Representative body for solicitors says not enough time given to practitioners ahead of changes

The value of goods exports for the period January and February 2019 was €26.3bn, an increase of nearly €4bn  or 17%   when compared with the first two months of 2018. Photograph: Alan Betson

Latest figures show trade between Republic and Britain remains robust

The Department of Finance’s  chief economist John McCarthy addressing the ESRI’s annual budget perspectives conference in Dublin

State’s chief economist John McCarthy says formulating budgetary policy extremely difficult given uncertain outlook

Figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show the number of people employed in the Republic’s economy has grown to a record 2.31 million.

Study by Central Bank and recruitment website Indeed indicates tightening of jobs market

Services make up nearly three-quarters of the UK’s economic output and about 70%  of the EU’s economic activity

A new study highlights the potential economic fallout of restrictions to free movement of services

The ESRI has previously said the Government’s decision to hold personal and employee tax credits fixed while wages and prices rise ‘amounted to an effective tax increase for many workers’.

Policymakers consider automatically adjusting tax-benefit system in line with inflation

CSO figures show average annual earnings increased to €38,871 in 2018, from €37,637 the previous year.

Latest earnings data suggests wage pressures in Irish economy are beginning to emerge

Quinn Radiators was spun out of the old Quinn family group’s manufacturing business in 2014, formerly controlled by Fermanagh businessman Sean Quinn. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Former Quinn Group business had been struggling in face of higher input prices

Managing director of Ornua’s global foods division Róisín Hennerty: the company has stockpiled nearly 40,000 tonnes of product, mainly cheese, in the UK ahead of the possibility of a crash-out Brexit. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Billion-euro Kerrygold brand changed the image of Irish food in the US

Irish Funds chief executive Pat Lardner: ‘This has been a 30-year journey and one we want to build on’

Study confirms Dublin’s and Ireland’s status as major international hub for the industry

A storm of criticism greeted the Government’s National Broadband Plan on Wednesday as official documents revealed the extent of objections to the project by senior civil servants. File photograph: Getty

Private entity to own network at end of 25-year contract despite €3bn State investment

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe speaks to media on the National Broadband Plan at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Government is paying bulk of cost while ceding ownership to private entity

The head of the National Competitiveness Council, Peter Clinch, said  Irish businesses face costs that are 65 per cent higher than their EU counterparts.

National Competitiveness Council chief highlights current challenges

Andrew Algeo (48) will take over from current lottery boss Dermot Griffin next month

Gaming franchise unveils Andrew Algeo as its new chief executive

Eir had originally been favourite to win the NBP contract but dropped out of the procurement process last year, citing commercial complexities.

Network of poles and ducts needed to bring high-speed broadband to rural areas

 Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: the latest figures from his department for the four months to the end of April show income tax generated €6.9bn, which was €173m or 2.4%  below target

Exchequer numbers show income tax and VAT generated less than expected in April

Minister pledges to keep tight rein on costs when it comes to national broadband plan

Latest monthly figures show number of claimants fell 700 to 194,700 in April

 Traders working the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The S&P 500  notched a fresh record high on Wednesday as gains in Apple’s shares powered a rally in tech stocks. Photograph: Reuters

Trading thin in Europe, with most markets closed for May Day holiday

Kerrygold owner Ornua said about 7.5 million packets of the butter were sold each week in 2018.

Butter label generates €1bn in sales last year for dairy co-operative business Ornua

An An  Post lorry carries the new logo, which was part of   a €5 million rebrand.

State-owned postal company also reports jump in operating profit to €41m

 The Mediahuis headquarters in Antwerp, Belgium. The group  employs 3,200 staff, and last year generated a turnover of €819m

Antwerp-based firm which has agreed to take over INM has built up a significant publishing and broadcast media portfolio

Independent News and Media has been sold to Mediahuis. Photograph: THE IRISH TIMES

Shareholders at agm say deal is ‘buttons’ as board criticised

Assuming the revenue windfall is temporary, which is still open to debate, the analysis suggests the Government could generate bigger budgetary surpluses by saving the money, which could then be used to pay down debt or build up fiscal resources for use in a future downturn. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Central Bank study considers whether it is best to save or spend unexpected fiscal gain

The Brexit-related slide in sterling has made it cheaper to buy used cars in the UK and import them into the Republic. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

When car sales are excluded, spending rose by 8.2% in March, highest rate in three years

CSO figures will feed in debate about gender pay gap, which has widened since crash

