Seamus Coffey, chairman of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council: “We’ve seen a huge swing in our favour.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Corporation tax take beats forecasts and interest remains low, but reverse could happen

Eir chief executive Carolan Lennon, and director of regulatory and public policy Gary Healy: Ms Lennon said 42 per cent of Irish people lived in rural areas compared to an EU average of 27 per cent. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Carolan Lennon says investing in rural broadband complex and costly

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will have  €270 million or so for tax cuts unless he takes further revenue-raising measures.

Irish Tax Institute lays out some revenue-raising options for Minister for Finance

The Irish Tax Institute’s report showed the net pay of single-income earners on €35,000 a year is down 3 per cent compared with 2008. Photograph: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

Industry body highlights burden of personal tax still being paid by middle-income earners

The National Ploughing Championships begin on Tuesday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Central Bank report warns of potential negative shocks from Brexit, CAP reductions

Latest survey suggests household goods remains best-performer

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Housing, Planning & Local Government Eoghan Murphy at the launch of the establishment of the Land Development Agency.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

UCD academic Orla Hegarty says Goverment ‘policy tweaks’ is fuelling land speculation

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar launching Project Ireland 2040; the National Planning Framework and the 10 year National Development Plan.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Economist Seán Barrett says plan will undermine Ireland’s hard-won recovery

Prof John FitzGerald’s research suggests that  in the event of a hard Brexit, the only way the North could stay in the EU is by leaving the UK, which opens up the possibility of a united Ireland. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

New study shows impact on South if Northern Ireland lost €11bn subvention

 Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe at the  Dublin Economics Workshop in Wexford. Photograph:  Conor McCabe Photography

Minister says he does not expect to see current growth in the tax to continue

House prices nationally have risen  50%  since the trough of 2013, while rents are up over 80%  since 2010

Housing issue is affecting disposable income, mobility, competitiveness and quality of life

A trader on the floor of New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Bryan R Smith/AFP/Getty Images

In Dublin, Ryanair falls lower as industrial strife at the airline deepens

The CSO said the construction sector grew  3.2% in the second quarter. Photograph: iStock

Output increased across all major sectors, with ICT up by 13%

The Hilton Hotel in Kilmainham, Dublin, is owned by Tifco

State’s second-largest hotel chain owns 18 hotels and manages others

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Commission president’s comments likely to cause disquiet within Government

Group reports annualised rent roll of €4.6million from existing portfolio

Irish mining group promises crushing plant elements will be in place by end of September

Fine Gael Senator Kieran O’Donnell: “I believe that the Irish banking market needs further competition.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Fine Gael Senator says Germany’s Sparkassen model could be adopted here

Central Bank figures show the net worth of Irish households rose to a record €732 billion in the first quarter of 2018, equating to €150,768 per person. Photograph: iStockphoto/Thinkstock/Getty

Central Bank figures also show Irish households among most indebted in Europe

Irish consumers have been moving away  from the purchase of new models  in favour of buying used premium brands in the UK

Latest vehicle licence figures show 10% pick-up in used imports from UK

Irish Fiscal Advisory Council said almost all small open economies in Europe, with the exception of the Republic, are running budget surpluses.

Irish Fiscal Advisory Council calls on the Government to improve budgetary position

The State’s official unemployment rate was  5.6%  in August. Photograph: Getty Images

Latest monthly figures show number of claimants fell by near record 6,800 in August

“The current legal system makes it difficult for banks to repossess collateral to resolve  loans, and so long-term mortgage arrears are the product of a long repossession process”

Central Bank study notes cases are rare internationally where repossessions are easier

Traders at the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Social media giants fall as chief executives appear before the US Congress

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will have less money than expected on budget

Latest exchequer returns show the Government collected €32.4bn in tax so far this year

The employment rate for mothers in the Republic where the youngest child is aged three to five is 54.5 per cent, compared with an OECD average of 68.8 per cent

Latest official data shows number of workers classified as unemployed fell to 133,800 last month

Working arrangements for mothers are significantly more complex than  working full-time or staying at home, with many mothers maintaining part-time roles after giving birth.

ESRI study highlights the difficulties placed in front of women wanting to work

Childcare costs are keeping women out of the workforce,  a new report finds, with families typically spending about 12 per cent of their disposable income on care for a child of three.

