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


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

Public Accounts Committee chairman Seán Fleming said the State was missing out on significant additional resources because of the amount of tax that remained under appeal. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

Public Accounts Committee chairman highlights large amount tax under appeal

The Economic and Social Research Institute says employment in construction will have to increase for housing supply to meet demand.

Employers’ group warns skills shortages could curtail economic growth

Activity among Irish construction firms has now increased for 57 successive months. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ulster Bank’s latest monitor shows greater activity stemmed from increased customer demand

Experts predict that about 20 per cent of web searches will done by voice by 2020. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Lotto’s new ‘Lottery Now’ voice assistant will allow users to check lottery numbers by voice

Prime Minister Theresa May speaks in the House of Commons at the start of a five-day debate on the European Union Withdrawal Agreement last week. Photograph PA Wire

Seen & Heard: Stephen Barclay rejects reports that May is seeking to delay vote

Steve Eisman was supposedly the  inspiration for the character played by Steve Carell (centre) in the movie version of Michael Lewis’s book The Big Short

Steve Eisman says he expects big fall in UK market as a result of Brexit

 Abbey said production in Ireland would soon be in progress on five projects, “and we are hoping for a useful contribution to our year-end figures”

Company says UK sales are holding up well, particularly in the first-time buyer category

  Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe   Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  . Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

CSO figures show income and corporation tax responsible for growth in income

Construction crane and steel girders

Latest monthly figures show number of claimants fell by 3,100 in November

The company has recently invested €250,000 in developing a “fibre centre of excellence”. Photograph: Sean Curtin True Media

4site specialises in building and designing telecoms infrastructure

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

Sterling climbs as traders weigh up latest news on Brexit manoeuvres

Irish Fiscal Advisory Council chairman Seamus Coffey: said the Government’s “repeated failure” to rein in unplanned spending has left the State exposed to future shocks

Ifac questions Government’s Brexit assumptions

The Government is on course to run a budget surplus this year for the first time in over a decade. Photograph: Getty Images

Watchdog to issue spending warning after €2.7bn business tax take in November

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. the State could yet run a budget surplus for 2018.

Latest exchequer returns for November show no let up in windfall from business tax

A disorderly or no-deal Brexit with the imposition of World Trade Organisation tariffs raises the prospect of sharp increases in costs for Irish importers. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Britain accounts for 24% of food, fuel and other merchandise brought into State

Cranes towering over the A&L Goodbody Solicitors office Construction site. Photograph: Alan Betson

CSO figures show number classified as unemployed fell to 127,600 in November

The New York Stock Exchange, on Monday, where global markets were sharply higher on the day following reports the US and China have made progress in their trade dispute. Photograph: Justin Laneepa

Trump says China to cut tariffs on US-made cars

Currently Ireland is home to 24 of 25 biggest global pharma players, including Johnson & Johnson, Roche, Pfizer, Novartis and AbbVie.

Figures show foreign-owned businesses have smaller employment footprint

Bank of America’s Ireland-based workforce is now more than 800, split between offices in Leopardstown and Hatch Street, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

US bank merges London-based banking arm with Irish subsidiary

  Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: adamant that   Government spending will only rise by 4 per cent in 2019. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Budgetary watchdog stops just short of accusation that recovery is being squandered

CSO numbers suggests recovery in retail remain strong

“Repeated failures to prevent unbudgeted spending increases have left the public finances more exposed to adverse shocks”

Budgetary watchdog has accusing the Government of repeatedly breaching its own targets

Former minister for communications Denis Naughten (right) is pictured alongside An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar on March 3rd Photograph: Sam Boal/

Questions remain around plan’s costs and native industry shunning of project

Seamus Coffey,  chairman of  the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council, said the Government was growing spending at an unsustainable rate and failing to use the upswing to insulate the economy against the next downturn. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Watchdog claims Government is failing to manage public finances in prudent manner

A large majority (87 per cent) of Irish people also believe the shift to a single currency has been beneficial for the EU.

Eurobarometer survey shows overwhelming majority believe euro has been good for State

NYSE closed for Thanksgiving.  Photograph: Bryan R. Smith /Getty Images

In Dublin Smurfit Kappa hit by poor pricing data while builders rise on Brexit news

Professor Louden Ryan (right), then chairman of the National Planning Board in 1984 with Dr Peter Bacon, director of the board secretariat. Photograph: Paddy Whelan /The Irish Times .

