Last month a judge found Eir had legitimate grounds in bringing its case against the State and granted a stay on the Comreg process provided Eir pursues its case swiftly.

Fines relates to telco’s alleged failure to comply with obligations to allow others access to network

Ardagh said that closing the five-year facility further diversified its funding sources and enhanced its capital structure.

Packaging giant understood to be unlikely to draw down any cash available under facility

Albert Manifold of CRH said 2018 would be a year of stabilisation at the company with the focus on integrating the newly acquired businesses and delivering on the synergies. Photograph: Gary O’Neill

Chief executive says focus will be on integrating newly acquired businesses

UK currency initially rallied to six-month high against euro before giving up all gains

Due to higher selling prices, Abbey saw revenue in the housebuilding business grow by just over 2 per cent to €90.4 million. Photograph: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

Company, however, highlights worry about continuing uncertainty over Brexit

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Dublin’s Iseq rose 40 points to 6,994 in line with other bourses in Europe. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Aryzta continues rise even after shareholders oppose executive pay deal at Dublin agm

Live register: 24,951 under-25s signed on in November, a fall of 1,482 since October. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Youth council voices concern at live register figures amid general jobs rise

Competition and Consumer Protection Commission chairperson Isolde Goggin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Oireachtas Finance Committee accuses competition agency of being afraid of banks

Debt-management agency outlines plans for upcoming year

Council chairman Séamus Coffey said there were a number of questionable assumptions underpinning the department’s forecasts, including the assumption that the United Kingdom was an “average trading partner”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fiscal watchdog warns of more negative and persistent impact on Irish economy

Occupancy levels on Grafton, Henry and Mary streets – Dublin  city’s main shopping thoroughfares – are currently 95 to 100 per cent. Photograph: David Sleator

Transactions slowed considerably in 2017 as Nama and banks wrap up deleveraging

The CSO said the number of workers classified as unemployed was 138,100 in November, down from 141,500 the previous month. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland’s jobless rate now nearly three points below the euro zone average of 8.9%

Nevin Economic Research Institute director Tom Healy. The think tank said it expected the Republic’s economy to grow by 4.5 per cent in GDP terms this year.

Nevin think tank highlights impact of intellectual property onshoring in latest report

Irish restaurant food supplies business bought by Centra and SuperValu owner Musgrave

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Latest returns for November show public finances are running €200m ahead of target

Broker suggests both shares had hit their target price in recent weeks

Insurer adds Drumcondra branch to its network of 33 sales offices

Irish Continental Group is finalising its fleet operational requirements for 2018. Photograph: Eric Luke

Group concludes financing agreements with Allied Irish Bank and Bank of Ireland

Farmers’ group lashes out at ‘toxic’ deal as negotiations begin in Brussels

An architect’s representation of the proposed redevelopment of the Royal Irish Automobile Club, which is expected to cost €30 million-€35 million.

Private members’ club announces plan to refurbish premises with Tetrarch Capital

Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel Prize-winning economist: “People are seeing globalisation as a venue by which rich corporations like Apple and Google can effectively escape taxation while hard-working citizens in France or Germany continue to pay high taxes.” Photograph: Sasha Maslov/New York Times

Nobel Prize economist says Ireland a ‘fiscal paradise’ and austerity was badly managed

Apple’s €13 billion is to be transferred to an escrow account which will manage the funds pending a legal challenge to the European Commission’s 2016 ruling. Photograph: CJ Gunther/EPA

Senior official says Ireland and Apple are close to securing a deal over money

Artist’s impression of proposed new interior for Blackrock Shopping Centre.

Friends First secures planning for major internal refurbishment and new roof

The State-subsidised scheme to equip 542,000 rural homes and businesses with high-speed broadband has been beset with problems

Many households may now have to wait until 2022 to see any progress

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Bank of Ireland enjoys bounce after new CEO buys shares and on foot of euro-wide rally

House prices are rising at an annual rate of almost 13%.

