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    Bank of America Merrill Lynch seeks to merge UK subsidiary with Irish firm due to Brexit


    US investment banking giant, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, has applied to the High Court for permission to merge one of its UK based subsidiaries with a related Irish firm due to...

    US investment banking giant, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, has applied to the High Court for permission to merge one of its UK based subsidiaries with a related Irish firm due to Brexit.

    IMF warns that US is vulnerable in escalating trade fight


    The International Monetary Fund warned that escalating and sustained trade conflicts are increasingly likely, threatening to derail economic recovery and depress medium-term growth...

    The International Monetary Fund warned that escalating and sustained trade conflicts are increasingly likely, threatening to derail economic recovery and depress medium-term growth prospects.

    T&Cs of Liberty Insurance's 400 Irish employees not affected by proposed merger


    The terms and conditions of Liberty Insurance's 400 Irish employees will not be affected by a proposed cross-border merger with a related Spanish entity, the Commercial Court...

    The terms and conditions of Liberty Insurance's 400 Irish employees will not be affected by a proposed cross-border merger with a related Spanish entity, the Commercial Court heard.

    'Popularity cannot be an excuse for not complying' - Airbnb ordered to make prices more transparent


    The European Union has told Airbnb to bring its terms and conditions into line with the bloc’s consumer rules or face action by national consumer agencies, after a review of the short-term rental platform found some...

    The European Union has told Airbnb to bring its terms and conditions into line with the bloc’s consumer rules or face action by national consumer agencies, after a review of the short-term rental platform found some violations.
    Cash, cars, livestock and homes worth €7m seized - Criminals reeling as CAB targets gangs behind rural raids

    Cash, cars, livestock and homes worth €7m seized - Criminals reeling as CAB targets gangs behind rural raids


    A FRESH emphasis on the organised crime and travelling gangs responsible for the nationwide burglary spree of the past few years has been a major factor in a 10-fold increase in the value of seizures by the Criminal Assets...

    A FRESH emphasis on the organised crime and travelling gangs responsible for the nationwide burglary spree of the past few years has been a major factor in a 10-fold increase in the value of seizures by the Criminal Assets Bureau.

    Vet struck off over certifying cattle for live export to Morocco


    A vet found guilty of professional misconduct over letting his official stamp be used to certify some cattle as fit for export to Morocco when they were not has had his registration cancelled by the High...

    A vet found guilty of professional misconduct over letting his official stamp be used to certify some cattle as fit for export to Morocco when they were not has had his registration cancelled by the High Court.

    Thailand cave rescuer considers legal action against billionaire Elon Musk after 'pedo' tweet


    A British expat who helped with the rescue of 12 schoolboys trapped in a cave in Thailand is considering legal action against billionaire Elon Musk for a tweet apparently labelling him a...

    A British expat who helped with the rescue of 12 schoolboys trapped in a cave in Thailand is considering legal action against billionaire Elon Musk for a tweet apparently labelling him a paedophile.
    Rainfall at last - but we need four more weeks of it

    Rainfall at last - but we need four more weeks of it


    Farmers hailed long-overdue rainfall across Ireland as the heatwave ended but Irish Water warned that at least four weeks rainfall is now required to replenish streams, rivers, lake and...

    Farmers hailed long-overdue rainfall across Ireland as the heatwave ended but Irish Water warned that at least four weeks rainfall is now required to replenish streams, rivers, lake and reservoirs.

    Plans announced to build new €130m mozzarella cheese facility in Portlaoise


    Glanbia Cheese, the Joint Venture business between Glanbia plc and Leprino Foods today announces plans to build a new mozzarella cheese manufacturing facility in...

    Glanbia Cheese, the Joint Venture business between Glanbia plc and Leprino Foods today announces plans to build a new mozzarella cheese manufacturing facility in Portlaoise.
    Farmer walks the length of Ireland to fight cancer

    Farmer walks the length of Ireland to fight cancer


    Not many would travel the length of the country by foot these days, especially during a heatwave, but that’s exactly what one Meath pig farm manager recently...

    Not many would travel the length of the country by foot these days, especially during a heatwave, but that’s exactly what one Meath pig farm manager recently did.

    Your Health, Your Safety, Your Choice - Farm Safety Week gets under way


    Farm Safety Week takes place nationwide this week aiming to reduce the number of accidents on farms and bring about a change in culture that makes unsafe practices socially...

