Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy said: ‘A shortage of housing, congested education, transport and health systems; and weak regional connectivity mean not everyone is feeling the full benefits of economic growth.’

Employers’ group Ibec says public services have not kept pace with rapid rise in private sector

US stock index futures hit new all-time highs on Friday, with investor optimism bolstered by an upbeat set of US corporate earnings reports and indications of resilience in the Chinese economy.

Shares in Irish builder Glenveagh rise 4 per cent on back of positive sentiment for builders

In a pre-election submission lobby group CIF called for the establishment of a State-backed loan scheme to help first-time buyers over the deposit hurdle.

Lending rules leaving potential buyers in ‘rental purgatory’, lobby group CIF says

An Tánaiste, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney, pictured at the launch of the Italian Irish Chamber of Commerce in Dublin with Furio Pietribiasi, MD Mediolanum Asset Management

Newly established trade body reflects near €14 billion in bilateral trade between two countries

‘Foreign investors would prefer to travel an hour by motorway from Dublin airport, rather than spending non-productive time in Dublin traffic,’ says former PayPal vice-president Louise Phelan. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Quality of life now key to attracting and retaining staff, company bosses say

The monthly export numbers were driven by decreases in exports of organic chemicals, and medical and pharmaceutical products.

Latest trade numbers come amid signs global downturn

The highest house price growth in the capital was in Fingal at 3 per cent, while prices in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, often viewed as an indicator for the market generally, fell by 6.3 per cent. Photograph: Photocall Ireland

Dublin property prices down again as supply cools market

The number of credit unions operating in the Republic has fallen by nearly 50 per cent since the crash, according to an external review of the Central Bank of Ireland’s regulation of the sector.

Peer review report highlights calls for greater transparency across sector

Kerry is   due to publish its full-year results in February

Irish food company suffered setback after UK grocer cancelled ready meals contract

The ESRI’s study found that many mortgage holders were 'initially drawn' to high cashback offers with little or no understanding of the APR implications. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Study finds consumers are often unaware of long-term implications of cash offers

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: ‘Changes to international taxation are on the way: We have no control over this and we must prepare for this.’

Changes to OECD regulations are inevitable and the Republic must prepare, says Minister

Seasonally adjusted number of claimants on the Live Register fell to a 12-year low of 185,300 in December

Number of claimants on register falls to 12-year low in December

British Irish Chamber of Commerce director general John McGrane: he launched  a framework document  which makes key recommendations on how trade in services between the EU  and UK could be preserved post-Brexit.   Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

British Irish Chamber of Commerce warns of the risk Brexit poses to €46bn services trade between Republic and UK

UK prime minister Boris Johnson pledged in his general election manifesto promise to ‘get Brexit done’ by January 31st

Banking industry body urges companies to engage with banks ahead of deadline

Aviation is one of the sectors coming under intense pressure to reduce its carbon footprint as public fears about climate change grow.  Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP

Carrier had been recently named one of continent’s worst polluters

The State’s headline unemployment rate of 4.8%  is  nearly three percentage points lower than the euro zone average of 7.5%

CSO figures show number of workers classified as unemployed in December was 119,00

European commissioner for competition Margrethe Vestager. Ireland’s corporate tax rate, one of the lowest in the OECD, has been at the centre of an international storm over multinational tax avoidance. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

PwC and World Bank study conflicts with C&AG finding that 13 top companies paid as little as 1% in 2019

Staycity chief executive Tom Walsh: ‘We are on target to deliver revenues of over €100 million in 2020.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dublin-based group reports record occupancy rates in 2019 despite Brexit uncertainty

Business activity in the 	Irish services sector  hit a six-month high in December. Photograph: Tom Honan

Latest AIB barometer suggests new business and total activity rose at fastest rates since June

Nama has generated €45.3bn in 10 years of operations, according to the review.

Agency set to deliver first tranche in second half of 2020

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has to balance demand with resources.

Government seems not to have multi-year spending plan as exchequer returns surge

It is estimated that US multinationals were holding more than a $1 trillion (€890 billion) in profits offshore via mechanisms such as the double Irish by the end of 2017. Photograph: AFP via Getty

Why is Ireland’s most notorious tax loophole back in the news?

