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

According to the Simi, there were 1,129 electric car registrations in January and February, up from just 176 in the same period last year. Photograph: Alexander Becher/EPA

Figure of 1,129 registrations in January and February almost surpasses total for last year

Dublin’s largest independent opticians chain MacNally has been put into examinership following a hearing at Dublin Circuit Court on Thursday.

Dublin largest independent opticians chain granted court protection

The annual rate of growth was down from 3.2 per cent in December and the lowest annual rate recorded since March last year. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New CSO data show sales grew by 1.2% in January on annual basis

Brussels says rising rents and insufficient construction behind more homelessness

Andrew Marr, BBC broadcaster and journalist; Siobhán Masterson, head of corporate affairs, Ibec and Danny McCoy, CEO, at the business leaders conference

BBC presenter says prospect of no-deal Brexit still high despite recent parliamentary manoeuvres

Ibec said any new SSIA-type savings scheme would have to work on a countercyclical basis. Photograph: Alan Betson

Complex trends in economy require fresh thinking, employers’ group chief says

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

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