Volume of retail sales in department stores soar over 11% in April

Annual retail sales grow by over 11% in April

13.13 Provisional figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the volume of retail sales rose by 0.5% in April on a monthly basis on the back of strong sales in department stores.

Catherine Murphy spoke in the Dáil on the business relationship between Denis O'Brien and IBRC

TD outlines details of IBRC-O'Brien relationship

18.53 Independent TD Catherine Murphy has spoken in the Dáil this afternoon about the business relationship between Denis O'Brien and IBRC - the former Anglo Irish Bank - including alleged details of his loans.

EU Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly asked the ECB to outline the measures taken 'to avoid a similar incident occurring in the future'

Ombudsman challenges ECB over hedge fund speech

16.37 EU ombudsman Emily O'Reilly has challenged the ECB over privately disclosing sensitive plans for money printing to a group of hedge funds, giving them a head start over other investors.

FIFA's sponsors' dismay mounts amid corruption claims

Visa threatens to ditch FIFA

14.49 Visa has told FIFA it could end its sponsorship if soccer's governing body does not act fast to restore the reputation of the game after senior officials were arrested on corruption charges.

There have been fears in Europe that large US companies would use arbitration to bully governments and challenge EU laws

EU lawmakers back key US trade deal demand

14.31 European lawmakers have supported including investor arbitration in a free-trade deal with the United States, a breakthrough on one of the biggest obstacles to a transatlantic accord.