US confectionary giant Hershey has taken a significant minority stake in fast-growing Irish snack brand Fulfil

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Ryanair pilots in Ireland have voted to strike on Thursday and Friday, August 22nd and 23rd, at the height of the summer holiday season

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Chris Barrett in action for Mayo during this year’s  All-Ireland championship. Photograph:    ©INPHO/James Crombie

Mayo star says intercounty GAA players should be offered tax breaks similar to other athletes

Gavin Hydes, chief executive of Joe Duffy Motors Group:  “Every time we sell a car, I’m collecting between €10,500 and €11,000 worth of tax.”  Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Joe Duffy Group boss on Brexit, used imports, and using data to grow to Ireland's car dealer group

Gavin Hydes, chief executive of Joe Duffy Motors Group: Used vehicle sales at the group were up 5 per cent to €131 million. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Motor dealer network makes strides for ninth year despite falling new car demand

The Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe (right) met yesterday with  chancellor of the exchequer Sajid Javid about the UK government’s plans for exiting the EU

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 Motor trade concerned that WLTP  will result in many new cars being rated with higher official emissions figures. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg via Getty

Move follows concerns that new emissions tests will push more cars into high tax bands

Administrators appointed to Harland and Wolff shipyard will file for insolvency at the High Court in Belfast today.

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Sales at Apple’s Irish-registered international holding company rose 13.1 per cent to $155.8 billion (€141 billion) in 2018, new accounts filed by the company show

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The total new car market for 2019 is down 7.57%,  with 105,441 new car registrations to the end of July. In contrast  used imports are up 4.2%  this year at 62,505

Older diesels dominate growing used vehicle import market

 Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell announces the Fed’s decision to cut interest rates

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Claims in Ireland could amount to more than €200 million, depending on how many of the hauliers are still in business. Photograph: Mikael Sjoberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images

European Court of Justice ruling may prompt thousands of compensation claims here

Ireland cannot continue to say “no,no,no” to international efforts for the reform of corporate taxes, according to the man leading the efforts to reach agreement at the OECD. Photograph: Alan Betson

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Members of the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association met on Tuesday over Ryanair’s lack of response to a pay claim they submitted in February

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Microsoft has pumped $1 billion  in pursuit of the ultimate AI dream: a vast, artificial human brain that can run on Microsoft’s globe-spanning cloud computing system

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At the heart of the issue is the European-wide adoption of a new, stricter emissions-testing regime, known as WLTP. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Tax band changes would punish older, dirtier cars, but cut rates for newer, cleaner models

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has rejected claims from the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council that his spending forecasts “lack credibility”.

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In 2009, when the financial crisis struck and car sales collapsed, the tax take fell to €375 million.

How current motorists, new car buyers and those importing from the UK will be affected

The proposed alternative tax regime would see the number of VRT bands increase from 11 to 14, with a new low rate of 7 per cent applied to vehicles with emissions below 51g/km. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Additional tax bands, removing hybrid tax relief and replacing diesel surcharge with NOx emissions charge are among proposals

BMW 118d: the mix of engaging steering and smooth power delivery, combined with a smart modern cabin, is enough to justify its premium badge

First drive: The 118d delivers a fun drive in a front-wheel drive format thanks to smart engineering innovations

Ryan Pandya (left) and Perumal Gandhi of Perfect Day, the Cork-born biotechnology company has begun selling an ice cream free of animal products, which has been developed using a lab-grown protein

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Moody’s, the ratings agency, has downgraded Digicel Group and changed its outlook for the company to negative

Rating agency says a return to sustained revenue and earnings growth has not materialised

Volkswagen Group is to invest in Ford’s autonomous vehicle venture, Argo AI, in a deal that deepens the alliance between two of the world’s largest auto giants. Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty

Latest move will speed up commercial rollout of self-driving vehicles, while Ford will get a new electric car model for Europe

Beef magnate Larry Goodman has been building up a stake in Green Reit in recent weeks, as the Dublin-listed property company courts bidders after putting itself up for sale in April

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Overall, the Audi e-Tron crossover delivers proper premium flair in a family-sized car, but at a hefty price