Regulator opts for status quo and moves to retain most rules

The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council says too fast a pick-up in construction jobs could force up wages and erode competitiveness. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Ifac says too rapid a pick-up in construction could hike wages and erode competitiveness

Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Paying off the IMF loans early should save State €150m in debt-servicing costs

A protest against Brexit earlier this year at the Dundalk-Newry border. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Arrangement would eliminate the need for a hard border on the island of Ireland, it says

Centre provides qualifying businesses with one gigabit broadband connections for free

Agri-services group Origin Enterprises demand for agronomy services and crop inputs continue to be “favourable”. Photograph: Sergio Flores/Bloomberg

Company sees underlying revenue rise by 3.9% to €347 million in the quarter

The Shelbourne Hotel: turnover at the 265-room property rose 12 per cent to €39.7 million. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Dublin hotel links 2016 profits of €3.4m to recovery-fuelled rise in demand for rooms

The Dealz store on Dublin’s  Henry Street: the chain plans to put Pep&Co clothing outlets into its larger stores in Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke

Discount retailer plans to put Pep&Co clothing outlets into its larger stores here

Ireland and Luxembourg are the only two EU countries projected to miss both their emissions and renewable energy targets in 2020

Ireland expected to benefit from falling price of carbon credits as EU peers meet targets

Phion Therapeutics founder Helen McCarthy is flanked by Seedcorn project manager Connor Sweeney and Qubis spin-out manager Darach Neeson. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Phion Therapeutics crowned winner of this year’s Seedcorn investor readiness award

Heavy flooding on the N3 at Junction 2, Blanchardstown Centre on Wednesday afternoon after heavy rain caused the River Tolka to burst its banks. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Flash floods lead to traffic chaos across the country, with bitterly cold conditions to come

Cuisine de France, which  is part of the Arytza stable of products.

Swiss-Irish food group assures investors scheme will not be used to award staff shares

Trading volumes were thin on the New York Stock Exchange ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and an early close on Friday. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Housebuilding stocks lose ground, while Iseq index falls 42 points and Ryanair falls 2.1%

An Post chief executive David McRedmond said recently he expected up to 360 post offices to close over the next four years. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Funds to secure five-day postal service and parcel-delivery expansion, claims company

Margrethe Vestager, competition commissioner of the European Commission, is before the European Parliament committee on economic and monetary affairs on Tuesday.

Margrethe Vestager, however, says more hard evidence of cartel behaviour is needed

Dun Laoghaire shopping centre has  an average weekly footfall of 65,000. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Agents yet to secure big-name retailer several months after completing renovation

Ryanair headquarters, Dublin: the airline is one of a list of top Irish firms named and shamed for failing to report their greenhouse gas emissions. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Ryanair, PaddyPower Betfair and PTSB singled out for not disclosing carbon footprint

Siro CEO Sean Atkinson and JD Buckley, managing director of Sky Ireland.

Wholesaler is rivaling market incumbent Eir in the rollout of fibre broadband

(second from left) Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed:  it is critical that we build these new markets for premium Irish dairy products

Dairy exporter plans to sell flagship brand through local retailers in Seoul

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday. On the day, the S&P 500 index recovered from its worst two-day fall since August. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Financials, autos and tech lead gains across Europe as oil stocks struggle

Debit card spending on restaurants rose 22 per cent year on year  to €168 million in September.

Debit card point-of-sale transactions now nearly three times credit card spending

Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes: “These are agreed long-term contracts whose lifespan lasts well beyond Brexit.” Photograph: Alan Betson

MEP Brian Hayes warns of major fallout across financial sector from no-deal scenario

Grafton Street: Dublin’s main shopping street has seen a near 10 per cent jump in rent in the past 12 months, with “healthy demand” from new entrants. Photograph: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty

Rent on Dublin’s premier shopping street put at €3,653 per square metre

The driving force behind Irish exports was once again medical and pharmaceutical products

Latest CSO numbers point to another strong year, with value of export trade up 2%

Move follows €19m investment from State-backed Ireland Strategic Investment Fund

Central Bank governor says capital buffers will be carefully monitored

Barista  making a coffee. Photograph: iStock

Researcher says incidence here is likely to be significantly lower than in UK

Billionaire and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg has since 2010 spent $164 million on a campaign to end coal-burning in the US. Photograph: Lukas Schulze/Getty Images

