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

European shares lagged their US peers and closed in negative territory on Thursday, as a busy day of central bank meetings failed to provide momentum (...)

Six  out of 10 of the world’s top-selling drugs are produced here while 18 of the world’s top 20 pharmaceutical companies have substantial manufacturing operations in Ireland
A vibrant pharma sector

Ireland is now firmly established as a world-leading centre of excellence for the manufacture of pharmaceutical and fine chemical products. The indust(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris: “I want all of our citizens to have access to the newest, most innovative medicines that are out there . . . But not at any cost.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irish patients are waiting longer for new drugs than those in other countries across western Europe, according to major international pharma companies(...)

The N28 on the approach to Ringaskiddy, in Cork. A group of pharmaceutical companies has backed residents’ calls for an upgrade of the route to a  motorway to be diverted around Ringaskiddy village. File photograph: Google Street View

Pharmaceutical companies employing more than 5,000 people in the Cork Harbour area have come out in favour of a €220 million plan to upgrade the route(...)

Miniland at Legoland Windsor. Merlin shares edged higher by 1.2p to 369.3p amid news that it would invest £265 million to open a Legoland theme park in New York as it presses ahead with global expansion plans.

Shares rose as the euro fell on the back of news that the European Central Bank would begin cutting its bond buying programme in January. Dublin Th(...)

US stocks dropped the most in almost 10 weeks while the dollar slumped. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Following recent controversy over tracker mortgages, the banks dragged the Irish market down, while US stocks dropped the most in almost 10 weeks as t(...)

Kingspan chief executive Gene Murtagh: he said he was proud  the group had reached the standard set by the CDP.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A global organisation has recognised Cavan-based insulation specialist Kingspan’s efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions for the third year in a row.(...)

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

European shares rose for the fourth consecutive week on Friday as confidence over the region’s economic recovery outweighed worries over the Catalonia(...)

UDG Healthcare employs over 8,000 people across its operations in 23 countries. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Dublin headquartered UDG Healthcare has acquired a healthcare communications agency for up to $75.8 million (€63.8 million). US-based MicroMass commu(...)

Ryanair lingered at the lower end of Ireland’s benchmark index on Wednesday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Shares in Europe and the United States rose on Wednesday, but Asian markets fell and gold neared a one -year high on investor concern about tensions o(...)

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