Drug companies have warned against moves to weaken protections for intellectual property  rights in Europe. Photograph: Getty Images

EU states expected to discuss plans to loosen restrictions on manufacturing by generics firms

K Club owner Michael Smurfit has been subpoenaed to appear at the High Court. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

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Medicines for Ireland says the generic substitution and reference pricing regime has delivered savings of €1.6 billion to the State since 2013. Photograph: Russell Boyce/Reuters

Spending on high-tech drugs almost doubles to over €660m in nine years

Minister of State Pat Breen with Lauren Blake, software test engineer at BD, at the formal opening of the medical device company’s new centre of excellence in Limerick. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Medical device firm with 54-year history in Ireland officially opens centre of excellence

According to research, on average people start saving for retirement aged 37 – too late, Irish Life says. Photograph: Getty Images

Report says sector needs to make pensions more accessible and understandable

The ReActiv8 unit is designed to treat disabling pain in patients with chronic lower back pain through the use of an implant that stimulates nerves to strengthen muscles in the lower back

Group completes back pain neurostimulator implants in all 204 patients enrolled in test for device

“We need the house sold but it seems to be a huge cost involved if we employ a solicitor barrister.”

Sibling reluctant to vacate family home after death of parents causes much angst

Two of the three main depositaries for Revenue-sanctioned SAYE schemes are based in England. Photograph: Getty

Over 10,000 Irish employees face being left out of pocket on save-as-you-earn schemes

The K Club golf resort in Straffan, Co Kiladare is named as a defendant in a High Court case over an alleged threat made to a former employee. Photograph: Alan Betson

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Society of Actuaries rejects idea for SSIA-type scheme as way to make pensions accessible

The Category A tax threshold on inheritances and gifts has absolutely no bearing on dwelling house relief. Photograph: iStock

Confused over whether daughter will pay tax if we leave her our home

It’s difficult enough to get on the housing ladder these days without lenders putting unnecessary barriers in the way. Photograph: iStock

My girlfriend’s dad wants to give her €35,000 towards a house but the bank says tax is due

The Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association says the Government accepts that its medicines bill has been “relatively stable” at about €1.7 billion for the past five years. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Government to save €15m this year as prices fall across 750 drugs

Is a slowdown in house price growth in sight? Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

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Tommy Nielsen, chairman of the Association of Pension Trustees in Ireland: Complexity, he argues, is a defence for paralysis at the Department of Social Protection

Government plan for public consultation on auto-enrolment a ‘deflectionary tactic’

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The sale Phoenix Group will trigger a “return of value” of about £1.75 billion to the group’s shareholders – including almost 57,000 in Ireland

Overwhelming support for sale of insurance business in Ireland and Britain to Phoenix

In France and Ireland – but not the UK – inheritance tax is levied on the beneficiary and not on the estate.

France levies tax of 55 per cent on inheritance over €8,000 threshold

The All Blacks perform the haka in Eden Park, Auckland, in 2017. Standard Life’s return of capital to shareholders will be broken into two sums – £1 billion and £750 million. Photograph: Peter Meecham/ Inpho/Photosport

Company to conduct share consolidation alongside return of £1.75 billion

Tier One managing director Kevin Coughlan says the process of pensions reform has continued behind closed doors.

Government should focus on simplifying regulation, lobby group says

AuriGen Medical founders Tony O’Halloran, chief technology officer, and chief executive John Thompson at their office in NUI Galway. Photograph: Aengus McMahon

AuriGen Medical rated first of 1,280 firms in Horizon 2020 funding round across Europe

“The world of data is in upheaval because existing technology does not work,” says Data Chemist chief executive Kevin Feeney. Photograph: iStock

Data Chemist technology allows connections in data to be mapped

A total of €9.4 million in settlements was agreed with 61 taxpayers

Valerie Donnelly is one of 61 taxpayers named in defaulters list

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Which precise rules apply depend on where the inheritor and the donor live at the time of death, or possibly even which third country a property is located in.

Q&A: What are the tax rules for both ourselves and our children?

Patent protection rules that curb competition for medicines in markets outside the European Union should be changed, the European commission has proposed. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Big pharma companies object to change that would allow generic manufacture of protected medicines for markets outside the bloc

The war of words between Michel Barnier and David Davies shows no sign of abating as the Brexit deadline draws ever closer.

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Neurent Medical founders David Townley, chief technology officer and Brian Shields, chief executive: The company hopes to begin the first of two clinical trials next year, possibly in the US. Photograph: Michael Dillon

Galway medical device firm developing rhinitis cure device for use in doctors’ offices

The Irish Association of Pension Funds  survey showed that almost two-thirds of companies have acted to derisk their pension fund investment strategy. File photograph: Getty Images

Irish Association of Pension Funds analysis reveals most schemes closed to new members

Reforming the amount of tax relief on pension contributions  is unlikely to result in increasing the saving habits of lower paid workers, according to an ESRI report.