Three in 10 children not cared for by family and parents have care costs of up to €6.13 an hour

Scenes of joy as a Lottery syndicate from Stakelum’s Hardware store in Thurles collect their €17 million cheque from the National Lottery headquarters. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Nearly 10% of sales now generated online, a fivefold increase on 2015

The New York Stock Exchange  in New York on Friday. The S&P 500 and  Dow Jones Industrial Average were largely flat on the day. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

All sectors except one were in negative territory on last day of summer

The European Lotto Betting Association has described as “scandalous” comments by the National Lottery.

Industry group says operators are fully licensed to trade in Ireland

An artist’s impression of One Central Plaza, which was previously the headquarters for the State’s financial regulators, will be WeWork’s third shared office space in Dublin

Report also highlights big upswing in demand from shared-office space providers

The Celebrations’s are pictured at at the launch of new Lotto game changes

Lotto chief says bet-on-lotto operators ‘siphoning off’ revenue from good causes

Emigration is also at its lowest since 2008. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Almost 50,000 people with a third-level qualification arrived last year

Employment in the Republic is now 20,000 higher than at the peak of the last boom. Photograph: Frank Miller

Two-thirds of people coming into State are foreign nationals, CSO figures reveal

  Aidan Brogan chief executive of Datalex pictured at their office at East Point Dublin.Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Dublin-listed travel software firm sees double-digit growth across key metrics

One of the main points of conflict was Ryanair. Photograph: Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty Images

CSO figures suggest there were three industrial disputes in progress involving 888 staff

The benchmark S&P 500 and the Nasdaq hit all-time highs on Friday after Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell said the central bank’s current approach to interest rate hikes were the best way to protect the US economic recovery. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Kingspan was standout performer of the day, rising 9.5 per cent following strong H1 results

The ABC figures show the Irish newspaper market continued to contract in the first half of 2018.

Sales of the digital edition increase by 24% over six-month period to 18,903

Ibec described the funding crisis in higher education as one of the biggest issues facing the State, eclipsed only by housing.

Employers’ group says projects being lost because of lack of funding for higher education

The figures show the bottom 50 per cent of earners  take home 20 per cent of the personal income generated in the economy. Photograph: Getty

Revenue figures reveal ‘shocking level’ of income inequality, says Sinn Féin

Government figures grossly inflated the true level of house building in the State. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Latest new dwelling numbers show increase in building is nowhere near required level

On average fewer than 10,000 new homes were built annually over the past seven years. Photograph: Alan Betson

Figure of almost 8,000 still well below estimated annual demand of 30,000-35,000

Fine issued for breaches of EU-wide Solvency II regime

Travel website says group bookings are likely to be flat for the full year

Irish consumers pay excise of €3.19 on a standard bottle of wine and €6.37 on sparkling wine.

Sales up 0.5% despite EU’s highest excise duty, notes report

Temporary employment contracts accounted for 80 per cent of contingent workers and have not shown any significant signs of increasing in recent years, the ESRI report found.

‘Gig economy’ not as extensive as reports have suggested, study indicates

The company offers a full refund within 30 days if its product fails to boost the customer’s broadband. Photograph: Getty Images

FleetConnect uses mobile phone network to provide premises with a better signal

The price of a standard two-line ticket with the Lotto Plus option will increase from €5 to €6. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Lotto price is to increase for the second time since the franchise was privatised

The report  comes as Leaving Cert students assess their CAO option and begin the accommodation search. Photograph: David Sleator study accuses Government of ‘negligent inaction’ over nationwide issue

“It’s a cop out to say vulture funds don’t need to be regulated,” said Joe Healy, IFA president. Photograph: Alan Betson

Farmers’ body describes Michael D’Arcy’s comments as ‘a cop out’

Commissioners sought. The deadline for applications for the two roles, which will have regulatory oversight of an increasingly complex telephone and broadband market here, is August 16th.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The deadline for applications for senior roles at the telecoms regulator is August 16th

President Donald Trump: “As steward of the global financial system and the world’s largest economy, the US had powerful carrots and sticks. Not anymore,” says  Alan McQuaid. Photograph: Tom Brenner/New York Times

Alan McQuaid says Ireland is most exposed to breakdown in global trading patterns

