About 53% of Irish beef exports go to the United Kingdom

Farmers concerned by beef prices and age limits

18.41 The President of the Irish Farmers Association has said a forum of beef industry representatives needs to meet immediately so proper discussions can take place on the future of the sector.

The decision follows a similar move by the US Inland Revenue Service

Australia says Bitcoin not a currency

09.31 Crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin should not be considered as money or a foreign currency when it comes to taxation, Australia's tax authority ruled today.

At least 150,000 households top up energy cards several times a month

Concern over energy top-up store charges

19 Aug Musgraves, owners of the Supervalu and Centra brands, have said any of their stores selling pay-as-you-go electricity and gas, display notices stating they charge fees for the service.

Engineers Ireland has warned of an ongoing shortage of engineering graduates

Concern over shortage of construction experts

18 Aug There will not be enough suitable candidates to meet demand for engineering and construction specialists in the coming years, according to an analysis carried out by Engineers Ireland and Hays recruitment.

Fitch is the second agency to move Ireland back to an A rating

Minister says Fitch upgrade is 'encouraging'

16 Aug Minister of State at the Department of Finance Simon Harris has said an upgrade by credit ratings agency Fitch has direct implications for Ireland's ability to borrow on international markets.

Bank of Portugal Governor Carlos Costa announced details of Portuguese bank bailout

Portugal's biggest bank in €4.9bn bailout

04 Aug Portugal's central bank has said it decided to rescue troubled lender Banco Espirito Santo in a €4.9bn recapitalisation to be pumped into the healthy part of the bank that will be separated from its compromised assets.

The ESRI said 54,000 homes are needed in Dublin between now and 2021

Dublin needs 54,000 new homes - ESRI

06 Aug The Economic and Social Research Institute has said that tens of thousands of new homes are needed to meet demand over the next seven years.

The ESRI report says three quarters of the 45,000 loans which are no longer in negative equity are in Dublin

Number of homes in negative equity decreases

01 Aug A report by the Economic and Social Research Institute estimates that the number of mortgage loans where the outstanding debt exceeds the value of the property has fallen by 45,000 since 2012.