The scale of the so-called gig economy isn’t as significant as some reports suggest, according to a new study by the ESRI.

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The biggest percentage gainer was former Paddy Power Betfair chief executive Breon Corcoran whose remuneration package rose 105.7 per cent. In the year he left the betting company Mr Corcoran, now the chairman of Bank of Ireland, received €3.2 million

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Martin Shanahan, chief executive IDA: Sunday Business Post reports more than three dozen grants of millions of euro were made by the government agency to foreign multinationals in return for jobs

Amazon eyes UK Homebase stores and Ford warnings over Brexit

Average rents in Dublin are now above €1,900 a month,  13.4 per cent or €229 a month higher than they were just a year ago, according to a new report

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Elon Musk last week shocked investors with his announcement on Twitter to take Tesla private for $72 billion.

Tycoon says Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund has approached him multiple times

Toyota was the most popular new car brand in July, according to CSO data

Figures indicate that 9% of newly registered cars remain untaxed

Ryanair faces strikes in five countries today after the airline’s last-minute court bid to halt a walkout by Dutch pilots failed

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BMW i3:  Like the current crop of hybrids on the road, it recycles resistant energy from braking and the like.

This electric car has captivated critics and is destined to develop a cult following

Car prices may rise significantly on the back of new emissions tests being rolled out over the next 12 months

As in 2008, changes to the motor tax regime can have unfortunate unintended consequences

Fairfax has the right to convert its  bond into ordinary shares from September 23rd at an exercise price of €8.50. FBD’s share price was trading at €10.40 in Dublin on Thursday, which puts Fairfax in line for a €15.6 million profit.

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The best-selling brand for new cars remains Volkswagen with 12,335 registrations for the year to date, giving them a market share of 10.8 per cent

New car sales fall in July as volume of used imports from UK continues to grow

Permanent TSB will receive €1.3 billion in cash from Start Mortgages, backed by US private equity group Lone Star, for a batch of bad home loan secured on 10,700 properties (of which about 7,400 are private homes) that had a face value of €2.1 billion

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Reality TV series Love Island, has proved an great buy for TV3 Group, with average per-episode ratings of almost 150,000 this summer up 223 per cent on its last run

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A report in the Sunday Times discusses an OECD working paper  which said the country would have to address the widening productivity gap with multinationals like Google

OECD warns over stagnating productivity and House of Fraser woes

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and US President Donald Trump depart after speaking to the news media in the Rose Garden of the White House

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The sudden death of Sergio Marchionne is a major blow not only to the troubled Fiat Chrysler group but also the motor industry in general. Photograph: Reuters

Boss of Fiat Chrysler saved both brands from bankruptcy

Central Bank report into the culture of Irish banks in the wake of tracker-mortgage scandal says customers suffer as Irish bankers remain caught in crisis-era ‘firefighting’ mindset

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Like its nomadic namesakes, the Touareg may struggle to stay relevant in a changing world

After much speculation, the car firm confirmed it’s going to sell its most powerful Polo in the Republic

Ford Ireland chairman and managing director Ciarán McMahon with the newly arrived Ford GT, destined for a buyer in the Republic

The car is one of only 50 being sold in Europe, but at least two have been sold to Irish customers

Former bestseller an attractive option for families thanks to new choice of formats

Facebook moderators were instructed not to remove extreme, abusive or graphic content from the platform even when it violated the company’s guidelines, an undercover investigation by Channel 4’s Dispatches team reported last night. Photograph: Getty Images

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Ibec  says  the money to be set aside for the “rainy day” fund should be used instead to address the funding crisis in higher education, which it described as one of the biggest issues facing the State.

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Britain’s prime minister Theresa May on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “I am not going to Brussels to compromise our national interest.” Photograph: BBC handout via Reuters

Seen & Heard: Solving Ireland’s pension problem, data privacy and the housing crisis

Ryanair will cancel up to 30 flights from the Republic to the UK tomorrow, hitting about 5,000 passengers, as a result of its the first planned strike by its Irish-based pilots.

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Carla Wentzel: will take over from Tom Fleming

South African has worked for the German car giant for nearly 30 years

Cliff Taylor outlines why, for all the positives to be taken from the latest raft of economic data, the awkward bit politically for the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe is that expectations are rising and delivery of real improvements is tricky and takes time

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Volkswagen remains the most popular brand on the market, with 9,504 sales. Photograph: Fabian Bimmer/Reuters

Fall in 181 registrations contrasts with 12.8% rise in used-car imports

Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2D 4WD Premium Plus Auto

Space is still its big selling point but the pricey Korean is no longer the value option

New C4 Cactus has some original traits, even if it has lost some of its distinctive identity by abandoning the plastic “air bumps” that used to blister out from the bodywork.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook visits Irish developer Hostelworld in Dublin. He said the company was committed to Ireland. “We’ve been here since 1980. We have a very long-term relationship with the country”.

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Volkswagen’s Touareg N1 commercial model is a five-seat SUV that fits the criteria for commercial tax, meaning a saving of a whopping €23,400 on the equivalent passenger version.

