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

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

Investor advisory firm suggests plan is being fast-tracked without adequate consultation

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi is credited with quelling the debt-crisis storm of 2012 and the potential break-up of the euro zone. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Frankfurt’s top man accepts invitation to discuss banking sector and tracker controversy

Michael Carvill , Managing Director Kenmare Resources  .Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Dublin and London-listed mining firm says dividends would be based on 20% of profits

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. US stocks fell on Monday due to Saudi tensions and worries over borrowing costs and tariffs. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Greencore shares slide almost 9% as Irish food group announces exit from US market

‘Cost of building the network is  roughly €2,000 per home or business’. Photograph: iStock

Government faces two difficult choices to keep the process on the road

Denis Naughten resigns as Minister for Communications on Thursday: Mr Naughten had originally only admitted to meeting David McCourt at a social event in New York in July

Department publishes minutes of meeting between Minister and McCourt in June

The Central Bank has previously calculated that a no-deal Brexit could mean output here falls by 2.7%, costing up to 40,000 jobs over five years.

Central Bank says UK compromise Brexit would take heavy toll on Irish economy

Denis Naughten resigns as Minister for Communication on Thursday. There are rules and protocols around procurement. They strictly forbid direct canvassing of government and government ministers during a tender.

Ex-minister Naughten reckless in agreeing to unrecorded private meetings with bidder

Anger grows over Minister’s contacts with lead bidder for State-backed €500m plan

Prices rose nationally by 0.9 per cent in the 12 months to September, the highest level recorded since April 2017  Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Latest Consumer Price Index shows main driver was increase in the cost of housing

Enet was left in pole position to win the Government’s NBP contract, said to be worth over €500 million, following the surprise exits of Eir and ESB-Vodafone joint venture Siro. Photograph: Michael Smith/Getty Images

Peter McCarthy to replace Bartley McElroy as head of Limerick-based telecoms group

Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications, announcing details of the National Broadband Plan at Government Buildings last year. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

‘Drip feed of information’ about meetings with lead broadband bidder ‘not helpful’

US stock indexes dived about 1% on Wednesday. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Iseq experiences one of the indexes biggest single-day falls of year, dropping 174 points

In hot water: The Minister for Communications   Denis Naughten. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister admits he met David McCourt in Dublin in June and earlier facilitated and paid for Dáil lunch for McCourt’s family

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: “Our ability to withstand economic shocks needs to be stronger.”  Photograph: Donall Farmer

Paschal Donohoe’s other measures include USC alleviation and hospitality VAT hike

Since early 2013, prices across the Republic have increased by 81.1%, while Dublin prices are up by 94.5%  from their February 2012 low

Latest figures show price growth falls to lowest level in nearly two years

Denis Naughten, Minister for Communication, Climate Change & Environment announcing details of the National Broadband Plan at Government Buildings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Where is the National Broadband Plan going and why is it taking so long?

The Department of Communications insists the lead equity bidder has been a Granahan McCourt-controlled entity from the outset of the procurement process. Photograph: Michael Smith/Getty Images

Irish Infrastructure Fund to buy remaining stake in former broadband bidder

The Government is under intense pressure to address the State’s housing problems amid a series of rallies and sit-in protests. Up to 10,000 people took part in the #RaiseTheRoof protest  in Dublin last week. Photograph: Alan Betson

More incentives for buyers will only inflate land values, say experts ahead of budget day

Fianna Fáil’s communications spokesman Timmy Dooley: “It’s now clear that the final remaining bidder is no longer the same entity.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fianna Fáil’s Timmy Dooley questions whether final bidder can undertake project

Construction activity eased in September in the Republic.

