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Just as the coronavirus ravages the world in the absence of a vaccine, so the banana disease fusarium wilt is marching inexorably around the globe, leaving a trail of scorched plantations in its wake

In the banana plantations of the tropical lowlands of Ecuador, workers are being issued with protective clothing and disinfectant is provided for thei(...)

Pharma exports account for about 60 per cent of total Irish goods exports, worth over €70 billion a year. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP via Getty Images

Irish exports jumped to a record €15.7 billion in March as demand for medicines and other treatments connected with the Covid-19 pandemic surged. The(...)

A health worker pushes a stretcher near an ambulance  in Tilburg, the Netherlands. File photograph:  Rob Enegelaar/ANP/AFP via Getty

An ambulance carrying a coronavirus patient from one Dutch hospital to another was delayed for more than 20 minutes at a motorway tunnel toll booth ne(...)

MPD has told shareholders, all diamond sales have been cancelled “until further notice”. Photograph: iStock

A Canadian diamond miner backed by Irish businessman Dermot Desmond has postponed gem sales and delayed the release of its full-year financial results(...)

The increase in the value of exports was primarily driven by the sale of medical and pharmaceutical products and organic chemicals. Photograph: Alan Betson

The value of Irish exports hit a record €14.2 billion in October, driven by the movement of medical and pharmaceutical products abroad. Data from the(...)

PEL Waste Reduction Equipment founder and chief executive Tommy Griffith: “Waste is always an issue.”

Climate change was not on the agenda when Tommy Griffith set up his waste engineering business in 2004. His early glass crushers were designed as much(...)

File photograph: iStock

Belgian police found 12 migrants alive in a refrigerated truck at a motorway parking area in northern Belgium on Wednesday after the driver alerted au(...)

Martin Commins,  the owner and managing director of Perfectring: ‘People seem to think that, if sterling drops, you can go up North and get a ring cheaper but you don’t get more ring for your euro because you’re buying in sterling.’

Martin Commins is the owner and managing director of Perfectring – a business that has developed two brands, Commins & Co Jewellers and Bespoke Di(...)

Figure comes on the back of another surge in exports of medical and pharmaceutical products

The value of Irish goods exports hit a near-record €13.6 billion in July despite signs of a major slowdown in global trade and the ongoing Brexit unce(...)

Merrion Vaults owner, Seamus Fahy, posing inside the vaults.

Founding owner of Dublin based Voltaire Diamonds and co-founder of the Merrion Vaults, Séamus Fahy says he is “Brexit ready”. Having launched Voltair(...)

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