New tax regime comes into force from July 31st

WeWork has signed on to become the anchor tenant at  the old Central Bank tower on Dublin’s Dame Street

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Well-built, poised executive saloon makes comfort and refinement its priorities

The fintech conference, Moneyconf, at RDS has attracted more than 5,000 attendees from 84 countries. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

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UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson on the Border issue: “We’re allowing the whole of our agenda to be dictated by this folly.”

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This is a complete premium package but with the performance of a thuggish hot hatch

The RS3 saloon has proper motoring menace and a welcome nod to old Quattro fogeys

Used car imports in May stood at 8,979 for the month, up 18.4 per cent on the same month last year, bringing the year to date total to 43,738, up 13 per cent.

New registrations up in May but new car market is down 4.3% so far this year

New research  from the Central Bank warns that nearly 4 per cent of Irish mortgages taken out before the crash could default in the event of a financial shock

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A single teacher could have purchased a two-bed home in Dublin 4 back in 1995, but today - if they can get the necessary loans - will be looking at an apartment in Tallaght

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A whaling station on  South Georgia.  The island has been declared rat-free after centuries of rodent devastation. Photograph: Andrew Orr/ Barcroft Images/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Remarkable story of South Georgia rat clearance demonstrates power of persistence

Builders BAM and Sammon face competition from rivals such as JJ Rhatigan and Sisk to build and run six schools left unfinished by the collapse of British group, Carillion

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Up to 25,000 new pharma jobs could be created in Ireland if the EU changes the rules on manufacturing of medicines for markets outside the member states

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The latest recall relates to a cable connecting the battery and a  blower fan  which can potentially catch fire

German car firm is recalling 3-Series models over potential fire hazard

First drive: VW Touareg brings a proper premium fit and finish to the market, showcasing Volkswagen in a very positive light

Murphy and Gunn BMW garage in Milltown, Dublin. It’s believed Murphy and Gunn is seeking to retain a servicing and repair contract with the car firm. Photograph:  Aidan Crawley

Other well-known outlets also likely to leave brand by October, industry sources say

Volkswagen is recalling its new Polo model due to an issue with the rear seatbelt. It’s estimated the recall will affect 2,000 cars in the Republic.

Carmaker warns seatbelt could be unintentionally released in some ‘rare situations’

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Liam Kavanagh (left), managing director of The Irish Times, presenting the overall Irish Times Innovation award to John Browne and Dr James Kennedy from Kastus at the 2017 Irish Times Innovation Awards. Photograph:  Conor McCabe Photography

Previous winners have secured investment funding and increased their operations

While some shops or hotels may wish to change their three-word address to match their advertising,  the word combinations are already assigned so you can’t change your three words

What3Words has mapped the planet into 3m boxes, and assigned three words to every box

Here’s proof that technology needn’t get in the way of traditional driving pleasure

The three final overseas bidders for a portfolio of up to €2 billion of non-performing AIB loans are using Irish-regulated vehicles to overcome mounting political opposition to portfolios being bought by firms beyond the Central Bank’s oversight.

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The Johnson and Perrot premises at Mahon Point, Cork

Takeover estimated to have cost €10m and will bring combined turnover to €100m

The new Lexus ES: replacing the current GS, the new hybrid will arrive in Ireland towards the end of year

New Lexus ES will take on big-selling German rivals like Mercedes E-Class and BMW 5-Series

Siobhan Talbot, Glanbia group managing director,  speaking at the Glanbia Co-Op Special General Meeting at Punchestown Event Centre in Co. Kildare. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan.

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Irish patients are being denied access to nine drugs that are widely available across Europe, largely on cost grounds.

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19/05/2016-NEWS-Post sack.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

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A-Class features car-sharing via an app and can give information on parking spots

 Richard McConnell and Liam McQuillan from Liopa  with Hal Wilson, Partner, techstart NI.

Technology has multiple uses including improving quality of voice control systems like Siri or Alexa

A premium pick-up, but could havebeen so much better if built on G-Wagen pedigree

For Irish buyers a pick-up is ideal for the farmyard and the forest, far less so for a city centre car park

Shares in the music streaming service Spotify climbed in the minutes after it began trading through a direct listing on the stock market

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Volkswagen is the best-selling car brand in the Republic so far this year

Volkswagen best selling brand, but Nissan’s Qashqai overtakes Hyundai Tucson as best selling car

Tesla shares were back on the ropes on Monday, dropping more 6 per cent within minutes of the opening bell as investors continue to digest the slate of negative headlines around the electric car company

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Web Summit’s co-founder Paddy Cosgrave: the Lisbon move has proved very lucrative to the firm behind the event

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BMW X2: despite its size it can tackle the rough and tumble of driving through mud or snow

BMW X2 and VW T-Roc offer the best mix of quality, styling and driving fun

Netflix doesn’t publish subscriber numbers on a country-by-country basis, but the latest findings of a survey by communications regulator Comreg, suggest it is used by at least 500,000 Irish households

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As reported in The Irish Times last Monday, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner initially raised concerns over Facebook’s data collection and process in 2011.