Business activity in North falls as Brexit remains a concern, Ulster Bank’s PMI shows

 Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. The Government is likely to use an unexpected €1 billion in corporation tax receipts this year to help with the health budget. Photograph: Donall Farmer

Survey suggests taxpayers support Government’s planned expenditure on infrastructure

Burberry fell 5.6%  along with shares in European luxury goods companies as concerns persisted over a slowdown in China. Photograph: Taylor Weidman/Bloomberg

Luxury stocks down on China concerns while Danske slides over money laundering probe

Latest monthly figures show number of claimants rose 1,600 to 212,600 last month

“Is it the case that I shouldn’t meet with people prepared to come in and invest in the country?” asked Denis Naughten.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Department wanted any changes to consortium to be ‘avoided’ or ‘kept to a minimum’

Monaghan-headquartered LacPatrick has been in exclusive talks with Cavan-based Lakeland since June

New entity will become State’s second-largest dairy processor, with 1.8bn litre milk pool

Some 8,600 businesses exported goods from the Republic in 2016, with nearly 80 per cent exporting to the UK. Photograph: iStock

Finding underscores Republic’s vulnerabilities in face of UK exit from EU

Web Summit chief executive  Paddy Cosgrave . Photograph: Getty Images

Annual technology conference agrees new deal with Portuguese government

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: he will have little scope for giveaways in next week’s budget unless he raises taxes elsewhere

Latest exchequer returns show Government collected €37.5bn in tax so far this year

The average value of properties being purchased by first-time buyers was put at €287,081, which was €20,596 or 8 per cent up on the previous period.

Central Bank figures indicate consumers are borrowing more to purchase dearer homes

State’s jobless rate is now three points below the euro zone average

The company makes burger buns for McDonald’s in north America and owns the Cuisine de France brand in Ireland.

Company has been shoring up investor confidence due to US interests and acquisitions

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten announcing details of the National Broadband Plan at Government Buildings last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Should Government be dealing with O’Brien via Actavo with investigations taking place?

 Tánaiste Simon Coveney at the PwC/Irish Times tax summit  at the Intercontinental Hotel in Ballsbridge, Dublin.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Tánaiste tells PwC/Irish Times tax summit that 90% of withdrawal treaty is agreed

 Theresa May and Leo Varadkar attend a bilateral meeting during the informal summit of European Union leaders in Salzburg, Austria on Thursday. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

Brexit is a ‘lose, lose, lose’ damage limitation exercise, Simon Coveney says

Some 40 per cent of respondents of a PwC survey  specifically singled out housing as a bottleneck in the economy that could potentially frustrate their business plans. Photograph: Alan Betson

Survey reveals rising level of concern about housing crisis and its impact on workers

Seamus Coffey, chairman of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council: “We’ve seen a huge swing in our favour.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Corporation tax take beats forecasts and interest remains low, but reverse could happen

Eir chief executive Carolan Lennon, and director of regulatory and public policy Gary Healy: Ms Lennon said 42 per cent of Irish people lived in rural areas compared to an EU average of 27 per cent. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Carolan Lennon says investing in rural broadband complex and costly

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will have  €270 million or so for tax cuts unless he takes further revenue-raising measures.

Irish Tax Institute lays out some revenue-raising options for Minister for Finance

The Irish Tax Institute’s report showed the net pay of single-income earners on €35,000 a year is down 3 per cent compared with 2008. Photograph: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

Industry body highlights burden of personal tax still being paid by middle-income earners

The National Ploughing Championships begin on Tuesday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Central Bank report warns of potential negative shocks from Brexit, CAP reductions

Latest survey suggests household goods remains best-performer

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government Eoghan Murphy at the launch of the establishment of the Land Development Agency.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

UCD academic Orla Hegarty says Goverment ‘policy tweaks’ is fuelling land speculation

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar launching Project Ireland 2040; the National Planning Framework and the 10 year National Development Plan.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Economist Seán Barrett says plan will undermine Ireland’s hard-won recovery

Prof John FitzGerald’s research suggests that  in the event of a hard Brexit, the only way the North could stay in the EU is by leaving the UK, which opens up the possibility of a united Ireland. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

New study shows impact on South if Northern Ireland lost €11bn subvention

 Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe at the  Dublin Economics Workshop in Wexford. Photograph:  Conor McCabe Photography