    Farm Safety Week takes place nationwide this week aiming to reduce the number of accidents on farms and bring about a change in culture that makes unsafe practices socially unacceptable.

    Farm catastrophe avoided as neighbours put out blaze


    A farmer in the Mayglass area is appealing to people to be careful with fire and dried foliage following what could have been a catastrophic incident on the railway line just a few yards from his...

    A farmer in the Mayglass area is appealing to people to be careful with fire and dried foliage following what could have been a catastrophic incident on the railway line just a few yards from his land.

    European business firms urge EU to seal Mercosur trade deal this week


    European companies are urging the European Union to accelerate trade negotiations with South America’s Mercosur bloc, in a sign of concern that the 20-year talks could once again fall dormant if they do not reach an accord this...

    European companies are urging the European Union to accelerate trade negotiations with South America’s Mercosur bloc, in a sign of concern that the 20-year talks could once again fall dormant if they do not reach an accord this week.

    Industrials help European shares shrug off China data


    Strong industrials and pharma stocks helped European shares make hesitant gains on Monday while data showing slowing economic growth from China kept a lid on the market's...

    Strong industrials and pharma stocks helped European shares make hesitant gains on Monday while data showing slowing economic growth from China kept a lid on the market's progress.

    Chinese economic growth slows in second quarter


    China's economy expanded at a slower pace in the second quarter as Beijing's efforts to contain debt hurt activity, while June factory output growth weakened to a two-year low in a worrying sign for investment and exporters as a trade war with the United...

    China's economy expanded at a slower pace in the second quarter as Beijing's efforts to contain debt hurt activity, while June factory output growth weakened to a two-year low in a worrying sign for investment and exporters as a trade war with the United States intensified.
    Boeing kickstarts air show with order for jets worth $4.7bn

    Boeing kickstarts air show with order for jets worth $4.7bn


    Boeing said today it has won an order for fourteen 777 freighter planes for a value of $4.7bn (€4bn), firing the opening salvo against rival Airbus in a contest for business on day one of the Farnborough Airshow in the...

    Boeing said today it has won an order for fourteen 777 freighter planes for a value of $4.7bn (€4bn), firing the opening salvo against rival Airbus in a contest for business on day one of the Farnborough Airshow in the UK.
    Markets Latest: Dollar gains fade on China-EU summit

    Markets Latest: Dollar gains fade on China-EU summit


    The dollar eased a bit against most major currencies on positive trade talks between China and the European Union although softer economic data from China and Beijing's escalating trade war with the United States tempered the...

    The dollar eased a bit against most major currencies on positive trade talks between China and the European Union although softer economic data from China and Beijing's escalating trade war with the United States tempered the enthusiasm.

    European energy contract win for First Derivatives


    First Derivatives has won a contract to delivery an electricity information exchange for Fingrid, the transmission system operator for...

    First Derivatives has won a contract to delivery an electricity information exchange for Fingrid, the transmission system operator for Finland.

    Weather dictates that cull ewes must be sold now


    Our lambs had an average weight of 30kg at weaning on June the 19 with no major differences evident between the different breeds, though this is something I will look at in more detail in the coming...

    Our lambs had an average weight of 30kg at weaning on June the 19 with no major differences evident between the different breeds, though this is something I will look at in more detail in the coming weeks.

    Tullamore Show’s National Inventions competition is an ideal launching pad for rural innovations


    THE countdown is on for this year's Tullamore Show on August 12 which is expected to draw over 65,000 visitors for what is now well established as the country's largest one-day agricultural...

    THE countdown is on for this year's Tullamore Show on August 12 which is expected to draw over 65,000 visitors for what is now well established as the country's largest one-day agricultural show.
    Revealed: Government spent €1bn of taxpayers' money on private-sector homes

    Revealed: Government spent €1bn of taxpayers' money on private-sector homes


    The Government has been accused of exacerbating the country's housing crisis by buying private sector homes rather than building social housing to address the supply...

    The Government has been accused of exacerbating the country's housing crisis by buying private sector homes rather than building social housing to address the supply shortage.
    Spanish hotel chain worth checking out in long term

    Spanish hotel chain worth checking out in long term


    If someone wanted a barometer to measure how the world has changed, especially in the last 60 or 70 years, international tourism might be a good place to...

