Eir’s  director of mobile networks, Fergal McCann,  and CEO, Carolan Lennon. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Eir takes aim at Virgin as questions about the Government’s NBP project grow

The contract, which was renewed in 2017, is said to be worth at least €20 million a year to Limerick-based Enet. Photograph: PA Wire

Limerick-based Enet had contract to operate network last year without tender process

Imagine Communications chief executive Seán Bolger. The company is aiming to roll out a new 5G fixed broadband network within the next 18 months. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Investment to bring high-speed connectivity to rural parts of Republic

Building telecoms infrastructure in rural parts is proving a headache for governments across the world, principally because the technology and the demand it spawns keeps evolving.

Companies are to explain their difficulties with the process to Public Accounts Committee

Sales in the final quarter of 2018 demonstrated the slow but steady growth of retail in recent years, said Retail Ireland. Photograph: PA

Industry body’s retail monitor shows value of shopping rose 2.7% in final quarter of 2018

The Republic should be allowed keep all tariffs on imports from the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit, accountancy body Acca says. Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire

Industry group says additional revenue could be used as support package for Brexit-hit industries

Eir plans to invest €500 million in a new fibre broadband network that will supply 1.4 million premises across the State. Photograph: Andy Brown/Hemera/Getty

Five-year plan to bring fibre to 1.4m homes, including all towns with more than 1,000 homes

Ireland and England playing in the Guinness Six Nations championship at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Reuters

Teneo’s findings indicate match generated €12.4m for local economy

Firms in the tourism sector,   already  feeling the pinch from a weaker sterling, have been the worst hit over Brexit as the industry relies heavily on tourism from Britain. Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire

Latest AIB Brexit Sentiment Index reveals economic fallout of ongoing uncertainty

While the rate of growth eased to a three-month low, overall Irish construction activity has increased on a monthly basis since September 2013. Photograph:  Alan Betson

Ulster Bank barometer suggests housing demand still driving the construction sector

Workers in the domestic sector, which excludes multinationals such as Apple, added an average €47.87 to the value of the economy for every hour they worked in 2017, which  was less than the OECD average. Photograph: EPA

CSO figures suggest workers are no more productive than their international peers

European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici presents the EU executive’s economic forecasts during a news conference at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Brussels says economic outlook for Ireland remains clouded by uncertainty

The Government has been urged to rethink its housing policy in light of Brexit and “to apply more dynamic thinking” to solving the crisis.

Oireachtas report criticises aspects of Government policy, including HAP scheme

All EU countries are poised to continue growing, with the bloc expected to post its seventh consecutive year of expansion. Photograph: Reuters/Yves Herman

Brussels says economic outlook for Ireland remains clouded by uncertainty

 ‘Likelihood is that sentiment and spending indicators will remain on a choppy path in early 2019’ Photograph:  Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Latest barometer suggests consumers are still very cautious about outlook for economy

Kirby Tarrant, partner in charge of Clark Hill’s new Dublin office

Tie-up will give Irish significantly more clout internationally

Research suggests poor broadband is problem in urban as well as rural areas

Yew Grove’s IPO last June: the company  said it had now fully invested the €75 million generated from its flotation

Stock market’s newest property reit publishes maiden set of results

Economist Micheál Collins said Ireland had “effectively written the textbook on how not to do property supports via the tax system”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Expert highlights wide range of tax reliefs and reductions currently available in Ireland

In Ireland, workers add an average of $99.50 (€87) to the value of the economy every hour they work, according to the OECD. Photograph: Suzie Howell/New York Times

OECD figures suggest Republic leads way in labour productivity

Unemployment is expected to fall below 5% this year. Photograph: Alan Betson

CSO figures for unemployed fell to 127,300 in January, but participation rates still low

January is typically the biggest month of the year for VAT as it reflects the busy November-December shopping period.

