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Highfield Solar Limited appeals refusal of south-east facility

A High Court challenge has been mounted against the refusal by Bord Pleanála to give the go-ahead for a solar power-generating facility in the south-east.

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Gilead Sciences' hepatitis drug patent faces legal challenge

International groups representing doctors and patients have launched a fresh challenge to the patent on Gilead Sciences’ hepatitis C drug Sofosbuvir at the European Patent Office in order to increase access to the treatment.

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Fishing industry may prove slippery subject in Brexit talks

On the treacherous path to Brexit, the UK and its EU partners could slip up over many things — even fish. 

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Damien Duff taps last of €1.25m from UK commercial arm

Damien Duff has received a total pre-tax payout of almost €1.25m (£1.08m) over a number of years, as his UK commercial firm is wound down.

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John Teeling firm Botswana Diamonds narrows losses

Irish prospecting firm Botswana Diamonds has reported a 15.5% narrowing of first-half losses and further progress at assets it holds in southern Africa.

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The Monday Interview: Former Dublin star Conal Keaney is on his bike to promote his business

Former dual Dublin GAA star Conal Keaney has set similar high standards in business as he had on the field, as he tells Pádraig Hoare

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Apple’s core product key to realisation of $1tn dream

This year is set to be a major one for Apple due to a variety of reasons, most notably being the 10th anniversary of the iPhone.

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Brexit talks: Now it’s crunch time for Ireland

It is vital Ireland secures a strong role in Brexit trade talks, writes John Whelan.

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Nama defiant over ‘lost €18bn’ claim

Nama has defended its performance in light of a new report suggesting it has missed out on generating €18bn for the State by selling assets too quickly.

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Pay lobbyists urged to reflect reality

The Public Sector Pay Commission has been warned not to “make matters worse” by ignoring external economic factors in its upcoming salary agreement deliberations.

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Aidan Duff a pioneer with a passion for biking

Trish Dromey talks to Dublin-based entrepreneur Aidan Duff, a pioneer of carbon fibre bikes

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Martin McGuinness: The politics of pragmatism

Economic pragmatism played a huge part in Martin McGuinness’ transformation from IRA leader to peace-seeking statesman, writes Kyran Fitzgerald.

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Eurozone pickup calms French election jitters

The eurozone’s accelerating economy is translating into faster job creation and stronger inflation pressures as a key gauge of activity yesterday rose to a near six-year high in March, and employment increased the most since July 2007, with hiring picking up in services and manufacturing. 

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Richie Boucher to leave Bank of Ireland

Richie Boucher yesterday announced plans to step down from the top job at Bank of Ireland which he has held since the height of the banking crisis, indicating the lender was all but restored to full financial health. A search for his replacement has already begun.

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Central Bank to reveal homes lost in tracker scandal

The Central Bank will likely verify how many people lost their homes as a result of the tracker mortgage when it issues its final report, as it emerged that the number of affected customers has now reached almost 10,000.

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Warning of row over UK’s Brexit divorce bill

The dispute over the size of the bill Britain will have to pay Brussels as part of its EU divorce bill could blow up at a very early stage, one of the country’s leading Brexit experts has predicted.

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Teva Pharma plan risks 38 jobs but other plants safe

Teva Pharmaceuticals — the generics drug giant and maker of Sudocrem — will close one of two laboratories in Dundalk but major manufacturing plants in Waterford and at Baldoyle in Dublin appear safe amid a worldwide cost-cutting review.

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Regions cannot be left behind in drive for growth

In last year’s general election much was made of the disparities in regional economic activity, writes Jim Power.

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Green light for Dromoland Castle upgrade

An Bord Pleanála has given the green light for a piece of the €16m upgrade of the five-star Dromoland Castle in Co Clare.

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Call for oil and gas tax terms to be reviewed

The main representative body for Irish exploration firms has suggested the Government should review its fiscal and taxation terms for oil and gas finds within the next 12 months.

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Fears for London tourism following Westminster terror attack

Merlin Entertainments shares weakened and G4S rose as investors weigh a possible softening in London tourism and a likely increase in demand for private security after the Westminster terror attack.

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Next caution underlines UK consumer pressures

A better-than-expected increase in UK retail sales for February has not altered concern that British consumer spending is on an alarming downward trajectory and that domestic demand — a major driver of the UK economy since last year’s Brexit vote — is faltering.

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Economy may ‘overheat’ as unemployment falls

Efforts to boost house building could end up in a bloated construction industry and the economy ultimately overheating if the Government were to fail to rein in spending, the Economic and Social Research Institute has warned.

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Alternative finance for SMEs is even more urgent

As British prime minister Theresa May prepares to trigger Article 50, which marks the formal start of the Brexit talks process, the subject of funding for small businesses here will be even higher on the agenda.

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New housing plan urged

An economic think-tank has urged the Government to ditch its ‘Rebuilding Ireland’ plan in favour of a new housing model centred on a commercial semi-state utility system.

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Passengers could lose out in Brexit aviation tussle

A leading aviation analyst has warned passengers could be the biggest casualty after the EU ordered UK-based airlines to relocate to EU countries or sell shares to EU nationals to avoid losing major routes.

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