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton TD speaking to media following the publication of Peter Smyth’s Report on his review into the procurement process for the National Broadband Plan at Government Buildings, Dublin.Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Seven years in the making, Government’s flagship communications policy

Ulster Bank’s net loans to customers in the Republic increased by €100 million in the first quarter of 2019, compared with the previous quarter. Photograph: Tom Honan

Bank’s parent Royal Bank of Scotland sees dip in quarterly profit

Gene Murtagh, chief executive of  Kingspan: Cavan-based energy firm is unlikely to revise its offer.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Cavan-based group is seeking to buy Belgian firm’s insulation and flexible foams business

BT: Vodafone, Virgin and Three may be possible suitors for acquisition of its Irish arm. Photograph: Phil Noble

UK telecoms giant to sell-off Irish business as part of major global retrenchment

[From left] Fieldfisher managing partner Michael Chissick with McDowell Purcell’s managing partner JP McDowell. Merger gives Fieldfisher access to the Republic’s fast-growing legal market while deepening the resources and reach of McDowell Purcell.

Fieldfisher announces merger with Dublin-based McDowell Purcell

Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange   in New York. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Irish travel group Datalex slumps further as company announces share suspension

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: “we have an economy that is growing at a strong pace”.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Budget surplus of 0.2% of GDP expected for 2019 on foot of larger-than-expected corporation tax receipts

Freight at Dublin Port: the State  had a trade surplus of €6.3bn  in February.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Latest CSO trade numbers show Irish exports to Britain rose 16% in February

The 2,850-guest Celebrity Eclipse arriving into Dublin to become the first cruise ship to be based  at the port. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Controversy over Dublin Port’s plan to temporarily limit the number of cruise ships so it can expand its freight capacity

Television presenter Marty Whelan in 2017. The biggest unclaimed win on the record was for a €4.3 million jackpot, dating back to June 2001. The ticket was sold in Coolock in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Dispute dates back to when National Lottery was privatised in 2014

The New York Stock Exchange. Bank of America dipped 1.4 per cent ahead of results on Tuesday. Photograph:  Drew Angerer/Getty Images

In Dublin, Green Reit jumps after chairman announces group is up for sale

The State collected a record €10.4bn   in corporation tax in 2018, largely from multinationals.  Photograph: Alan Betson

CSO figures show government debt stood at €206bn last year, up from €201bn previously

House prices rose just 1.1 per cent in February, with the highest growth on the southside. Photograph: iStock

Capital’s housing market may have reached ‘peak affordability’ as median prices rise to €370,000

Fashion retailer has two stores and six concessions in Republic

Angela McGowan, the CBI’s regional director for Northern Ireland: “The type of Brexit that Brexiteers are pursuing has never been adequately defined.” Photograph: Pacemaker

CBI regional chief Angela McGowan is concerned for future of North’s economy

Hard Brexit: “The impact would be devastating,” says Dairygold chief executive Jim Woulfe. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh

State’s largest farmer-owned co-op reports record turnover but issues stark Brexit warning

Fine Gael TD Colm Brophy, chairman of the Committee on Budgetary Oversight: report notes  87 per cent of tax expenditures provided by the State do not have a sunset clause. Photograph: Tom Honan

Parliamentary Budget Office and academic calculate State losing €5bn-€15bn a year

New  research suggests the outflow of funds from Ireland in the wake of President Donald Trump’s recent tax cuts was the repatriation of US profits previously held offshore. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Study claims US tax changes has further incentivised overseas investment

Irish Funds chief executive Pat Lardner: “We’re going to make sure that our voice is heard in the early stages of policy formation and regulation formation.”

Irish Funds to beef up EU advocacy amid concern over UK’s departure

Despite the leap in sales, the overall take-up of EVs in Ireland remains relatively low by international standards. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

CSO figures show big uptick in EV registrations since start of 2019

Michael O’Flynn,  chief executive of the O’Flynn Group, says developers cannot afford to build and sell homes at a price that “people can get a mortgage at”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Developer Michael O’Flynn claims Central Bank rules are fuelling rental market

Dalata chief executive Pat McCann: he has said calls for a 1,000-bed hotel are “naivety in the extreme”

Tourism chief Paul Kelly says a hotel with 1,000 rooms could attract conferences from firms keen to have all delegates in one plac(...)

