State body Transport Infrastructure Ireland paid just over €2 million to Eurolink Motorway Operations last year under a traffic guarantee agreement struck ahead of the road’s construction in 2007. Photograph: Alan Betson

Eurolink Motorway Operations looks after Clonee to Kells stretch of road

Private hospital group Bon Secours Health System plans to spend almost €160 million on expanding and upgrading its facilities across the Republic.

Investment to include buying Barrington’s Hospital in Limerick

Cityjet will  fly four European routes for Stobart from Southend Airport in London that could boost traffic there by about 600,000 passengers a year

Companies set to announce ‘deepening co-operation’ with deal on Southend routes

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. A rally in Boeing’s shares helped the Dow reverse course in the early afternoon session, while Apple continued to weigh on the Nasdaq and the S&P 500. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Ryanair, EasyJet and IAG gain ground as C&C climbs ahead of interim results

Dublin-based Avolon boosted available credit by $1 billion and secured $8.5 billion, underwritten by Morgan Stanley and UBS, for the CIT deal

Irish aviation lessor’s $10bn purchase of CIT will result in assets of €43bn and a fleet of 910

The court ruled in August that the council’s decision to refuse the company permission to build 164 new homes near Cabinteely, Co Dublin, was unlawful.

Council argued original planning should not be resubmitted on technical grounds

Janssen Biologicals in Cork: The building was co-engineered by PM Group

Project manager group saw pre-tax profits rise 33% last year to €12.6m

 Martin McGuinness is appearing before the Public Accounts Committee on  November 16th, the day before Mark Neporent, chief operating officer of Cerberus, the New York-based investor that bought the loans, dubbed Project Eagle. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Public Accounts Committee TDs to query Neporent on €1.6bn loan purchase from Nama

SAS: the airline  began flying in and out of Dublin Airport in April 1966. Since then, it has carried more than 4.5 million travellers on its three routes.

Airline to intensify services between Dublin and Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm

Nama’s €1.6bn  sale of its Project Eagle loans has been the focus of several investigations

Nama challenges claims its Northern advisers were given confidential information before sale of Project Eagle loans

A report by C&AG says sale of the loans known as Project Eagle to US company Cerberus could have cost the taxpayer €220m. Photographs: The Irish Times/Getty Images

Nama chief set to reappear before Public Accounts Committee

Nama has insisted Frank Cushnahan never received commercially sensitive or confidential information while he was a member of the agency’s Northern Ireland Advisory Committee. Photograph: Press Eye

Board in North paid towards study of properties used to secure loans held by Nama

Property developers Patrick Crean and Greg Kavanagh sought permission from Dublin City Council to build 86 houses and 270 apartments on playing fields surrounding St Paul’s College secondary school, next to St Anne’s Park in Raheny, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Controversial plan to build housing on playing fields is shelved for now

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary: agrees that Dublin will need a third terminal but warns that the airport’s manager, State-owned DAA, should not have any involvement in it. Photograph: Remy Gabalda/AFP/Getty Images

Fine Gael gathering told DAA should not have any involvement if facility is built in Dublin

Within the Project Eagle portfolio the top 55 properties accounted for £900m. Illustration: The Irish Times/Getty Images

C&AG report found lack of information deterred potential investors

Ryanair climbed 1.62% to close at €11.32 on Tuesday.

Ryanair climb appears to end tough share period over sterling fall and oil price rises

Minister for Trasport Shane Ross says, “My department’s allocation of €344 million for public transport investment will also ensure completion of the Luas cross-city project, which is the most significant capital project in public transport since the original Luas Red and Green lines opened.”

