Former UK chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond, who has joined the board at Paul Coulson’s glass and metal packaging group, Ardagh. Photograph: Florence Lo/via AP

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Businessman Sean Quinn. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/THE IRISH TIMES

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Heuston Station in Dublin, where CIÉ is considering putting 18 acres of land on the market

Seen & Heard: Starwood pulls plug; broandband rows; Flutter on succession

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Any bank caught up in the tracker mortgage scandal  is  obliged to handle your query in a manner agreed with the Central Bank. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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The Connect trade union, which represents the craft workers concerned, said its members at Pfizer’s Ringaskiddy plant had rejected the proposals ‘quite decisively’. Photograph: Getty Images

Workers at neighbouring Cork plants divided on merit of new arrangements

Insurers will have to give more information to those renewing policies under new rules

By a wide margin – 27%   compared to an overall average of 12%  – Irish bosses are more likely to consider adequate retirement income for workers to be the responsibility of the government

When an Irish employer weighs up which fund provider to choose, the priority is for one which is easy for the employer to implemen(...)

No final decision has been made regarding the number of years for a full State pension. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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More than 300 workers are to be let go at Novartis in Ringaskiddy, Cork. Photograph; David Creedon/Anzenberger

Analysis: Unemployment in pharma is negligible and there are other employers locally

US group Molex is to close its Irish subsidiary. Photograph:  Eamon Ward

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Ger Brennan, who trained as a nurse, was keen to merge his medical interest with sales. After ‘a hundred PFOs’ applying to be a medical rep he landed a contract job with Bayer

Ger Brennan, who runs the Irish operation of MSD, is Brexit-ready and focusing on other issues

Certain supplements for specific groups will be exempt from the new VAT treatment.

Bill to give legal force to budget also provides for series of anti-tax avoidance measures

  Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland Gabriel Makhlouf   Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

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Your car tax will stay the same – at least until next year’s budget. Photograph: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

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There are a number of rules for those availing of the residential stamp duty refund scheme. File photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

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In Budget 2020, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe increased the amount that a person or couple can earn while still being eligible for a full medical card

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Workers install solar panels on a roof. Several readers wanted to know about the State’s deep retrofit scheme. Photograph: courtesy of Construct Ireland

A team of experts from The Irish Times and PwC answered budget questions online

What does Budget 2020  mean for you? Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Irish Times and PwC answer personal finance budget queries online

‘My father-in-law has offered to sell an investment property to my wife and I for €300k.  He paid €200k a number of years ago.’ Photograph: iStock

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Irish companies could suffer a €500 million a year loss in export sales to the UK under a disorderly Brexit, Ibec has warned. Photograph: iStock

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  Anglo Irish Bank headquarters in Dublin back in 2009.

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Jim Lennertz, BioMarin  senior vice-president for commercial operations in EMEA: BioMarin is benefiting from “exceptional pool of life sciences talent and expertise in Ireland”.

Pharmaceuticals group employs 500 people in Ireland working on rare disease therapies

Professionals tend to leave the workforce earlier, due to their access to higher pensions and greater financial security.

Ireland excels at retaining those between 55 and 59 in workforce until they reach 60s

As far back as 2012, Ireland had targeted Ghana, along with Botswana, as countries of strategic importance in relation to the establishment of double taxation agreements

Deal was ratified by the Oireachtas last year but awaits approval form the Ghanaian side

House prices may be falling in Dublin but there has been a strong pickup in sales across most of the capital’s commuter belt, new figures show.

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Artist Fergus Ryan with his subject Kassandra Karema and the resulting portrait of Kassandra, which he submitted for a 189th RHA annual exhibition this year. Sales at the exhibition hit a post-financial crash high. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Noted increase for more expensive items but curator frets over possible Brexit impact in 2020

Mainstay Medical is an Irish medical device company targeting chronic back pain.

Company submits application for pre-market approval to US regulator

 Ger Rabbette, CEO, Uniphar.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

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Uniphar  chairman Maurice Pratt with Daryl Byrne, chief executive of Euronext Dublin, and Ger Rabbette, chief executive of  Uniphar at the bell-ringing ceremony in Euronext Dublin.

Profit and revenue accelerate in first six months of the year for ‘outperform’ company

Inspection facilities being built at Dublin Port in advance of Brexit. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A comprehensive guide to the massive impact likely if the UK crashes out of the EU

The Apple iPhone 11 smartphone on display after an event in Cupertino, California. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

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Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from The Irish Times business desk

Under Ireland’s 2018 Data Protection Act, you are entitled to see  what information is held by the credit bureau

Dominic Coyle helps a woman whose financial future has been compromised by a ‘simple mistake’

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Photograph: Getty

Sharp drop in consumer demand and fall in new export orders with Brexit a key factor

Brian O’Sullivan,  CEO of Fulfil Nutrition. ‘For me to hit the jackpot means to be the number one snack bar brand in Ireland and the number one in the UK and the number one in the US.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley for The Irish Times

Interview of the Week: Brian O’Sullivan, CEO, Fulfil Nutrition

Hershey is paying about  $400m  (€362m) for control of One Brands. Photograph: Angus Mordant/Bloomberg via Getty

US chocolate maker buys One Brands after investing in Irish company Fulfil Nutrition

Huawei mobile services allow users to access the company’s  smartphone apps and to store personal information, including payment details, in the cloud. Photograph: Reuters

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 In total, €1,162 million of new business was approved last month, almost 25 per cent more than in the same month last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

First-time buyers continue to dominate as over €1bn in borrowings for house purchase approved

The big problem is that stepchildren appear to be regarded differently in the two pieces of legislation governing inheritance

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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Share purchase schemes are particularly popular with multinationals with a presence in Ireland. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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Fulfil has been doubling its sales each year and industry sources expect it to deliver consumer sales of close to €100 million this year.