Seen and heard: Health sector jobs plan, a new cider on the Irish market, and new money on the Sunday Times richlist

It’s an amazing eight-hour trek in a Mazda CX-5 across frozen Lake Baikal in Russia’s far east

Volkswagen design chief Klaus Bischoff in the VW ID Vizzion at the Geneva International Motor Show

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Tougher EU emission targets taking effect by 2021 are forcing many car brands to reconsider their model line-ups at the very least. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Toyota move to end diesel car production for Europe overshadows opening day of show

The new Peugeot 508 first edition on display  at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday. Photograph: Getty Images

Peugeot’s 508 just what the saloon market needs to survive against the SUV onslaught

Stylish Swedish crossover saw off stiff competition from the likes of the BMW 5 Series to win the prestigious prize

A crippling shortage of chefs is forcing Irish restaurants to trawl Europe for qualified staff willing to move here to cook, as consumers’ appetite for eating out expands

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A Toyota Mirai hydrogen car on  the Toyota stand  at the Geneva International Motor Show. The car giant says it will no longer produce diesel passenger cars for sale in Europe from the end of this year.

Brand to become first mainstream firm to drop diesel from passenger car fleet in EU

Toyota Auris: hybrids  account for 6 per cent of new car sales in the Republic, totalling 3,200 vehicles.  Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Toyota is best-selling brand on Irish market due to extensive hybrid fleet

This year’s seven finalists comprise the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Audi A8, BMW 5-Series, Citroen C3 Aircross, Kia Stinger, Seat Ibiza and Volvo XC40

Seven finalists make an eclectic mix and none of them are without merits – or flaws

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Electric version of Kona crossover comes with two battery options offering a claimed range of either 300km or 470km

First drive in the new Citroen C4 Cactus pitching comfort and crossover looks

Motorists simply park over the pad, and sensors on the car show you where to steer so the vehicle can communicate with the charger

German car giant will let you recharge via a pad on the ground without having to plug in the car

Seat released a rather shady image of its new Tarraco SUV, but you can imagine a Skoda Kodiaq with a Seat badge would give you a good idea of what the car may look like.

VW Group brand is also preparing for the introduction of its Cupra sub-brand

Being able to cope with the rough and tumble of a potholed dirt track while still offering an engaging drive on the tarmac is quite an achievement

The new range boasts a very impressive 1.4-litre petrol but the key to its future will be an upcoming crossover variant

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05/10/2015 NEWS. Bord na Mona Briquettes for sale in Sandymount Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

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Opel Grandland X

Grandland won’t help brand which has slipped out of Irish top-10 best-seller list

Financial reforms are needed to avoid the next big crisis, the head of the IMF said, although the recent sharp swings on the markets are not in themselves a cause for alarm.

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It was another wild ride for investors in the global financial markets

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Mercedes tied with Audi for first place in the driver satisfaction survey, with Mazda in second and Skoda in third place

A new survey shows Audi and Mercedes drivers are most satisfied with their car choice

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Total new sales stood at 163,615 units with demand for diesel vehicles declining by an annual 25.6 percent while petrol cars rose 8.5 percent, according to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Photograph: Getty Images

More used imports into Repubic likely as diesel demand slumps in UK

Steve Tormey: Toyota’s chief executive in Ireland expects its in-house finance to put it “in a very competitive position”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Leading manufacturer expects PCPs and HP to contribute to €70m in deals in first year

Toyota was the top-selling brand with 4,393 registrations in January, ahead of Hyundai (3,933), Ford (3,740), Volkswagen (3,590) and Nissan (2,873).

Toyota best-selling new-car brand, electric car sales down on 2017 as used imports rise

Smooth ride: the Lexus LS doesn’t drive so much as waft along on gilded wings

Japanese firm’s saloon is a work of art but it will struggle to lure Mercedes owners

Bank of Ireland admitted that 14 of its borrowers lost residential properties as a result of the tracker-mortgage scandal. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

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Driven by the fall in the value of Sterling, imports surged last year to a record 93,000 cars

Imports now account for over 20% of Republic’s total vehicle fleet, according to figures from cartell.ie

 Andrew Edmiston: “If 60 per cent of our trade is with Europe, but Europe is only 17 per cent of world trade, then we’re doing rubbish with the rest of the world.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Interview: Andrew Edmiston, chief executive of Citroën and Subaru importer IM Group

If the Jaguar E-Pace had come out two years ago we’d be hailing it as the best-handling new small crossover on the market

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Opel finished 2016 with new cars sales of 7,888, representing a 5.38 per cent share of the market, down from 6 per cent in 2015. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Distributor recorded profits of €1m on turnover of €131.8m, latest accounts show

If you find yourself stranded, call for assistance, wrap up warm and wait.

Logic is the order of the day when tackling the worst conditions on the road

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