Government’s two-faced game on climate change has resulted in decade of inaction

Macro-prudential buffers are designed to protect the wider economy against a banking failure. Photograph: Bloomberg

Central Bank reviews macro-prudential buffers

Last year’s Luas construction works at O’Connell Bridge, Dublin:  the IMF report said the Republic managed its public infrastructure relatively well by international standards. Photograph: Eric Luke

Assessment was requested by Government in bid to improve delivery of vital projects

Mortgage interest rates in the Republic used to more closely reflect the main European Central Bank lending rates. Photograph: iStock

Central Bank figures show average Irish variable rate in September was 3.37%

Bank of Ireland headquarters, Dublin: BoI has increased its provisioning for the overcharging scandal to €200m, up from the €26m originally earmarked.  Photograph: Frantzesco Kangaris/Bloomberg

Disparity partly explained by fact 3,700 tracker BoI customers only overcharged small amount

Traders  in NYSE, November 9th, 2017. Photograph: Reuters/Brendan McDermid

In Dublin, Bank of Ireland drops after adding more customers to tracker compensation list

The Central Bank says that the additional customers were only agreed to by Bank of Ireland following a “robust challenge” from the regulator. Photograph: iStock

New figure is in addition to 4,300 already admitted by State’s largest lender

 Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe:  said  changing the rules would have a detrimental impact on the value of the State’s investment in the banks. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Banks will not be liable to pay taxes for at least 20 years

Latest CSO numbers also point to increased transport and housing costs

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: defended help-to-buy scheme for first-time house buyers amid a sustained attack from Opposition politicians.

Measure entails significant legal and social complexities, Minister for Finance says

Davy chief economist Conall Mac Coille said banks are close to exhausting their allocation of unrestricted money for mortgages.

Banks will soon exhaust unrestricted mortgage limit, acting as a drag on prices, Davy says

Minister says working group to examine amalgamation will be set up in coming weeks

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank. He signalled the bank  is unlikely to begin a cycle of rate hikes until at least 2019.

ECB chief Mario Draghi signals cycle of hikes will not begin until at least 2019

The CSO webpage, which complements the CSO’s Brexit: Ireland and the UK in numbers report from last year, pulls together information on trade, employment, migration and travel.

Statistical agency collates data to better capture impact of Brexit on Ireland

BT Ireland has operated  Ireland’s Emergency Call-Answering Service since 2009. Photograph: Alan Betson

Telco finalising terms of five-year deal after seeing off Eir to become preferred supplier

Central Bank figures show net worth rose by €16.9 billion in the second quarter, reflecting a substantial increase in the value of housing assets. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Central Bank data shows household debt as a proportion of disposable income also falls

The latest figures from the CSO showed production on a monthly basis was 0.4 per cent higher in September. Photograph: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

CSO statistics point to annual fall of 3.2 per cent in production in September

The combined cost of the three main rent support programmes – rent supplement, the housing assistance payment and the rental accommodation scheme – is expected to be some €535m  this year

Figure represents 25% rise on previous period and reflects shift away from social housing

Niall May,  John Glennon, Catherine Corcoran  and Áine Farrelly of RSM Ireland. The accountancy and professional services company has been named RSM member firm of the year. Photograph: Jason Clarke

International referrals up 144% as companies seek advice on doing business in Ireland

Despite the uncertainty of Brexit, the InterTrade Ireland report suggests cross-Border trade is thriving

Report by InterTrade Ireland highlights lack of preparedness of firms

The latest register tallies with the current decline in headline unemployment, which fell to a nine-year low of 6 per cent on Tuesday. Photograph: Christinne Muschi/Bloomberg

Latest figures show number of people signing-on dropped by 2,400 in October

Traders work on the floor  in the New York Stock Exchange.  Photograph: Bryan Smith/Getty Images

In Dublin, Smurfit Kappa continues positive trend despite posting fall in earnings

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. Stronger-than-expected corporation tax receipts have been making up for shortfalls in income tax and VAT. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Latest exchequer numbers suggest public finances are back on track

