Whatever way you choose to invest, you will need a stockbroker, and they cost

The ESRI noted that if the Government had raised the tax bands and credits in line with forecast wage growth, it would have cost €1.5 billion. Photograph: iStock

Wage increases and no changes to tax bands to leave workers with less disposable income

 Vicki O’Toole, owner JJ O’Toole Ltd in Limerick. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Friday interview: Vicki O’Toole, owner and managing director JJ O’Toole Ltd

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce: “I think Boeing are fantastic engineering company, they will fix this issue.” Photograph: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

Irish-born chief executive Joyce expects US manufacturer to fix issue with aircraft

Formpress is ultimately owned by Mediaforce Holdings Limited, a business controlled by UK advertising executive Malcolm Denmark. Photograph: iStock

CCPC clears publisher to acquire titles and company now must seek Minister’s approval

Dublin Port. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

EORI number will be needed in no-deal Brexit

For the fifth year in a row the Irish Credit Union has taken  the top spot for customer experience, followed by Laya Healthcare and Phonewatch. Photograph: iStock

Survey of 160 brands shows fewer than 10% making progress on customer experience

Prudent financial management within the European Union will limit any risks to its budget from a no-deal Brexit, ratings agency DBRS has said.

Ratings agency issues stable rating for EU as bloc ‘well positioned’ to manage risks

 Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe:  he will opt for a more cautious budget as the prospect looms of a no-deal Brexit.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Focus most likely to be on climate change and housing as Donohoe spreads benefits thinly

Liquefied natural gas deliveries into the UK are expected to pick up this month, which is expected to soften prices in the near future. Photograph: iStock

Electricity prices also down year on year

Kingspan chief executive Gene Murtagh. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

SIG Plc initiated competitive process to offload business after strategic review

Grafton Group chief executive Gavin Slark. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Business sold to German private equity affiliate for £11m

Customers have been compensated but most of the banks have yet to be fined by the Central Bank. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Some 40,100 bank customers were caught up in the debacle

Mike Coffey: he and his family were affected by the tracker mortgage scandal. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Coffey family lost their home in 2015 having been denied tracker rate on mortgage

Mike Coffey, who was affected by the tracker mortgage scandal, in Balla, Co Mayo. The Coffeys are one of 99 families that lost their home ‘as a result of lenders’ failings’, the Central Bank’s final report on the matter said. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Family in legal battle with BoI after losing their home describe their ‘hell on Earth’ ordeal

Ashford Castle in Cong, Co Mayo.

Five-star estate still unprofitable after $75m upgrade in 2015

Liquor produced in the Republic, including Bailey’s, will be affected by the tariffs.

Liquor and dairy products will be subjected to the tariff regime

Datalex chief executive Sean Corkery. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Former Flybe, CityJet boss also takes up non-executive role

Trifol chief executive Daire Gilmore, Minister for Justice  Charlie Flanagan and Patrick Alley, founder and chairman of Trifol, at the company’s  facility in Portlaoise, Co Laois. Photograph: Julien Behal

Trifol converts plastic waste into wax from its plant in Portlaoise

AIB found business confidence was the lowest in almost eight years. Photograph: iStock

Rate of contraction of new export business was joint fastest since July 2009, says AIB

In yield terms Dublin was slightly higher than the average of 3.72%  across the 59 European cities surveyed. Photograph: iStock

New study finds that yields for Dublin landlords are close to European average

The New York Stock Exchange saw  worries deepen over  the impact of a US-China trade war, Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

World markets stall on concerns over state of US economy

Founded in March 2018 by the late Formula One driver and businessman Niki Lauda, Lauda currently operates 23 aircraft from its Vienna headquarters, flying to more than 90 destinations. Photograph: iStock

Ryanair subsidiary to depart twice weekly for Palma Majorca

Michael O’Leary at a pre-Brexit event in 2016, announcing 450 jobs and an almost £1 billion investment in London’s Stansted airport. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Warnings over grounded planes had been issued

John Hood (left) from Invest Northern Ireland with Robert O’Brien, chief executive of MetaCompliance

