An Post chief executive David McRedmond said recently he expected up to 360 post offices to close over the next four years. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Funds to secure five-day postal service and parcel-delivery expansion, claims company

Margrethe Vestager, competition commissioner of the European Commission, is before the European Parliament committee on economic and monetary affairs on Tuesday.

Margrethe Vestager, however, says more hard evidence of cartel behaviour is needed

Dun Laoghaire shopping centre has  an average weekly footfall of 65,000. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Agents yet to secure big-name retailer several months after completing renovation

Ryanair headquarters, Dublin: the airline is one of a list of top Irish firms named and shamed for failing to report their greenhouse gas emissions. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Ryanair, PaddyPower Betfair and PTSB singled out for not disclosing carbon footprint

Siro CEO Sean Atkinson and JD Buckley, managing director of Sky Ireland.

Wholesaler is rivaling market incumbent Eir in the rollout of fibre broadband

(second from left) Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed:  it is critical that we build these new markets for premium Irish dairy products

Dairy exporter plans to sell flagship brand through local retailers in Seoul

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday. On the day, the S&P 500 index recovered from its worst two-day fall since August. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Financials, autos and tech lead gains across Europe as oil stocks struggle

Debit card spending on restaurants rose 22 per cent year on year  to €168 million in September.

Debit card point-of-sale transactions now nearly three times credit card spending

Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes: “These are agreed long-term contracts whose lifespan lasts well beyond Brexit.” Photograph: Alan Betson

MEP Brian Hayes warns of major fallout across financial sector from no-deal scenario

Grafton Street: Dublin’s main shopping street has seen a near 10 per cent jump in rent in the past 12 months, with “healthy demand” from new entrants. Photograph: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty

Rent on Dublin’s premier shopping street put at €3,653 per square metre

The driving force behind Irish exports was once again medical and pharmaceutical products

Latest CSO numbers point to another strong year, with value of export trade up 2%

Move follows €19m investment from State-backed Ireland Strategic Investment Fund

Central Bank governor says capital buffers will be carefully monitored

Barista  making a coffee. Photograph: iStock

Researcher says incidence here is likely to be significantly lower than in UK

Billionaire and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg has since 2010 spent $164 million on a campaign to end coal-burning in the US. Photograph: Lukas Schulze/Getty Images

Government’s two-faced game on climate change has resulted in decade of inaction

Macro-prudential buffers are designed to protect the wider economy against a banking failure. Photograph: Bloomberg

Central Bank reviews macro-prudential buffers

Last year’s Luas construction works at O’Connell Bridge, Dublin:  the IMF report said the Republic managed its public infrastructure relatively well by international standards. Photograph: Eric Luke

Assessment was requested by Government in bid to improve delivery of vital projects

Mortgage interest rates in the Republic used to more closely reflect the main European Central Bank lending rates. Photograph: iStock

Central Bank figures show average Irish variable rate in September was 3.37%

Bank of Ireland headquarters, Dublin: BoI has increased its provisioning for the overcharging scandal to €200m, up from the €26m originally earmarked.  Photograph: Frantzesco Kangaris/Bloomberg

Disparity partly explained by fact 3,700 tracker BoI customers only overcharged small amount

Traders  in NYSE, November 9th, 2017. Photograph: Reuters/Brendan McDermid

In Dublin, Bank of Ireland drops after adding more customers to tracker compensation list

The Central Bank says that the additional customers were only agreed to by Bank of Ireland following a “robust challenge” from the regulator. Photograph: iStock

New figure is in addition to 4,300 already admitted by State’s largest lender

 Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe:  said  changing the rules would have a detrimental impact on the value of the State’s investment in the banks. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Banks will not be liable to pay taxes for at least 20 years

Latest CSO numbers also point to increased transport and housing costs

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: defended help-to-buy scheme for first-time house buyers amid a sustained attack from Opposition politicians.

Measure entails significant legal and social complexities, Minister for Finance says

Davy chief economist Conall Mac Coille said banks are close to exhausting their allocation of unrestricted money for mortgages.

Banks will soon exhaust unrestricted mortgage limit, acting as a drag on prices, Davy says

Minister says working group to examine amalgamation will be set up in coming weeks

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank. He signalled the bank  is unlikely to begin a cycle of rate hikes until at least 2019.