    If someone wanted a barometer to measure how the world has changed, especially in the last 60 or 70 years, international tourism might be a good place to start.
    Facebook may face Irish data watchdog probe

    Facebook may face Irish data watchdog probe


    Facebook may be subject to an investigation by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) after it was advised to explore how the social network targets its two billion-plus...

    Facebook may be subject to an investigation by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) after it was advised to explore how the social network targets its two billion-plus users.
    Trump's trade war set to hit oil prices

    Trump's trade war set to hit oil prices


    Frustrated with Opec's inability to help him, US President Donald Trump may have inadvertently found a way of bringing down petrol prices - step up the trade war to cut oil consumption. The snag is that it may not work in time for the US midterm...

    Frustrated with Opec's inability to help him, US President Donald Trump may have inadvertently found a way of bringing down petrol prices - step up the trade war to cut oil consumption. The snag is that it may not work in time for the US midterm elections.
    May calls for Brexit unity and says Trump's 'brutal' advice was 'sue the EU'

    May calls for Brexit unity and says Trump's 'brutal' advice was 'sue the EU'


    British Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday appealed to warring Tory MPs to back her controversial blueprint for Brexit and avoid a disorderly withdrawal from the EU that would damage Britain's...

    British Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday appealed to warring Tory MPs to back her controversial blueprint for Brexit and avoid a disorderly withdrawal from the EU that would damage Britain's interests.

    State to hire 500 staff at ports and airports if the UK crashes out


    More than 500 full-time customs and veterinary inspectors will be taken on by the State in preparation for the worst-case scenario on...

    More than 500 full-time customs and veterinary inspectors will be taken on by the State in preparation for the worst-case scenario on Brexit.
    Carney may give sterling lift as dollar's influence wanes

    Carney may give sterling lift as dollar's influence wanes


    The euro has been moving in lockstep with the pound for months amid a dominant strong-dollar theme. That may be about to...

    The euro has been moving in lockstep with the pound for months amid a dominant strong-dollar theme. That may be about to change.
    Cerberus withdraws from home loan deals

    Cerberus withdraws from home loan deals


    Cerberus's appetite for soured Irish home loans has come under scrutiny after the US private equity giant withdrew recently from Permanent TSB's €2.2bn portfolio of non-performing residential...

    Cerberus's appetite for soured Irish home loans has come under scrutiny after the US private equity giant withdrew recently from Permanent TSB's €2.2bn portfolio of non-performing residential mortgages.

    Krispy Kreme creates 150 jobs in Dublin


    US doughnut chain Krispy Kreme has launched a recruitment drive for 150 jobs based at its first Irish outlet in Dublin's...

    US doughnut chain Krispy Kreme has launched a recruitment drive for 150 jobs based at its first Irish outlet in Dublin's Blanchardstown.

    Ibec issues stark warning about Ireland's competitiveness as it calls for boost to local firms and higher education


    Business and employer lobby group Ibec has issued a stark warning about Ireland's eroding competitiveness and urged the Government to arrest the decline by providing greater support to local industries, as well as injecting €250m into higher...

    Business and employer lobby group Ibec has issued a stark warning about Ireland's eroding competitiveness and urged the Government to arrest the decline by providing greater support to local industries, as well as injecting €250m into higher education.
    Cabinet to move Irish oil reserve from UK

    Cabinet to move Irish oil reserve from UK


    The Cabinet will this week sign off on a dramatic plan to remove all of Ireland's oil reserves from the UK as the Government ramps up its contingency plans for...

    The Cabinet will this week sign off on a dramatic plan to remove all of Ireland's oil reserves from the UK as the Government ramps up its contingency plans for Brexit.
    Ireland set to remove oil reserves from Britain as Brexit deadline looms closer

    Ireland set to remove oil reserves from Britain as Brexit deadline looms closer


    The Cabinet will this week sign off on a dramatic plan to remove all of Ireland's oil reserves from the UK as the Government ramps ups its contingency plans for...

    The Cabinet will this week sign off on a dramatic plan to remove all of Ireland's oil reserves from the UK as the Government ramps ups its contingency plans for Brexit.
    Ryanair warns of long term hit by Irish strikes

    Ryanair warns of long term hit by Irish strikes


    Unresolved long-term industrial relations issues between Ryanair management and its Irish pilots could ultimately hit future expansion by the airline here, a senior manager at the airline has...