Passengers to benefit from range of improvements to road and rail projects

Limerick- and Connecticut-based Waypoint has a fleet of more than 135 helicopters on its books. Photograph: iStock

Irish-based lessor announces two separate deals for former CHC craft

Flights at Dublin Airport increased 8.6% per cent on September 2015 to 623 per day. Photograph: iStock

Irish Aviation Authority handled almost 44,000 transatlantic flights in September

The Tower Hotel in Waterford: business is to continue as usual at the Tower

Waterford property will change hands next month

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan fielded questions about the sale of Project Eagle to Cerberus in the Public Accounts Committee. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Finance answers questions on Project Eagle at Public Accounts Committee

Project Eagle comprises 500 loans secured on properties in Northern Ireland, the Republic and Britain which Nama sold to US company Cerberus in April 2014. Photographs: The Irish Times/Getty Images

Minister confirms to Dáil committee that Nama chief told him of Pimco’s auction exit

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe said he had looked at what an economy the size of the Republic should be spending on public projects. Photograph: Collins

Government to weigh construction spending priorities next year

CityJet said the industrial action had not affected any of its services

Unite members refuse to work outside rosters as airline plan will hit allowances

Transavia said  that it will begin flying between the Dublin and Munich in Bavaria in southern Germany in early April. Photograph: Getty Images

New route is part of budget airline’s strategy to expand its presence into Northen Europe

The Whitegate oil refinery in Cork. Sales at Phillips 66 Whitegate Refinery Ltd in Cork, bought recently by Canada’s Iriving Oil, fell by $1 billion to $1.7 billion in 2015 from $2.7 billion the previous year.

State’s only refinery was recently bought by Irving Oil, owner of Canada’s biggest refinery

Accounts lodged by Valero Energy (Ireland), the local subsidiary of the US giant behind Texaco, show its sales fell 20% to €1.25bn last year from €1.55bn in 2014

Valero Energy (Ireland) sells motor fuel, home heating oil and owns 50% stake in fuel terminal at Dublin port

 Accounts for Spencer Dock Convention Centre Dublin show that the company grew turnover by 158 per cent to €22.7 million last year from €19.3 million in 2014. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

CEO Nick Waight says business saw strong recovery in 2015 after challenging year

Cobh harbour, Cork: Port of Cork is leading a consortium to buy the 114-acre Irish Fertiliser Industries’  facility at Marino Point, closeby, from the National Asset Management Agency  to redevelop as a facility to handle oil and farming products.  Photograph: Roy Rainford

Consortium withdraws notice to Competition and Consumer Protection Commission

Jean-Marc Janaillac, CEO of Air France-KLM: the airline serves three Irish airports – Dublin, Belfast and Cork. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images

Airline hoping to lure passengers seeking to travel further afield

Michael O’Leary and  Willie Mullins: Few in Irish racing would be surprised  if the partnership were reformed. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Gigginstown House Stud, driven by results on the horse track, is willing to switch trainers

Comptroller and Auditor General  Séamus McCarthy’s report highlighted the fact that potential bidders were put off by the restricted information that Nama provided on the loans

Analysis: C&AG made clear that aspects of the sale were concerning

Aireon’s deal with Qatar will provide the airline with flight-tracking information on its craft, including origin, destination, route and position. Photograph: AP

Irish Aviation Authority has 6% stake in firm which will provide precise aircraft tracking

The work-to-rule action means that pilots will not switch from one scheduled flight to another should Cityjet require them to do so.

Irish Cityjet crew and pilots, represented by Unite, reject pay offer

The Beacon Hotel in Sandyford, Dublin, which has been sold along with the Morgan and the Spencer hotels. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Dublin hotels Beacon, Morgan and Spencer sold to three businessmen for over €150m

US authorities have named a number of Irish-based individuals in connection with Pacnet, the group sanctioned for allegedly laundering money from mail fraud schemes involving lottery payments and psychic predictions

Alleged money laundering scheme involved lotter payments and psychics

Clerys clock: Dublin City Council’s planning scheme for the  area includes  re-establishing it as a place of social and cultural importance and where workers have fair conditions. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

OCS Properties must detail how it will ‘promote local employment opportunities’

Nestlé’s new  Honeycomb Crunch: Nestlé fell 1.7 per cent as analysts said a company presentation  suggested organic sales growth may be lower than expected.  Photograph: Nestle/PA Wire

