The Minister for Finance has said that this year's Budget adjustment will be significantly less than the €2.1bn forecast at the start of the year.
The number of mortgages in arrears has fallen by almost 5% over the past three months according to new figures from the Central Bank.
Beef farmers were left nursing losses of up to €152/ha last year despite beef prices at the factories hitting a record high in 2013.
I know some reprise is anticipated but the summer of 2014 seems to have ended with a bang. One day the girls were frolicking around in the straw in the field and tramping barefoot through the dunes of barley in the shed; the next we were cutting kindling for the fire and BBC's Countryfile was telling us that Northern Ireland had recorded its lowest ever temperature for August.
Mayo were second best in their All-Ireland semi-final defeat last weekend but Ballina farmer Sean O'Donnell (33), inset, tasted success as he was crowned the FBD Young Farmer of the Year last night.