Cybersecurity company MetaCompliance plans to create 70 jobs at its site

Founded in 2008 by Noel Moran, PFS is one of Europe’s largest issuers of e-money and is now active across 25 countries

Prepaid Financial Services plans to hire an additional 50 staff

Petroneft has had to ‘take the difficult decision’ to end its relationship with its joint broker, Canaccord Genuity, so that it can direct funds into its operations. Photograph: iStock

Petroneft Resources, Ormonde Mining, Aminex and Great Western Mining post interim results

Jeff Wright, the lead pastor at the Green Pastures Church in Ballymena. Photograph: Stephen Davison

Cornerstone Group donated £15.38m to Christian and evangelical causes between 2010 and 2017

European shares saw broad-based gains on Thursday allying after encouraging comments from China on trade with the United States came as a welcome relief amid growth worries and political turmoil. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Markets report: European shares rise after encouraging trade comments from China

Fáilte Ireland recently estimated that a no-deal Brexit could wipe out about €380m in tourism revenues and result in the loss of up to 10,000 tourism jobs.   Photograph: iStock

Fewer travellers came to the Republic in August compared to the same month in 2018

Raw fish from either salt water or fresh water can be a source of human infection due to the presence of parasites. Photograph: iStock

FSAI targeted audit found poor compliance with standards by sushi producers

Jeff Wright at the Green Pastures Church in Ballymena. Photograph: Stephen Davison

Bus builder donated £4m to Christian charities in 2017

Photograph: iStock

Pharma services business completed reverse takeover of Venn Life Sciences in June

Just Eat has been operating in a crowded sector, a factor that contributed to its decision to merge with Takeaway.com in a deal that values the company at £5 billion. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Food delivery company has since agreed merger with Takeaway.com

PayPal has two sites in the Republic. Photograph: Alan Betson

Payments giant provides group services from two Irish units

‘Marian brings enormous, relevant experience to the board and we are looking forward to working with her,’ said Robert Elliott, the bank’s chairman. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Former Accenture board member takes over from Richard Pike in non-executive post

Providence expects licences will continue for full duration. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Explorer responds to Leo Varadkar comments on banning of future oil exploration

EIB finance will contribute to efforts to improve cardiology treatment, the bank said. Photograph: iStock

Vivasure Medical says new funding will be used to expand research and development

Co Antrim coast. Last year, tourism contributed more than €9 billion to the Irish economy – equivalent to about 3 per cent of GDP. Photograph: iStock

Data shows decline of UK spending with accommodation in Dublin badly hit

Ireland’s Central Bank: concerns about impact on national debt of a disorderly Brexit or a sharp correction in corporation tax receipts. Photograph: Alan Betson

Central Bank letter finds economic shocks could leave Ireland with very high gearing

By the end of June, 29 financial services companies had relocated staff or services from London to Dublin as a result of Brexit, EY said. Photograph: iStock

Travelers and Manulife Investment Managers announce moves to Dublin

News of the US Federal Reserve’s rate cut helped bank stocks on Thursday. Photograph: Mark Lennihan/AP Photo

Iseq all-share index gained 0.55% on the day

Last year, when collected by local authorities, the tax brought in €470m for the exchequer.

Budgetary oversight committee recommends central rate to achieve the objective

Hozier performing at Electric Picnic last month. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Irish arm of music giant sees sales rise almost 10% to €16.5m

Seán Quinn (right)  with Kevin Lunney in 1999. Photograph: Eric Luke

Attack on Quinn Group executive the latest in a spate of ‘serious criminal attacks’

Keywords Studios chief executive Andrew Day. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Service provider says revenue rose almost 40 per cent to €153.2 million in first half

Forty per cent of those surveyed felt they were likely to save more as a result of Brexit concern. Photograph: iStock

Bank says saving sentiment improved in the month with favourable economic conditions

Fáilte Ireland boss Paul Kelly estimates a no-deal Brexit could  result in the loss of up to 10,000 tourism jobs

Despite stalling growth, Fáilte Ireland chief believes more accommodation required in Dublin

Irish mortgage holders can expect to pay €454,000 back on a €300,000 mortgage while those in the euro area can expect to pay back €374,000.

