Three of Dublin’s biggest taxi firms have joined forces to launch a new app that allows users to order, track and pay for their taxis through their mobile phone or smart device.

Collaboration aims to provide a ‘more professional and higher quality taxi service’

Budget Day: Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform  Brendan Howlin and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan will announce the budget on Tuesday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times
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Michael Noonan: has confirmed that the unloved USC will be reduced. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Irish Tax Institute says we can expect tax cuts of between €600m and €750m tomorrow

Model Yomiko Chen wears a hat by Marie-Claire Ferguson and jewellery by Melissa Curry at the launch of the Arthur Cox fashion showcase. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Data Edge also hosts free seminar to examine 4G data challenges in Ireland

 Gareth Lambe, head of Facebook Ireland, at the company’s Dublin HQ. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Gareth Lambe oversees Irish unit that services 83% of social network’s global users

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde. The International Monetary Fund has lowered its forecast for global economic growth in 2015.

Washington-based organisation highlights further slowdown in emerging markets

 Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton the hires will help drive the company’s ambitious plans for further international growth. Photo: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

IT professional services company to expand its cloud centre of excellent

iZest chief executive Jenny Taaffe . The Irish strategic marketing company  has expanded into the US and Qatar.

Under new deals Dublin-based company expands into US and Qatar

Aryzta’s annual report, published this morning, shows a decline in the salary of Owen Killian from 6.1 million Swiss francs (€5.5 million) last year to 1.6 million Swiss francs (€1.6 million) this year. Photo: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Compensation package for food group executive team drops by almost €10 million

Passenger numbers at Ryanair rose by 12 per cent to 9.55 million in September, versus the same month a year earlier.

Rayanir hit a new milestone in July when it carried more than 10 million passengers

easyJet: trading statement out Monday
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Data: difficult to explain

Buzzwords like hyper-converged infrastructure, software-defined architectures and flash storage explained

 Patrick Grehan of Dare Technology, Martin Wall, Manager of the Entrepreneur Ship, Ireland’s first innovation centre for marine and energy startups and companies and S/Lt. Richard Chute of the Irish Naval Services.

Startup Gathering is one of the biggest national start-up weeks in the world

Computerised cars: “When cyber attacks cross from stolen credit card details to car accidents, there is a physical threat which is a concern for people and governments,” says Intel Security general manager Chris Young. Photograph: Ingo Wagner/AFP/Getty

Motorists’ safety at risk as increasingly computerised cars may be hacked

Looking to the future: William McNamara of Bank of Ireland; Michael Moriarty of Enterprise Ireland; Dawn Walsh of Kernel Capital; and SwiftQueue chief executive Brendan Casey.

Healthcare appointment software group plans to expand into international markets

Louise Phelan, vice-president global operations EMEA at PayPal , is among the business leaders who are joining the Focus Ireland sleep out

More than 50 business leaders set to take part in Focus Ireland sleep out

Speaking at the Construction Industry Federation annual conference, Louise Phelan said the rental situation has reached a crisis point and could impact on foreign direct investment

Housing shortage hitting FDI, says payments company

SGI will use the funding to support the development of a global science gallery network.

Dr Michael John Gorman to step down as chief executive officer next year

Twitter is to move to a 85,000 sq-foot office in Dublin, signing a 20 year lease for Cumberland House. Photo: Bloomberg

Social network agrees 20 year lease for Cumberland House at €4.6m per annum

Accenture Ireland managing director Alastair Blair said the company has made significant investments in Ireland over the years, employing 1,800 people here.

Management consultancy firm to invest in a new centre for innovation in the capital

Wolseley led the drop, falling 12.5 per cent, after it forecast North American industrial markets will be challenging, and the UK heating industry will remain competitive. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

CRH down 3.5% while Kingspan plunges 5.28% on foot of Wolseley results

Phil Bradley has been named as Axa Ireland’s new chief executive in succession to John O’Neill.