Exchequer returns show sales tax accounted for half receipts generated in January

Capital Economics predicted the UK government would probably loosen fiscal policy by as much as 1 per cent of GDP   if the UK crashed out of the EU. Photograph:  AP

Capital Economics analysis says existing forecasts fail to factor in likely policy responses

The Department of Finance building at Government Buildings in Dublin. “A certain, stable, and globally agreed international tax framework is vital to facilitate cross-border trade and investment,” the department said. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Department of Finance says, however, changes must not prejudice small economies

United Oil and Gas is applying to have its ordinary shares traded on London’s smaller AIM market. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Exploration group applies have its ordinary shares traded on smaller AIM market

New Irish citizens at a citizenship ceremony in  Convention Centre Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller

Research disputes notion that deep-seated cultural factors drive immigration sentiment

Brown Thomas is among the members of the Ireland Canada Business Association. Photograph: Eric Luke

However survey by Irish-Canada business group highlights concerns about housing and broadband

Companies relocating to Ireland is help stoke demand for executive roles

Survey by recruitment specialist suggests high-level salaries could rise by 20%

Positive year: Shannon Group chief executive Matthew Thomas and chairman Rose Hynes

Semi-State group says total passenger numbers at the airport jumped to 1.86m in 2018

  REQUIRED: Handout photo issued by the House of Commons of Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom, Chancellor Philip Hammond, Prime Minister Theresa May, Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, following the results of voting on Amendments put forward by MPs over the Government’s Brexit deal, in the House of Commons, London.

House of Commons votes increases prospect of no-deal outcome, says Goodbody Stockbrokers

Tesco Ireland   is selling the vegan burgers at €7 for a pack of two

Tesco Ireland says product ‘looks, cooks, and tastes’ like the real thing

Nama: the agency’s quarterly report shows that it generated a total of €2.1 billion in cash in the nine months to the end of September last year

State agency says an additional 16,000 are either under construction or in pipeline

In New York, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq fell on Tuesday, as technology stocks pulled back. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Apple to report after US closing bell

Greencore chief executive Patrick Coveney. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Sandwich giant says decision would depend on whether clients would pay additional costs

While the Central Bank’s lending rules limit what individuals can borrow, the overall stock of credit has been rising steadily. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Figures show slowdown in approvals activity in the fourth quarter of 2018

Trips by residents from Europe other than Britain rose by 9.5 per cent to 3.8 million last year, while trips made by US and Canadian residents jumped by 13.4 per cent to 2.4 million.

British residents account for a third of total despite Brexit uncertainty, CSO figures show

 Shoppers in Arnotts on the first day of the store’s Christmas sale. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Latest official numbers show sales declined in volume terms last month

European commissioner for competition Margrethe Vestager: “When you become big, you have a special responsibility not to use your muscle to deny others the chance to compete against you.” Photograph: Alan Betson

EU competition commissioner says bloc is ‘unwavering’ in support for border backstop

EU commissioner Margrethe Vestager says there is no guarantee removing the backstop element of the proposed deal will unlock the Westminster logjam. Photograph: Alan Betson

Margrethe Vestager asserts Europe is unwavering in its support for the backstop

Arizun managing director John McDaniel and director Cathal O’Leary: “Arizun will buy the mortgage from the bank and write off the mortgage debt plus arrears.” said Mr O’Leary.

Irish firm comes up with plan to deal with 28,000 mortgages in long-term arrears

VR Education CEO David Whelan  and COO Sandra Whelan. The firm reported revenue that was “comfortably” above expectations. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/SON Photographic

Revenue of €700,000 as Dublin-listed tech firm buoyed by success of new virtual reality game

Arizun managing director John McDaniel and director Cathal O’Leary: “Arizun will buy the mortgage from the bank and write off the mortgage debt plus arrears.” says Mr O’Leary.

Arizun launches sale-and-leaseback scheme for people who don’t qualify for State support

The big mover on the Iseq was Ryanair which closed 3.5 per cent up at €10.45

Trading subdued as US markets were closed for Martin Luther King Day

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde giving a press conference on the IMF World Economic Outlook ahead of the World Economic Forum  annual meeting  in Davos,  Switzerland. Photograph: Getty Images

Washington-based fund says a greater than expected slowdown in China could spark further deterioration in sentiment

Simon McKeever, chief executive of the Irish Exporters Association, says the State is not ready for a hard Brexit.

Simon McKeever says companies in Ireland are totally unprepared for hard Brexit

Share traders start their systems for  a trading session in Frankfurt, Germany. Photograph: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach

Cairn Homes enjoys 4% bounce in Dublin on the back of positive trading numbers

Will the burger survive? Photograph: AP Photo/ Eugene Hoshiko

Study calls for overhaul of western diet to help environment

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said the budget was prepared ‘on a careful and contained basis’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister says he won’t apologise for using corporation tax to fund infrastructural investment

Since the low point of the crash in early 2013 property prices nationally have increased by 83 per cent.