New figures from Central Bank indicate average new mortgage rate fell to 2.98% in July

The global clampdown on multinational tax avoidance has precipitated a massive transfer of assets to Ireland which is expected to continue well into next year.

State’s economy grew three times faster than euro-zone average in second quarter

Emerald Contact Centre will employ 340 staff in Waterford by 2021.

Emerald Contract Centre will increase its headcount to 340 by 2021

The NTMA said that for the latest loans it had received bids amounting to €1.96 billion – almost twice the target amount.

NTMA received bids of €1.96 billion

Michael Stanley: ‘Given market demand for our product and delivery pipeline, we look forward to the full year with confidence.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Company to return €45m to investors via first dividend and a share buyback scheme

In March, Greencoat increased its share of the Cloosh Valley wind farm in Co Galway to 25 per cent, investing €72 million. Photograph: iStock

Renewables company generated €27.1m in first six months, with pretax profit of €13.7m

Barryroe Well. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Oil and gas explorer has conditionally raised funds through a share placing

Photograph: iStock

Goods are more than 70 years old so no impact on environment, dealers argue

In the three months to the end of June, there were 2.95 million trips to the State by non-residents. Photograph: iStock

Inbound traveller numbers rise just 2.4% in second quarter

Iceland now has 26 outlets spread across the country in locations such as Donegal, Cork, Dublin and Galway. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Frozen foods retailer improved sales by 17% in Republic, but has racked up €7.1m losses

Strong Roots founder and chief executive Samuel Dennigan.

Group has recently expanded into 3,000 US stores

State is to facilitate duty free purchases for passengers travelling from Ireland to UK ports and airports.

Ireland will reciprocate British decision to allow excise-free shopping

CPL Resources chief executive Anne Heraty says there is a strong demand in the technology sector. Photograph: Kieran Harnett

Recruiter enjoys strong 12-month period as labour market remains buoyant

British prime minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday that a no-deal exit would be a ‘failure of statecraft’. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Fears over no-deal Brexit have heightened concerns over jobs losses in Irish economy

Baker Tilly managing partner Neil Hughes says the company is in discussions to widen its geographical reach to locations such as Galway and Cork

Clients and partners from Barr Pomeroy will join the professional services firm

Eatyard at the Bernard Shaw pub in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

All on-site facilities including Eatyard and arts spaces to shut

More than €6.6 billion of these 10-year bonds have already been issued and they carry a coupon  of 1.1 per cent. Photograph: iStock

Bonds expected to carry negative interest rate

Glenveagh Properties chief executive Stephen Garvey. Photograph: Fennell Photography

Stephen Garvey acquires 200,000 shares in the housebuilder

Staff put the finishing touches on a rebranded sign at the Chadwicks Group offices. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Move sees the end of the Heiton Buckley builders merchant brand in Ireland

DAA chairman Basil Geoghegan, who is taking up a non-executive role with AIB.

HR specialist Elaine MacLean also named as non-executive director

Pat McCann is the chief executive of Dalata, the State’s largest hotel group. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

New non-executive director spends €44,520 on purchase

An aerial view of Galway city. Photograph: iStock

Level of available stock in Limerick actually rose in first half of year

Photograph: iStock

City performs well in right to protest and environmental action categories

DBRS says a severe hard Brexit could lead to the break-up of the UK. Photograph: Getty Images

DBRS suggests prolonged period of disruption could lead to UK break-up

Underpinning the slower rise in business activity was a weakening of overall new order growth in August which was the slowest rate since April. Photograph: iStock

Brexit fears feed into hiring but economy still outperforming US and euro zone

Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Telco posted earnings of €578m after successful cost-cutting programme

Ryanair operated 81,000 scheduled flights in August. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Airline carried 149.2 million people in 12 months to end of August

Greencore chief executive Patrick Coveney. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Freshtime generated revenues of £66m last year

Dalata controls the Clayton and Maldron brands.

