeal Revenue’s tax assessment

Joe Parker standing on his farm in Blacklion, Co Cavan.   Part of his farm is on the other side of Lough MacNean in Belcoo, Co Fermanagh. Photograph:  Andrew Paton

On a busy day farmer Joe Parker might cross the Border 10 or 11 times, ferrying machinery and feed between his animals North and S(...)

Central Statistics Office  figures for 2017 show the average household disposable income rose by nearly 5%  to €48,476

CSO survey details recovery in household disposable income since 2012

 National Lottery: analysis showed the social and economic class breakdown of lotto players was similar to that of the overall population. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Report suggests lotto’s share now just 13% as alternative forms grow in popularity

After the UK, Romanian nationals accounted for the next largest allocation last year, followed by Brazil.  Photograph: iStock

CSO figures detail shifting composition of labour force

A demonstrator carries a combined British and EU flag during an Anti-Tommy Robinson and Ukip rally in central London on December 9th, 2018. Photograph: Dylan Martinez

ESRI’s latest short-term forecast doesn’t capture likely fallout of major UK shock

Effigies of UK politicians: ESRI says if the UK left leaves the EU without a deal, growth in Ireland may be cut to 2.6 per cent from an otherwise 4.2 per cent. Photograph: Andy Rain

Think tank assesses short-term impact of various Brexit scenarios on Ireland

Corporation tax receipts have nearly doubled since 2012 to €8.2 billion and are on course this year to top €10 billion for the first time. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Despite pledging to cut taxes, Government’s budget will leave households paying more tax

Aryzta CEO and   Dan Flinter, non executive director,  at the company agm  in Dublin last year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Link Asset Services claims food firm is to blame for Irish shareholders missing out

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