Editor's Note

USC cuts, stock exchange woes and the Rugby World Cup: here’s this week’s Business Post

This week’s edition is packed with exclusive stories, big reads and cutting-edge analysis of the biggest events in business and politics

Our front page today, featuring Johnny Ronan, Patrick Kielty and the Universal Social Charge

Schools are back, the sun is out and this week’s Business Post is brimming with stories that will fill up a lazy Sunday afternoon.

You can read all of our coverage at our website, or by clicking the link to our e-reader, where you can see what it looks like on the page.

Today we're leading on the budget, as Michael Brennan and Daniel Murray report that the government is planning to deliver the most significant cut to the Universal Social Charge since its introduction as part of an €11 billion package next month.

After another week of woe for the Irish stock exchange, Donal MacNamee reports that Goodbody could be forced to follow Davy and implement job cuts in its capital markets team.

Patrick Kielty, the incoming Late Late Show host, sat down with Catherine Sanz last week for an interview that was by turns funny, probing and revealing.

Elsewhere, Barry J Whyte has dramatic details of a major deal that nearly was in Irish business – with internal documents showing Tesco pulled out at the last minute of a plan to spend €4 million buying the company behind the Iceland chain of stores in Ireland.

We have gone big on the Rugby World Cup, with detailed analysis of Ireland's preparations for a tournament they are entering as the highest-ranked team on the planet. Enjoy the action, and our coverage.

And in Irish Tatler, we have an interview with Simone Rocha, the Irish designer, ahead of her 27th collection at London Fashion Week.

Thanks as always for reading, and enjoy the weekend.

Daniel McConnell