The annual  Global Airfinance Conference is held at the Convention Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Basel IV reforms will make lending against aircraft more expensive

Fumbally Square, a mixed use development in Dublin 8 has been acquired for a sum thought to be close to the asking price of €24 million

European property investment firm buys Fumbally Square offices and apartments in first Irish deal

Comptroller and Auditor General Séamus McCarthy had criticised Nama’s handling of a potential conflict of interest. Photograph: Frank Miller

Dáil group looked into €1.6bn sale of agency’s Northern Ireland loans

A number of trade unions which originally opposed Norwegian’s application for a foreign carrier’s permit have petitioned the US court of appeals to review the decision in a bid to have it reversed. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Unions claim Norwegian’s parent is using Irish company to skirt US and EU labour laws

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq trimmed early gain but remained higher in early afternoon trading. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

BoI and Permanent TSB make gains as FTSE 100 posts 12th consecutive record close

The Strand Apartments Complex in Limerick.

Tenants no longer face the loss of their apartments after criticism of US ‘vulture fund’

Finnair claims that its flight times between Europe and the Far East are among the shortest available. Photograph: iStock

Airline seeks to tap into European demand for Asian connections

Cityjet will provide three  Sukhoi aircraft to Brussels Airlines. Photograph: iStock

Irish carrier to provide craft and crew under deal agreed this week

Apollo raised $1.15 bilion last year to finance 67 aircraft through two asset-backed securitisations.

Aircraft financier increased fleet to 131 as company gained 20 new customers last year

 John Boyle of BoyleSports: “Jimmy Finlay and his family have built up a great business in Leinster with Bambury”

Deal brings the number of BoyleSports stores in island of Ireland to 219

Incoming head of the US department of transportation Elaine Chao  declined  to take a position on Norwegian Air International’s entry into the country. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/AFP/Getty Images

Incoming transportation chief’s refusal to take stance a boost for Irish-registered airline

Oaktree Capital listing at NYSE: The fund bought the debt owed against the Strand apartment complex from State agency Nama in July last year as part of an overall package where it acquired liabilities secured on about 950 apartments and a large number of commercial buildings across the country. File photograph: Getty Images

US fund has interest similar to the Strand in more than 900 apartments in the country

Short-haul traffic rose 11 per cent to 24.3 million passengers at Dublin Airport last year, while the number of long-distance travellers grew 12 per cent to 3.6 million.

Numbers rose 11 per cent on 2015 to new record as most airlines grew Dublin business

Ryanair’s chief commercial officer  David O’Brien said the new agreement with Stansted did not mark a change from its policy of shifting some growth away from the UK following its Brexit vote. Photograph: Getty Images

Carrier to add nine new routes and fly 20 million people to and from London gateway

Independent TD Mick Wallace: The High Court appointed Mícheál  Leydon, of Outlook Accountants in Dublin, as liquidator of M&J Wallace  following a petition from Promontoria Aran. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Liquidator brings court case against Independent TD, who has been declared bankrupt

Cork Airport said  all markets grew last year, but the biggest expansion in percentage terms was on German routes

Passenger numbers at Cork Airport grew 8% to 2.23m last year

Panda Green’s takeover of Greenstar went to a phase-two investigation by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.

Watchdog cleared all cases it decided last year but imposed conditions on two

Alec Burger: “There is no shortage of liquidity in the industry. Whether it’s lending, whether it’s on the equity side, the demand, I think, for exposure to aviation finance seems very robust.”  Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22

Shannon-based Gecas is one cog in GE’s airline financing and purchasing empire

The legal battle between Lebanese-owned food wholesaler AJA and insurer Cigna Worldwide over losses incurred through looting during Liberia’s first civil war has been running for 25 yearsPhotograph: Patrick Robert/Sygma via Getty Images

With Canadian-born Irish lawyer Martin Kenney, he is embroiled in a decades old insurance claim that has been subject to hearings (...)

Boeing 737: General Electric Capital Aviation Services has ordered 75 737s, worth about €8.25bn.

Shannon-based GE subsidiary owns €42bn worth of aircraft, which it leases worldwide

US president-elect Donald Trump has been asked to revoke Norwegian Air International’s  foreign carrier’s permit, which allows it to fly between the EU and US. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Over 100 US legislators call on president-elect to revoke permit when he takes office

Gran Platja beach and Badia de Tossa bay on the Costa Brava. Spain will be big next summer, according to Ryanair. Photograph: Getty Images

Airline offers flights to sun destinations, accommodation, transport and support

Irish developer Garrett Kelleher has challenged US court’s jurisdiction over him.