The GPO on O’Connell Street, in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Company also plans to seek more than 250 voluntary redundancies

Exports to Britain for the period January to June were worth €6.7 billion, representing a decrease of €512 million, figures show. Photograph: Alan Betson

Latest trade numbers suggest overall export trade remains strong

Denis Naughten, Minister for Communication, announcing details of the National Broadband Plan at Government Buildings in 2017. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Project undeliverable without a big industry player with infrastructure experience

Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice said broadband was “as important as water and electricity” in rural Ireland”, and called for the Dáil to be recalled. Photograph: Getty Images

Withdrawal of SSE from the sole remaining consortium bidding for the project has raised serious questions over viability of the sc(...)

The acquisition by Irish retailer Smyths Toys of 90 Toys “R” Us stores  for €79 million is among the notable transactions recorded in Investec’s latest quarterly tracker of mergers and acquisitions

Smurfit Kappa’s €460m acquisition of Reparenco among notable transactions in Q2

There were 440 new start-ups in Limerick in the first half of 2018, a 23 per cent increase on the same period last year.

Figures from CRIF Vision-Net also show rise in construction and real-estate start-ups

Tony Corrigan, founder of tenderscout - online group helping companies win tenders

Dublin-based start-up helps firms procure government tenders

The IMF estimated that economic growth across the EU would fall by as much as 1.5 per cent by 2030 should Britain fall back on WTO rules for trading with the bloc after Brexit.

Washington-based fund study finds hard Brexit would hit State severely

The latest quarterly headline GDP rate here was more than three times the euro-area average. Photograph: Alan Betson

CSO revises 2017 growth rate down to 7.2 per cent but cautions on GDP figures

Property agents Savills is predicting a sharp slowdown in house price growth in Dublin. File photograph: Ali Waggie/PA Wire

Savills says it expects a ‘cooling-off’ period as the supply of new homes ramps up

Persistently high housing costs will eventually erode the Republic’s competitiveness with workers demanding higher wages, the Parliamentary Budget Office warned. Photograph: Alan Betson

Parliamentary Budget Office cautions about consequences of housing crisis if unresolved

Grant Thornton’s office on City Quay: “The underlying economic success we are achieving is being frustrated by the consequence of almost-full employment.” Photograph: Tom Honan

Grant Thornton report highlights recruitment concerns of Irish businesses

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on July 16th. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Energy sector proves biggest drag as crude prices falls sharply as supply concerns ease

The IMF says the global economic  outlook is  “clouded by ongoing trade tensions, and waning support for global economic integration in some advanced economies.” Photograph: Getty Images

Washington DC-based fund says trade war could derail recovery and halt two-year upswing

 Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan and  Siobhán Talbot, Glanbia Group managing director, at the announcement of   the new joint  mozzarella   facility in Portlaoise. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish-listed food group and US partner Leprino announce plans for major cheese plant in Co Laois

Latest trade numbers from the  CSO show exports to Britain fell by €508 million to €5.5 billion between January and May this year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Latest trade numbers show value of exports to Britain falls by 8 per cent since start of year

Trinity College Dublin lost its status as Ireland’s only top-100 university in the latest QS World University Rankings. Photograph: Robert Alexander/Getty Images

Business lobby says easing third-level funding crisis would be wiser use of fund

Figures from the Central Bank of Ireland show the average rate charged on new mortgages here over the past 12 months was 3.21 per cent, compared to a euro area average of 1.8 per cent

Banks accused of fleecing home-buyers, who pay €2,500 a year more than EU average

Ireland’s contribution to the EU budget is forecast to be around €2.7bn this year. File photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

PAC urges Paschal Donohoe to pursue a legal basis for adoption of alternative measures

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said he was not planning “significant tax reductions” in the next budget. Photograph: Tom Honan.

Minister denies friction with Taoiseach and says changes will be gradual and affordable

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York . Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

US raises stakes as Trump hints he may target more than $500bn worth of Chinese goods

The Dáil Public Accounts Committee is chaired by Fianna Fáil TD Seán Fleming. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Committee says millions being handed to private landlords in absence of inspections

Aidan O’Driscoll was appointed secretary-general at the Department of Justice nine months after the position became vacant.

Labour’s Alan Kelly says lack of transparency disappointing in light of controversies

Mario Draghi was appearing before the committee as chairman of the European Systemic Risk Board.