Anglo Irish Bank and its clients epitomised the easy-money culture of the Celtic Tiger era. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh

From Ireland’s bailout and Anglo’s crash to Apple’s €14bn tax bill and Brexit

Kerry Group chief executive Edmond Scanlon: the agribusiness group scored just 18.4 out of 100 on the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark. Photograph:  Colm Mahady / Fennells

Irish food giant among worst global brands for addressing human rights issues

Boston-based investment firm Eaton Vance said Dublin move  was designed to ensure its clients a smooth transition to a post-Brexit   environment.

Company says move is designed to ensure smooth transition for its European clients

US stocks opened largely unchanged on Thursday as investors shrugged off a dip in jobless claims.

Healthcare, oil and gas sectors lead gains in otherwise quiet day as thoughts turn to 2020

Comreg said the non-compliance notices in this case relate to ‘transparency breaches´’ in the consumer contracts being issued by these firms. Photograph: iStock

Regulator hits Virgin, Three, Vodafone, Digiweb, Imagine with non-compliance notices

Household net worth is calculated by adding the total value of the housing stock and financial assets – such as cash savings, shares, pensions and possessions such as cars and antiques – and subtracting debt owed or liabilities. Photograph: iStock

Central Bank figures put household debt at €135.3bn in second quarter of 2019

The figures from the Residential Tenancies Board suggested the average monthly cost of rent nationally is now more than €1,200. In Dublin, average rents were €1,762 in the third quarter. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

New figures show big annual jump in apartment schemes

The cost of motor insurance claims fell by 2.5 per cent in the last decade but premiums rose by 42 per cent, according to a Central Bank report. Photograph: Alan Betson

Motor insurance rose 42% in last decade but claims fell 2.5%, Central Bank finds

The Central Bank report found that while injury claims only account for about 8 per cent of claim numbers, they account for 75 per cent of total claim cost.

Report also suggests sector generated a profit of 9% last year

 Construction cranes in Dublin.  Since 2014 the Irish economy has grown by over 50%, placing it ahead of China in the global growth charts. Photograph: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

We are now in solid recovery mode, but consumers and businesses are looking over their shoulders at the possibility that things ca(...)

Kieran McQuinn at the ESRI forecast for 2017 and 2018. In its latest economic commentary, the institute examined the impact of a sudden reduction in business tax receipts on Ireland’s macro economy and on the Government’s finances. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Think tank says up to €6 billion of corporation tax receipts may be temporary

The ESRI says Ireland could benefit if Brexit uncertainty is removed in the short term. UK prime minister Boris Johnson is hoping to secure a parliamentary majority in Thursday’s election. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Think tank predicts modest lift if Brexit issue is resolved in short term

The fall in hours was not felt by those working in hotels and the food industry, where a third of workers are on the minimum wage – the highest percentages of employees. Photograph: iStock

ESRI study suggests wage hike did not reduced hours worked by low-paid workers

Rondo Food makes snack foods for dogs and cats. Photograph: iStock

Pet food maker plans to move facility to Germany early next year

Ryanair was one of only two non-energy companies included in a list of Europe’s top 10 worst polluters, and the only airline. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Airline included in top 10 of continent’s biggest carbon emitters

There were about 4,000 commercial aircraft leased through companies in Ireland last year, representing a total value of $115bn.  Photograph;David Sleator

Figures show 53% of bloc’s aircraft imports last year went to Ireland

The increasing shift of buyers to areas outside of Dublin is likely to negatively impact not only on these regions but the wider economy in general. Photograph:  Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Banking lobby group highlights increased sales in Louth, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow

Director of SEK International Schools Chris Charleson: increasingly we are  seeing Irish families wanting an alternative to the traditional Irish education system

School charging annual tuition fees from €15,000 a year announces €3m investment programme

The advisory council warning comes as exchequer returns show the Government took in a record €3.1bn in corporation tax last month and is on course for a record €11bn this year.

Oireachtas budgetary watchdog quizzes members of Irish Fiscal Advisory Council

A logo for Italian energy company Eni is drawn on the ground with the words 'Fake Green' during a protest outside its headquarters. Many governments continue to subsidise the fossil fuel industry, the main emitter of greenhouse gases, on a grand scale. Photograph: Stefano Montesi/Corbis/Getty

Businesses taking lead in climate emergency as warnings get more shrill

 Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe: The windfall was driven by a number of big payments from multinationals in the tech and pharma sectors, the Department of Finance confirmed.

Department says windfall driven by number of big payments from multinationals

Prediction comes in wake of figures showing State’s jobless rate fell to 4.8% last month

Customers will see significant price reductions on a range of chilled food products that have reached their best-before date, Lidl Ireland said.