Minister says he does not expect to see current growth in the tax to continue

House prices nationally have risen  50%  since the trough of 2013, while rents are up over 80%  since 2010

Housing issue is affecting disposable income, mobility, competitiveness and quality of life

A trader on the floor of New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Bryan R Smith/AFP/Getty Images

In Dublin, Ryanair falls lower as industrial strife at the airline deepens

The CSO said the construction sector grew  3.2% in the second quarter. Photograph: iStock

Output increased across all major sectors, with ICT up by 13%

The Hilton Hotel in Kilmainham, Dublin, is owned by Tifco

State’s second-largest hotel chain owns 18 hotels and manages others

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Commission president’s comments likely to cause disquiet within Government

Group reports annualised rent roll of €4.6million from existing portfolio

Irish mining group promises crushing plant elements will be in place by end of September

Fine Gael Senator Kieran O’Donnell: “I believe that the Irish banking market needs further competition.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Fine Gael Senator says Germany’s Sparkassen model could be adopted here

Central Bank figures show the net worth of Irish households rose to a record €732 billion in the first quarter of 2018, equating to €150,768 per person. Photograph: iStockphoto/Thinkstock/Getty

Central Bank figures also show Irish households among most indebted in Europe

Irish consumers have been moving away  from the purchase of new models  in favour of buying used premium brands in the UK

Latest vehicle licence figures show 10% pick-up in used imports from UK

Irish Fiscal Advisory Council said almost all small open economies in Europe, with the exception of the Republic, are running budget surpluses.

Irish Fiscal Advisory Council calls on the Government to improve budgetary position

The State’s official unemployment rate was  5.6%  in August. Photograph: Getty Images

Latest monthly figures show number of claimants fell by near record 6,800 in August

“The current legal system makes it difficult for banks to repossess collateral to resolve  loans, and so long-term mortgage arrears are the product of a long repossession process”

Central Bank study notes cases are rare internationally where repossessions are easier

Traders at the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Social media giants fall as chief executives appear before the US Congress

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will have less money than expected on budget

Latest exchequer returns show the Government collected €32.4bn in tax so far this year

The employment rate for mothers in the Republic where the youngest child is aged three to five is 54.5 per cent, compared with an OECD average of 68.8 per cent

Latest official data shows number of workers classified as unemployed fell to 133,800 last month

Working arrangements for mothers are significantly more complex than  working full-time or staying at home, with many mothers maintaining part-time roles after giving birth.

ESRI study highlights the difficulties placed in front of women wanting to work

Childcare costs are keeping women out of the workforce,  a new report finds, with families typically spending about 12 per cent of their disposable income on care for a child of three.

Three in 10 children not cared for by family and parents have care costs of up to €6.13 an hour

Scenes of joy as a Lottery syndicate from Stakelum’s Hardware store in Thurles collect their €17 million cheque from the National Lottery headquarters. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Nearly 10% of sales now generated online, a fivefold increase on 2015

The New York Stock Exchange  in New York on Friday. The S&P 500 and  Dow Jones Industrial Average were largely flat on the day. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

All sectors except one were in negative territory on last day of summer

The European Lotto Betting Association has described as “scandalous” comments by the National Lottery.

Industry group says operators are fully licensed to trade in Ireland

An artist’s impression of One Central Plaza, which was previously the headquarters for the State’s financial regulators, will be WeWork’s third shared office space in Dublin

Report also highlights big upswing in demand from shared-office space providers

The Celebrations’s are pictured at at the launch of new Lotto game changes

Lotto chief says bet-on-lotto operators ‘siphoning off’ revenue from good causes

Emigration is also at its lowest since 2008. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Almost 50,000 people with a third-level qualification arrived last year

Employment in the Republic is now 20,000 higher than at the peak of the last boom. Photograph: Frank Miller

Two-thirds of people coming into State are foreign nationals, CSO figures reveal

  Aidan Brogan chief executive of Datalex pictured at their office at East Point Dublin.Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Dublin-listed travel software firm sees double-digit growth across key metrics

One of the main points of conflict was Ryanair. Photograph: Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty Images

CSO figures suggest there were three industrial disputes in progress involving 888 staff

The benchmark S&P 500 and the Nasdaq hit all-time highs on Friday after Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell said the central bank’s current approach to interest rate hikes were the best way to protect the US economic recovery. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Kingspan was standout performer of the day, rising 9.5 per cent following strong H1 results

The ABC figures show the Irish newspaper market continued to contract in the first half of 2018.