Latest official figures show annual growth in Dublin in November was just 5%

 British five pound banknotes. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/REUTERS

Choppy trading in UK currency after May defeat in Brexit vote

Ibec has called for an overhaul of the State’s planning rules to address capacity constraints in the economy. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Business lobby says current system is unnecessarily costly and cumbersome

Shipping containers at Dublin Port. Exports and imports both slipped back in November. Photograph: Alan Betson

Overall trade surplus rises as imports fall faster than exports

Shoppers at the Arnotts sale: inflation rose 0.7 per cent in December, driven by housing costs.Photograph: Aidan Crawley

CSO figures say that motor insurance premiums fell 7% last year

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. The Government ran a small budget surplus last year for the first time in more than a decade thanks largely to record corporation tax receipts. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Agency highlights risks from increased tax competition and pressure on public spending

Goodbody analyst Dermot O’Leary expressed surprise at how little sterling had moved in the past week.

Analysts say market outlook is strong, as chance of no-deal Brexit decreases

Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy said the current uncertainty regarding the UK’s future trading relations had already prompted a slowdown in SME lending. Photograph: Alan Betson

Employers’ group also says Brexit uncertainty may dampen SME lending


Corporation tax generated record €10.4bn for exchequer last year

The Minister for Finance , Paschal Donohoe, at the announcement of the exchequer returns on Thursday. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The only thing we can can confidently bank on is that the current outlook won’t hold

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. The positive outcome for the State’s finances was published shortly after the Cabinet heard the UK’s latest plans for a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: Donall Farmer

Year-end exchequer numbers show corporation tax generated record €10.4bn in 2018

Fancy a gin with pink grapefruit and a sprig of thyme? Course you do

New figures show 12 new gin brands were launched in 2018 alone

The EU typically accounts for 50 per cent of Irish goods exports, with the UK, Germany and Belgium accounting for the lion’s share. Photograph: Alan Betson

Survey highlights preferences of Irish exporters amid Brexit uncertainty

Proponents point to the high capital costs of fibre and the relatively low take-up rates, particularly in remote areas. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Government still promising bulk of plan by 2020 despite recent delays and controversies

Perrigo, which acquired Irish pharma group Elan in late 2013, has signalled its intention to appeal the decision to the Tax Appeals Commission, the deadline for which falls on December 28th

Listed pharmaceutical giant has signalled its intention to appeal Revenue’s tax assessment

Joe Parker standing on his farm in Blacklion, Co Cavan.   Part of his farm is on the other side of Lough MacNean in Belcoo, Co Fermanagh. Photograph:  Andrew Paton

On a busy day farmer Joe Parker might cross the Border 10 or 11 times, ferrying machinery and feed between his animals North and S(...)

Central Statistics Office  figures for 2017 show the average household disposable income rose by nearly 5%  to €48,476

CSO survey details recovery in household disposable income since 2012

 National Lottery: analysis showed the social and economic class breakdown of lotto players was similar to that of the overall population. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Report suggests lotto’s share now just 13% as alternative forms grow in popularity

After the UK, Romanian nationals accounted for the next largest allocation last year, followed by Brazil.  Photograph: iStock

CSO figures detail shifting composition of labour force

A demonstrator carries a combined British and EU flag during an Anti-Tommy Robinson and Ukip rally in central London on December 9th, 2018. Photograph: Dylan Martinez

ESRI’s latest short-term forecast doesn’t capture likely fallout of major UK shock

Effigies of UK politicians: ESRI says if the UK left leaves the EU without a deal, growth in Ireland may be cut to 2.6 per cent from an otherwise 4.2 per cent. Photograph: Andy Rain

Think tank assesses short-term impact of various Brexit scenarios on Ireland

Corporation tax receipts have nearly doubled since 2012 to €8.2 billion and are on course this year to top €10 billion for the first time. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Despite pledging to cut taxes, Government’s budget will leave households paying more tax

Aryzta CEO and   Dan Flinter, non executive director,  at the company agm  in Dublin last year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Link Asset Services claims food firm is to blame for Irish shareholders missing out

Public Accounts Committee chairman Seán Fleming said the State was missing out on significant additional resources because of the amount of tax that remained under appeal. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

Public Accounts Committee chairman highlights large amount tax under appeal

The Economic and Social Research Institute says employment in construction will have to increase for housing supply to meet demand.

