Phil Hogan, EU commissioner for agriculture and rural development, addressing Thursday’s event. Photograph:  Jason Clarke

Glanbia-led AgriChemWay initiative focused on converting dairy waste into high-value commodity

More than two thirds of Aurivo’s milk pool is exported to 50 countries in partnership with Ornua, principally under the Kerrygold brand. Photograph: iStock

Sligo-based co-op says Border business represents a natural fit

President of Rusal Oleg Deripaska. Washington said this week it would consider lifting the sanctions altogether if  Deripaska ceded control of the group. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

Supplier claims softerning of US stance just kicks can down the road for a few months

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

Bookmakers in UK hit by restrictions on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs)

Glanbia last month cut its base milk price by 3 cent a litre amid warnings of oversupply in the marketplace, undercutting the price offered by rival processors. Photograph: Drew Nash/Times-News

Shareholder advisory group urges investors to abstain from re-electing co-op directors

It is anticipated that Apple will make a series of unspecified payments into an escrow account starting in May as it begins to pay its €13 billion Irish tax bill. Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters

Minister for Finance issues update on management of Apple back tax claim

 Central Bank governor Philip Lane:  he said while there had been a pick up in real estate activity in Dublin, most of it was equity financed, often by global equity. Photograph: Reuters/Yuri Gripas

Bank officials pinpoint big risk factors facing the Irish economy

US president Donald Trump. His controversial stance on climate change has seemingly galvanised action on the issue. File photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

US president’s refusenik stance has galvanised action, says EU agency head

The State’s contribution may rise by an additional €400 million a year as a result of the hole in the EU’s budget left from the UK’s departure

Figure may rise by an additional €400m after the UK departs, department warns

Donegal sold non-core assets, including a 30% stake in Monaghan Middlebrook Mushrooms.

Food and agri-business group once known as Donegal Creameries sells off non-core assets

Paschal Donohoe: he said  the risks associated with Brexit would probably not materialise until later this year

Minister warns loose spending would overheat already fast-growing economy

 Dublin Airport managing director Vincent Harrison and Grant Thornton Ireland managing partner Michael McAteer at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Service allows departing passengers to clear security in less than 10 minutes

Rush Credit Union. Photograph: North County Leader

Central Bank issues prohibition notice to former union’s assistant manager

Irish property firm leases 10,000sq m site to US office-sharing firm

The ESRI found found there had been a reduction in the average hours worked by minimum wage employees as a result of the Government’s decision to raise the State’s lowest legally allowed wage. Photograph: Frank Miller

ESRI study suggests move reduced average hours worked by minimum wage employees

Projections for domestic growth are also based on a pre-Brexit transition period, which would mean the United Kingdom remains inside the EU until 2020. File photograph: Getty Images

‘Extraordinary’ spending demands strike note of caution despite positive economic outlook

Latest Stability Programme Update raises 2018 growth forecast sharply to 5.6%

Traders at the New York Stock Exchange on Monday. US stocks rose on Monday, boosted by healthcare stocks and on easing fears that the US-led missile attack on Syria would escalate. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Trading remains cautious as tensions between western powers and Russia persist

The EU accounted for €5.3 billion (52 per cent ) of total Irish goods exports in February. Photograph: Alan Betson

Underlying trend remains positive despite monthly reversal

The European Investment Bank approved €987 million in funding for nine Irish projects including an allocation of €500 million for the National Broadband Plan

European Investment Bank announces major financing allocation for State project

 Irish banks are continuing to offer customers some of the most expensive mortgage rates in the world, charging 75%  more than the euro zone average.  Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Figures show 56% of all new home loans being issued on basis of fixed interest rate

John Jordan (right) appointed as Ornua chief executive designate. Pictured with   Ornua chairman Aaron Forde.

Jordan will succeed longstanding boss Kevin Lane in June

Clothing and footwear rose 1.6% in March, increases  linked to the end of the early-year sales

CSO figures suggest main monthly changes were higher costs for clothing and transport

In its latest quarterly bulletin the Central Bank suggested that house prices would continue to rise, but played down concerns of another property-price bubble. Photograph: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Latest official figures indicate no let up in double-digit price growth

Money to hand: the Central Bank of Ireland believes the consumer spending recovery is being driven by the rise in employment, not rising credit or asset prices. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Central Bank forecasts wage growth of nearly 7% over next two years

Lakeland Dairies chief executive, Michael Hanley

State’s largest cross-Border dairy business posts record annual revenues

Jim Power, chief economist, at Friends First.