ECB chief Mario Draghi signals cycle of hikes will not begin until at least 2019

The CSO webpage, which complements the CSO’s Brexit: Ireland and the UK in numbers report from last year, pulls together information on trade, employment, migration and travel.

Statistical agency collates data to better capture impact of Brexit on Ireland

BT Ireland has operated  Ireland’s Emergency Call-Answering Service since 2009. Photograph: Alan Betson

Telco finalising terms of five-year deal after seeing off Eir to become preferred supplier

Central Bank figures show net worth rose by €16.9 billion in the second quarter, reflecting a substantial increase in the value of housing assets. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Central Bank data shows household debt as a proportion of disposable income also falls

The latest figures from the CSO showed production on a monthly basis was 0.4 per cent higher in September. Photograph: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

CSO statistics point to annual fall of 3.2 per cent in production in September

The combined cost of the three main rent support programmes – rent supplement, the housing assistance payment and the rental accommodation scheme – is expected to be some €535m  this year

Figure represents 25% rise on previous period and reflects shift away from social housing

Niall May,  John Glennon, Catherine Corcoran  and Áine Farrelly of RSM Ireland. The accountancy and professional services company has been named RSM member firm of the year. Photograph: Jason Clarke

International referrals up 144% as companies seek advice on doing business in Ireland

Despite the uncertainty of Brexit, the InterTrade Ireland report suggests cross-Border trade is thriving

Report by InterTrade Ireland highlights lack of preparedness of firms

The latest register tallies with the current decline in headline unemployment, which fell to a nine-year low of 6 per cent on Tuesday. Photograph: Christinne Muschi/Bloomberg

Latest figures show number of people signing-on dropped by 2,400 in October

Traders work on the floor  in the New York Stock Exchange.  Photograph: Bryan Smith/Getty Images

In Dublin, Smurfit Kappa continues positive trend despite posting fall in earnings

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. Stronger-than-expected corporation tax receipts have been making up for shortfalls in income tax and VAT. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Latest exchequer numbers suggest public finances are back on track

Bank of England  governor Mark Carney. His suggestion that further rate rises would only be “gradual and limited” has been interpreted as meaning perhaps only one more rise in 2018, and ultimately a negative for sterling. Photograph: Getty Images

Bank of England’s wary outlook dampens the prospect of a swift cycle of rate rises

Conall Mc Devitt, left,  of  Hume Brophy, who said the company had witnessed a rapid pick-up in demand for its services across Asia. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland’s largest communications agency acquires Madaket in ‘landmark deal’

State’s jobless rate now nearly three points below euro zone average of 8.9 per cent

The ESRI’s study found that a high percentage of of female workers on minimum wage said they had taken up part-time work because it enabled them to look after children or other people. Photograph: Getty Images

ESRI study reveals extent of gender pay gap among lower income groups

CSO figures show that, between 2010 and 2016, the average cost of a new home in Dublin increased from €282,289 to €450,274. Photograph: Frank Miller

CSO figures show average cost of new home in capital has risen 60% since 2010

Photograph: Alan Betson

Central Bank figures show cautious Irish consumers continue to save at record levels

The Cranberries perform at The Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin.

Ireland showcased as tourism destination on China’s most popular online talk show

Richard Moat, chief of Eir. Comreg is conducting a review of Eir’s regulatory governance model, which could in theory pave the way for greater separation between Eir and its wholesale arm, OpenEir.

State’s largest telco launches legal proceedings amid row remit of regulator

Irish farmland: the Minister highlighted the 1 per cent rate applying to transfers of farmland within families and the abolishing of the age restriction for the transferor as key concessions for farmers

Minister says measures will aid inter-generational transfer of family farms

The Finance Bill  stipulates that commercial property deals in place prior to October 11th will enjoy the old 2 per cent rate of stamp duty.

Finance Bill gives effect to various measures announced on budget day

Donegal Investment Group is in line for a €45 million windfall after settling a long-running dispute over the price of its exit from Monaghan Mushrooms.

Settlement of shareholder oppression action results in higher valuation for 30% stake

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: Finance Bill gives details of a new stock option scheme for SMEs. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

SME sector employees will only be liable for capital gains tax upon the sale of their shares

A trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Brewing tracker mortgage controversy anchors banks on Irish market

Niall Collins of Fianna Fáil said the Government’s unwillingness to publish reports into Brexit by some of its departments is unhelpful. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Documents deal with likely sectoral impact of Brexit and implications for EU-UK trade

In effect variable rate customers ended up delivering a second bailout to the banks, in addition to €64 billion injected in 2009.