Director of economics and statistics at the Central Bank Mark Cassidy. Photograph: James Forde

A UK crash-out exit from the EU could deal a damaging blow to export firms in Ireland

The pace of growth slowed to 1.9 per cent year on year in Dublin in January. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

IMF report ranks capital top of 22 cities in terms of annual house price inflation

Maxol M3 Mulhuddart: the forecourt retailer currently generates about 60 per cent of its turnover from fuel sales with the remaining 40 per cent coming from food services

Forecourt operator also signals it is on track to post double-digit profit growth for 2018

CSO figures for 2016 show Dublin had the highest average disposable income per person of any region at €24,431.

CSO figures underscore concentration of economic activity and wealth in capital

Kerrygoldstrasse  (Kerrygold Street) in Germany where Kerrygold Butter is  a fast-selling brand.

Dairy exporter says tariffs would add €55 million to its cost base and threaten UK sales

Firms in the technology, media and telecoms sector posted the fastest rise in business activity of the four monitored categories. Photograph: iStock

AIB ’s latest index says economy still growing at a faster rate than US and euro zone

National Lottery CEO Dermot Griffin is stepping down. He will continue to support the business in an advisory capacity in the coming years, the National Lottery says

Chief executive was pivotal in privatisation of the franchise

The official unemployment rate of 5.4%  is  down from a revised 5.6% in February, and 5.9%  12 months ago. It is  nearly three percentage points below the euro zone average. Photograph: Getty Images

Some 57% of employment growth in the past year came from non-Irish nationals, with nearly half of that coming from outside the EU

 Walkers and cyclists on the Waterford Greenway. The chief executive of Irish travel website Hostelworld, Gary Morrison, says Hostelworld is optimistic about its future growth. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Travel website says it is operating in highly competitive market

Dublin-listed  company Malin says several of its assets have important milestones this year

Life sciences investor says it is focused on supporting assets amid board upheaval

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton is to bring his broadband recommendations to Cabinet before the end of the month.

Minister Richard Bruton signals imminent decision amid speculation over €3bn cost

Brexit threat. Ireland’s financial sector’s exposure to the UK is the fourth highest of all 21 economies surveyed, reflecting the size of Irish banking subsidiaries operating in the UK.

S&P’s Brexit Sensitivity Index assesses exposure rates of 20 countries

Traders work on the floor of the NYSE. Wall Street’s main indexes swung between gains and losses on Thursday.

London’s FTSE outperforms as pound falters on Brexit woes

S&P said temporary factors that sapped growth last year are wearing off. Photograph: Reuters

Agency also says ECB not likely to start raising rates until January 2020

 Coca-Cola has launched its own brand of milk, Fairlife, in the US

US drinks company said to be considering setting up a dairy operation in Cork

The latest Central Statistics Office data indicates sales were up by 5.1 per cent on an annual basis in February. File photograph: Alan Betson

Figures show retail sales volumes rose 2.1% in February compared with previous month

The figures show nearly 44%  of Irish households owned their properties outright, while 27%  owned their homes with the aid of a mortgage. Photograph: iStock

First-time buyers account for half of volume in approvals last month

Lakeland Dairies said it concluded 2018 with a strong balance sheet and shareholders’ funds of €130 million.

State’s second-largest dairy processor sees revenue rise 5 per cent to €810 million

The figures showed nearly 44 per cent of Irish households owned their properties outright while 27 per cent owned their homes with the aid of a mortgage. Photograph: iStock

Rate of home ownership here corresponds very closely to international average

Survey by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland highlights appetite for change

  Tony Smurfit of Smurfit Kappa Group enjoyed a 40% pay hike last year

Chief executive gets €3.4 million pay packet after company rebuffs IP takeover approach

Members of Border Communities Against Brexit unveil a Brexit countdown clock at Jonesborough, on the Border between Dundalk and Newry. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Think tank says budgetary position would be under severe strain in disorderly Brexit

Central Bank governor Philip Lane said the No Consent, No Sale Bill would not bolster consumers’ protections. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Bill to stop banks selling off loans without permission would ‘damage resilience’

Anti-Brexit demonstrators in Westminster: Under a disorderly exit scenario, economic output in Ireland could be 5 per cent lower after 10 years than if the UK remained in the EU.  Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis

Department of Finance and ESRI expect deep economic damage in every Brexit scenario

14 per cent of jobs currently held by humans could soon be managed by robots. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

ONS report assesses which workers are likely to be overtaken by automation

A Deliveroo cycle courier. Precarious work is no longer confined to “gig economy” jobs like couriering, but is now prevalent in professions such as teaching, health, university lecturing, telecommunications and IT, Tasc said.