Road test: Spacious electric crossover has a claimed official range of 391km

Dublin Port is seeking planning permission for an estimated €320 million worth of projects that will bring it to “its maximum and ultimate capacity” by 2040

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The Gowan Group is to take control of the Opel brand in the Republic

Family business already holds the Peugeot and Honda franchises for the Republic

Karlin Lillington: “We need to talk about the kind of city we want before more tech firms arrive”

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Nothing matches  Le Mans. For roughly €80 a ticket and a few euros for a tent, you get to see some of the best drivers in the world test their mental and physical mettle

If you are looking for a motorsport event for your bucket list, nothing compares to this high-speed masochistic marathon

Pieter Nota, BMW board member in charge of sales: “For us the road is not to force certain technologies through –  it’s more about the end results environmentally, it’s about clean air.

BMW executives know they cannot rest on their laurels, especially right now

According to Harald Krüger, chairman of the board of management at BMW Group: “We expect to see a steep growth curve towards 2025: Sales of our electrified vehicles should increase by an average of 30 per cent every year.”

Board member in charge of sales warns against Irish plan to ban the sale of new non-electric vehicles from 2030

Gran Coupe version has ample space in the back but retains those sleek coupe lines

President Michael D Higgins  at The Irish Times  Innovation Awards 2012 at the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tips on getting your entry through to the final round and to the top of the pile for 2019

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said earlier this week that the Government will have to make a judgment call ahead of budget day on the most likely Brexit scenario, even as it plans in the meantime for both

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Volkswagen T-Cross is a fun little crossover, overshadowed by its own hype and the more affordable Polo hatchback

New model features one of best built interiors and excellent 1-litre TSI turbo petrol engine

A decade ago the then government set a target that 10 per cent of the Irish vehicle fleet would be electric by 2020, meaning 240,000 electric vehicles on our roads. We’re likely to be 230,000 shy of that target by the end of next year.

Analysis: A decade ago Government set a 10% goal for electric cars and missed target spectacularly

Prof Patrick Honohan said that the financial market “is always wrong”. “We saw how wrong it was in the years before the crisis of 2007. It was over-optimistic. But then after that, and progressively in 2008, 2009 and 2010 it became too pessimistic.”

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Karlin Lillington on the national broadband debate: “To end up where we are, after two decades, is so exasperating, so misguided, so idiotic, so stupidly aligned to the fact that almost no one in government, from any party, has ever taken this issue seriously or viewed it intelligently.”

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It has been a perennial bugbear of workers here that tax cuts announced in the budget are often eroded by the Government’s decision to keep tax bands and credits unchanged from the previous year

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Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe on budget day last year. Asked whether he was dismayed at the fact the Government was ignoring IFAC’s advice, its chairman said: “The Government are ignoring their own advice and projections.”

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Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has previously made commitments that the tax surge will not feed into day to day spending

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AIB is to make €5 billion of green loans available over the next five years, including products to make homes more energy efficient, as the Republic seeks to become a lower-carbon economy

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Ryanair is publishing figures today showing its operations produced 66 grams of carbon dioxide per passenger for every kilometre its craft travelled in May.

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The best-selling model so far this year is the Nissan Qashqai with 2,875 registrations, ahead of the Hyundai Tucson with 2,733

Used imports continue growth, up 3% on last year, while electric vehicle sales continues to surge

Opel Corsa-e: Aside from the subtle ‘e’ moniker and a different set of wheels, the car looks exactly the same as the petrol and diesel Corsas

Takeover allows German carmaker to refocus on developing its electric future

While the incredible pace offered by electric power when you kick down can set pulses racing, there is an overriding air of calm that comes over you behind the wheel of the EQC. Part of this is due to its silence, partly to the cabin layout, but mainly it’s down to the lack of effort needed to drive the car

While a mix of incredible pace and its ease of use may lure car enthusiasts to this electric Merc, the price may cause second thou(...)

Fiat Chrysler is in advanced discussions to forge extensive ties with France’s Renault

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Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe expressed serious reservations over separate proposals supported by some countries to introduce a minimum effective corporate tax rate

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For the Fast and Furious generation, the driving fun is certainly there in the new Supra.