Friends First economist Jim Power sees no sign of slowdown in property market

  Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange at the start of the trading day in New York. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

Markets boosted by Chinese promise to open economy further and lower import tariffs

Latest figures from CSO show industrial production fell by nearly 4% in February

The Government continues to subsidise peat-fired electricity, which is one of the most ineffective and polluting ways of producing electricity. Photograph: Picasa

€115m was provided for peat extraction in 2016 while just €88m went to retrofitting

Kerry Group’s Stan McCarthy: received a performance-related pay bonus of $1.67 million, up from $1.34 million. Photograph: David Sleator

Stan McCarthy stepped down as food group’s chief executive in September

The New York Stock Exchange  on Friday: US stocks fell and treasuries rose as investors assessed the latest threat to the global trade order and a disappointing jobs report. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Permanent TSB worst hit of financials on Irish market

Employment figures are going up: Unemployment in Ireland has fallen nearly 10 percentage points from the peak of 15.9 per cent in December 2011 during the financial crisis

Latest monthly figures show number of claimants fell 2,200 to 233,100

 Bottles of Lucazade fizzy drink are seen on a shelf in a convenience store. Lucozade is one of the brands that has cut its sugar content ahead of the tax. Photograph: Paul Ellis / AFP

New tariff on sugar-sweetened drinks was to have come into force today

Eir’s head of sport and TV Glen Killane, who was  recruited in 2016 from RTÉ, is one of seven senior executives to leave the telco in the coming weeks. Photograph: Alan Betson

Five more departures announced as French telecoms billionaire Xavier Niel set to move in

Vision-net said the so-called Beast from the East snowstorm in early March may have led to legal office closures and a temporary suspension of insolvency processing. Photograph: Alan Betson

New figures also reveal a near 40 per cent drop in insolvencies in first quarter of year

Almost three-quarters of Irish investment activity in the first quarter occurred in the Dublin market, according to property consultants CBRE. Photograph: Alan Betson

Figures for first quarter boosted by three large transactions of more than €100m

Fallon & Byrne  is set to open a new flagship food hall and delicatessen at Dundrum Town Centre, which is part-owned by Hammerson. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

UK group reports strong growth at Dundrum Town Centre and Pavilions in Swords

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: Weaker-than-expected income tax receipts in the first quarter. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Department insists underlying trend remains positive, while VAT take also swells

Dairygold chief executive Jim Woulfe warned that the global dairy market was returning significantly less than the milk price paid to producers. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Co-op says uncertainty means it must make contingency plans for hard Brexit

National Lottery. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Lotto betting firm Lottoland rejects criticism it poses a threat to payout to good causes

The OECD’s report says has been considerable  debate about the extent of job destruction, and whether automation and digitalisation are leading to mass technological unemployment

Ireland identified as one of the countries that would be less affected by automation

Former Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan believes the last 25 years have been its most successful. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Former governor muses on the Central Bank’s colourful 75-year history

Kerry chief  Edmond Scanlo  at the preliminary statement of results for 2017 at the Westin Hotel. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Company says Galicia-based Hasenosa will complement taste and nutrition business

Conor O’Kelly, NTMA chief executive: the agency also plans to launch a new Government bond by syndication later in the year.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Agency publishes latest issuance timetable

The National Lottery has described lotto-betting firms such as Lottoland and as “parasites”. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Australia becomes latest state to ban lotto-betting firms such as Lottoland

 Seán Healy: “We are a low-revenue economy, yet we are one of the richest countries in the world,” the Social Justice Ireland director  says. Photograph: Eric Luke

Advocacy group says State needs to broaden tax base to fund decent public services’s report noted that the slowdown in inflation in Dublin was evident in more expensive areas and property types

House prices nationally are continuing to rise but at a slower rate, report shows

Savills said it had a “stable performance in a very competitive property market” in 2016,  with turnover up €200,000 to €1.8m. Photograph: PA Wire

Company says no evidence that investment is being choked off by higher costs

“Nagging questions about the relevance of our growth metrics and in particular the contribution of multinationals remain while, on the horizon, Brexit and changes to the global tax environment loom large.”

Strongest economic growth in Europe is delivering jobs-rich but low-wage recovery

An Bord Pleanála overturned the council’s ruling on the grounds the proposed hostel would “contribute positively to the animation of the area and will provide an active use in itself”.