Employers’ group warns skills shortages could curtail economic growth

Activity among Irish construction firms has now increased for 57 successive months. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ulster Bank’s latest monitor shows greater activity stemmed from increased customer demand

Experts predict that about 20 per cent of web searches will done by voice by 2020. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Lotto’s new ‘Lottery Now’ voice assistant will allow users to check lottery numbers by voice

Prime Minister Theresa May speaks in the House of Commons at the start of a five-day debate on the European Union Withdrawal Agreement last week. Photograph PA Wire

Seen & Heard: Stephen Barclay rejects reports that May is seeking to delay vote

Steve Eisman was supposedly the  inspiration for the character played by Steve Carell (centre) in the movie version of Michael Lewis’s book The Big Short

Steve Eisman says he expects big fall in UK market as a result of Brexit

 Abbey said production in Ireland would soon be in progress on five projects, “and we are hoping for a useful contribution to our year-end figures”

Company says UK sales are holding up well, particularly in the first-time buyer category

  Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe   Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  . Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

CSO figures show income and corporation tax responsible for growth in income

Construction crane and steel girders

Latest monthly figures show number of claimants fell by 3,100 in November

The company has recently invested €250,000 in developing a “fibre centre of excellence”. Photograph: Sean Curtin True Media

4site specialises in building and designing telecoms infrastructure

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

Sterling climbs as traders weigh up latest news on Brexit manoeuvres

Irish Fiscal Advisory Council chairman Seamus Coffey: said the Government’s “repeated failure” to rein in unplanned spending has left the State exposed to future shocks

Ifac questions Government’s Brexit assumptions

The Government is on course to run a budget surplus this year for the first time in over a decade. Photograph: Getty Images

Watchdog to issue spending warning after €2.7bn business tax take in November

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. the State could yet run a budget surplus for 2018.

Latest exchequer returns for November show no let up in windfall from business tax

A disorderly or no-deal Brexit with the imposition of World Trade Organisation tariffs raises the prospect of sharp increases in costs for Irish importers. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Britain accounts for 24% of food, fuel and other merchandise brought into State

Cranes towering over the A&L Goodbody Solicitors office Construction site. Photograph: Alan Betson

CSO figures show number classified as unemployed fell to 127,600 in November

The New York Stock Exchange, on Monday, where global markets were sharply higher on the day following reports the US and China have made progress in their trade dispute. Photograph: Justin Laneepa

Trump says China to cut tariffs on US-made cars

Currently Ireland is home to 24 of 25 biggest global pharma players, including Johnson & Johnson, Roche, Pfizer, Novartis and AbbVie.

Figures show foreign-owned businesses have smaller employment footprint

Bank of America’s Ireland-based workforce is now more than 800, split between offices in Leopardstown and Hatch Street, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

US bank merges London-based banking arm with Irish subsidiary

  Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: adamant that   Government spending will only rise by 4 per cent in 2019. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Budgetary watchdog stops just short of accusation that recovery is being squandered

CSO numbers suggests recovery in retail remain strong

“Repeated failures to prevent unbudgeted spending increases have left the public finances more exposed to adverse shocks”

Budgetary watchdog has accusing the Government of repeatedly breaching its own targets

Former minister for communications Denis Naughten (right) is pictured alongside An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar on March 3rd Photograph: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Questions remain around plan’s costs and native industry shunning of project

Seamus Coffey,  chairman of  the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council, said the Government was growing spending at an unsustainable rate and failing to use the upswing to insulate the economy against the next downturn. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Watchdog claims Government is failing to manage public finances in prudent manner

A large majority (87 per cent) of Irish people also believe the shift to a single currency has been beneficial for the EU.

Eurobarometer survey shows overwhelming majority believe euro has been good for State

NYSE closed for Thanksgiving.  Photograph: Bryan R. Smith /Getty Images

In Dublin Smurfit Kappa hit by poor pricing data while builders rise on Brexit news

Professor Louden Ryan (right), then chairman of the National Planning Board in 1984 with Dr Peter Bacon, director of the board secretariat. Photograph: Paddy Whelan /The Irish Times .

Ryan played key role in formulating Irish economic policy in the 1960s and 1970s

OECD secretary general  José Angel Gurria at the launch of the agency’s latest economic outlook in Paris. Photograph: Getty

Agency says pick-up in housing activity has potential to trigger another credit boom

CSO figures indicate a need for foreign labour to fuel construction. However, they  would place pressure on the already-stretched housing market as the new workers would need to be housed themselves. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Think-tank warns of accommodation and rent cost issues around inflow of labour

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