    Unresolved long-term industrial relations issues between Ryanair management and its Irish pilots could ultimately hit future expansion by the airline here, a senior manager at the airline has indicated.

    EU in WTO bid to appease Trump and ease tensions


    The European Commission has proposed ways to resolve the Trump administration's concerns over the functioning of the World Trade Organisation, in a bid to avert a looming crisis that could undermine the WTO's ability to arbitrate trade...

    The European Commission has proposed ways to resolve the Trump administration's concerns over the functioning of the World Trade Organisation, in a bid to avert a looming crisis that could undermine the WTO's ability to arbitrate trade disputes.

    Weather winners (and losers)...The firms making hay while the sun shines - and those feeling the heat


    When the temperature is touching 30 degrees and the sun is beaming down what could be more refreshing than a cool drink? Throw in a World Cup and 2018 has been the kind of summer drinks manufacturers dream...

    When the temperature is touching 30 degrees and the sun is beaming down what could be more refreshing than a cool drink? Throw in a World Cup and 2018 has been the kind of summer drinks manufacturers dream about.

    iNua hotels to expand after raising €97m


    Private individuals poured close to €20m into the €97m refinancing of regional hotel group iNua Hospitality, according to Cork-based investment firm...

    Private individuals poured close to €20m into the €97m refinancing of regional hotel group iNua Hospitality, according to Cork-based investment firm Blackbee.
    Fintech Chasing Returns secures €600k

    Fintech Chasing Returns secures €600k


    Irish fintech Chasing Returns closed a €600,000 funding round last week, securing funding from Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan as well as a number of Irish tech...

    Irish fintech Chasing Returns closed a €600,000 funding round last week, securing funding from Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan as well as a number of Irish tech entrepreneurs.

    Twitter and Facebook's accounts purge is as much about PR as fighting the fakes


    I lost 120 Twitter followers overnight last week. US President Donald Trump lost 340,000, the New York Times 732,000, former US President Barack Obama three million or so. Even Twitter's CEO, Jack Dorsey, lost 200,000 in his company's much-hyped...

    I lost 120 Twitter followers overnight last week. US President Donald Trump lost 340,000, the New York Times 732,000, former US President Barack Obama three million or so. Even Twitter's CEO, Jack Dorsey, lost 200,000 in his company's much-hyped crackdown on dubious accounts.
    Six top tips to reshape your organisation's structure

    Six top tips to reshape your organisation's structure


    When a business is founded at the kitchen table, decisions and actions are taken usually by the one or two founders. There is no doubt about who does what because roles and responsibilities are clear-cut. As the business grows to more than a handful of...

    When a business is founded at the kitchen table, decisions and actions are taken usually by the one or two founders. There is no doubt about who does what because roles and responsibilities are clear-cut. As the business grows to more than a handful of people, ambiguity can seep in.

    Steel shed boss shows his mettle


    If ever you wanted to meet a truly inspiring entrepreneur then you need look no further than the subject of this week's article. Having grown up on a small farm in the west of Ireland and having left school early, Sean Brett's determination has seen him...

    If ever you wanted to meet a truly inspiring entrepreneur then you need look no further than the subject of this week's article. Having grown up on a small farm in the west of Ireland and having left school early, Sean Brett's determination has seen him grow his business, Steeltech Sheds, into the country's leading manufacturer of steel buildings. Set up in 1994 and now employing 170 staff, his company will reach annual revenues of more than €20m by the end of this year.

    What Irish consumers will be paying more for this year (and how we can save a few cents)


    The coming months and year could become even more expensive for Irish consumers as Brexit and the prospect of a global trade war threaten to push up prices. Consumers could be hundreds - if not thousands - of euro a year worse off as...

    The coming months and year could become even more expensive for Irish consumers as Brexit and the prospect of a global trade war threaten to push up prices. Consumers could be hundreds - if not thousands - of euro a year worse off as result.

    Brexit fears prompt 150 applications for Central Bank licence


    More than 150 financial services firms have applied for authorisations from the Central Bank to operate in Ireland and license new products here in the wake of...

    More than 150 financial services firms have applied for authorisations from the Central Bank to operate in Ireland and license new products here in the wake of Brexit.

    'There are more things to life than being rich'


    Sharon Mannion is an actress, comedian and writer best known for her role as Concepta in the RTE2 hit comedy Bridget &...