Indications that Europe’s recovery is struggling and lenders lead slide across markets

Aircoach, owned by British multinational First Group,  employs 191 people whom it pays an average of €39,300 each. Photograph: Frank Miller

State company pays average of €48,819 while rivals pay between €30,000 and €39,000

Trading error had no impact on Ryanair shares, which ended the day in Dublin up 0.16 per cent at €12.70. Photograph:  Thierry Roge/Reuters

Broker involved was trying to buy 34m Bank of Ireland shares

Competition regulators have approved seed and agrichemical distributor Goldcrop’s takeover of rival Croplink.

Merger of two firms will not ‘substantially’ lessen competition, regulator decides

Dublin Airport drew criticism from airlines such as Ryanair when it was building its second terminal and proposals for a third facility are likely to involve a similar row

Last year’s record of 25m passengers set to be broken and new €320m runway is planned

Limerick City and County Council’s chief executive Conn Murray: he said over the last three years, multinationals have committed to creating 7,800 jobs in Limerick. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Jobs announcement expected as scheme targets city centre sites for rejuvenation

Shane Ross, Minister for Transport: he has announced €2.7 million in funding for regional airports to boost security and safety. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Payments included €157,000 in April but passenger services stopped in June

Chairman of Nama Frank Daly (left) and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. In a letter to Mr Noonan, Mr Daly said department officials expressed surprise about the C&AG’s lack of knowledge of the loan sales.  Photograph: Eric Luke

In a letter to Noonan, Daly said department officials expressed surprise about C&AG staff

Former head of asset recovery at Nama Ronnie Hanna (left), Nama’s chief executive  Brendan McDonagh (middle) and Nama chairman Frank Daly (right). Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

C&AG report contains calls between former Nama official Hanna and Pimco

Eagle has landed: Frank Daly, Nama’s chairman. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Comptroller and Auditor General says Nama could have made up to €220 million more from the sale of its Northern Ireland portfo(...)

Comptroller and Auditor General Séamus McCarthy: Critical of  Nama’s sale of the Project Eagle loans to Cerberus. Photograph: Frank Miller

Sale could have earned £190 million extra for the State

Northern Ireland’s then minister of finance and personnel, Sammy Wilson, was critical of the agency  publicly “auctioning” the portfolio. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

North’s finance minister wrote to agency over publicly “auctioning” the portfolio

Five major differences between C&AG report on NI sale and Nama view of what took place

 Nama chairman Frank Daly: if the agency had kept the Project Eagle portfolio “there would be no investor interested in buying it today”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Nama says Comptroller and Auditor General Séamus McCarthy used wrong calculations

Seamus McCarthy: “the decision to sell the loans at £1.3 billion involved a significant probable loss of value to the State”

Taxpayer value and conflicts of interest are key criticisms levelled at Nama

Nama recommended to its board at the end 2013 that the value should be reduced to £1.3bn for a sale. Illustration: The Irish Times

Agency reduced the final price of property portfolio to £1.2bn shortly before disposal

Kerry airport is to get €205,000 in grants.

Shane Ross announces investment in Donegal, Kerry, Knock and Waterford airports

 Ryanair AGM:  David Bonderman (left) chairman , and Michael O’Leary, CEO, at the Ryanair annual general meeting at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish carrier says winter flight ticket prices to fall by up to 12%

Dublin Airport handled 2.92 million passengers in July, 9.3 per cent more than during the same month last year. Photograph: Kate Geraghty

Airports Council International ranks it third highest climber in Europe’s tier one airports

Chairman Paul Coulson has indicated that, post-flotation, Ardagh plans to divert some its earnings into paying down its debts

Paul Coulson’s plan is to file application with US commission to list shares on Wall Street

Henry Beeby:  “I think that people will go to where the best horses are.”

Irish bloodstock industry needs as much ‘free trade and free movement as possible’

Ardagh  earns revenues of €7.8 billion a year from making bottles and cans.

