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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There are good reasons for having a will: most importantly, they provide legal clarity over precisely what a person wants to do with their possessions after the die

Q&A: An only child wonders if a will is necessary if she is to inherit her parents’ estate

ReActiv8 is designed to treat chronic low back pain

Company says five centres in Germany and Ireland have implanted patients with ReActiv8

The food sector and wages for unskilled workers are particularly vulnerable under Brexit, warns a new report

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MSD’s site at Drynam Road Swords where it has just announced plans for a new biologics manufacturing plant. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Biotech unit to manufacture blockbuster cancer drug Keytruda will be based on site of old women’s healthcare products business

“The tracker mortgage crisis has been one of a litany of shameful behaviours by Irish lenders that spend millions on marketing budgets telling us how much they care for us as customers.” Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Q&A: EBS terms and conditions critical for mortgage given for affordable housing

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Q&A: Doing the sums on new State pension rules

Minister for  Social Protection Regina Doherty has promised that no one would be left worse off under the new pension arrangements. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Q&A: I believe I should get an Irish contributory pension of €233.60 a week

Pensions reform: Regina Doherty announced the changes last month. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Credit for years as home carer available only alongside 520 full PRSI payments

The Syndesi Therapeutics drug is directly targeting dementia, the core symptom of Alzheimer’s disease. Photograph:  John Stillwell/PA

Fountain Healthcare participates in €17m funding round for Syndesi Therapeutics

Minister for  Social Protection Regina Doherty: new pension rules will benefit women who gave up work to care for their children. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Q&A: Failure to pay 2012 imposed minimum of 520 stamps locks her out of pension fix

Eir has pulled the plug on its bid for the National Broadband Plan, throwing the whole project into doubt.

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Many retired workers have not been able to access the State pension until they turn 66, which has forced them to sign on for jobseekers’ benefit.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Raising State pension age poses ‘major income challenges’ for workers, says Ictu

Mercer says that to encourage greater savings, pensions need to be made more personal and accessible and to make greater use of digital tools. Photograph: Getty Images

Only one in five Irish people are confident they can fund retirement to last up to 20 years

Dr Hubert Lim, who has joined Neuromod as chief scientific officer, is a researcher at the cutting edge of auditory neuroscience, neuromodulation and neuroplasticity.

Irish medtech start-up seeking to commercialise non-invasive device for condition

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Minister for Employment Affairs & Social Protection Regina Doherty, centre, with Helen McDonald, principal, and Jim Duggan, assistant secretary of the department, in Government Buildings. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Changes announced by Regina Doherty will impact those eligible for pension since late 2012

Minister for  Social Protection Regina Doherty: new system comes into place on March 30th.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Among the changes are a Total Contributions Approach, and Homecaring Credits

Cate Blanchett, goodwill ambassador, United Nations high commissioner for refugees, and Nicholas D. Kristof, columnist at New York Times, speak during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Photograph: Denis Balibouse / REUTERS

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Each parent can give up to €3,000 to a person in a given tax year. That means your two parents can legitimately gift you up to €6,000 between them with no tax liability, either for you or your parents. Photograph: Getty Images

Q&A: I received money from my parents under the small gift exemption and want to put it towards a deposit. Is it necessary for the(...)

Up to 4,000 homes are waiting for approval under the Government’s new fast-track planning channel for large residential projects. Photograph: Alan Betson

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 A woman picks up a basket at the Aldi store. Aldi is accusing rivals Tesco and SuperValu of working deliberately to obstruct its expansion using planning objections. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

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Rent-a-room relief applies only to people who are letting out a room in their main, or only, family home. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Q&A: Dominic Coyle answers your personal finance questions

Volkswagen remained Irish car buyers favourite marque and diesel their fuel option of choice in 2017even with lower sales and despite the fallout of Dieselgate. Photograph:  Alexander Hassenstein / Getty Images

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There is a double taxation agreement between the United States and Ireland that specifically covers the issue of inheritance tax.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Q&A: Dominic Coyle

 Ryanair faces disruption today on a number of flights out of Germany due to a four-hour stoppage by local pilots. Closer to home, it is nursing its bruises after losing a high profile defamation case.  Paul Faith /AFP/Getty Images

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All change once again at Eir –- for the seventh time in less than two decades – as flamboyant French entrepreneur Xavier Niel is on the verge of taking a two-thirds stake in the business.

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Q&A: My ex-partner is thinking of moving back to Ireland and wants to buy a house. He asked me: ‘what’s the story?’

The first whiskey to be produced in Connacht in over 100 years is coming of age this week at Drumshanbo’s Shed Distillery in Leitrim.

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Ryanair’s concession of  union recognition  – albeit with conditions – will likely see pilot strike threat withdrawn and showcases the  airline’s ability to act decisively in the face of fast-changing events. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Concession to ‘save’ Christmas showcases ability of airline to adjust to fast-changing market realities

It’s not getting any easier for Ryanair on the industrial relations front as German pilots last night warned that they could strike at any time

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The complication in cross-border inheritances between Ireland and the UK are the differing rules on how tax is applied. Photograph: iStock

Q&A: Dominic Coyle

Mainstay Medical’s  ReActiv8 device for the treatment of chronic low back pain

Firm aims to bring its new therapy for chronic lower back pain to key US market

The study of 26 companies with defined-benefit pension schemes said their combined deficit had jumped from €2.6 billion in 2015 to €3.6 billion at the end of last year.

Diageo, CIÉ and Bank of Ireland have worst deficits in cash terms, study finds

The Irish Times is acquiring Landmark Media. which includes Irish Examiner, Waterford News & Star, Western People and Kildare Nationalist. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

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Irish restaurant food supplies business bought by Centra and SuperValu owner Musgrave

Poland will line up against Ireland and Apple in the appeal over whether the US tech giant owes €13 billion in back taxes. Photograph: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto

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By taking the property now as a gift, you are leaving yourself open to tax that you would avoid perfectly legally if you and your mum waited for your to receive the property by way of inheritance.

Dominic Coyle: Short-term solution could lead to a longer-term tax bill

Oxfam campaigners outside the Department of Finance earlier in 2017 to call on the Government to implement transparency where large companies make profit and pay tax. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Debt and Development Coalition says State imposes tax losses on developing nations

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