Move offers Irish brand, founded in 2016, the chance to enter the lucrative US market

There is a difference between what you will pay in inheritance tax in France and in Ireland. Photograph:  iStockphoto

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Eric Kinsella, chairman of Jones Engineering Group which is the lead sponsor for the Liffey Swim, with the commemorative medal commissioned from Robert Ballagh for the 100th running of the race. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Eric Kinsella and wife Barbara unveil commemorative award to laud unique city event

Truckmakers – who were previously found to be operating a cartel  – could face a bill of up to €200 million

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A reader  wants to know where he  can check what Eircom shares he had. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

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‘I have agreed to buy his half. Am I   liable for stamp duty?’ Photograph: iStock

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Almost all self-builds involve the applicants project managing the job but relying on skilled tradespeople to carry out much, if not all, the work. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

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President and CEO of Takeda Christophe Weber  at the official opening of Takeda Ireland’s new cutting-edge manufacturing facility at its Grange Castle site in Dublin. Photograph:   Jason Clarke

Christophe Weber has overseen the $62 billion takeover of Shire and the opening of a new plant in Dublin

Takeda   has invested €40 million at Grange Castle to build a new plant . Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Local waste facilities would be a good calling card for new investment, Japanese group says

Inflection Biosciences co-founder Dr Michael O’Neill, chief executive Darren Cunningham and Prof Bryan Hennessy, senior clinical lecturer at the Royal College of Surgeons. Photograph: Julien Behal

Dublin pharma development company’s drug blocks pathways used by cancer cells

Tax strategy is in focus.

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Food supplement industry demands action. Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin with Irish Health Trade Association   member Alan Martin,   managing director  Jonathan Griffin and   general secretary Phil Costigan, outside Leinster House. File photograph: Maxwell Photography

Export report focuses on whether all should be taxed the same and at what rate

Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, is in the running for director general of the IMF. Photographer: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg

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If the option exists to reduce four to three, it seems sensible to do this. Photograph: Getty Images

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Brian Hayes, CEO of Banking and Payments Federation of Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

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The drug Orkambi, made by Vertex Pharmaceuticals, was approved for use in the Republic after a campaign by people with Cystic Fibrosis  and their families. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Breakthrough medicine Orkambi main factor behind 71% rise in sales

Arthur Ryan, second from left,  and Alma Carroll at the opening of Primark’s store in Boston in 2015, alongside Mayor Martin Walsh and  Primark chief executive Paul Marchant. Photograph: Josh Reynolds

Dublin man established Penneys and Primark as a major global fashion brand

Takeda chief executive Christophe Weber with Mary Buckley, IDA Ireland executive dIrector (centre),  and Minister for Employment Affairs Regina Doherty at the official opening of Takeda Ireland’s new cancer drug manufacturing facility at Grange Castle in Dublin.  Photograph: Jason Clarke.

Investment of €40m delivers first active pharmaceutical ingredient for Takeda outside Japan

Vascepa is aiming to become the first prescription drug for people at risk of stroke or heart attack who continue to have high levels of harmful blood fats despite being on treatment with statins

Strong increase in proft forecast on the back of sales of fish oil drug in the US

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe, left, and NTMA Chief Executive Conor O’Kelly. Photograph: Iain White/Fennell Photography

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Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association says: “We should reflect on a version of the industry that inspires hope for human health, rather than a narrative too often skewed by misconceptions and narrow rows over price.”

PwC report on European drug sector highlights contributions to economy and society

The Workplace Relations Commission has issued a new proposal that further improves the terms on offer to workers based at two Pfizer plants  in Cork. Photograph: Andrew Kelly/Reuters

WRC awaits outcome of ballots on improved proposals to surrender final salary scheme

In the 1980s and early-1990s, endowments were as popular as tracker subsequently became. Rather than bear the financial burden of an annuity mortgage, customers  paid only the interest on their loan

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 Former British foreign secretary Boris Johnson delivers a speech to Conservative party members at the leadership hustings in Birmingham. Concern remains about leadership in British politics, Chris Johns argues. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

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The new market for Botox  is a boost for Allergan’s plant in Westport, Co Mayo, which is responsible for the manufacture of worldwide supplies of Botox. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

US drugs regulator the Food and Drug Administration has sanctioned wider use of the drug after a fast-tracked review of results fr(...)

 St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre in Dublin

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Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan: Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy is seeking an additional €200 million per year for each of the next three years for the scheme

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Is it too late for my father to give his savings to his family? Photograph: Getty Images

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‘Do I qualify as a first-time buyer?’ Photograph: Getty Images/iStock

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File photo.  Photograph:  Dominic Lipinski/PA

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Sean Dunne leaves the US Federal Court House.  Photograph: Douglas Healey

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Following the divorce, your stepdaughter no longer has any category A rights to your estate. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

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Pensions are hard to understand, partly because levels of financial literacy are generally low, ESRI research for the Pensions Authority has found.

ESRI research points to problems that undermine successful saving for retirement

The FDA grants priority review only to drugs that have the potential to offer significant improvement in the treatment of serious conditions.

Irish company’s Vascepa on track for earlier than expected approval

Exit tax is seen as a payment credited to you against any final tax liability upon your eventual exit from the fund. Photograph: iStock

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Finlay McFadyen, head of investment banking, AIB Group; Fountain Healthcare partner Dr Manus Rogan; and Andrew McDowell, vice-president, European Investment Bank. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Group beats €100m target and intends to invest the bulk of the fund in Europe and US

Confidence is strongest in the dairy sector, with 90 per cent of businesses saying they are either confident or very confident. Photograph: Getty Images

Survey finds Brexit and volatile prices the biggest challenges for sector

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