Attorney to stop acting for plaintiff in legal costs in action backed by Irish developer

Dublin’s homeless crisis was discussed at Cabinet on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters

Admitting delays, Government claims 210 beds for homeless available by end of week

Patrick Crean (left) and Greg Kavanagh: Mr Kavanagh  has called for vacant properties to be converted for use by  the homeless. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Greg Kavanagh says empty buildings across Ireland could absorb demand for housing

Cerberus got a judgment against the Mick Wallace in January, although the order was stayed for several months. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Independent TD first highlighted the Project Eagle deal in Dáil in mid-2015

Mick Wallace: Part of the Independent TD’s €87,258 annual salary could be taken by the bankruptcy official. Photograph: Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney

TD’s debts, totally €30m, include €2m to Cerberus, which had him declared bankrupt

Airport managing director Vincent Harrison said: “We’ve seen growth from the vast majority of our major airline customers during the year and also across almost all major market sectors.” Photograph: Kate Geraghty

Christmas rush in full swing and 83,000 people expected on Friday December 23rd

The proposed changes would impose sharp cuts on pensions which were already reduced by 40 per cent in 2013. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dispute continues followings INM plans to wind up two retirement schemes

JP McManus (pictured) and John Magnier sold the property to Norges Bank Real Estate Management. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Horse-racing tycoons bought Place Vendome property in 2007 for a reported €650m

Aer Lingus will fly five times daily from Cork next summer. Photograph: Bloomberg

Irish Airline will add extra 113 flights from the airport to sun destinations and Heathrow

Gillian Bowler, pictured during her time as Irish Life and Permanent chairwoman. Photograph: David Sleator

Entrepreneur was influential figure who grew Budget Travel from small beginnings

Garrett Kelleher: he said the case was a “travesty of justice” for the Liberians, who have been pursuing their claim for 25 years

Developer has invested in efforts of Liberian businesses to enforce $66.5m judgment against US insurer

Six State firms, including national grid operator Eirgrid, invested €1.6 billion over the period 2015/2016.  Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

ESB, Bord na Móna and Irish Water among firms with combined profits exceeding €1bn

The C&AG found that the Project Eagle sale could have cost the taxpayer up to €200m.

Material related to discussions at meetings key to contentious €1.6bn Project Eagle deal

Washington recently gave Norwegian Air International, an Irish-based subsidiary of Norwegian Air Shuttle, permission to fly to the US, paving the way for flights from Cork and Shannon to Boston and New York.   Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Hartford, Connecticut could be key battleground for airlines in transatlantic routes from Ireland

 People take part in the NUJ protest on December 5th over Independent Newspapers pension entitlements, outside the Alexander Hotel. Photograph: Eric Luke

Independent News and Media plans to end two already-cut defined-benefit schemes

Garrett Kelleher:  invested $2.85m  in the efforts of AJA to enforce a $66.5 million judgment against US insurer Cigna Worldwide (CWW)

Chicago Spire backer invested in Liberian group AJA’s bid to enforce $66.5m judgment

Declan Ganley: Rivada Mercury lodged a claim with a US court asking it to declare that excluding it was “arbitrary and capricious”. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Rivada Networks leads consortium seeking to remain as bidder for telecoms contract

Mick Wallace: he clashed with Cerberus last year when he raised questions over the US fund’s purchase of a group of Northern Ireland-linked loans, called Project Eagle, from Nama for €1.6bn

Promontoria Aran seeking to bankrupt Wallace on foot of €2m judgment for repayment of the loan which it acquired from Ulster Bank (...)

Nama chief executive Brendan McDonagh: he faces questions over lack of records on discussions at  meetings.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Details of discussions over controversial Project Eagle deal may have been destroyed

Lufthansa  says it  will almost double its Dublin-Munich flights to 13 a week. Photograph: iStock

German airline to expand Irish operations for summer 2017

Gaelectric either built the 14 wind farms itself or bought them, and will continue to manage the facilities

Facilities will generate enough electricity to power 120,000 homes

Houses for sale: Fitch predicts that house prices will grow by 3-4% in 2017. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

UK exit bad for ‘long-term economic growth and political prospects’, agency says

Washington’s department of transportation granted Norwegian a foreign carrier’s permit last week.

US and European unions opposed to move allow flights from Cork and shannon to US

 Norwegian Air: Unions claim the airline will use its  Irish Air Operator’s Certificate as a flag of convenience to skirt labour laws and employ low-paid crew. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Norwegian Air’s permit win likely to prompt opposition from pilots’ unions and rivals

Mark Neporent, Cerberus chief operating officer and director in a number of Irish subsidiaries. Photograph: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

US vulture fund at centre of investigations over purchase of Nama’s NI assets for €1.6bn

Nama: notes to Jackson Homes accounts said it was relying on the support of the State agency. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

House builder uses proceeds from sale of 100 homes in Stillorgan to clear debt to agency