ESRI report says changes to level of tax relief unlikely to benefit lower paid workers

The founder and chief executive of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg leaves the European Parliament after an hearing in Brussels. Mr Zuckerberg appeared before the European Parliament representatives to answer questions in a live broadcast on data information breach by Cambridge Analytica and also how Facebook uses personal data in general. Photograph: EPA/Stephanie LeCocq

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When the State acquired a 99.8 per cent share AIB in order to prop it up, that effectively meant the investors who previously owned 100 per cent of the bank now owned by 0.2 per cent.

Q&A: Unless the shares are sold, there’s no capital loss to use

Any communications from Computershare relating to a Eircom shareholding would be helpful when seeking information about it from the registrar. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Q&A: Shareholders should always keep documentation relating to their shares

David Cadogan and Killian MacDonald of Gilead Sciences:  firm has invested more than €190 million in its Irish business since first opening here in 1999.

Biopharma firm’s Carrigtwohill quality control lab to boost output for overseas markets

Carillion: a cocktail of greed, arrogance, incompetence and aggressive accounting practices combined to bring the business down, MPs state in their report on its collapse. Photograph:  Daniel Sorabji/AFP/Getty Images

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“If you are Irish domiciled, the full gain on any sale of your Indian property is taxable in Ireland under our capital gains tax regime; however, if you are Indian domiciled, Ireland will tax you only on the amount you bring into the State to help you buy your new home here.”

Q&A: Key issue in relation to tax liability is where you are domiciled

President Donald Trump: his decision on Iran could damage Irish trade just as he looks to U-turn on a previous US blockade of a Chinese firm Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP Photo

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Lawyerly advice and good sense dictates one should do everything possible to avert a family row over your inheritance. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images.

Q&A: If you are changing your will, you really do need to go through a solicitor

It is not uncommon for parents to amend   their wills as circumstances change.

Q&A: Most lawyers will advise setting up a trust to provide for care of children

By inheriting a second property from a parent, along with the family home, a person no longer qualifies for the dwelling home exemption as they are deemed to have an interest in another property. Illustration: iStock

Q&A: Inheriting family home and second property means both come into tax net

The relief from capital gains of the sale of someone’s principal private residence is one of the best known tax reliefs  A person can receive cumulative gifts and/or inheritances from their parents of €310,000 under current rules without incurring a tax liability. Photograph: iStock

Q&A: Property gift could incur liability under gift tax or capital acquisitions tax

Ardagh chairman and chief executive Paul Coulson, hailed the benefits of scale and diversity as the company reported strong earnings Thursday despite falling sales at its US glass business. Photograph: Frank Miller

Strong performance in metals and European glass operations offsets falling sales and rising costs at North American glass business

HiberGene chief executive Brendan Farrell said the company was halfway through its latest fundraising round.

Company raising €5 million for product development and global commercialisation

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Cancer drugs feature in list of therapies waiting HSE approval on cost grounds

Ireland’s pension liability as a percentage of GDP is low relative to other countries, reflecting Ireland’s comparatively young population.

Ireland less exposed to pension liabilities than other EU states, CSO figures show

Artist’s impression of new MSD site at Swords, expanded  to 43,000sq m from previous 31,000sq m plant.

Biotech facility to employ 350 on repurposed and expanded Dublin site

Former INM chairman Leslie Buckley, who is reported in court documents to have passed on confidential information to INM shareholder Denis O’Brien about communications minister Denis Naughten’s plans to refer the Celtic Media merger to the regulator. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

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Alkermes reckons more than eight million people in the US alone suffer from a major depressive disorder. File photograph: Getty Images

Food and Drug Administration accepts filing from Irish pharma group fortnight after refusal

Nigel Aston, head of defined contribution global proposition and strategy at asset manager State Street Global Advisors.

Government plans for auto-enrolment depend on quality of pitch to workers

Immunotherapies have been a major focus of cancer research in recent years

Start-up working on way to block spread of cancer cells in patients with aggressive breast cancer

Dr Michael O’Neill, director of research and development at Inflection Biosciences, Darren Cunningham, chief executive at Inflection and Prof Bryan Hennessy, senior clinical lecturer at RCSI and consultant medical oncologist. Photograph: Julien Behal

Inflection Biosciences seeking phase I testing for new therapy targeting aggressive cancer

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg is surrounded by members of the media as he arrives to testify before a Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees joint hearing regarding the company’s use and protection of user data. Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters

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Outside the Capitol in Washington, DC, protest group Avaaz set up 100 cutouts of Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg with the words “Fix Facebook” on them. Photograph: Al Drago/Bloomberg

Social media giant’s chief denies Facebook ‘wilfully blind’ to abuse

Getting out the vote: Advertising agency BBDO has won the Referendum Commission account to explain the upcoming referendum and encourage people to register and vote. Photograph:Niall Carson/PA Wire