Ryan played key role in formulating Irish economic policy in the 1960s and 1970s

OECD secretary general  José Angel Gurria at the launch of the agency’s latest economic outlook in Paris. Photograph: Getty

Agency says pick-up in housing activity has potential to trigger another credit boom

CSO figures indicate a need for foreign labour to fuel construction. However, they  would place pressure on the already-stretched housing market as the new workers would need to be housed themselves. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Think-tank warns of accommodation and rent cost issues around inflow of labour

IFSC: the CSO’s financial sector survey involves a new sample and changes to the original questionnaire, which may have resulted in changes “in the levels of some series”.

Labour Force Survey detects sharp fall in jobs in finance sector contrary to perceptions

Total employment in the State is now 46,000 higher than at the height of the boom in 2007, which means that statistically all the jobs lost during the downturn have now been recovered. Photograph: Alan Betson

Foreign nationals now account for record 16.2% of those in employment

Fukunari Kimura: chief economist at the Economic Research Institute for Asean and East Asia. American tariffs on Chinese products will have negative consequences for US producers that rely on foreign inputs and in turn for consumers who buy the produce, he said.

Leading Japanese economist highlights dangers of protectionism with modern supply chains

The most eye-catching increases were in the accommodation and food service sector, and the construction sector, which added 45,400 jobs, representing a near 90 per cent jump. Photograph: Alan Betson

CSO figures reveal extent of turnaround in labour market since 2012

“Fixed broadband may have been Plan A for the government in 2015 when the rural broadband project was launched, but time and technology have moved on, and mobile broadband has caught up”

‘Fibre is not future-proofing anything. It is an overspend. It is an overkill’

Ireland is a global hub for aircraft leasing, with approximately 4,000 commercial aircraft leased through companies here, representing a total value of $115bn

Latest trade numbers show goods imports rose by nearly 10% to €8.5bn in September

The mid-west region recorded the greatest price growth, with house prices increasing by 21 per cent year on year. The Border region showed the least price growth, with prices increasing by 5.8 per cent. Photograph: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Latest official barometer suggests market may be cooling as supply of new homes picks up

The Veggie Steak, manufactured by Dutch firm Vivera, will be stocked alongside conventional fresh meat products at Tesco’s 42 Irish stores

New Veggie Steak product said to be ‘barely distinguishable from real thing’

Traders  on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange  on  November 13th, 2018. Photograph: EPA/Justin Lane

Shares in Swiss-Irish food group Aryzta rise 6.5 per cent to €1.29

President of the European Court of Auditors Klaus-Heiner Lehne. The court said the State was on course to achieve its  2025   broadband targets

European Court of Auditors says the lack of rural broadband is pan-European

Irish households in the 35-44 age bracket remain highly indebted since the crash.

Central Bank data shows net worth of State households hit record figure of €757bn

The Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe has committed to another review of the levy.

Stabilisation scheme aims to build up €30m fund for unions that need support

Prices across the State rose 0.9 per cent in the 12 months to October. Photograph: Alan Betson

Consumer Price Index suggests pricing pressure still relatively modest

John Keaney (above) takes over from Sean Atkinson as Siro chief executive

ESB-Vodafone joint venture appoints John Keaney as its new chief executive

Greencore chief executive Patrick Coveney said  the company had received an unsolicited bid for its US business.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Move marks a substantial shift in food company’s strategy

Irish-owned renewable energy firm ClonBio operates Europe’s largest grain-based biorefinery.

Irish-owned renewable energy group operates Europe’s largest grain-based biorefinery

Kate O’Connell TD   with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, John Higgins, president and chief commercial officer, Avolon and Dómhnal Slattery, CEO, Avolon, at the official opening of Avolon’s new Global HQ at No.1 Ballsbridge. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Japanese financial services buys 30% stake in Dublin-based aircraft lessor

Aryzta chief executive Kevin Toland and chairman Gary McGann attend the company’s annual shareholder meeting outside Zurich on November 1st. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Troubled Swiss-Irish baked goods group is planning €790 million capital raise

Aryzta CEO Kevin Toland and chairman Gary McGann attend the company’s annual shareholder meeting in Duebendorf, Switzerland, on Thursday. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Investors in Swiss-Irish bakery suffer more losses as management progresses capital plan

  Minister Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe

Unexpected windfall puts Government’s finances back on target for the year

Revenue says that more than half of employers that have uploaded their list of employees have less than five employees