Sales of the digital edition increase by 24% over six-month period to 18,903

Ibec described the funding crisis in higher education as one of the biggest issues facing the State, eclipsed only by housing.

Employers’ group says projects being lost because of lack of funding for higher education

The figures show the bottom 50 per cent of earners  take home 20 per cent of the personal income generated in the economy. Photograph: Getty

Revenue figures reveal ‘shocking level’ of income inequality, says Sinn Féin

Government figures grossly inflated the true level of house building in the State. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Latest new dwelling numbers show increase in building is nowhere near required level

On average fewer than 10,000 new homes were built annually over the past seven years. Photograph: Alan Betson

Figure of almost 8,000 still well below estimated annual demand of 30,000-35,000

Fine issued for breaches of EU-wide Solvency II regime

Travel website says group bookings are likely to be flat for the full year

Irish consumers pay excise of €3.19 on a standard bottle of wine and €6.37 on sparkling wine.

Sales up 0.5% despite EU’s highest excise duty, notes report

Temporary employment contracts accounted for 80 per cent of contingent workers and have not shown any significant signs of increasing in recent years, the ESRI report found.

‘Gig economy’ not as extensive as reports have suggested, study indicates

The company offers a full refund within 30 days if its product fails to boost the customer’s broadband. Photograph: Getty Images

FleetConnect uses mobile phone network to provide premises with a better signal

The price of a standard two-line ticket with the Lotto Plus option will increase from €5 to €6. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Lotto price is to increase for the second time since the franchise was privatised

The Daft.ie report  comes as Leaving Cert students assess their CAO option and begin the accommodation search. Photograph: David Sleator

Daft.ie study accuses Government of ‘negligent inaction’ over nationwide issue

“It’s a cop out to say vulture funds don’t need to be regulated,” said Joe Healy, IFA president. Photograph: Alan Betson

Farmers’ body describes Michael D’Arcy’s comments as ‘a cop out’

Commissioners sought. The deadline for applications for the two roles, which will have regulatory oversight of an increasingly complex telephone and broadband market here, is August 16th.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The deadline for applications for senior roles at the telecoms regulator is August 16th

President Donald Trump: “As steward of the global financial system and the world’s largest economy, the US had powerful carrots and sticks. Not anymore,” says  Alan McQuaid. Photograph: Tom Brenner/New York Times

Alan McQuaid says Ireland is most exposed to breakdown in global trading patterns

The GPO on O’Connell Street, in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Company also plans to seek more than 250 voluntary redundancies

Exports to Britain for the period January to June were worth €6.7 billion, representing a decrease of €512 million, figures show. Photograph: Alan Betson

Latest trade numbers suggest overall export trade remains strong

Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice said broadband was “as important as water and electricity” in rural Ireland”, and called for the Dáil to be recalled. Photograph: Getty Images

Withdrawal of SSE from the sole remaining consortium bidding for the project has raised serious questions over viability of the sc(...)

Denis Naughten, Minister for Communication, announcing details of the National Broadband Plan at Government Buildings in 2017. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Project undeliverable without a big industry player with infrastructure experience

The acquisition by Irish retailer Smyths Toys of 90 Toys “R” Us stores  for €79 million is among the notable transactions recorded in Investec’s latest quarterly tracker of mergers and acquisitions

Smurfit Kappa’s €460m acquisition of Reparenco among notable transactions in Q2

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