Supermarket chain to offer big price reductions on certain perishable food products

Earth is on course to experience global warming of between 3.5 and 4 degrees by 2100. This will result in an unparalleled climate catastrophe.  Photograph:  John Giles/PA

Legal & General analyst warns of climate catastrophe unless radical action taken

Shopper on Dublin’s  Henry Street: All five main elements of the KBC Bank consumer sentiment index posted sharp monthly gains in November. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

KBC Bank Ireland/ESRI consumer sentiment index jumps to 77 points in November

On Monday the FTSE 100 ended down 0.8 per cent on its third session in the red, after rising by the same level earlier in the day. Photograph:  Daniel Sorabji/AFP via Getty Images

Stoxx 600 posts worst day in two months, Germany, France both down 2 per cent

‘Despite a small increase in November, new car registrations are down 7 per cent on 2018, underlining what has been a disappointing year for the Irish motor industry,” according to Simi director general Brian Cooke. Photograph: Alan Betson

Consumers taking advantage of favourable exchange rate to buy used models in UK

Ibec’s chief economist Gerard Brady said the Irish economy had now recorded several years of strong sustainable growth

Employers’ group Ibec says capacity constraints are impacting on business decisions

Credit Union logo. File photo.

St Agnes’ Credit Union in Crumlin says measures will ensure viability of business

David Duffy, the chief executive of Virgin Money, earned a basic salary of £1.2 million combined with various allowances, bonuses and pension entitlements amounting to £2.2 million.

CEO’s pay more than eight times his AIB salary – despite losses at UK’s Virgin Money

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “We are open to solutions which respect our right to compete fairly and which respect the legitimacy of Ireland’s long-standing 12.5%  corporate tax rate”

Taoiseach says major change inevitable in system which allows companies book profits in low-tax jurisdictions such as Ireland

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe.

Spokeswoman says budget plan was franked by European Commission

CSO data shows sales fell by 0.5% in October but were still up 3% in annual terms

‘The most persistent driver of these overspends was hospital spending.’ File photo.

Budgetary watchdog criticises Government for failing to rein in health spending

Ifac chairman Seamus Coffey said the additional corporate tax revenue was ‘very welcome’ and provided a financial boost to the exchequer. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fiscal watchdog highlights Government’s increasing reliance on business tax receipts

Galway-Eyre Square-Kennedy Park:“Galway excels both in efficiency and quality of land administration,” says World Bank study.

World Bank report assesses how well Irish cities perform against key business indicators

 Brendan McAtamney, chief executive officer says  the company recorded double digit revenue growth across its core Ashfield and Sharp businesses:  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin-based company forecasts further acquisitions in the coming year

Greencore chief executive Patrick Coveney. The company acquired salad and chilled snack Freshtime for £56 million in September Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Pre-packed sandwich giant signs up plastics pact in bid to reduce waste footprint

 Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on November 20, 2019 in New York City.  Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Novartis gains on $9.7 billion deal to buy heart drug maker

Wage pressure in Irish economy has begun to emerge as labour market tightens

IAA chief executive Peter Kearney and scholarship recipient Emily Lawton. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Irish Aviation Authority scholarship programme aims to promote industry here

Ireland is overdue a storm surge that would leave the insurance industry facing €1 billion in claims, one of the State’s foremost climate change experts has warned.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Storms to date have not coincided with high tide but 3m storm surge only a matter of time

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and US businessman David McCourt of National Broadband Ireland sign  the National Broadband Plan at St Kevin’s National School in Co Wicklow on Tuesday.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Rollout to 542,000 homes will transform telecoms landscape, but at a high price

David McCourt, CEO and founder of Granahan mcCourt and Peter Hendrick, CEO of National Broadband Ireland at the signing of the broadband contract. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

Areas with worst connections to benefit first as €3 billion scheme is rolled out

The CSO survey shows employment increased in nine of the 14 economic sectors over the year with largest increase (+12.9 per cent +13,000) recorded in the financial, insurance and real estate sector. Photograph: Alan Betson

Numbers grow by 2.4% in third quarter but employment rate is below pre-crash level

The K Club resort has been on the market since last year with an asking price of €80 million. Photograph: Alan Betson

Luxury golf and hotel resort is expected to exchange hands for about €70 million

Lidl in Terenure

German supermarket chain says 800 of its 4,300 staff will benefit

Research Affiliates: ‘Demand for responsible investing has soared in recent years and we expect it to continue to grow.’