The Conrad began an €8 million refurbishment earlier this year

Sales grew 15% to €15.25 million at five-star Dublin hotel, latest figures show

Former Unilever chief executive Niall Fitzgerald: “When trust in business is only 30 per cent among lowest-income groups, that’s not just a problem for them, it’s an even bigger problem for us.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Former Unilever head Niall FitzGerald tells conference of perils of isolationism

John Paul Construction’s turnover included a €4 million share from a joint venture. Photograph: Alan Betson

Building group’s turnover grew 63 per cent to €165m in 2015, from €101.4m in 2014

Promontoria Eagle director Mark Neporent: company was able to write off loan and interest repayments against its profits. Photograph: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Company structured business in Ireland in order to benefit from section 110 tax break

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena was suspended for excessive volatility after a drop of more than 12%. Photograph: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

CRH, Paddy Power Betfair and Smurfit Kappa all down while Aryzta rises slightly

Dublin features on a list of eight new destinations to which Qatar says it will begin flying in 2017-18. Photograph: Airbus/AP

Airline yet to say when service will begin but chief hopes to have it launched in 2017-18

The IFSC in Dublin:  part two of the Companies Act 2014 requires private companies to re-register as new private limited companies or designated activity companies by November 30th. Photograph: Alan Betson

Financial services firms could be in breach of licence if not re-registered in time

 Promontoria Eagle director Mark Neporent said Cerberus preferred to work with borrowers rather than  appointing receivers. Photograph: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Documents show US vulture fund has repaid loan used to part-fund Nama deal

Shopping in full swing at Dundrum Town Centre, which attracts 18 million visits a year.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Multinational also confirms deals with Irish chains Poulet Bonne Femme and Kanoodle

Taking off: CityJet now employs more than 900 staff, an 80 per cent increase on 2015

Dublin-based airline shut down services that did not make sense, executive chairman says

 Frank Cushnahan: Bidder Pimco told PAC  it had pulled out of the Nama auction  after  Brown Rudnick sought a £16m fee to be shared with Mr Cushnahan and Belfast solicitors, Tughans. Photograph: Press Eye

Brown Rudnick counters US company’s account of dealings over Nama loan portfolio

Ronnie Hanna: The UK’s National Crime Agency arrested him in Northern Ireland in Junephotograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Cites arrest in June as reason for inability to appear at Dáil PAC hearing into Project Eagle

Siac Construction: profit before tax was €322,000 in 2015. The company lost €2.775 million the previous year.   Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Irish group and its partner had to apply for court protection from its creditors

Cityjet pilots voted in favour of strike and the Unite union had  set Thursday and Friday, November 24th and 25th, as the first of 13 strike days.

Pilots’ pay dispute to progress from Workplace Relations Commission to Labour Court

SMBC chief executive Peter Barrett: said company borrowed $500 million in July using senior unsecured notes, an important step as the company continued to diversify its sources of funding. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Aircraft lessor sees profits rise 30% to €135m in six months to end September

CityJet says it has always been prepared to engage with the union Unite over the dispute

Pilots at CityJet’s Dublin base plan to strike on Thursday and Friday in dispute over pay and union issues

 Public Accounts Committee hears Nama did not believe it could sell the loans in a single deal until Pimco offered it £1.3bn in September 2013

Patrick Long of Lazard says auction succeeded as Cerberus paid best price available

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Fears over Italian constitutional referendum and ECB policies keep investors cautious

Iberia will begin flying between the two cities on June 3rd, two weeks earlier than it did this year

Iberia Express to extend summer service between the two cities from June

The British Virgin Islands company which owns the four  Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft has been bought by Aergo Capital. Photograph: Pierre Verdy/AFP/Getty Images

Aircraft are on lease to Ethiopian Airlines, and bring Irish aviation company’s fleet to 30

Conor McGregor appears on 24Option’s website and will feature in the company’s promotional material. Photograph: Tom Hogan/Inpho

Cyprus-based online trader 24Option fails to comply with rules

Independent TD Mick Wallace: told Dáil he wrote letter to Nama chairman Frank Daly. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Letter to chairman Frank Daly ‘latest attempt to discredit’ agency

Independents4Change TD Mick Wallace has made a number of new allegations about the agency’s sale of the Northern Ireland loan portfolio, known as Project Eagle. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

TD obtains documents on Project Eagle that claim Cushnahan sought successor fees

Cerberus only told Nama that it had hired Brown Rudnick and Tughans two days before its bid was accepted, as it did not believe the agency’s rules obliged it to give this information

US lawyers Brown Rudnick and Belfast firm Tughans hired for Project Eagle advice

Martin McGuinness at the Public Accounts Committee Project Eagle hearing at Leinster House: “I think they were very, very close, that’s my view.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Martin McGuinness tells PAC inquiry into Project Eagle of key players’ relationship