Company says it will use finance to pay off some of its debts which amount to €8bn

New York Stock Exchange move would value the packaging giant at €4.5bn

Bank of Ireland was one of the worst performers on what was considered a quiet day. The lender tumbled 4.37% to close at 19.7 cent

Lenders stumble after Deutsche Bank cuts ratings on Lloyds and RBS in Britain

Shannon Airport: losing two stopovers and Ryanair is cutting flights there next summer. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ryanair to cut traffic at Shannon from under 800,000 passengers a year to 720,000

Ban on “most-favoured nation” clauses may benefit Ryanair, which is seeking to cash in on the 300 million or so visits to its website every year by offering a broad range of travel services to consumers, including hotel rooms. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA

Move against, Expedia and Trivago to allow hotels offer cheaper rates

Clerys on O’Connell Street: shop closed last year with the loss of 467 jobs. Its owner, OCS Properties, is seeking permission from Dublin City Council to redevelop it as a hotel, offices, shops and a restaurant. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Meeting to call on builders to refuse contracts unless ex-Clerys staff compensated

Motoring costs: the AA calculates that the 38.6 per cent increase recorded in inflation figures over the past year by the Central Statistics Office cancelled out savings from falling fuel costs. Photograph: Barry Batchelor/PA

Savings made on petrol have been absorbed by accelerating motor insurance rates

The Clerys building: one objector says the planned building work  does not fit with the council’s aim of keeping the area’s historic fabric while architect Henry J Lyons says the new scheme will be sensitive to the building. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Architect says store plan will regenerate area while owners say it will create 1,450 direct jobs

Norwegian employs 80 people at its base in Dublin Airport. Its parent, Norwegian Air Shuttle, established the subsidiary in the Republic so it could benefit from EU aviation treaties allowing it access to the US and other countries

Obama under pressure to approve NAI flights from Ireland to US

Ryanair is to cut the number of seats available from Dublin Airport by 3 per cent

Ryanair expects demand for flights from Britain to the Republic to ease as sterling weakens

Ireland’s Commission for Aviation Regulation (CAR) says that Irish residents who have flown from UK airports would have their complaints processed in that jurisdiction, and may have to pay a fee to do so.   Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Some arbitrators approved by UK’s aviation authority charge to process complaints

Mayo Renewable Power ran into financial difficulty in recent weeks

Firm behind Kenny energy project has reasonable prospect of survival, court hears

Shannon Foynes Port Company and its customers plan to spend €277 million between them over the five years to 2019, which will support 3,372 jobs in the region.

Business has surpassed levels achieved at height of boom, says port firm chairman

Radiography in the Bon Secours Hospital, Cork: Bon Secours runs private hospitals and healthcare facilities in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Tralee and Limerick. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Cork-based Bon Secours Health System is buying private hospital in Limerick

A copy of the ‘Racing Post’ is used to protect a racegoer from the rain at York racecourse.

Private equity player to buy punters’ bible

Ryanair’s website attracted more than 300 million visitors in 2015. Photograph: PA Wire

Airline’s 101m international travellers easily surpassed 62.6m for EasyJet last year

Paddy Power Betfair chief executive Breon Corcoran: said betting group was focused on continuing to derive benefit from merger. Photograph: Eric Luke

Bookmaker focused on continuing to derive benefit from merger, says chief executive

Stewart Kenny  chaired the Paddy Power group between 2002 and 2003 and then remained on its board as a non-executive. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Bookmaker sowed seeds for €10 billion gambling giant

Paddy Power Betfair: a £195.1 million charge for February’s merger left it with a £47.5 million loss.  Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

Gambling giant’s revenues grew 18% in six months to the end of June

A proportion of BMD’s work involves replacing and upgrading parts of customers’ plant and equipment and the company draws most of it from Ireland and Britain. Library photograph: iStock

Firm bought out of Bowen Construction from Nama expects turnover to rise by over 15%

Irish-based DIY and builders’ merchant, Grafton, rose on the back of an upbeat day for construction-related stocks in London. Photograph:  PA Wire