    Sharon Mannion is an actress, comedian and writer best known for her role as Concepta in the RTE2 hit comedy Bridget & Eamon.

    Digital movie effects studio looks east


    As the CEO and co-founder of world-leading digital storytelling business Framestore, it would be difficult to find names more well known than those who feature in William Sargent's own story. He's also busy defining the multi-award-winning company's own...

    As the CEO and co-founder of world-leading digital storytelling business Framestore, it would be difficult to find names more well known than those who feature in William Sargent's own story. He's also busy defining the multi-award-winning company's own storyline for the next 20 years, navigating China, AI, mixed reality (MR), acquisitions, working with tech giants and businesses in other industries who want its advice and solutions for data visualisation.

    Crackdown leads to jump in gaming machine licences


    There has been a big jump in the number of slot machine licences issued by the Revenue Commissioners following a tax...

    There has been a big jump in the number of slot machine licences issued by the Revenue Commissioners following a tax crackdown.

    Why media training can make or break a leader


    I was at a party recently where I was introduced to a former international broadcaster. A nice-looking chap who had apparently specialised in covering the entertainment and music biz, he told me how he had delved into media training. "I hated it", he...

    I was at a party recently where I was introduced to a former international broadcaster. A nice-looking chap who had apparently specialised in covering the entertainment and music biz, he told me how he had delved into media training. "I hated it", he said. "Really?" I asked, surprised. "What bothered you?" "The people. They were so stupid and unable. I wanted to wring their necks."
    Ireland to become EU YouTube watchdog

    Ireland to become EU YouTube watchdog


    Ireland is set to play a central role in policing material on YouTube under an updated EU directive on broadcasting. EU-wide rules, which will be finalised later this year, have been extended to cover video-sharing...

    Ireland is set to play a central role in policing material on YouTube under an updated EU directive on broadcasting. EU-wide rules, which will be finalised later this year, have been extended to cover video-sharing platforms.

    Mentoring and flexible working are key to boosting number of women in senior roles


    Query: AS the co-founder of a relatively new but growing SME I have become increasingly aware of hints of gender disparity at the more senior levels. My experience over the last few years has suggested that more men are reaching senior management and...

    Query: AS the co-founder of a relatively new but growing SME I have become increasingly aware of hints of gender disparity at the more senior levels. My experience over the last few years has suggested that more men are reaching senior management and board positions, and while one of the primary reasons for that is simply that more have applied for these roles, I am very cognisant of the fact that I have a responsibility to ensure equal opportunity for my employees. As the business grows I want to look into what we can do to bring more of our female workforce through to senior level?

    More brands must come out in favour of diversity


    Chris is a transgender 15-year-old who was born female but is now growing up as a male. Recalling tales of bullying and being shoved into lockers at school, his story is touchingly told in a social video, created by agency Boys + Girls, which tells the...

    Chris is a transgender 15-year-old who was born female but is now growing up as a male. Recalling tales of bullying and being shoved into lockers at school, his story is touchingly told in a social video, created by agency Boys + Girls, which tells the viewer that help and support was at hand to help him get through the many day-to-day challenges he would face.
    State agency now world's second-biggest fintech investor

    State agency now world's second-biggest fintech investor


    Some are surprised to learn that Enterprise Ireland is one of the largest and most successful fintech investors in the...

    Some are surprised to learn that Enterprise Ireland is one of the largest and most successful fintech investors in the world.

    YouTube news drive ignores facts


    Another week, another hand-out from the technology sector to the media industry. This time it's Google, as it so often is, which is supporting the media. Or Google's YouTube, to be exact. The video platform is going to spend $25m to build 'a better news...

    Another week, another hand-out from the technology sector to the media industry. This time it's Google, as it so often is, which is supporting the media. Or Google's YouTube, to be exact. The video platform is going to spend $25m to build 'a better news experience on YouTube, together.' Presumably the word 'together' was added by some PR whizz to indicate a joint effort between YouTube and publishers, who might be wary of the dreaded pivot to video. So how joint will the effort be?

    RTE and the Department of Communications locked in discussions over €108m windfall


    RTE and the Department of Communications are locked in discussions about how the broadcaster spends its windfall from the €107.5m sale of land at its Donnybrook...

    RTE and the Department of Communications are locked in discussions about how the broadcaster spends its windfall from the €107.5m sale of land at its Donnybrook site.