European visitors numbers grew to 36 per cent of the market last year from just 7 per cent in 1970. They also accounted for 36 per cent of spending last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

European visitors account for growing share of market

Easyjet chief executive said the budget carrier is likely to apply for an airline licence in ‘another EU country’ to enable it to fly freely in the bloc after the UK’s departure from the EU. Photograph: PA

British airline makes contingency plans ahead of Brexit

Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. Photograph: Arthur Allison

Sinn Féin Minister to tell PAC that the Nama sale raises ‘serious’ questions

The Dublin to Los Angeles service will operate daily during peak summer months, with the Chicago route increasing to twice daily and the Orlando route increasing to four times weekly

Transatlantic passengers would be linked up with Ryanair's European services

Ryanair’s Diarmuid Ó Conghaile met with members of the British government to outline the benefits of remaining in the Open Skies system

Aer Lingus parent vows to push for UK to maintain full access to international markets

Pilots at the Irish carrier began limited industrial action in September

Unite accuses company of compounding dispute over issue of union representation

Nama  rejected any suggestion that it did not set out the circumstances of Pimco’s withdrawal accurately. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Frank Cushnahan wanted fee from Project Eagle bidder, Pimco legal officer claims

Howard Millar took up the position of chief operating officer of the Stellwagen Group in May

Acasta Enterprises commits to putting $100 million into Stellwagen investment vehicle

A Norwegian Air International spokesman said the group’s existing transatlantic flights are operated by Norwegian Air Shuttle, which is separate to the Irish subsidiary. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Dublin-based Norwegian Air International vow followed photos of Asian crew on flight

Imagine began a High Court action against Motorola six years ago, saying it had failed to deliver a broadband network.    Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Irish company had sued telecoms giant over alleged failure to provide broadband network

The 35 aircraft  Apollo Aviation is securitising   are leased to carriers such as American Airlines, Virgin and Viva Aerobús. Photograph: Mike Fuentes/Bloomberg

Aircraft finance specialist to manage and service transaction through subsidiary

Pennys, Henry Street, Dublin.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Pennys reports growth as it predicts Brexit bounce

Dublin was Europe’s fastest growing category one airport – those handling 25 million-plus passengers – in the three months ended September 30th

Washington considering opening pre-clearance facilities in Scotland and mainland Europe

Ryanair said it expects to fly more than 119 million passengers in its current financial year. Photograph: Daniel Bockwoldt/EPA

Irish carrier’s profit grows 7 per cent to €1.17 billion in six months to September 30th

WOW air founder and chief executive Skúli Mogensen said Pittsburgh is a destination “on the rise”

Iceland airline added Los Angeles and San Francisco this year: next are New York, Pittsburgh and Miami

Currently crew piloting craft in remote areas give their position by radio to air navigation authorities, but there is no “visual” or radar contact confirming this information or giving precise locations

IAA’s station in Clare will operate the satellite-based system called Alert

Enda Corneille, country manager for Emirates in Ireland, says Dublin Airport needs “a bit of work” before A380s can land there.

As airline increases Dublin-Dubai capacity, Enda Corneille says third terminal inevitable

The pension fund has been the subject of disputes between the ESB and its workers. In 2008, its actuarial deficit – the difference between future liabilities and income – was €1.96 billion.

Pimco selling its interest in asset portfolio with Tetrarch remaining as investor

Standard Chartered boss Bill Winters said the bank’s profits are “not yet acceptable”. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Worse-than-expected results from Shire and Standard Chartered weigh heavily on FTSE

Aergo chief executive Fred Browne described the appointments as significant for its business.

Appointments bring experience in aviationleasing and finance to company

Heathrow is one of the world’s busiest hubs and handles more than 70m passengers a year. About 80 airlines fly from there to 185 destinations

Extra capacity at Heathrow could open prospect of Irish airports getting more slots at the London hub

US Republican senator Ron Johnson values his shareholding in DP Lenticular at between $250,000 and $500,000. Photograph: Bloomberg

Holding just below 10% – at which US residents must reveal interest in overseas firms

Ireland’s aircraft leasing industry generates more than €20bn worth of transactions every year

Basel IV’s proposed changes could have impact on big players based in Dublin and Shannon such as Gecas, SMBC and Avolon

Seán Reilly’s firm, McGarrell Reilly Homes, has a substantial site in the Pace/Dunboyne area in Co Meath that the council had earmarked for zoning. It   hopes to build there. Photograph: David Sleator

Decision to zone land at Pace could yield housing and commercial opportunities

Former Northern Ireland first minister Peter Robinson: was part of a delegation from Kilmona at the meeting of the Carrickfergus Regeneration Partnership. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Former first minister was employed as consultant by Paddy Kearney’s firm Kilmona

The proposed site is close to the M6 motorway. Photograph: iStock

Company expects to finish talks with landowners over €500m project within weeks

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