John O’Neill will retire from the position of CEO at the end of the year

Retail sales volumes decreased by 4 per cent last month, when compared with July 2015, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

Sector with largest monthly increase was furniture and lighting which rose 13.2%

HTC: results out on Thursday.   Photograph: AP Photo/Wally Santana
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Sir Richard Branson: Virgin Media founder is “delighted” to bring the company to Ireland with the UPC rebrand

Virgin Media is a part of Liberty Global, the world’s largest international cable company

Ireland rugby star Jamie Heaslip and Holly (4) at a photocall for the Techies4TempleStreet tech trail which is aiming to raise funds for Temple Street Children’s Hospital

Techies4TempleStreet aims to raise in excess of €1 million over three years

Mobacar founder and chief executive Mike Webster. He said the partnership “will disrupt a stagnant non-data driven industry”. Photograph: Norman McCloskey

Auto Europe lead investment to value Irish company at €20 million

Owen Killian will resign as chairman of Origin Enterprises in October, having held the role since the business was launched in 2006. Photo: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Swiss-based company sells 29 per cent stake in Irish agri-services group

Stefan Gerlach is to step down as the deputy governor of the Central Bank. Photo: Frank Miller/THE IRISH TIMES

Mr Gerlach plans to return to Switzerland to pursue other interests

Origin warned that poor conditions in the farming sector worldwide would affect demand in future.

Swiss-based food group set to sell more than 36 million shares

Ryanair also performed badly, falling 4.28 per cent to €13.19. Photograph: Alan Betson

Volkswagen’s emissions test-cheating scandal rattles Europe’s carmakers

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis is to speak at the Kilkenomics economics festival. Photo: Bloomberg

Ex-minister will give insider account of how he came to be at helm of Greece’s economy

Salesforce cofounders Marc Benioff and Parker Harris at Dreamforce 2015: Harris dressed as “Lightning Man” to promote the company’s new service for app developers, Lightning. Photograph: Jakub Mosur

Co-founder Parker Harris is proud of what his firm has done and still plans to do

Managing director Liam McCaffrey: said he expected jobs announcements and investment in the coming months. Photograph: Collins

Company’s manufacturing facilities are in Fermanagh and Cavan

Dublin-based clinical research group Venn Life Sciences has acquired Kinesis Pharma for a total consideration of up to €6.5 million.

Dublin-based clinical research group reports first-half revenues of €4.29 million

Mircosoft’s offices in Sandyford, Co Dublin. The technology giant has replaced Google as the top exporter in Ireland.

Kerry Group ranks number one in food and drink sector with exports of €5.2 billion

Nike: results out Thursday. Photograph: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Former Irish rugby international Ronan O’Gara will speak at the Bord Gáis Energy leadership conference at the Aviva Stadium on Thursday.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Ireland ‘among the most experienced in all areas of debt’

Barclays Wealth vice-president Martin Cass:  “Ireland has nurtured and produced a very significant number of successful tech entrepreneurs.”

Barclays says it is was keen to see some Irish entries and pioneering ideas

The only way to push the needle on women in technology, is to make it a priority from the top down, Salesforce chief executive Marc Benioff has said.

Microsoft CEO endures tech demo fail on stage at Dreamforce conference

Bebo founder Michael Birch: His current projects include start-up incubator Monkey Inferno.  photograph: dave meehan

Michael Birch and his wife, Xochi, sold Bebo for $850m. Now their latest platform, Blab, is beginning to take off

Salesforce chief executive Marc Benioff and Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick on stage at’s Dreamforce conference in San Francisco. Photo: Jakub Mosur Photograph

Kalanick tells Dreamforce conference he wants to make Uber cheaper than owning a car

 Salesforce  has hired a cruise ship to serve as a floating hotel for almost 1,100 attendees at its Dreamforce conference in San Francisco. Photo: Jakub Mosur Photography

Stripe co-founder John Collison to speak at’s Dreamforce conference

Prada: results out on Tuesday
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 Pat O’Doherty: “Technology is enabling profound changes in the way that we generate and consume energy, and this has huge implications not just for the energy sector, but also for society as a whole and our economy.”  Photograph:  Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Event is hosted by ESB and the Institute of International and European Affairs

Panel discussions at the Predict Conference will examine diverse topics from how the media are utilising data-driven journalism and innovative storytelling by data visualisation and how public bodies are protecting consumers. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Predict Conference at the RDS will feature more than 40 speakers

Miner and commodity trader  Glencore had its biggest weekly gain in more than three years on London’s stock market. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

Quiet day for Dublin with Origin Enterprises and Applegreen among biggest movers

Paul Young: “We don’t want to imitate Disney or Pixar.” Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Founder of Kilkenny animation studio Paul Young talks Oscars, raising finance and working with Angelina Jolie

Vodafone Ireland consumer director Marcel de Groot, Vodafone Ireland head of consumer products Karen Walsh, and Cleverbug founder Kealan Lennon.

CleverCards greeting card app to be offered as an add-on to bill pay and pay-as-you-go packages

Planning permission has been granted to US technology giant Apple to build a new data centre near Athenry, Co Galway.