    Dell to bring women's funding event to Dublin


    Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network (Dwen) is to bring a global funding event to Ireland next year after a survey found Dublin ranked relatively poorly for female...

    Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network (Dwen) is to bring a global funding event to Ireland next year after a survey found Dublin ranked relatively poorly for female entrepreneurs.

    Department of Business pays out €300,000 to OECD for 'policy roadmap'


    The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation is to pay the OECD €300,000 for a 20-page SME "policy roadmap", new figures have...

    The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation is to pay the OECD €300,000 for a 20-page SME "policy roadmap", new figures have revealed.

    How a simple selfie could speed up travellers' border crossings


    Long lines due to processing times at foreign airports and other border entry points are the big bugbear of any well-travelled...

    Long lines due to processing times at foreign airports and other border entry points are the big bugbear of any well-travelled executive.
    Regions step up fight to lure tech jobs from Dublin

    Regions step up fight to lure tech jobs from Dublin


    When Skout Secure Intelligence, an international cyber-security firm, chose Portlaoise as its European headquarters last week it highlighted an existing pool of talent as one of the reasons for picking Ireland as a...

    When Skout Secure Intelligence, an international cyber-security firm, chose Portlaoise as its European headquarters last week it highlighted an existing pool of talent as one of the reasons for picking Ireland as a base.

    Dublin tech's era of social unrest


    Thought GoogleTown was the summit of Dublin's tech takeover? Nope. Last week saw a 'big bang' in tech expansion planning that could make the Grand Canal Docks look like an early...

    Thought GoogleTown was the summit of Dublin's tech takeover? Nope. Last week saw a 'big bang' in tech expansion planning that could make the Grand Canal Docks look like an early settlement.

    DataEgg to build pilot scheme at VW factory


    The Kilkenny-based DataEgg has been asked by Volkswagen (VW) to develop a proof of concept project in a German factory, bringing the Irish startup a step closer to a €150m deal with the...

    The Kilkenny-based DataEgg has been asked by Volkswagen (VW) to develop a proof of concept project in a German factory, bringing the Irish startup a step closer to a €150m deal with the carmaker.

    Private markets may be alternative for stock exchange investors


    Stock market gains since the depths of the global financial crisis in 2009 have been remarkable. While any number of positive economic and corporate factors suggest further gains should be expected from stock markets, two long-held principles of...

    Stock market gains since the depths of the global financial crisis in 2009 have been remarkable. While any number of positive economic and corporate factors suggest further gains should be expected from stock markets, two long-held principles of investing need to be remembered.

    Asset manager BlackRock and Schroders in Lloyds battle


    BlackRock and Schroders are the front-runners to oversee about £109bn (€123bn) for Lloyds Banking Group, one of the biggest mandates of its kind, people with the knowledge of the process have...

    BlackRock and Schroders are the front-runners to oversee about £109bn (€123bn) for Lloyds Banking Group, one of the biggest mandates of its kind, people with the knowledge of the process have said.

    The IMF sees property and tax as potential threats


    It doesn't seem that long since I wrote about the IMF coming to Ireland but, sacre bleu, that was a year ago and they've been again and recently published their report. They welcomed Ireland's continued strong economic growth which they say lead to a...

    It doesn't seem that long since I wrote about the IMF coming to Ireland but, sacre bleu, that was a year ago and they've been again and recently published their report. They welcomed Ireland's continued strong economic growth which they say lead to a rapid reduction in unemployment and strengthened public and private balance sheets.

    Impact of missing receipts on tax bill


    Query: My husband and I bought a small derelict cottage as a holiday home in 1982 and spent about €75,000 between the purchase price and renovation. We are now selling it for €135,000 and buying another holiday home closer to our primary residence....

    Query: My husband and I bought a small derelict cottage as a holiday home in 1982 and spent about €75,000 between the purchase price and renovation. We are now selling it for €135,000 and buying another holiday home closer to our primary residence. As it was never our intention to sell, we did not retain the vast majority of the relevant receipts and we are now wondering how our Capital Gains Tax (CGT) liability would be calculated. Any advice would be gratefully appreciated. Mary, Douglas, Co Cork

    Backbench TD does himself no favours taking compensation claim for a 'very minor' injury


    Predictably, there has been a backlash against the whiplash claim made by Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell. The Dublin Fingal politician was awarded €2,500 in damages following a collision with a rental van that left him with "very minor" injuries, according...

