Actuaries say “significant” increases in PRSI  needed to keep paying pensions at 65.

FG and FF reverse positions on upping pension age and now support transition pension

Measures put in place by the State ensure that retiring public servants are not affected by the pension gap.

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The State contributory pension is €248 per week, and the jobseeker’s allowance is €203, meaning a new transition payment at the same level as the pension would cost an extra €45 per person per week. Photograph : iStock

Consultant highlights inequity which sees public sector workers get supplementary pension

Measures put in place by the State ensure that retiring public servants are not affected by the pension gap

Supplementary pension means only private sector workers are left in pensions limbo

Willie O’Dea  confirmed Fianna Fáil plans to outlaw contracts that force workers to leave their jobs at 65. Photograph: iStock

Parties at odds over plans to outlaw contracts forcing people to retire at 65

Pensions have blown up as an election issue over the weekend. Photograph: iStock

Parties are scrambling to address pension concerns – here’s what you need to know

Sandra Gannon, chief executive of Azure Pharmaceuticals: 178 products are listed as out of stock amid fears the figure could grow post-Brexit. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Sandra Gannon services supply chain when firms stop investing in off-patent products

Horse geneticist Emmeline Hill said if inbreeding is unchecked, it would continue to increase, given the high demand in the business for particular bloodlines of successful sires. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

Study shows Ireland was the second-biggest player in the €2bn global breeding business

Tigers Childcare chairman Cormac Tobin with Lilah Mahon and Karen Clince, managing director. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography.

Creche and after-school care service operates 13 centres in Dublin and Meath for 1,250 children

Pointy co-founders Mark Cummins and Charles Bibby: established the company in 2014 and will share $80 million-plus for their 51 per cent stake in the business.

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Clinical trials group Icon expects turnover to rise by up to 10 per cent this year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish business expects to buy back one million shares from investors this year

Equinome founder Emmeline Hill: “What we’re doing is assessing the natural variation or the natural genetics of an individual.” Photograph: Peter Houlihan

Equinome founder Emmeline Hill has brought disruptive technology to horse racing

 International Airlines Group chief executive Willie Walsh, who has announced plans to retire from the airline group.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Former Aer Lingus chief will retire in June but step aside from board in March

Irish drug company Amarin says sales from Vascepa, its one cardiovascular drug for 2019, will be at or above the upper end of its previous guidance

Amarin doubling size of US sales force as FDA sanctions expanded market for Vascepa

Irish pension funds delivered bumper returns in 2019, making it the best year for investment returns in a decade.

Zurich Life tops peers as funds recover from calamitous end to 2018

The mortgage deal you got when you first purchased your home is unlikely to still be the best available.

More than 80% of people on standard variable rate home loans likely to be overpaying

Only six in 10 Irish workers have some form of private pension savings, according to new data published by the Central Statistics Office

CSO study cites affordability and ‘failure to get around to it’ as main reasons for shortfall

Irish heart drug company Amarin’s Vascepa is approved for widespread use in the US, Canada, the United Arab Emirates and Lebanon.

Irish pharma group gearing up for legal battle over patents with generic drugmakers

The AIB purchasing managers index for December showed activity in the sector slowing down again as the year came to a close. Photograph: Getty Images

December caps longest period of weakness for companies in eight years

Danger Mouse, which Boulder Media worked on for BBC and Fremantle. Photograph: FremantleMedia

Studio founded by Robert Cullen produces cartoons for Disney, BBC and Nickelodeon

Until now,  Minister for Employment Affairs Regina Doherty has consistently said the new pension system should be in place by the third quarter of 2020.

Regina Doherty’s new system could yet be further disrupted by a general election

Photograph: iStock

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US trade representative Robert Lighthizer gestures as he speaks during a meeting in Mexico with Canadian deputy prime minister Chrystia Freeland and Mexican leaders on the USMCA trade pact which will replace the Nafta accord. Photograph: Henry Romero/Reuters

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Kerry may soon usurp CRH as the Iseq index’s heavyweight

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Position paper warns that the ‘current system of assessing new medicines in Ireland is not working’, with the country ranked bottom of 13 western European states in its speed of bringing new cancer medicines to patients

Government urged to improve focus on pharma research and access to medicines

PEL Waste Reduction Equipment founder and chief executive Tommy Griffith: “Waste is always an issue.”

Tommy Griffith's has created an international engineering success by developing bottle crushers and solar-powered street bins

About 1,000 Pfizer employees in Ireland are members of the defined benefit scheme. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Drug giant warns managing costs in Ireland remains a ‘significant business challenge’

Amarin’s Vascepa has been found to reduce the risk of cardiovascular events in high-risk patients already being treated with statins.

Purified fish oil drug has been recommended by FDA for wider market approval

 Grafton Street remains the 13th most expensive street in the world

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Jones Engineering announces a €1 million donation to Technological University Dublin: Jim Curley; Molly Mew, BA drama; Gearóid Cronin, BSc product design; and TUD president  Prof David FitzPatrick.

International engineering group investing in manufacturing and research site in Carlow

A Central Bank study finds that mortgage borrowers who draw down close to the maximum funds available are more likely to be first-time buyers in the Greater Dublin Area. Photograph: iStock

Studies support existing caps on lending as a proportion of income and property value

Joanna Murphy, CEO of Taxback.com. Photograph: Dave Meehan

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Industry study tracks 15 drugs that have yet to be approved by the HSE for use in Irish hospitals

US medicines regulator, the Food and Drug Administration, has cleared a major increase in the patients that can access a heart drug from small Irish pharma Amarin.

US regulator’s advisory committee backs dramatic increase in market for purified fish oil drug Vascepa

KBC Bank has urged the Central Bank to “turn the page” on the tracker mortgage scandal.

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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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Q&A: Dominic Coyle answers your personal finance questions

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

Q&A: Dominic Coyle answers your personal finance questions

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

Q&A: Dominic Coyle answers your personal finance questions

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

Interview of the Week: Ger Rabbette, Uniphar

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

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