US technology giant invest €850 million developing data centre near Athenry

Restaurants and hotels prices increased mainly due to an increase in the cost of hotel accommodation and higher prices for alcoholic drinks and food consumed in licensed premises, restaurants, and cafes.

Rising price of education offset by decreases in transport, food and clothing prices

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton: believes that start-ups are key to the creation of new jobs in the economy.

‘Start-up Gathering’ from October 5th to 10th aims to promote Irish entrepreneurship

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton said that the announcement by SAS that it is creating 150 jobs in Dublin, is great news for the city. (Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times)

US business analytics provider to open new inside sales and customer contact centre

Hailo has expressed concern over a study that proposes to extend the current “bus gate” at College Green to exclude cars, vans and taxis on a 24-hour basis. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Restricting taxi access could result in ‘serious implications’ for passengers and drivers

Ryanair was up 0.74 per cent to €12.90 on Monday. Photograph:   Rui Vieira/PA Wire

CRH, Green Reit and Fyffes all increase, while Smurfit Kappa enjoys rise of 2.89 per cent

Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney: the soccer club’s results are out on Monday. Photograph: John Sibley/Reuters
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Primark’s sales were worth £2.5bn for the six months to the end of February this year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin-based retailer that trades as Penneys in Ireland to open four-floor Boston store

Over 250 delegates to attend event which is the brainchild of former Web Summit executive producer Lesley O’Connor

Sara Fernandes, Erin Backley, Fabio Tanzi, and Jose Calção in Ryanair’s new uniforms designed by Emma Collopy. Photograph: Sara Freund

Griffith College graduate ‘toned down’ airline’s traditional colours

In recent days, Aimia has had to remove Brown Thomas, Arnotts, Topaz and Applegreen from the app. Photograph: Fennell Photography 2015

App gave consumers instant visibility of the points and rewards they earn from shopping

Dyson founder and chairman James Dyson said growth was driven by global demand and strong performance from new technologies. Photo: Getty Images

Vacuum cleaner manufacturer said growth was driven by global demand

Brandtone chief executive Donald Fitzmaurice said the platform will help Unilever engage with customers in Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Agreement builds on global partnership with emphasis on Asia

 Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, said  Ireland has great entrepreneurs, but not enough of them. Photo: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Just over 20,000 people started a new business in 2014, down significantly from 2013

The number of mortgage accounts in arrears continued to fall in the second quarter of 2015, according to new figures from the Central Bank. Photo: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Almost 100,000 mortgage accounts (13 per cent) still in arrears at end of June

British Airways owner International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) has said it now controls 98.05 per cent of Aer Lingus. Photo: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Deadline for the Irish airline’s shareholders to accept offer from IAG now closed

Tony Smurfit (left) has succeeded  Gary McCann  as group chief executive officer  of Smurfit Kappa. Photo: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Gary McGann retired last month after 13 years leading the packaging group

An average of 114 start-ups were formed every day in August according to credit and business risk analyst, Vision-net.

Company insolvencies decreased by almost half last month compared to August 2014

Mainstay Medical chief executive Peter Crosby.  Mainstay has announced positive clinical results of the ReActiv8-A clinical trial, which it plans to use to support its submission for CE Mark approval.

Irish medical devices firm to use results to support its submission for CE Mark approval

Richard Fitzgerald, Jessica Kahawaty, Casey Fitzgerald, Simon Harrington, and Heidi Schnittger  at the launch of Lovin Dubai

Lovin Dubai part of Niall Harbison’s plan to turn Lovin Group into a worldwide brand

 Croke Park: current Internet of Things projects under way in the stadium include monitoring pitch quality and stadium microclimate. Photograph: Alan Betson

Industry forum at stadium will facilitate collaborations for multinationals and start-ups

Results from Harvey Norman Holdings are due to be released tomorrow
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“Huge volumes of traffic, sensitive data and mission-critical applications travel these lines.” Photograph: Getty Images/Flickr RF

Contract covers systems transfer during change of premises and new MPLS network

Mortgages totalling €532 million were approved last month, which is the strongest level of mortgage approvals since the series began in 2011.