    Predictably, there has been a backlash against the whiplash claim made by Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell. The Dublin Fingal politician was awarded €2,500 in damages following a collision with a rental van that left him with "very minor" injuries, according to the judge.

    UK takeover panel raises Sky stakes


    The body that oversees UK takeovers raised the minimum price that the Walt Disney Company must pay for British pay-TV company Sky Plc as Disney battles Comcast Corporation for control of Rupert Murdoch's media...

    The body that oversees UK takeovers raised the minimum price that the Walt Disney Company must pay for British pay-TV company Sky Plc as Disney battles Comcast Corporation for control of Rupert Murdoch's media empire.

    Olympian O'Connor clears planning for arena development


    Olympic showjumping medallist Cian O'Connor is planning to develop an indoor equestrian arena as part of his booming Co Meath...

    Olympic showjumping medallist Cian O'Connor is planning to develop an indoor equestrian arena as part of his booming Co Meath business.

    Richard Curran: Apocalyptic no-deal Brexit predictions are starting to look hollow


    Paschal Donohoe has been warning about the dangers of a no-deal Brexit, saying around 40,000 Irish jobs would go. His dark warnings are grounded in various studies conducted since that awful day in June 2016 when the Brexit referendum was passed in the...

    Paschal Donohoe has been warning about the dangers of a no-deal Brexit, saying around 40,000 Irish jobs would go. His dark warnings are grounded in various studies conducted since that awful day in June 2016 when the Brexit referendum was passed in the UK.
    Insurance hikes are driving up crop costs

    Insurance hikes are driving up crop costs


    What an unusual growing season this year has been, a long wet and cold winter followed by little or no spring and straight into summer. This meant the crops this year were stressed most of the growing season, for one reason or...

    What an unusual growing season this year has been, a long wet and cold winter followed by little or no spring and straight into summer. This meant the crops this year were stressed most of the growing season, for one reason or another.

    The dairy industry has a battle on its hands to convince younger consumers about the benefits of milk-based products


    The demonisation of dairy produce has gone on too long, according to Dr Marianne Walsh, Senior Nutritionist with the National Dairy Council. The nutritionist pointed to recent research that debunks claims that dairy products are harmful, particularly...

    The demonisation of dairy produce has gone on too long, according to Dr Marianne Walsh, Senior Nutritionist with the National Dairy Council. The nutritionist pointed to recent research that debunks claims that dairy products are harmful, particularly because of their high saturated-fat content.
    'It is always the farmer who has to pay for regulations'

    'It is always the farmer who has to pay for regulations'


    Kevin Comiskey was delighted with the quality of the hay he was baling at his home farm in north Leitrim last week. It was the best he had seen since 1995 and the heatwave of...

    Kevin Comiskey was delighted with the quality of the hay he was baling at his home farm in north Leitrim last week. It was the best he had seen since 1995 and the heatwave of 1976.

    Waiting in the wings? Tory runners and riders


    Theresa May has survived the week but her leadership remains under threat following the resignations of Boris Johnson and David Davis. As Eurosceptic Tory MPs weigh up their next move, Steven Swinford assesses who is in pole...

    Theresa May has survived the week but her leadership remains under threat following the resignations of Boris Johnson and David Davis. As Eurosceptic Tory MPs weigh up their next move, Steven Swinford assesses who is in pole position.

    Ask Adrian: Our tech editor tackles your trickiest technology problems


    Q: I'm going on holidays and was thinking of buying a digital camera, but I only want it for casual use and everyone says that the latest phones are just as good for photos as a 'point and shoot' camera that I'd be looking for. Is this true? I was going...

    Q: I'm going on holidays and was thinking of buying a digital camera, but I only want it for casual use and everyone says that the latest phones are just as good for photos as a 'point and shoot' camera that I'd be looking for. Is this true? I was going to upgrade my phone anyway, so is it worth spending a few extra quid to get the best camera option on a new phone? If so, should I go for the best iPhone or is there another model that's better?

    The landless young man who became a champion pedigree beef breeder


    As a landless young man buying his first pure-bred Hereford, Peter Casey seemed unlikely to have his name carved in the annals of pedigree breeding...

    As a landless young man buying his first pure-bred Hereford, Peter Casey seemed unlikely to have his name carved in the annals of pedigree breeding history.

