The Bank of Ireland headquarters sit in Dublin.

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

The European Court of Justice said on Wednesday that data protection authorities in any European Union member state can pursue privacy complaints against Facebook. Photograph: Denis Charlet/AFP via Getty Images

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

AstraZeneca has finally applied formally to the European Medicines Agency for approval for the jab it has developed with Oxford University

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

Aashim Bajaj, Cinnamon Garden Restaurant: ‘The impact of this third lockdown is undeniable.’

We asked SMEs how they were coping, and their hopes and fears for 2021. Here’s what they had to say

Further restrictions on business were announced by the Government on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Irish Times would like to hear from SMEs about the latest restrictions

Have you ditched cash for card for good this year? The Covid-19 pandemic has hastened the demise of notes and coins, Fiona Reddan writes in her weekly Money Matters column. Photograph: iStock

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

The Government has agreed to reimpose Level 5 restrictions, with some modifications, due to the rising numbers of Covid-19 cases. Non-essential retail will be permitted to stay open, but shops will be asked not to hold sales. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

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

Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Finance, said the Government would adjust existing pandemic supports for workers. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

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

Photograph: iStock

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

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

Steep commissions charged by Deliveroo, Uber Eats and Just Eat are taking a heavy toll on food businesses. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

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

Patrick and John Collison, co-founders of Stripe, which could be valued as high as $100 billion, according to Bloomberg. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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

Cathriona Hallahan, managing director of Microsoft Ireland with chief executive of IDA Ireland Martin Shanahan and  Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar  as Microsoft Ireland announced the creation of 200 new engineering roles. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

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

Eoin Burke-Kennedy reports on data provided by Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien showing how much local councils paid for social housing. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

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

Containers at Belfast Harbour. Photograph: Paul Faith/Bloomberg

Two-thirds of construction firms that trade with UK have not registered for customs

Photograph: iStock

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

A surprise €930 million shortfall underlines the unreliability and unsustainability of corporation tax receipts, the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said.

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

Singer Niall Horan had a s hare in a $2 million (€1.71 million) pay package from his main Irish firm.

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

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

New figures showing a 30.3 per cent drop in the number of home loans drawn down.

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

Yoga and Pilates studio owner Colm Walsh: ‘I’ll have to get another job, even though I still have to run a business which paid over €100,000 in income tax and VAT last year’

‘We will be left with no option but to lay off the majority of our workforce’

Covid-19 has had a dramatic effect on the economy, and Government ministers have warned the current level of spending is unsustainable if a vaccine is not found. Photograph: iStock

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

Will your business be able to continue trading during Level 5 restrictions? Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

The Irish Times wants to hear from you: What measures are you taking to continue trading?

K. James Donahue: ‘I’ve had to stop teaching a Tai Chi class at a day centre for older people, as well as teaching a music class at a school.’

The Irish Times asked you for your reaction to the budget. Here’s what you had to say

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath in Government Buildings in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph:  Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

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

Analysts say AIB needs to find an additional €200 million in savings to reach 2022 profit targets. Photograph: Tom Honan

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

Some livelihoods have been devastated by the pandemic, but a booming export market has somewhat compensated for drastic losses in domestic sectors including tourism, hospitality, the arts and construction. Photograph: iStock

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

100 days to Brexit: Tánaiste Leo Varadkar is urging businesses to brace for the changes it will bring. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

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

Finance Ireland refinanced a portfolio of €295 million worth of mortgages on the international bond market last week.

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

The new, cheaper Apple Watch SE was unveiled during an Apple event in California on Tuesday.

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

Retail Excellence says independent retailers may have difficulty this Christmas sourcing stock. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

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

‘The winter of 2020 will be a write-off,’ Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary admitted yesterday. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

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

Google did not say why it had decided against leasing a new office in Dublin’s docklands. File photograph: Paul McErlane/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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

The Porterhouse Group has recorded ‘a very minimal recovery’ in its two Dublin city centre bar-restaurants. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

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

On the road near Dingle, Co Kerry. Photograph: Martin Dorey

‘In a campervan you can travel in a safer and more environmentally-friendly way, seeing great stuff along the way’

Paul Mescal will star as Sean in Virgin Media Television’s new major Irish drama The Deceived, starting on September 7th. Photograph: Virgin Media

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

AIB has begun refunding customers who were wrongly denied a tracker mortgage. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

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

Grey clouds: the Irish in Australia are facing a recession. Photograph: Joel Carrett/EPA

Many Irish down under aren’t running for the exit, despite a looming recession

Lives Lost: Thomas (Tommy) Smyth died from Covid-19 on April 30th 2020.