Analysis: State’s foot-dragging response to banking failures explained

Housing Europe report: the paper noted that the number of people on local authority waiting lists in Ireland had doubled between 2008 and 2010, and was currently over 96,000

Study by Housing Europe group says ‘housing exclusion’ exacerbated by crisis

OECD report reveals shifting shares of employment since crash

Fall-off in exports of organic chemicals and pharma products drives exports lower

Construction cranes on Dublin skyline: current forecasts indicate direct property investment will  be less than €2 billion this year. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Property professionals query planned yield of €376m due to projected transaction levels

A sugar tax introduced in Chicago earlier this year was repealed after just two months. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ibec trade body claims tax demonises certain foods and won’t lower consumption of soft drinks

Ireland’s bad bank unveils plan to redeem final tranche of senior debt later this month

The Central Bank predicts the economy will deliver an additional 90,000 new jobs by the end of next year while unemployment will fall to a 10-year low of 5.6 per cent

Central Bank says economy will converge on full employment by the end of next year

At a press briefing on Tuesday evening, Paschal Donohoe said his department has carefully assessed the level of activity currently under way in the commercial property sector. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister says he has received assurances from Revenue that changes will deliver tax yield without hindering activity

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe also announced a raft of measures to tackle the housing crisis in the budget

Rise in price of cigarettes and new sugar tax on sweetened drinks the key clawbacks

The cost of living in the Irish capital does not diverge significantly from cities such as Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Luxembourg and Paris. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Across several metrics, from housing to taxes, prices did not diverge significantly

 Fianna Fail’s Niall Collins: Government not doing enough to make the case for an exemption.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / Irish Times

Fianna Fáil’s Niall Collins says Ireland needs exemption to assist firms affected by Brexit

High marginal tax rates in particular were highlighted by respondents as having a strong bearing on decisions over whether to set up in Ireland or not. Photograph: Getty Images

Survey respondents cite high marginal rates and lack of staff reward schemes as negatives

Marian Finucane, whose weekend radio shows will now be sponsored by FBD. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

New deal with insurance group includes sponsor stings and cross-station promotions

Pre-budget White Paper sets out Government’s tax and spending projections

The ESRI last week warned that the Government may soon need to consider raising personal taxes to counteract the inflationary pressures associated with a major uptick in capital spending

Building federation’s research reveals SMEs have resorted to funding investment from reserves

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Stamp duty rise among measures expected to boost package of spending and tax cuts

The New York Stock Exchange: Switch  jumped by almost half in its trading debut after raising $531m in an initial public offering, the third-biggest technology IPO this year in the US. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Dublin index dragged lower by drop in CRH shares

KBC economist Austin Hughes said a number of factors may be driving the monthly rise, including confirmation that the repayment of water charges would be largely completed before end-year. Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Upswing comes despite low expectations from budget and worries over Brexit

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Children Katherine Zappone at the launch of a childcare support campaign. Childcare costs are preventing people from working, an Oireachtas committee said. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Committee on Budgetary Oversight says climate change still not part of budget planning

Minister for Employment & Social Protection Regina Doherty:   “Since 2012 the number of jobs in the economy has risen by over 230,000.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

CSO figures suggest number of claimants is at lowest level since September 2008

The ESRI has upgraded its growth forecasts for the Irish economy. Photograph: Alan Betson

ESRI says no good reason to further stimulate consumption at time of strong growth

The Oriel Wind Farm scheme, located 22km off the Co Louth coast,    will have the potential to generate up to 330 megawatts (MW), enough to power 250,000 homes. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Oriel Wind group secures investment to develop scheme off Co Louth coast

Investec barometer points to strong pick-up in customer demand and new business

Much of Boate’s role is expected to be taken up with monitoring the lotto’s expansion online. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Carol Boate will take up her new role as the National Lottery’s regulator next week

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe says the Government is on course to meet  budgetary targets for the year.  File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister says public finances on track despite tax projection shortfall

Exchequer returns leave little wriggle room for Paschal Donohoe’s budget.