An Bord Pleanála overturns original rejection by Dublin City Council

PAC  has called for a Dáil debate on how  the surplus on the wind-up of Nama should be spent. Photograph:  Alan Betson

Report also criticises delays to National Broadband Plan

Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy: “Right now, we’re burning through our competitiveness in a way that’s more severe than during the Celtic Tiger.” Photo: Eric Luke

Chief executive Danny McCoy says Ireland is in danger of squandering economic turnaround

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

Smurfit Kappa drops further after it rejects revised takeover bid

AIB said that during the period October 2009 to December 2013 it is estimated that the average tracker margin for principal dwelling houses would have been about 6.8 per cent. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Bank added 4,000 customers to redress scheme under pressure from Central Bank

 The ESRI  has said it had become “practically impossible” to gauge economic activity here or work out an estimate of sustainable growth with the current set of indicators. Photograph: Getty Images

Statistical agency insists it is addressing problem through new indicators

ESRI research professor Kieran McQuinn said it was “practically impossible” to estimate sustainable growth with the current set of national accounts. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Current indicators a bad gauge of underlying economic activity, think tank says

Former DAA chairman Pádraig Ó Ríordáin becomes chairman of the National Lottery.

Former DAA chairman takes over from Bogdan Cenanovic

Sales of Kerrygold hit record levels in Germany and the United States with double-digit volume growth. Photograph: Clare Keogh

Dairy group also sees record sales for flagship brand Kerrygold

The price of bread and cereals in the Republic could rise by up to 30 per cent in a hard Brexit scenario

Trade barriers would push up retail prices, ESRI finds

 NTMA chief executive Conor O’Kelly: cautioned that national debt remained high and that the State was “still a very leveraged country”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

NTMA chief highlights debt metrics while playing down our exposure to post-QE world

Philip Lane, governor of the Central Bank. The bank has left its controls on bank credit unchanged for another quarter.

Bank acknowledges growth in some area but say credit conditions remain subdued

Growing paings: Nobody believes our GDP numbers any more. Photograph: iStock

CSO data shows the economy is booming again – but how reliable are the figures?

With up to 7.5 million pints of Guinness expected to be downed on St Patrick’s Day alone, the Diageo-owned brand was estimated to be worth €2.1 billion in 2017. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Brand Finance rankings also include Ryanair, BoI, Smurfit Kappa and Kingspan

ComReg’s latest  report says  just over 84%  of all fixed broadband subscriptions were equal to or greater than 10 megabits per second, up from 79.8%  in the fourth quarter of 2016

Latest Comreg report suggests penetration rate here is higher than euro zone

While Ireland’s headline GDP rose by 7.8%, gross national product (GNP), which excludes cross-border flows by multinationals, expanded by 6.6%

Latest GDP rate of 7.8% was more than three times the euro area average

President Donald Trump: accelerated gap in wealth unleashed a backlash against the political establishment in Europe and the US. Photograph: Michael Reynolds

Guy Monson blames anti-establishment votes on bond-buying programmes

A ‘hard’ Brexit could mean a customs nightmare for companies whose cross-border trade goes in both directions.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

ESRI study highlights interconnectedness of trade and depth of supply chain links

The New York Stock Exchange. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 1 per cent on Wednesday as industrial stocks tumbled over growing fears of a trade war between the US and China. Photograph: Andrew Kelly/Reuters

Global markets remain unsettled by fear of trade war sparked by threat of US tariffs

The study found that  Irish graduates are well regarded, but also noted shortages in areas such as coding

Research by Enterprise Ireland and Investec highlights shortage of skilled IT staff

The construction sector recorded the second-highest rate of increase in employment last year. Photograph: iStock

New CSO figures highlights sharp acceleration in employment in 2017

European tax commissioner Pierre Moscovici and Greece’s finance minister, Euclid Tsakalotos, at the Ecofin meeting in Brussels on Tuesday. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

EU leaders to discuss proposed interim digital services tax at summit

Bet-on-lottery operators such as Lottoland allow consumers play National Lottery and EuroMillions draws here without actually buying a ticket. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Lotto betting website denies allegations, says app was removed for technical reasons

Dermot Desmond: has a  24 per cent stake in MPD and a 28 per cent shareholding in Kennady. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Mountain Province Diamonds and Kennady urge shareholders to back $176m deal