Dublin man recovered from TB as a child and took up soccer, Irish dancing and defence training

Francie and Kathleen Marry on their wedding day.  Family members say they looked like Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman

Lives Lost to Covid-19: She made beautiful clothes for family, neighbours and friends

Net overseas migration in Australia is expected to be down 30 per cent this year as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.  Photograph:  James D Morgan/Getty Images

Borders are closed and visa programmes on hold - but there are glimmers of hope

Lives Lost: Caroline Crowley

Lives Lost to Covid-19: Devoted wife, mother and grandmother who ‘would give hours to anyone who would ask for her advice’

 One of Edna Murphy’s   favourite nights out was to the local bingo hall with a group of nearby neighbours

Lives lost to Covid-19: Mother of six is fondly remembered as an active member of the community in Crumlin

Donal Hurson: Loved the company of his nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, his friends and neighbours

Lives Lost to Covid-19: The Green, Green Grass of Home was his favourite song to sing

 Norman Galway: ‘If you were a friend, you were a friend for life.’

Lives Lost to Covid-19: 'If you were a friend, you were a friend for life'

John Donegan with his wife Mary. He lived with her  in Ballymun for most of his life.

Lives Lost to Covid-19: Dublin who lost sight in his 20s was devoted to his wife and God

Gary Cahill, food and beverage director at the Shelbourne, serving coffee in the Lord Mayor’s Lounge. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish Times journalists sample the post-lockdown tourism experience

Anne Holohan: ‘We’re a family of four, and no, we won’t be traveling abroad. It’s not worth the risk to ourselves and to everyone around us. It’s not such a sacrifice to holiday in Ireland!’

The Government is unclear about foreign holidays this summer. We asked for your views

Lives Lost: Bill Taylor

Lives lost to Covid-19: At the funeral nobody could hug his wife, who also had the virus

Childcare providers are allowed to reopen from Monday but many are worried how they will manage to operate under new coronavirus measures. Photograph: Getty Images

Childcare services can reopen on Monday – but providers are struggling to cope

‘I will miss the slow pace of lockdown life’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Readers share what they have learned about themselves, and the habits they hope to continue

‘It is very difficult for families who have a loved one that is anxious and doesn’t understand what is going on.’ Photograph: iStock

As some visits restart, readers tell us about seeing loved ones after three months apart

Schools have been using apps such as Seesaw to interact with children.

‘Parents have taken on the roles of teacher, sports coach, friend and childminder’

Black Irish Lives: The Irish Times asked black people and people of colour to share their stories

I can’t breathe: a protester in Manhattan. Photograph: Jason Szenes/EPA

Protests against killing of George Floyd continue in epicentre of Covid-19 pandemic

Maisie Byrne

Lives Lost to Covid-19: ‘At times you’d question if she had dementia she was that sharp’

Children attend class while practising social distancing in  France, May 25th. Photograph: Epa/Ian Langsdon

As school and creches reopen around the world, Irish parents share their experiences

Demonstrators at Lafayette Park in Washington, DC, on Tuesday. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty

George Floyd protests: Irish people across the United States describe their experiences

Margaret Cullen  her daughter Aideen Cullen

Lives lost to Covid-19: After stint nursing in Saudi in the 70s she settled in Kildare

Relationships have changed utterly during lockdown. File photograph: Getty Images

Dating online, rediscovering love or loneliness – lockdown has utterly changed relationships

Frank Cullen: A northsider who “emigrated” south of the Liffey with his wife Peg in 1967

Lives Lost to Covid-19: He knew hardship but never let it get in the way of laughter

Roger Doyle’s sons Jack (7) and Ryan (4).

We asked parents how they thought their kids were coping. Here’s what you had to say

The Irish Times asked readers to tell us how they have been affected by cancelled appointments and procedures since the coronavirus outbreak. Photograph: iStock

Patients have had appointments and procedures cancelled in the public and private system

Esther Jennings loved dancing, going to the cinema,  watching football and hurling.

Lives lost to Covid-19: An independent woman who was devoted to family

Many people are experiencing prolonged isolation for the first time during the coronavirus pandemic. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Some readers are enjoying the freedom of isolation but others are feeling the strain

Lives lost: some of the people who have died of Covid-19 in Ireland and among the diaspora in recent weeks

The public, private and very full lives of some of those who have died of Covid-19 in recent weeks

Tom Mulholland from Kilkerley, Co Louth, spent every day working the fields and building up his dairy herd.

Lives lost to Covid-19: Farmer lived whole life in Kilkerley and was honorary president of GAA club

Harry O’Callaghan:  “His death was a tragedy as he had so much more life to live”

Lives lost to Covid-19: Although he made a life for his young family in London, he returned to Ireland for all big family occasion(...)

Sheila Geoghegan  loved going to concerts and shows on Broadway while in New York

Lives lost to Covid-19: ‘She would tell us great stories of her travels and the people she met as a flight attendant’

Paddy Davis  would talk to the birds and sit listening to them singing.