New real-time system, known as as PAYE Modernisation, comes into force next year

Tara Kelly from Beaumont “wins” €250,000 on the Winning Streak wheel, with the help of Kamal Ibrahim and Marty Whelan,  when the National Lottery made its props available to the public for Culture Night. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Strong performance sees Irish franchise generate €226m for good causes last year

Figures show there were 158 million contactless payments valued at €1.9 billion

Owen Killian  with the RDS Gold Medal which was awarded by the resident of the RDS in October, 2014 Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Swiss-Irish food group once hitting turnovers of €5bn now facing debts of €1.6bn

Aryzta chairman Gary McGann addresses the company’s agm in Duebendorf, Switzerland, on Thursday. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Heated agm aimed at drawing line under troubled eight-year acquistion binge

Aryzta chairman Gary McGann told shareholders the resolution to raise €800 million in fresh equity was “a last resort and never a first resort”. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Investors to have right to 10 new shares for every one they own in discounted rights issue

AIB chief executive Bernard Byrne’s surprise resignation  has sent the Department of Finance into a tailspin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Analysis: AIB chief executive’s departure leaves department in tricky position

In the third quarter of this year, apartment completions in the Republic fell by 10 per cent to just 355, Goodbody Stockbrokers said. Photograph: Eric Luke

Supply of new apartments fell 10 per cent in third quarter, Goodbody tracker indicates

As well as the Carrickmines development, Victoria Homes has acquired sites in Dublin 14, 16 and 18 and has plans to build more than 2,500 housing units. Photograph:   Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Extended plan represents largest residential development undertaken since recession

A Gourmet Burger Kitchen outlet in Dublin: “This arrangement is with landlords of our UK restaurants and has no impact on the separate GBK legal trading entity in Ireland,” the company said.

Restaurant chain says plan does not involve separate GBK legal trading entity here

  Italian vice premier and labour minister Luigi Di Maio during question time at the Chamber of Deputies, Rome . Photogrpah: Alessandro Di Meo/EPA

Deputy prime minister says state won’t change its 2019 budget deficit target

The study shows car loans account for 28 per cent of all credit union loans. Photograph: Alan Betson

New Central Bank data shows car loans account for 28 per cent of sector’s loans

Seamus Coffey: “When compared to other EU countries, the contributions of US companies to the Irish economy are double, sometimes triple, that of other nations”

Chairman of Irish Fiscal Advisory Council Seamus Coffey warns harmonised tax regime in EU could damage Irish economy

Under the current regulations, there are limits on the amount that credit unions can lend out over five and 10 years.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Central Bank proposes easing long-term lending restrictions imposed on sector

Siro, the ESB’s telecommunications arm, dropped out of the NBP process last year, saying there was no longer a “business case” for its continued participation

Fianna Fáil communications spokesman says semi-State should be brought in to break impasse

Former minister for finance Micheal Noonan:  Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has confirmed  Mr Noonan and several department officials met Enet representatives in December 2016. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Records reveal Noonan met representatives of telco Enet before firm’s contract renewed

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Victor J Blue/Bloomberg

Aryzta falls further as company’s capital raise gets support from shareholder proxies

Aryzta CEO Kevin Toland addresses the company’s annual news conference in Zurich.

ISS changes mind on Aryzta and backs €800m capital raise

Victims of the hepatitis C blood contamination scandal and Magdalene Laundry survivors will not pay tax on their compensation payments under previously unannounced measures in the Finance Bill. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Government’s Finance Bill provides tax relief for victims while closing other loopholes

IFA president Joe Healy: “There is a loss of confidence in the banks among the farming community.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Joe Healy says short-term, debt-recovery tactics damaging agriculture sector

At the height of the boom in 2006, a record 92,000 homes were built in the State. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

CSO figures show much current residential construction is centred in and around Dublin

The UK is the single largest supplier of Irish imports, accounting for 22% or €17.5bn of all goods imported in Ireland during 2017. Photograph: Alan Betson

Republic’s reliance on United Kingdom for trade and tourism detailed in fresh analysis

Dublin Port  passenger numbers have risen 3.3 per cent, principally because of a 43 per cent jump in cruise passenger numbers. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Port firm finds drop in tourist vehicles amid preparations for looming customs changes

Ryanair launched a bid to buy Aer Lingus in 2006. It did not succeed. Photograph: EPA

Airline is trying to recoup €777,700 in VAT connected with its Aer Lingus takeover bid

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