Figures for nine months to September show tax revenue is still undershooting targets

The ESRI has warned that the economy runs the risk of overheating at this level of unemployment

Latest CSO numbers suggest State’s jobless rate fell to 6.1% in September

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange   in New York . Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Ryanair shares rise after collapse in rival airline Monarch

Hard Brexit: trade barriers could cost the UK car industry   £7.9 billion. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty

Car industry set to be worst hit of four key manufacturing sectors

BT Ireland will provide Sky Ireland with service to facilitate rollout of broadband

In its report, Merrion warned there was now a shortage of every type of housing and that the crisis was likely to get worse unless urgent action was taken. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Merrion Stockbrokers says radical action needed to address current housing crisis

Greencore chief executive Patrick Coveney: the company said the recall was a “purely precautionary measure, as no finished products have been found to have listeria present and no confirmed illnesses have been reported”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irish sandwich giant recalls products after routine FDA inspection at Rhode Island plant

Broadband blues: After five years of dithering, we find ourselves on the brink of giving the market incumbent a subsidy to connect rural Ireland to high-speed broadband, a solution that might have been arrived at some time ago.

Departure of ESB subsidiary clears way for Eir to solidify its telecommunications monopoly

Traders at the New York Stock Exchange. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq hit record levels on Friday, the last day of the third quarter, helped by gains in technology and financial stocks. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

VW shares sink further, while fuel retailer Applegreen’s shares fall 2.3 per cent to €6.05

The Comptroller and Auditor General’s report also highlighted the fragility of the State’s corporate tax base, with 37 per cent of receipts coming from just 10 firms. Photograph: Getty Images

C&AG report reveals significant variations in average tax rate paid by top 100 companies

Dunbia chief executive Jim Dobson (left) and Dawn boss Niall Browne will run new UK venture from Dunbia’s Dungannon headquarters.

Deal sees Waterford-based Dawn overtake rival ABP as State’s largest beef processor

The jump in Irish lotto sales also saw PLI’s operating profit rise by 121 per cent to €16.4 million last year. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Stronger performance allows Irish franchise to generate €213 million for good causes

Gambling man: Dermot Griffin, chief executive of National Lottery. Photograph: Tom Honan

National Lottery head Dermot Griffin on gambling, privatisation and an Uber-like assault on his business

CSO figures show the volume of retail sales grew by 4.7 per cent in the 12 months to August, but when car  sales are excluded, the annual increase was 6.7 per cent.  Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Isme calls for support for sector amid rise in cross-border shopping and used car imports

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: said “only €350 million remains to be allocated to specific measures” in the budget. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Available fiscal space unlikely to change, Minister for Finance says

Siro’s decision to exit the broadband race comes just five months after the Government controversially removed 300,000 homes from its original plan and placed them back into Eir’s commercial rollout plan.

Eir and Enet the only two left in procurement race

Economist Ronan Lyons estimates that Ireland has about 500,000 less apartments than it should have for the size of its population.

‘Huge shortage’ in supply of apartments behind current crisis, says Ronan Lyons

Former secretary general of the European Commission Catherine Day (left) at the opening of the 40th Dublin Economic Workshop in Wexford Friday with Rory Montgomery, second secretary general at the Department of Foreign Affairs and director of the European Union division, with particular responsibility for the EU-UK negotiations, and economics blogger Frances Coppola. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography.

Fianna Fáil TD says Ireland is facing unprecedented economic challanges

The European Commission suggested that EU plans to harmonise tax rules across the bloc could be used to incorporate new rules on digital taxation. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Commission paper set outs roadmap for reforming how digital firms should be taxed

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange: Markets are pricing in a 56 per cent probability of the Fed raising rates in December.  Photograph: Michael Nagle/ Bloomberg

Global stocks tread water even after tension-raising speech by US president

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe flanked by  PwC head of tax Joe Tynan and Irish Times managing director Liam Kavanagh at The Irish Times/PwC Tax Summit. Photograph:   Nick Bradshaw

State’s tax system must support work and innovation, says Minister for Finance

Ibec’s Fergal O’Brien: Ireland has missed out on an additional €7 billion in fiscal space by failing to apply the EU’s fiscal rules. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ibec’s Fergal O’Brien claims EU fiscal rules not being applied correctly to Ireland

PwC tax partner Liam Diamond

Irish Times/PwC Tax Summit hears of major challenge to Ireland’s competitive offering

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