A recent KPMG report on the potential benefits of solar energy in Ireland concluded that the industry could reasonably deploy over 3,750 MW of solar from now to 2030. Photograph: PA

Ireland Strategic Investment Fund is to co-invest €140 million in 20 new solar parks

Royal London found that burial plots can cost as much as €9,000, or more. Photograph: iStock

Royal London says families being faced with big bills before life assurance is paid out

Iseq and FTSE edge downwards but main indexes on Wall Street rise

Paschal Donohoe: the Minister for Finance  stopped short of saying his party would support class action legislation. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Culture won’t change until banks are prosecuted, committee hears

Headline unemployment for December was put at 6.2 per cent, down from the revised rate of 6.4 per cent in November.

Total employment in Republic at 2.2 million in third quarter of 2017, CSO figures show

The Government’s Strategic Housing Development system was brought in last year to address the current housing crisis. Photograph: Frank Miller

Bórd Pleanála concerned over storm water management at proposed Leopardstown scheme

Help-to-buy scheme ‘made housebuilding viable again’. Photographer: Dara MacDónaill

Development system set to facilitate significant amount of student housing

At the time of the EU reforms, there were 285,000 sugar beet growers in the bloc, this has subsequently been reduced to less than 160,000. Photograph:   Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

Organisation understood to be to acquiring 200-acre site in Plumperstown

The Government’s move to offer €20,000 tax rebates to help first-time homebuyers purchase properties has led to a 50% increase in the number of such buyers getting on the property ladder. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

New CSO figures indicate that the programme has boosted demand for housing

Latest official figures from CSO indicate slight moderation in annual price growth

DAX board at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, January 10th, 2018. Photograph: Reuters

Dublin’s Iseq bucks trends falling 76 points to 7,102

Dairy exports now account for one third of all Irish food and drink exports. Photograph: Getty Images

UK accounted for 35 per cent of exports in 2017 despite diversification efforts

The report cautioned, however, that almost 40% of total revenue could be linked to just 10 companies. File photograph: Getty Images

Report suggests that the public finances are vulnerable to vagaries of business tax trends

Central Bank policymakers were presented with a review of the residential property market amid concern that another property price bubble was forming. Photograph: PA

Minutes of November meeting show regulator does not see figures out of line

Minister Eoghan Murphy has signalled a possible overhaul of the LPT.

Rising property prices could see bills go up by as much as 100%

According to Goodbody’s latest housebuilding tracker, there was a 77 per cent rise in the number of new homes built during the first 11 months of 2017.

Goodbody report records big uptick in activity but casts doubt on official data

 The old ESB Headquarters on Fitzwilliam Street.

Seven-storey Dublin offices to be ‘exemplar in sustainability’

Traders  on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell  on Friday. Photograph:  Reuters/Lucas Jackson

Bank of Ireland continues its good run, rising 2.5% to €7.73

Beef exports grew by 5 per cent to €2.5bn. Photograph: Frank Miller

Despite Brexit cloud, Bord Bia figures show meat exports were worth €3.8bn last year

The volume of retail sales increased by 2.6 per cent in November when compared with the previous month. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sales of electrical goods rose ahead of Christmas, CSO numbers show

Growth in construction jobs has taken substantial numbers off the Live Register. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Latest figures show number of people signing on dropped by 2,900 in December

Local Property Tax forms sent out by Revenue. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Only 12,500 homeowners have revised their initial valuations over past three years

A couple looking at houses for sale in a estate agent’s window. Net mortgage lending in the Irish economy has increased for the first time in seven years, reflecting the current pick-up in activity in the housing market. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Latest Central Bank figures reflect pick-up in housing market

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy TD during an inspection of 29 new rapid-build social housing units at Knocknarea Court, Drimnagh on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins 20/12/2017 Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy TD during an inspection by the Minister of 29 new rapid-build social housing units at Knocknarea Court, Drimnagh. The 29 units comprise 14 three bed and 15 four bed homes. The houses were built by Dublin City Council and Sophia has been tasked with maintaining the development and supporting residents. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

CSO recommends housing agencies be classified as public rather than private bodies

The CIF says  Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy’s recent changes to apartment building standards were a vindication of its  position that apartment building had become too prohibitive

CIF described latest data as ‘clear progress’ in tackling current housing shortage

The cost of public-service occupational pensions is expected to increase from 1.2 per cent of GDP in 2016 to 1.5 per cent of GDP by 2040.

Liability jumps 17% in three years and is calculated on basis of pension increases matching pay rises not consumer prices

Central Bank figures show that, for owner-occupiers, the percentage of loans in negative equity was 8.7 per cent in the third quarter, down from a post-crash peak of 36.2 per cent. Photograph: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

Incidence of underwater mortgages now 25 per cent of 2012 rate, study shows

The survey found an increase in the number of adults describing themselves as financially struggling, which rose 2 per cent to 29 per cent.

Two-thirds of families in financial difficulty had at least one break in last year, Aviva says

The figures show gross national product, which strips out the effects of multinational profit flows, jumped by 11.9 per cent on a quarterly basis.

GDP rise of 10.5 per cent year on year in third quarter raises question of noise in data

In a statement, Impact confirmed that it had contacted Ryanair and sought an immediate meeting with management to “clarify issues and make progress”

Company jettisons long standing policy and says it will negotiate with pilots’ groups

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

Ryanair falls in Dublin as more negative industrial relations news filters out

CSO figures show planning permissions for housing units rose by nearly 21 per cent to 11,148 in the first three quarters of 2017. Photograph: Frank Miller

CSO figures show bias towards low-density housing schemes

The main monthly change affecting November’s consumer price index was a 2 per cent hike in the cost of clothing and footwear

Underlying trend continues to be driven by rising housing costs

420 owner-occupier homes were repossessed by lenders in the third quarter of 2017, up from 340 in the previous quarter. Photograph: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

Central Bank figures also show arrears in all categories of maturity are declining

ComReg is understood to have been unhappy with the €66,000 fine imposed on Yourtel by the Dublin District Court, given the severity of the company’s actions.

Regulator pursues controversial German telco for failing to provide data on contracts

The Central Bank said the final deal was still subject to complex negotiations, which could swing in different directions.

Despite uncertainty economy set to grow by approximately 5% this year and 4% in 2018

Despite a global economic recovery that continues to strengthen, the review highlights a range of risks to the Irish economy and financial system.

Regulator also warns that Brexit remains chief downside risk to Irish economy

Those who opted to sign up were supposed to be billed by Eir for line rental only and by Yourtel for calls. However, in most cases Yourtel did not even contact Eir to have the customers switched before proceeding to bill them

Judge says actions of German telco Yourtel amounted to ‘deceit and fraud’

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

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