More than 2,700 mortgages approved per month in the three months to the end of July

INM group chief executive, Robert Pitt, said the first half of 2015 has been “very satisfactory” for the company both from an operational perspective and from a financial perspective. Photo: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Media group looking at ecommerce opportunties to link to its current online offering

More than 8,700 days were lost to industrial disputes in the second quarter of 2015, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).  Photo: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Disputes in transportation and storage sector accounted for 65 per cent of all days lost

The Windmill Lane site, which was once home to a recording studio used by U2, the Rolling Stones, Tom Jones and Van Morriso. Photo: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Site at Dublin’s south docks to be developed into 120,000 sq ft of office space and 15 residential units

Kingspan chief executive Gene Murtagh said the first half of 2015 has been “a record period” for the company. Photo: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Manufacturer reports ‘exceptionally strong’ start to year with trading profit up 69 per cent

Paddy Power:  results on Wednesday Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire
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Micheal Chadwick, chairman of Grafton Group, at its agm in May: property profits of £6 million in the half-year were higher than anticipated as a result of a property disposal in London.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Builders merchanting group has faced increased competition and margin pressure in UK

Perrigo chief executive Joseph Papa: “Mylan’s approach demonstrates an act of desperation.”

Mylan seeks to acquire Perrigo in a $36bn deal opposed by Perrigo’s board of directors

Irish social entrepreneur Keren Jackson has been shortlisted to fly to space as part of the Kruger Cowne Rising Star programme. Photo: Ieva Japertaite/Ieva Japertaite Photography

BlueFire chief executive named in top 30 finalists of Rising Star programme

Irish households are continuing to reduce outstanding credit balances, according to new data from the Central Bank.

Over 40 per cent of loans originated in 2007 were in negative equity at December 2014

Cairn Energy posted a loss after tax of $230 million for the first half.

Oil explorer expects to begin Senegal drilling operations in the fourth quarter

 Origin chief executive officer Tom O’Mahony said Kazgod will significantly augment Origin’s existing operations in Poland. Photo: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Deal needs approval from Office for Protection of Competition and Consumers in Poland

Gap: results out Thursday
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Glanbia’s Dairy Ireland profits should grow strongly this year

Davy analyst Jack Gorman said Glanbia’s group EBITA is expected to be up 13.2%

Aimia vice president and Cardtrix developer Fiachra Woodman: the app will help Irish shoppers get the most out of loyalty by taking the hassle out of signing up to lots of different programmes.

Cardtrix app supports loyalty programmes of 13 major retailers and companies

Eamon Keane, founder of Dublin-based Xpreso software, was named Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur last year, winning a total €50,000 investment fund for his business.

The Action Plan for Jobs initiative is aimed at entrepreneurs aged between 18 and 30

BonzaQuote founder and chief executive Jack Drea will have a chance to meet investors including Scale Venture Partners and Google Ventures as part of the Blackbox Connect accelerator programme in Silicon Valley.

Dublin-based start-up beats thousands to take place in Blackbox Connect scheme

Listed packaging group Powerflute, which is chaired by Dermot Smurfit, has said its full-year performance is likely to be ahead of expectations. Photo: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Packaging group says market conditions in the US and China remain broadly favourable

Ratings agency Moody’s has said the record-high consumer confidence in Ireland belies loan arrears forecasts. Photo: Bloomberg

Ratings agency says Irish consumer confidence has is in line with pre-crisis levels

David Schneider, Robert Gentz and Rubin Ritter of Zalando ring the bell during the company’s initial public offering  at the Frankfurt stock exchange last year. Zalando has reported a 31.5 per cent increase in first-half revenues to €1.38 billion.

Online fashion platform opened a fashion insights centre in Dublin earlier this year

More than 6,200 mortgage loans, valued at €1.08 billion, were drawn down in the second quarter of this year. Photo: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Mortgages valued at €1.08 billion drawn down in second quarter of 2015

Angelina Jolie: movie is based on the acclaimed young adult novel of the same name by Deborah Ellis

Oscar-winning actor teams up with Cartoon Saloon for animated feature ‘The Breadwinner’

 China rattled global markets this week by devaluing its currency – the yuan. Photo: Bloomberg

Why did China devalue its currency and what impact will it have on Ireland?

PageFair co-founder  Sean Blanchfield said ad block users are inadvertently inflicting multi-billion dollar losses to advertising industry.

Report finds 198m consumers are blocking ads, an increase of 41 per cent year-on-year

The number of people who are putting money aside for a rainy day increased in July, despite a decline in the sentiment towards saving.

Consumers, especially those over age of 50, unhappy with the amount they are saving

The interior of an apartment in Rockbrook in Sandyford, Dublin 18. Irish Residential Properties Reit acquired 270 apartments in Rockbrook in the first half of this year.

Group acquires further 362 apartments for total purchase price of €110.6m

The company was helped to a profit by its restructuring programme

Domino’s Pizza: results out on Monday
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