ECB president says Irish market is overstretched and vulnerable to repricing

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has committed to lowering the tax burden for middle-income earners but on a “gradual” basis.

Minister says doing too much too quickly ran risk of overheating economy

Ireland has largely bucked the trend towards income inequality seen in other countries such as the UK and the US

ESRI study also reveals that State has largely bucked trend towards income inequality

The number of used, imported vehicles licensed here for the first six months of the year rose by nearly 12 per cent to 50,272, CSO figures show.

New car sales being eroded by used imports from UK, CSO figures show

 Photograph: Trinity Mirror, now called Reach,  agreed to pay £127 million (€144 million) in cash and shares to buy rival titles The Daily Express and Daily Star. Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

UK’s Trinity Mirror group is acquiring a 50 per cent stake in the Irish Daily Star

A total of 112,005 flights were handled in Irish airspace last month, an increase of 4 per cent on the same month last year, the IAA said. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Irish Aviation Authority reports record air traffic figures for June

Financial authority says banks must hold additional capital to guard against shocks

ESRI finds 22 per cent of Irish-owned firms rely on the UK for over 75 per cent of imports.

ESRI finds 56% of Irish-owned firms’ imports from UK used as intermediate input in goods

Currently about 23 per cent of the State’s goods imports comes from the UK either as materials to be used as inputs in Irish business or as consumer goods for the retail sector.

Imposition of customs checks could see big retailers exit Irish market, IIEA report says

On a seasonally-adjusted basis the latest Live Register shows a monthly decrease of 3,100 men and 1,700 women in June.

Latest monthly figures show number of claimants fell 4,800 to 219,300 in June

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

In Dublin, FBD shares tick up despite internal inquiry

Ireland is host to some of the biggest tech firms in the world, including Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft, and there presence here has led to a rapid increase in national income.

OECD employment report highlights changing nature of global labour market

The decision to increase the so-called living wage will boost wages at companies such as Aldi, Lidl and Ikea, which have signed up to the living wage campaign. Photograph: Alan Betson

Wage campaigners claim €11.90 an hour labour rate required to cover jump in rents

The exchequer figures show the Government collected just under €25 billion in taxes in the year to the end of June, which was 5 per cent up on last year and more than €168 million ahead of target. File photograph: Getty Images

Concerns grow over reliance on corporate sector, and health overspending

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: The latest half-year exchequer returns, released by the Department of Finance this evening, show the Government collected just under €25 billion in taxes so far this year.

Half-year exchequer returns show Government collected €25bn in taxes so far this year

The latest figures indicate the seasonally-adjusted number of people unemployed was 120,200 in June, down from 123,100 the previous month.

Robust exchequer returns put Government on course to exceed budgetary targets

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Theresa May on the sidelines of the EU summit in Brussels, last week. Photograph: Yves Herman/AP

Dairy farmer body hits out at Government’s focus on the Border over west-east trade

Prof  Robert Gordon believes that most of the really important innovation associated with the “Third Industrial Revolution” – the internet and the smartphone – is already behind us

US economist Robert Gordon takes aim at technophiles and their faith in innovation

The four other centres in the Valley Healthcare portfolio are located in counties Kerry, Cork, Wicklow and Mayo

Acquisitions bring Valley’s portfolio to six

 Philip Lane, governor of the Central Bank of Ireland at “The Euro at 20” conference hosted by the bank in Dublin. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography.

Move could make it more difficult and expensive for putative home buyers and borrowers to get access to finance

 IMF chief  Christine Lagarde  with Philip Lane, governor of the Central Bank of Ireland, at the Central Bank for  the conference “The Euro at 20.” Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

IMF chief is in Dublin to open two-day conference on the euro hosted by the Central Bank

AIB’s report suggests operators are generally seeking larger out-of-town distributions centres and a network of smaller logistics properties near final delivery markets. Photograph: iStock

Dublin at centre of major pick-up in demand for parcel delivery specialists

Since 2013, prices have risen again by 57 per cent. Photograph: Frank Miller

ESRI research suggests State has most volatile property market in the world

Traders  in the  NYSE as markets react to worries of a trade war between the US and China. Photograph: Epa/Justin Lane

Investors remain wary as trade tensions stalk markets

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