Exporters know what is required of them in the aftermath of Covid-19, but the right measures and policies must be put in place. Photograph: Alan Betson

The past few weeks have felt like months. The CSO reported that in February the Live Register stood at 182,500. In March, some 513,350 people were in (...)

China and its Wuhan region are big producers of ingredients for pharmaceutical companies and some big players with operations here, such as Pfizer and Mylan, have warned about disruption. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Bloomberg

Whoever ends up negotiating the programme for the new government will need to realise that the growth outlook for this year is hanging in the balance.(...)

Factory workers separated by partitions as a precaution against infection as they take their lunch break on the roof of an electronics factory in Suining in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province. Photograph: Chinatopix via AP

Dublin-based entrepreneur Maurice Healy says nobody from his “crew” in China has returned to work yet after the extended holiday for the lunar new yea(...)

East Coast Bakehouse managing director Michael Carey: “The cash burn has ended, thankfully.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Irish biscuit maker East Coast Bakehouse has hired EY Corporate Finance to raise €5 million to acquire more packing equipment for its factory in Drog(...)

East Coast Bakehouse executive chairman Michael Carey. Photograph: Eric Luke

Irish biscuit maker East Coast Bakehouse forecasts that exports will account for 80 per cent of its business in the coming three years as the company (...)

Owen Cooke, chairman of transport group Independent Express and the Pallet Network storage, at North West Business Park in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Owen Cooke has been fielding some tall orders from businesses in recent times. Brexit and the prospect of delays moving goods through Irish and Briti(...)

The Government estimates  a no-deal Brexit could cost the exchequer more than €6 billion next year. Photograph: iStock

Why is there another no-deal Brexit plan from the Government ? The Government has already published a number of plans for a no-deal Brexit, notably i(...)

Port of Rotterdam. A new freight shipping route between Waterford and Rotterdam has been welcomed by the Irish Exporters Association. Photograph: iStock

A new freight shipping route between Waterford and Rotterdam has been welcomed by the Irish Exporters Association. Chief Executive Simon McKeever has(...)

Ships in Dublin Port being loaded with goods for export. File photo. Photographer: Dara MacDonaill

Small businesses have not taken the necessary steps to prepare for Brexit because they are “time poor” and believe that a deal will ultimately be done(...)

Work on the primary inspection posts where imported goods will be checked at Dublin Port after Brexit. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

The Government should introduce deferred accounting of import VAT for three months to help businesses avoid a cash-flow crisis after Brexit, business (...)

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