Reports of high residential rents in Dublin spark investor interest

Finnair  will use a mix of Airbus and the slightly smaller Embraer craft on the route during the 2017 summer season. Photograph: Markku Ulander/AFP/Getty Images)

Airline tapping into growing demand for services to Asia, with quicker connections

Kingspan chief executive Gene Murtagh: “We are actively looking at Brazil, India and Russia.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Company looking to add to four rival businesses it bought this year and enter new markets

A new report, by Davy analyst Ross Harvey, points out that earnings downgrades have cost European airlines 20 per cent of their value in the last two months.

Davy analyst says airlines need to stimulate growth to continue to see strong figures

Gene Murtagh: “The expansion in profit margin has helped deliver a 50 per cent increase in trading profit.”

Chief executive Gene Murtagh says results are its strongest ever six-month performance

Seed and agrichemical distributor Goldcrop is set to take over rival Croplink. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Seed and farm chemical firms to trade as Goldcrop subject to competition approval

Panda is the brainchild of businessman Eamon Waters, who is still its biggest shareholder. It has about 150,000 household customers and 15,000 businesses

Deal between Panda and Greenstar gets green light

Dublin Airport: Transatlantic traffic rose 7 per cent as more than 343,000 people travelled between Dublin and north America.

Almost three million travelled through the Irish gateway last month

Kingspan chief executive Gene Murtagh:  company closed up 0.3 per cent at €21.86   on Iseq yesterday after stockbroker Davy issued an upbeat note. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Kingspan rises after upbeat note from Davy predicting 30% increase in first-half profits

AA Ireland blamed an increased in administrative costs for the dip in its profit.

Revenue rose more than 6 per cent to €51.4 million in 12 months ended January 31st

European Union transport commissioner Violeta Bulc: letter from Peter DeFazio claimed the Irish-registered Norwegian Air International  actually based transatlantic crews in Bangkok. Photograph: Igor Kulpjenik/EPA

Peter DeFazio against Norwegian Air International bid to launch cheap flights to America from Republic

A new tower will be almost 90m high and include techology and instruments for guiding craft in and out of the Republic’s busiest airport

Facility needed to operate proposed new runway at Dublin Airport

Unite union prepares for work-to-rulein dispute over pay and conditions

Dublin Airport: Norwegian Air International employs 80 people at its base in  the airport. Photograph: Alan Betson

Unions claim airline is registered in Ireland to allow it to hire cheap labour

Bahrain International Airport is one of several locations where Aer Rianta International manages duty-free facilities. Photograph: iStock

First-half sales rose to $37m at airportretailer

The Construction Industry Federation is calling on the Government to increase spending on the construction of housing, roads, water treatment facilities and other services in next October’s budget.

Construction group calls on Government to increase spend on housing, roads and water

The High Court  ruled that the council’s decision to refuse Michael O’Flynn  permission to build 164 homes near Cabinteely, Co Dublin, was unlawful. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown had refused developer permission to build 164 homes

The council had refused permission to O’Flynn Capital Partners (OFCP) for a €70 million development of 164 houses in Cabinteely. The judge set aside the local authority’s decision and ruled that the developer should be allowed to submit a fresh application. File photograph: Bloomberg

High Court says council misapplied terms of its own planning scheme for Cherrywood

AA is to sell its Irish operation  to Carlyle Group for €156.6 million

US investor Carlyle Group’s proposed €157m deal is approved by competition commission

CityJet said it condemns the proposed industrial action.  Photograph: iStock

Airline says just a minority of the pilots back industrial action

Flights to and from Dublin Airport grew 7.6 per cent to 20,154 in July from 18,732 during the same month last year.

Dublin Airport passenger numbers grew 13.4 per cent in six months to end of June

An Bord Pleanála granted planning permission for the new runway at Dublin Airport in 2007, subject to conditions limiting night flights at the airport to 65.

DAA formally seeks bids for the €320m project and hopes to award contract by April

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