Group controls Maldron and Clayton brands, and has acquired a London site for £32m

Staff who worked at Apple’s Cork facility through two contracting companies were let go when the tech giant suspended the Siri grading programme. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

Cork-based workers let go amid data privacy concerns will be considered when project restarts

The Iseq all-share index rose by half a per cent on Monday with low volumes seen across stocks. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Markets close: Iseq rises on thin volume while US markets are closed

The industry is reporting alarming increases in redundancies and projected redundancies since our survey was last conducted in February,” said John Armstrong, managing director of the Construction Employers Federation.

Under a third of businesses operating at full capacity, survey of industry players finds

‘Overall, we have registered a decrease in new live and potential campaigns compared to the first half of 2018,’ said William Mace, assistant editor at ActivistMonitor

Worsening global economy likely cause of decreased activism, report finds

Demonstrators block a road in London during a protest against the proroguing of the UK parliament. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

Nearly two-thirds expecting negative impact from Britain leaving the EU

Lakeland Dairies facility, Co Monaghan. The group said on Friday 68 of the 130 jobs in the  facility will go, while some staff will be redeployed within the group

Other staff will be redeployed as the group seeks to reduce operating costs

Glenveagh Properties chairman John Mulcahy  paid €0.615 per share for 200,000 shares in a transaction which completed on Thursday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

John Mulcahy bought 200,000 shares for €0.615 each

Recently filed accounts show Monsoon Accessorize Ireland Limited recorded a €136,570 loss for the year ended August 25th, 2018.

Womenswear retailer sees sales fall as troubled UK parent restructures

A public service obligation (PSO) flight at Donegal Airport. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Between 2015 and 2018, four regional airports received State funding of €23.8m

Grafton chief executive Gavin Slark said the company was pleased with its progress in the face of UK uncertainty. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Increase in housing helps DIY stores report double-digit growth in operating profit

The Vandal Cafe and Restaurant at Iconic Offices’  Masonry development in Dublin 8

Flexible workspace provider diversifying revenue stream at Liberties development

Photograph: iStock

Hashtag Hotels had leased student accommodation to re-let as holiday rentals

In the United States a rise in technology stocks lifted Wall Street.  Photograph: EPA

Markets report: London’s main index advances, with exporter stocks gaining

The volume of retail sales fell 4.4 per cent in July compared to the same month last year and 4.3 per cent compared to June, according to data from the Central Statistics Office.

Volume of sales fell 4.4% with large hit taken in motor sector

Jacob  first established a presence in Ireland in 1974 when it opened its first operation outside of the US. Photograph: iStock

US company already employs more than 1,100 staff here

In February, KBC revealed it had identified a total of 3,737 cases where customers were caught up in the tracker mortgage scandal.

Bank tells watchdog it won’t challenge complaints outside six-year limit

Parts of the economy with a substantial volume of multinational companies saw growth of 13.9 per cent. Photograph: iStock

Growth of almost 4% in economy when activities of multinationals is excluded

The largest transaction in the second quarter was Lone Star’s acquisition of about 47.7 hectares of land in Cherrywood for a price reported to be in the region of €127 million. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The increase suggests total turnover could reach €1bn this year – Cushman & Wakefield

On an annual basis factory gate prices are down 5.9%. Photograph: iStock

Price increases for fish, while meat prices dip, according to CSO data

The property price survey showed that while 38 per cent of surveyors expect price falls in the coming 12 months, a third still expect prices to rise in the capital. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Central Bank survey shows that prices nationally expected to rise 5% over coming three years

The national commercial vacancy rate rose to 13.3 per cent in the second quarter of this year with the total commercial stock at 212,485 units. Photograph: iStock

More than 28,000 units empty by the end of June this year, report finds

The Iseq all-share index advanced 1.79 per cent on the day with advances for companies including Kingspan and CRH. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Iseq climbs 1.79 per cent on Kingspan and CRH share price rises

Some 26 per cent of women said they couldn’t afford a holiday this year compared to 19 per cent of men. Photograph: iStock

Spending on holidays grew twice as fast as overall increase in consumer spending

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