Study assesses policy responses of member states to precarious work arrangements

  David Doherty and Craig Shearer two of the 22 members of the Dublin Bus lotto winning syndicate from the Broadstone Depot, which won the €23.8 million EuroMillions jackpot in 2016. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Donohoe says no evidence of lotto sales being hit by new wave of offshore operators

Travel advisers report a hesitation in bookings as prospective holidaymakers await a formal political agreement. Photograph:  Reuters/ Ints Kalnins

Irish Travel Agents Association boss says uncertainty has led to hesitation in bookings

Fixed-rate mortgages  increased over the fourth quarter of last year, with new drawdowns exceeding repayments by €1.8bn

Central Bank figures record biggest jump since 2009, but total remains low by historical standards

The OECD findings tally with recent polls here, suggesting much of the electorate was unhappy with public-services related to housing and health. Photograph: Alan Betson

Research also suggests more than two-thirds list financial security in old age as top risk

The study indicated that Irish household debt now stands at 126 per cent of disposable income, a level last seen in 2003. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Research suggests significant part of private-sector debt stems from multinationals

The survey found that similar amount of people were also unaware of the Government’s help-to-buy scheme for first-time buyers .Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Survey by suggests most people are unaware of tax-saving schemes

The North’s regulator denied Brexit was behind its move to set up its own retail IT system, insisting the timing was purely coincidental. Photograph: Reuters

North’s utility regulator denies plan to break away from Republic is linked to Brexit

Dublin port. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Strong trading performance comes amid signs of global slowdown

 European commissioner for agriculture Phil Hogan . Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Commissioner says proposal likely to breach WTO rules

After several years of rapid growth, culminating in an unprecedented 26 per cent jump in 2015, there is strong evidence the Irish economy is cooling.

While headline numbers flatter, key quarterly metrics soften ahead of Brexit

Larry Summers, the former US treasury secretary under Bill Clinton and White House adviser to Barack Obama, was in Trinity College to receive an award from the university’s philosophical society. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Former US treasury secretary advises best solution would be another referendum

Gross domestic product expanded by 6.7 per cent last year, while gross national product grew by 5.3 per cent.  Photograph: iStock

CSO says 3% growth in domestic demand better indicator of activity on the ground

Central Bank figures highlights ongoing disparity between rates here and elsewhere

An Anti-Brexit demonstrator protests outside the Houses of Parliament, in Westminster, London. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

New report suggests ongoing uncertainty is causing negative trends in several areas

Colin Hunt (48) joined the bank in September 2016 having  previously held positions in Macquarie Capital, Goodbody Stockbrokers, Bank of Ireland and NatWest

Hunt succeeds Bernard Byrne, who announced his decision to leave in October

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, on Thursday. Wall Street fell for the fourth straight session, weighed down by financial and technology stocks. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

ECB announces funding handouts, pushes back rate hike

Primark denied the reorganisation had anything to do with Brexit. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

Fashion retailer denies staff given ultimatum to move or face redundancy

The number of long-term unemployed on the Live Register at the end of February was 77,413, which equated to an annual decrease of 20%. Photograph: Getty Images

Latest monthly figures show number of claimants fell 3,500 to 196,500 in February

James Kavanagh and Nicky Byrne pictured together at the reopening of McDonald’s   flagship restaurant on Grafton Street after a €1.5 million refurbishment

Burger giant’s new look store contains new self-service ordering kiosks and table service

The ESRI found that hourly wage inequality between high and low earners reduced by up to 8 per cent on foot of the minimum wage change. Photograph: iStock

ESRI research shows 50 cent increase in minimum wage reduced income inequality

Glenveagh Properties warned we may be ‘living in an era where housing will never outstrip demand’. Photograph: iStock

Glenveagh Properties says private market does not have resources to meet demand

Mrs Brown’s Boys Buster (Danny O’Carroll)  Screengrab: BBC

Latest list also includes TV presenter Mark Cagney and trainer Alan Fleming

LacPatrick chairman Andrew McConkey, Lakeland chief executive Michael Hanley and Lakelands chairman Alo Duffy

Proposed merger will create second-largest dairy processor on island of Ireland

Fall in State’s jobless rate has slowed but is still falling, CSO says

Traders   at  New York Stock Exchange.  Wall Street’s main indexes climbed on Friday as strong economic data from China fed into optimism around trade, but muted US economic data kept a lid on gains. Photograph: Reuters

AIB shares fall 2% after the bank reports a dip in profit for last year and a lower-than-expected level of capital reserves

The Irish Daily Mail Newspaper, which has announced a major redundancy programme

Media group says downsizing triggered by falling paper sales and declining ad revenue

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