Global Student Accommodation’s student residence at New Mill, Dublin 8

Bank teams up with UK firm to provide €144m worth of new student accommodation

Ulster Bank’s  latest PMI recorded the fastest increase in construction employment for six months with firms responding to rising workloads by taking on extra staff. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ulster Bank’s latest barometer of activity shows strong pick-up in job creation

Children’s clothing on sale inside a Mothercare store. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Retailer says once-off gain made in previous year was down to examinership process

Lufthansa shares fell 5.7%  on Friday   after  passenger yield figures came in lower than expected.  Photograph: Getty Images

Market report: INM down 2%, while European steelmakers see a slump

Central Bank governor Philip Lane said “buying a house is certainly not a one-way bet”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Central Bank governor reveals extent of house repossession in Ireland since crisis

Car sales fell by 0.9 per cent in January, figures from the Central Statistics Office indicate. Photograph: David Sleator

Consumers are importing more used cars due to weakness in value of sterling

Angel Gurria, secretary general of the OECD,  with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

OECD highlighting of housing and hospital waiting time will rankle with Government

OECD  predicted the Irish economy would continue expanding over the next two years, albeit at a “more sustainable pace”, forecasting growth of 2.9%  this year and 2.4%  next year. Photograph: Getty Images

Agency’s latest report on State notes strength of recovery but highlights challenges

The Central Bank said the data “continues to show a pronounced gender imbalance at board level and in revenue-generating roles”.

Two-thirds believe starting a family would impact their career negatively, study finds

The Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, on budget day.  The Commission  noted that Government revenue from corporation tax was “ highly concentrated and prone to volatility” as a tax base. Photograph: Alan Betson

New analysis highlights use of State for ‘aggressive tax planning’ by multinationals

Smurfit Kappa chief executive Tony Smurfit. The paper packaging firm described the rejected International Paper bid as a “highly opportunistic proposal”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Shares in packaging giant rise more than 6 per cent to €36 after approach from US rival

Italy’s populist Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio after the elections. Italy’s benchmark index recouped all of its losses from the previous session, up 1.8 per cent, as concerns over political uncertainty following an inconclusive election result eased. Photograph: Getty Images

Smurfit Kappa shares in Dublin soar following rejection of takeover bid

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: The department dismissed suggestions the weakness in VAT was linked to a pick-up in cross-Border shopping, saying it arose because of bigger-than-expected monthly rebates. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Exchequer returns for February show Government collected €7.8 billion in tax

Shoppers off  Grafton Street: households remain cautious about Ireland’s economic prospects and their own finances. Photograph: Eric Luke

Latest KBC Bank/ESRI consumer sentiment index shows decline in month of February

At its  macro-prudential measures committee meeting in January, the Central Bank noted that net mortgage lending in November had increased for the first time in seven years. Photograph: Alan Betson

Central Bank says house price growth at over 12% not unjustified given economic developments

Joe Redmond, managing director of the retail foreign exchange division at Irish company Fexco.

Kerry-based financial services now has 10% share of the UK travel money market

Grafton chief executive Gavin Slark.Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Owner of DIY chain Woodie’s says group benefitted from exposure to multiple countries

Latest monthly figures show number of people signing on has dropped to 234,900

Wind turbines at Monaincha wind farm, Roscrea, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Irish wind farm operator also announces maiden dividend for shareholders

Brown Thomas concierge  Jim Kearns puts a sign up in the Dublin city-centre store announcing its temporary closure due to adverse weather. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Retail multiples announce closures or reduced opening hours

PwC Ireland’s John O’Loughlin said the UK’s decision to exit the European customs union necessitates customs checks on goods moving between the EU and UK. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Customs expert says even UK’s preferred Brexit option will involve customs controls

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in New York. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Fed now seen rising rates up to 4 times this year

“The labour market has improved dramatically over the past few years, reflecting the strengthening of the economic recovery,” said Merrion analyst Alan McQuaid.   Pic: Alan Betson

State’s jobless rate now at its lowest rate since May 2008

Enet chief executive Conal Henry (right, with former minister for finance Michael Noonan and Enet director Michael Tiernan) has made a surprise departure from the telco. Photograph: Kieran Clancy

Enet consortium is sole remaining bidder for National Broadband Plan after Eir pulled out

Traders  on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Monday. Photograph:  Reuters/Brendan McDermid

Bank of Ireland drops as lender disappoints with guidance on its net interest margin

CSO figures show workers in the information and communications sector had average weekly earnings of €1,100.79 in the fourth quarter of last year

CSO figures show wages growing at fastest rate since recession

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