Japanese builder’s alliance with BMW renders modern sports car with classic form

Galway businessman Declan Ganley’s Rivada Networks is behind a plan for the US telecoms sector that is being promoted by former White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove

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The move is expected to result in about $600 million (€537 million) in annual savings for the company, says chief executive Jim Hackett.

Move comes amid threat to Cork jobs at car company’s Irish head office

Ford Raptor sails above Moroccan sand dunes

First drive: As craze for SUVs moves to pick-ups Ford taps talent of Co Down engineer

With the V8 in full roar, the screech of tyres laying down a layer of rubber on the road, and smoke rising from the rear, it’s a wonderful way  to wake up your neighbours

Road test: This motoring homage to the 1968 movie starring Steve McQueen has the star power

Volkswagen’s new  all-electric ID.3 car is being billed as the most important car from the company since its launch of the Beetle or the Golf

Carmakers must get across great potential for electric driving, says VW Ireland boss

 Danny McCoy: “The success of business will determine the ability of the EU to grow, improve job opportunities and living standards.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Employers’ body urges public to turn out and exercise their democratic right to vote

Dublin food group Fallon & Byrne has hired Goodbody stockbrokers to raise about €6 million of fresh capital to fund a major expansion plan

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 Norman Crowley from Crowley Carbon at his office at Powerscourt House: ‘Revolution is in the blood.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Environmental entrepreneur Norman Crowley says inventions not governments - or protests - will provide solutions

Dunnes Stores is considering a move into premium pizzas, reports Mark Paul, with an approach to buy Dublin restaurant chain, Base Wood Fired Pizza

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Laura Slattery considers the increasing challenge for outdoor advertisers with our pavements filled with so-called smartphone zombies, glued to the screens in the hands and not the billboards around them

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The  market in Ireland for personal contract plans (PCPs) has been largely driven by the opening of financial services arms of the car giants

Toyota Financial Services Ireland now has a loan book in excess of €140m

The results of the UCD study

UCD researchers find Toyota Prius cars spend majority of journey time in ZEV mode

The world’s second largest cannabis company predicts the expected opening up of the medicinal market may see up to 50,000 Irish patients being prescribed cannabis within four years

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Statkraft’s plan includes   a wind farm about 30km off the Dublin coast that could generate enough electricity to power about 500,000 homes

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The rag-top BMW 8 Series is ever so slightly more fun to drive than the hard-top, despite being slightly longer and heavier

Rag-top convertible delivers a magic elixir often missing in motoring – driving fun

Analysing its fall from grace, Fiona Walsh explains how the antics of Sports Direct’s Mike Ashley made a bad situation even worse for Debenhams, arguing that his headline grabbing shenanigans are not so amusing when jobs are involved

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Track time in the new car showcased not only several improvements in its agility, but also a willingness to take on board the criticisms laid at its door in the past

Supermini addresses brand’s image issues of being soft and cheap, offering improved interior and better driving experience

Gerrit Heimberg: he says   the current market share for electric cars is  limited by the lack of car choices

EU claims German builders colluded for years to restrict development of clean-emissions technology

The new 7 series makes a statement in styling you would expect from a €100,00 price tag.

Manufacturer still making strong case for importance of driving pleasure in limo class

Honda CR-V: Two engines are offered up in Ireland: the 2-litre petrol-electric hybrid – tested here – and a 1.5-litre turbo petrol

It’s lost ground lately, but the new Civic and CR-V should put Honda back in the hotseat

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg leaving The Merrion Hotel in Dublin

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One of the star turns is the long-awaited new Kuga crossover. A far more stylish and eye-catching model than the current version, it will be offered in a wide range of powertrain options including a plug-in hybrid version that Ford claims will deliver 50km on full electric power before switching to regular hybrid mode

All models in its line-up will be either hybrid or fully electric

 Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, will visit Dublin today to meet with senior politicians, media and other stakeholders

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Volkswagen is the most popular brand of new car so far this year, with 7,225 registrations.