Lives lost to Covid-19: ‘It’s heartbreaking, but I believe he’s in heaven with my mam now’

 Mary Harding loved reading about history and current events, and did The Irish Times crossword daily

Lives lost to Covid-19: ‘A frontline worker before they invented the phrase’

Simon Brennan spent the last year of his life raising funds  for research into motor neurone disease.

Living in Wicklow, Kitty Brennan was unable to travel to her son’s funeral in London this week

A  romantic encounter between customers from Germany in 2005. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Dublin cafe was beloved for many reasons, from its cherry buns to friendly waitresses

Brian O’Connell (with his wife Pam): ‘We have been very lucky and kept very busy painting - both walls and canvases - and doing online courses.’

Readers share where they went on their first trips out of the house in six weeks or more

The Irish Times children’s isolation art competition: Wild Imagination (centre), the winning entry, by James Moonan; flanked by highly commended entries by Elizabeth McElroy (left) and Áine McPolin (right)

Our overall winner, two runners-up and a wealth of highly commended entries selected by Don Conroy

Women wearing masks  in the Mall of Dubai on  Tuesday. The shopping centre has been reopened as part of moves in the Gulf emirate to ease lockdown restrictions imposed last month to prevent the spread of  Covid-19. Photograph: Karim Sahib/AFP via Getty Images

Irish people in Spain, Dubai, France, Malaysia and Italy are seeing restrictions eased

Robert Czarny would like to be able to go fishing again.

We asked you what restrictions you would like to see eased. Here’s what you told us

‘What I really missed was the social aspect of drinking.’ Photograph: iStock

Are you consuming more or less? Readers tell us how their habits have changed

Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

We asked readers how they are coping with the lockdown now. Here’s what they had to say

‘I am very concerned about Covid-19 in nursing homes. I find the lack of transparency, regarding the specific location of clusters of Covid-19 in nursing homes, frustrating.’ Photograph: iStock

Relatives of care home patients share their concerns about the spread of the virus

The way we grieve our dead has changed utterly in a matter of weeks. Here, readers share their stories

Covid Stories: Two weeks in, readers over-70 share how they are coping with cocooning

Dorothy Hanley celebrated her 90th birthday in December.

When Dorothy Hanley died suddenly last week, her daughter Elaine was in isolation awaiting a Covid-19 test

Coronavirus front line: healthcare workers at the Covid-19 testing area on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Healthcare workers share their accounts of combating the coronavirus pandemic

Abbie Yambasu and Brian Alcorn at their hastily arranged wedding ahead of the introduction of further restrictions on movement in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Covid Stories: ‘It was absolute chaos, but we were able to find a sense of peace’

Irish holidaymakers and emigrants are trying to get back to Ireland this week as the number of Covid-19 cases rises. Photograph: iStock

Covid Stories: Irish tourists and emigrants share their experiences of trying to fly home to Ireland

Dame Street lies empty on Thursday, March 19th. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Employees and business owners share their experiences of the Covid-19 crisis

A boy gets refreshed at a water fountain in Montpellier in France. Photograph: Pascal Guyot/AFP

Red warnings issued in France as temperatures set to soar to 45 degrees

With a new team member on board, and news about the referendum on emigrant voting rights

Some Irish people say nothing has changed in how they are treated by British people, others say Brexit has brought racism out of the shadows. Photograph: Getty

We asked Irish people in Britain to write about Brexit. Here are some of the 140 responses

Chester and Marian Raphael on their wedding day, in 1943

Three stories from a century of war, love and adventure around the world

Photograph: Niklas Halle'n/AFP/Getty

It’s the biggest Irish community abroad, but Brexit and demographics are remaking it

Seán Sorohan:"I know it's sad, but I do get a little thrill pulling out the Irish passport - my whole life I've been telling people I'm Irish with my London accent and now I've got the paper to prove it!"

While some apply ‘just for the passport’, for others, their reasons run deeper

Katie Moore works  for an applied anthropology research organisation with global reach, specialising in sexual and reproductive health in resource-poor environments.

From sex education programmes to business networks, women share their experiences

Jay O’Callaghan, his husband Aaron O’Bryan, and their son Jake with his new Irish passport.

Pair ‘jumped through hoops’ for passport but one father still has no legal rights in Ireland

As a community, the Irish have the highest median age - 53 years - of any immigrant group here in Britain. Photograph: iStock

Travel and healthcare are the biggest concerns among members of 120 Irish organisations

What are the worst - or best, depending on your view - Paddy’s Day t-shirts you’ve ever seen? Photograph: @FXKennedy/Twitter

J Crew apologises for selling t-shirt with six counties missing from map of Ireland

The Irish in Britain organisation said ‘a lot of uncertainty and concern’ remained about what would happen to social welfare payments - particularly pensions - for Irish people living in the UK after Brexit. Photograph: iStock

New agreement protects rights of citizens living and working in each other’s state

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