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Jake Carter and Karen Byrne in RTÉ’s successful series Dancing with the Stars, which is made in Ardmore Studios. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Troy shareholders’ €6m takeover of Bray studio offers more space to filmmakers

Troy Studios boss Siún Ní Raghallaigh. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Troy Studios has set up in former Dell factory to bring big productions to the area

Border guards work at a container port in Qingdao, Shandong province, China. China will place 25 per cent tariffs on a list of 106 US goods, in a retaliatory action against the US’s new tariff on Chinese products. Photograph: Yu Fangping/EPA

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Richard Pops, chairman and chief executive officer of Alkermes. Photograph: Patrick Fallon/Bloomberg

US regulator says more clinical trials needed before considering Irish drug group’s depression treatment

For all the emphasis on centralised lending decision and algorithms, there is still a place in banks for personal discretion. Photograph: Alan Betson

Q&A: Best bet is to appeal to bank’s financial benefit, not its sense of fairness

Friends Provident  shares were worth 229 pence sterling when the insurer floated in 2001.

Q&A: Policyholders received shares in insurer when it demutualised in 2001

Silhouette of laptop user is seen next to a screen projection of Apple logo. Apple has released a software update across all platforms to bring its services fully into line with the new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) rules.  PHOTOGRAPH: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Tech group says aim of update is to help customers understand how data will be used and update privacy options ahead of GDPR

Keytruda producer MSD has announced plans to invest in a new biotech facility at its decommissioned Swords plant. When completed in 2021, the Swords plant will be dedicated to manufacturing Keytruda, providing 350 jobs. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Keytruda to be available to lung cancer patients in Ireland from April

 Prof Jonathan Haskel, the author of “Capitalism without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy”, who  spoke at Ibec’s Business Leaders conference where Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy warned that the economy was losing competitiveness faster than during the Celtic Tiger years. Photograph: Conor McCabe

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In 2006, banks had still not woken to the looming disaster that was tracker mortgages: it was only in 2008 that they started withdrawing them.

Q&A: Three-month fixed-rate option raises questions about advice received

Dancing with the Stars: filming at Ardmore of the 2017 series of the RTÉ show. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Historic Bray studio, home of ‘Dancing with the Stars’, sold to Joe Devine group

More than 6,000 homeowners have availed of the Help to Buy scheme to date. Photograph: Alan Betson

First-time buyers who exchanged contracts before scheme started but then claimed relief will have to repay money

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has taken a $7.4 billion hit to his fortune, on paper, as the company’s shares slide close to 9 per cent in two days amid the Cambridge Analytica crisis. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

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As the sale of a principal private residence is not liable for tax under capital gains, the corollary is that you cannot use it to accumulate a loss that could be set against other gains.

Q&A: Sale of principal private residence is main exemption from capital gains law

A person must be resident in Canada to reap the benefits of the Tax-Free Savings Account, a structure that was first introduced there in 2009.

Q&A: Savings account liable for tax in both jurisdictions on return to Ireland

Avectas co-founder and chief scientific officer Dr Shirley O’Dea (left) with head of business development Dr Gillian Hendy, and CEO and co-founder Michael Maguire. Photograph: Fennell Photography

Funding boost for Avectas team developing breakthrough approach at medicine’s cutting edge

Permanent TSB is back in the black for the first time in a decade. Photograph: Alan Betson

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The EU is looking to impose a temporary tax on digital sales as an interim measure, pending agreement on a new EU-wide tax regime. If successful, it will hit Ireland’s tax revenues. Photograph:  Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images

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I’d have taken the arm off any lender who was offering a tracker at less than one percentage point over the prevailing ECB rate

Dominic Coyle answers your personal finance questions.

EU trade commissioner Ceclilia Malmström was left frustrated at attempts to tie down an exemption over the weekend from US President Donald Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminium. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo

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Setanta Asset Management took the worst hit last month, giving up 2.7 per cent.

Funds almost 1 per cent down on average in 2018 following stock-market correction

Tom O’Mahony, chief executive of Origin, He said the first half had shown “favourable activity levels on farms”.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Company says performance in traditionally quiet first period sets foundation for growth

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary has become the ninth Irish member of the Forbes Billionaires List.

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The  new Edwards Lifesciences plant in Shannon, due to be operational in 2020, will be the company’s largest manufacturing investment in the EU. Photograph: iStock

Medical equipment company plans €80 million investment in new plant

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe, announce major changes to pensions in Ireland, on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Universal welcome for auto-enrolment of workers in a pension scheme, though Ibec worries about implementation

The Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty said it was increasingly clear that people in the private sector are not doing enough to plan for retirement. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

‘Increasingly clear that people in the private sector are not saving enough, or at all’

PTSB broke out the numbers on its portfolio of non-performing loans, Project Glas, as it battles efforts to block their sale. Photograph: Alan Betson

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