    The king of vintage - Pat Egan has spent years assembling a spectacular collection of tractors


    I drove a Ferguson 35 for the first time in nearly 40 years last week. The machine was the little workhorse of Irish agriculture in the '60s and '70s and was a joy to drive, bringing back many...

    I drove a Ferguson 35 for the first time in nearly 40 years last week. The machine was the little workhorse of Irish agriculture in the '60s and '70s and was a joy to drive, bringing back many memories.

    Stunning 91ac Tipp stud farm hits the market with a guide of €1.3m


    I was in South Tipperary last week to see the lovely Landscape Stud on 91ac near the magical village of Kilsheelan. The property is coming to auction with a guide of €1.3m, writes Jim...

    I was in South Tipperary last week to see the lovely Landscape Stud on 91ac near the magical village of Kilsheelan. The property is coming to auction with a guide of €1.3m, writes Jim O’Brien.
    Native bees being wiped out by pesticides

    Native bees being wiped out by pesticides


    Farmers could unknowingly be killing tens of thousands of bees by spraying pesticides, according to the Federation of Irish Beekeepers' Associations...

    Farmers could unknowingly be killing tens of thousands of bees by spraying pesticides, according to the Federation of Irish Beekeepers' Associations (FIBA).
    Ireland at risk of becoming a drought 'hotspot' warn climate change experts

    Ireland at risk of becoming a drought 'hotspot' warn climate change experts


    Ireland is liable to become a high-temperature hotspot over the next number of years and droughts may become more common, says Dr Conor Murphy from the Department of Geography at NUI...

    Ireland is liable to become a high-temperature hotspot over the next number of years and droughts may become more common, says Dr Conor Murphy from the Department of Geography at NUI Maynooth.
    Limerick woman overcame a chronic health condition - and a lack of farming experience - to make a go of running a 160-head beef enterprise

    Limerick woman overcame a chronic health condition - and a lack of farming experience - to make a go of running a 160-head beef enterprise


    The physicality of farming is a phrase that's regularly voiced in agriculture circles these days. Lifting, pulling and dragging, knocks and kicks are just some of the ordeals that farmers endure on a daily basis, but what if you're a farmer with a...

    The physicality of farming is a phrase that's regularly voiced in agriculture circles these days. Lifting, pulling and dragging, knocks and kicks are just some of the ordeals that farmers endure on a daily basis, but what if you're a farmer with a chronic disease? How do you cope?

    Compact Waterford holding for €495,000


    Thornbrook is a 41ac compact estate at Raheens, Kilmeaden, Co Waterford. On the private treaty market, it is guided by Savills at...

    Thornbrook is a 41ac compact estate at Raheens, Kilmeaden, Co Waterford. On the private treaty market, it is guided by Savills at €495,000.

    Craft beer makers refreshed by E2m capital investment


    The company behind McGargle's craft beer has received a fresh €2m from investors and has restructured its balance...

    The company behind McGargle's craft beer has received a fresh €2m from investors and has restructured its balance sheet.

    China's US surplus hits record as tariffs loom


    China's monthly trade surplus with the US rose to a record high in June, underlining the imbalance at the heart of an escalating trade war between the world's two largest...

    China's monthly trade surplus with the US rose to a record high in June, underlining the imbalance at the heart of an escalating trade war between the world's two largest economies.

    Ryanair and Lufthansa in row over Laudamotion jets


    Ryanair and rival airline Lufthansa have clashed over Laudamotion, the Austrian carrier in which Ryanair has just received approval to take a 75pc...

    Ryanair and rival airline Lufthansa have clashed over Laudamotion, the Austrian carrier in which Ryanair has just received approval to take a 75pc stake.
    DCC up 3.7pc after sealing two deals and guiding increased profit

    DCC up 3.7pc after sealing two deals and guiding increased profit


    Shares in Irish conglomerate DCC rose 3.7pc in yesterday's trading after it announced two acquisitions and said operating profits were ahead of last year in the first...

    Shares in Irish conglomerate DCC rose 3.7pc in yesterday's trading after it announced two acquisitions and said operating profits were ahead of last year in the first quarter.
    Homeowners crippled by highest rates in eurozone

    Homeowners crippled by highest rates in eurozone


    Homebuyers are paying thousands of euro more a year for their loans than people on the...

    Homebuyers are paying thousands of euro more a year for their loans than people on the continent.