Bank of Ireland workers are to receive a series of pay increases under proposals, in return for greater flexibility and revamped workplace structures.
Permanent TSB says it is making "continued progress" towards profitability, with mortgage lending up strongly and impairments falling.
Pressure is building on the IFA leadership to sanction a blockade of beef factories.
A rule change late last year has allowed leading retailers in Belgium to test the waters on consumers' appetite for insects as an alternative protein source.
Record grass growth and strong prices in 2014, coupled with an on-going hope that quotas will be eased before the end of next March, has driven on milk supplies to unprecedented levels.