Bank of England  governor Mark Carney. His suggestion that further rate rises would only be “gradual and limited” has been interpreted as meaning perhaps only one more rise in 2018, and ultimately a negative for sterling. Photograph: Getty Images

Bank of England’s wary outlook dampens the prospect of a swift cycle of rate rises

Conall Mc Devitt, left,  of  Hume Brophy, who said the company had witnessed a rapid pick-up in demand for its services across Asia. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland’s largest communications agency acquires Madaket in ‘landmark deal’

State’s jobless rate now nearly three points below euro zone average of 8.9 per cent

The ESRI’s study found that a high percentage of of female workers on minimum wage said they had taken up part-time work because it enabled them to look after children or other people. Photograph: Getty Images

ESRI study reveals extent of gender pay gap among lower income groups

CSO figures show that, between 2010 and 2016, the average cost of a new home in Dublin increased from €282,289 to €450,274. Photograph: Frank Miller

CSO figures show average cost of new home in capital has risen 60% since 2010

Photograph: Alan Betson

Central Bank figures show cautious Irish consumers continue to save at record levels

The Cranberries perform at The Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin.

Ireland showcased as tourism destination on China’s most popular online talk show

Richard Moat, chief of Eir. Comreg is conducting a review of Eir’s regulatory governance model, which could in theory pave the way for greater separation between Eir and its wholesale arm, OpenEir.

State’s largest telco launches legal proceedings amid row remit of regulator

Irish farmland: the Minister highlighted the 1 per cent rate applying to transfers of farmland within families and the abolishing of the age restriction for the transferor as key concessions for farmers

Minister says measures will aid inter-generational transfer of family farms

The Finance Bill  stipulates that commercial property deals in place prior to October 11th will enjoy the old 2 per cent rate of stamp duty.

Finance Bill gives effect to various measures announced on budget day

Donegal Investment Group is in line for a €45 million windfall after settling a long-running dispute over the price of its exit from Monaghan Mushrooms.

Settlement of shareholder oppression action results in higher valuation for 30% stake

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: Finance Bill gives details of a new stock option scheme for SMEs. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

SME sector employees will only be liable for capital gains tax upon the sale of their shares

A trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Brewing tracker mortgage controversy anchors banks on Irish market

Niall Collins of Fianna Fáil said the Government’s unwillingness to publish reports into Brexit by some of its departments is unhelpful. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Documents deal with likely sectoral impact of Brexit and implications for EU-UK trade

In effect variable rate customers ended up delivering a second bailout to the banks, in addition to €64 billion injected in 2009.

Analysis: State’s foot-dragging response to banking failures explained

Housing Europe report: the paper noted that the number of people on local authority waiting lists in Ireland had doubled between 2008 and 2010, and was currently over 96,000

Study by Housing Europe group says ‘housing exclusion’ exacerbated by crisis

OECD report reveals shifting shares of employment since crash

Fall-off in exports of organic chemicals and pharma products drives exports lower

Construction cranes on Dublin skyline: current forecasts indicate direct property investment will  be less than €2 billion this year. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Property professionals query planned yield of €376m due to projected transaction levels

A sugar tax introduced in Chicago earlier this year was repealed after just two months. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ibec trade body claims tax demonises certain foods and won’t lower consumption of soft drinks

Ireland’s bad bank unveils plan to redeem final tranche of senior debt later this month

The Central Bank predicts the economy will deliver an additional 90,000 new jobs by the end of next year while unemployment will fall to a 10-year low of 5.6 per cent

Central Bank says economy will converge on full employment by the end of next year

At a press briefing on Tuesday evening, Paschal Donohoe said his department has carefully assessed the level of activity currently under way in the commercial property sector. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister says he has received assurances from Revenue that changes will deliver tax yield without hindering activity

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe also announced a raft of measures to tackle the housing crisis in the budget

Rise in price of cigarettes and new sugar tax on sweetened drinks the key clawbacks

The cost of living in the Irish capital does not diverge significantly from cities such as Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Luxembourg and Paris. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Across several metrics, from housing to taxes, prices did not diverge significantly

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