Electric car sales surge ahead with diesel dropping below 50% of new car market

Stripe, the online payments company founded by Patrick and John Collison (above), intends to create hundreds of additional engineering jobs in Dublin after securing an e-money licence from the Central Bank

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A disorderly exit by the UK from the EU will put 80,000 Irish jobs at risk and deliver a deep and damaging shock to the Irish economy for the next decade, according to a new report

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The X7’s front grille is   as if someone has strapped two garden gates to the front of the car

The X7’s most surprising trait is that it handles and feels like a much smaller SUV

Uncertainty stalked the stands at this year’s Geneva auto show. Global automakers are planning a $300 billion (€267 billion) investment in electric vehicle technology over the next five to 10 years.

Brexit, threatened US tariffs and slowing Chinese market among potential hazards

The US bowed to international pressure and ordered the grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft after days of insisting the plane was airworthy

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The new Toyota Rav4   ticks a lot more boxes. For a start it has the rugged image. It also has the family space

New model boasts roomy cabin, excellent ride quality and decent fuel economy

Sterling trimmed its losses in a volatile session on Tuesday evening after UK parliamentarians voted down Theresa May’s tweaked Brexit deal

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Fiat's Centoventi concept. It’s a 120th birthday present to itself (Centoventi…) and is, in is simplest form, a concept version of the next-generation Panda

2019 event heralds greener models, but high levels of uncertainty threaten progress

Premium car giant has warned of Brexit threat to its major production facilities in UK

Daimler AG and Mercedes Benz chairperson Dieter Zetsche: “Our industry is changing. And we do some things different today to underline that.”

New Merc models include GLC crossover facelift and latest CLA Shooting Brake

The new Renault Clio: focus is on improving its perceived quality amongst supermini buyers

Unveiling of impressive new supermini slightly overshadowed by Carlos Ghosn being granted bail

Jaguar’s design director Ian Callum celebrates the I-Pace victory in the prestigious Car Of The Year 2019 awards

All-electric Jaguar won out against Alpine A110 in closest vote in the award’s 56 year history

The  car company is introducing the limit as part of its Vision 2020 project, which aims for no one to be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by 2020.

Car company says the move is part of its wider effort to highlight dangers of speeding

Nissan’s IMQ concept crossover: Is this the face of the next generation Qashqai?

Electric cars to the fore, but robot driving takes a back seat

Citroën’s premium brand has smooth good looks, but it gives a surprisingly rough ride

City of Derry airport: The loss of the Derry to London Stansted route after flybmi ceased operations has raised concerns over the viability of the airport

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Italian banking group Banca Mediolanum, backed by the country’s former premier Silvio Berlusconi, has settled a tax dispute over its Irish investment management arm with authorities in Rome at a cost of as much as €103 million

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The 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Cabriolet from the O’Flaherty Mercedes-Benz Classic Collection which will be placed on display in the showrooms of MSL Ballsbridge Motors  over the coming year

Vintage Mercedes-Benz cars will be exhibited at family's MSL Ballsbridge premises

Road test: Toyota Corolla hybrid hatchback – former motoring porridge just got tastier

Executive saloon provides long-distance comfort and puts it up to its Germans rivals

Protesters in France outside an Apple store: Apple has reached a deal with French authorities to pay back taxes. French media reported that the tech giant paid nearly €500 million in a confidential settlement reached late last year

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Green Mobility’s Dublin scheme will be similar in scale to its operation in Copenhagen, which employs 35 full-time staff.

Green Mobility customers will not have to return cars to designated locations

Fully electric cars now makeup 2.5 per cent of sales, with regular hybrids and plug-in hybrids accounting for a further 7.73 per cent.

New electric car sales exceed 800 compared with just 106 in the first month last year

The Peugeot 508 boasts  muscle car menace and a premium quality interior

French carmaker’s stylish new offering delivers both inside and out

Fáilte Ireland will take a fresh swing at the lucrative golf tourism market in 2019 as part of preparations to offset the impact of Brexit

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Zucar’s first outlet will open in Eastgate Business Park, Cork on the first week in April, with future stores opening in Limerick, Dublin and Drogheda.

Zucar, will buy used cars as well as sell them, set to open its first outlet in Cork in April

Hyundai Kona: sales of the eco-friendly crossover in Ireland  have  overtaken those for the Nissan Leaf during the first 20 days of 2019

Stylish crossover’s range outperforms Nissan Leaf and challenges high-end rivals like Tesla on price

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