Irish firm teams up with California-based financial services group Research Affiliates

The Association of Irish Mortgage Advisors said while the rules have encouraged more prudence in borrowers and lenders, they unfairly penalise families who bought during the boom and now are struggling to find the 20 per cent deposit needed to move to bigger properties.

Umbrella group says rules unfairly penalise families who bought during boom

Housing completions nationally rose by 25 per cent to 18,072 last year and are expected to be up again this year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Report highlights multifaceted shortage in living accomodation

Stephen Fitzgerald, CEO of Golden Discs .

Music business opens new store in Dublin’s Jervis Shopping Centre

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has indicated that receipts are likely to be higher again this year. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Report says 80% of tax collected came from multinationals in pharma, tech and finance

Agency’s earnings data also reveal big sectoral differences in wages

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton will shortly seek Cabinet approval to sign off on the broadband plan and award the contract to preferred bidder, Granahan McCourt.

Cost of the scheme has ballooned to nearly €3 billion, six times the original estimate

Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Move paves the way for contracts with US firm Granahan McCourt to be signed

Aryzta chairman Gary McGann speaking during the company’s annual shareholder meeting in Duebendorf, Switzerland. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Food group under pressure to explain payouts to executives

Traders at the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty

Germany avoids technical recession but grew just 0.1% in the third quarter

Property prices nationally have increased by 85.3 per cent from their trough in early 2013.

Prices in Dublin fell by 1.3% in the 12 months to September, according to CSO figures

The report found that respondents to the survey were typically living in homes with three bedrooms but were using only two. Photograph: iStock

Financial incentives and support on the sales process could help unlock housing supply

Central Bank deputy governor Sharon Donnery: ‘If supply is not responding to prices, then any move to increase the level of credit is likely to lead to higher housing costs and higher indebtedness.’ Photograph:   Nick Bradshaw

Sharon Donnery warns of ‘re-emergence of a credit price spiral’

House prices in Dublin are now more than nine times the average salary, a level not seen since the height of the boom. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Think tank concludes that rapid bounce back in prices is in keeping with economic fundamentals

President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin

Michael D Higgins cites ‘unbridled consumption’ and ‘environmental destruction’

BT Ireland is understood to have been briefing staff and clients about the transaction. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Telecoms giant said to have agreed deal which values Irish business at €300m

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister says officials are still finalising State aid element of €3bn scheme

According to a new report, there were 7,596 commencement notices or housing starts in the third quarter of 2019

Figures from Building Control Management System point to rise in housing starts

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Global markets are reacting positivity to perceived improvements in world economic outlooks. Photograph: Epa/Justin Lane

Markets report: Lufthansa jumps after unveiling cost-cutting plan

The report  noted that building commencement notices, a strong indicator of future supply, fell by 18.5 per cent during the three month period. Photograph: PA

Dublin Economic Monitor shows 14 per cent fall in house completions in three month period

Transport prices, including air fares, petrol and diesel, fell 0.6%. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Latest consumer price index show inflationary pressure in Irish economy remains weak

   The Beacon South Quarter complex at Sandyford, Co. Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Group says increase in commercial rates will place too much financial strain on businesses

Home Building Finance Ireland publishes update on operations to date

Whiskey joins products such as Parma Ham and Manchego Cheese in securing the protection.   Photograph: iStock

Hogan hails new deal between Brussels and Beijing to protect native food products

Kerry Group HQ in Naas, Co Kildare. The company has been on a major acquisition drive to keep up with shifting consumers trends.

Food group says revenue increased by 10 per cent for nine months to end of September

 Twinlite’s 376-unit rental scheme in Clongriffin in north Dublin which will be rented out and managed by a new smart online platform, vestaliving.

Rent at Twinlite’s Clongriffin scheme includes utility, refuse and broadband bills

 Global markets are reacting positively to perceived improvements in world economic outlooks, particularly an easing of tension on US/China trade. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

In Dublin, AIB bucks upward momentum across financials on foot of planned job losses

Edward Crawford, US ambassador to Ireland, speaking at the Aspire entrepreneurial workshop series. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

US ambassador to Ireland Edward Crawford addresses entrepreneurship event in Dublin

‘Given that Ireland is close to levels of full employment, employers will find it hard to attract talent.’ Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Ongoing strength of labour market reflected in latest jobless numbers

The business activity index includes everything from hotels and hairdressers to IT firms and telecoms. File photograph: Getty

Purchasing managers’ index for service sector now at the lowest level since August 2012

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