Dublin-based asset management firm Kleinwort Benson Investors (KBI) has posted a threefold increase in operating profits to €7.4 million. Photo: Bloomberg

Dublin-based asset management firm grew its 2014 revenues to €24.6m

Retail Sales have increased by 8.2 per cent on an annual basis, but fell 0.2 per cent on a monthly basis.

Sector with the largest monthly decrease was department stores which fell 2.1 per cent

 Life insurance companies in Ireland are among the least exposed to interest rate risk, according to Moody’s Investors Service. Photo: Bloomberg

Moody’s said insurers’ investment returns will continue to fall for many years

Nora Khaldi and Emmet Browne of Dublin-based bioinformatics company Nuritas.

Dublin-based start-up uses big data techniqiues to analyse the composition of food

Kevin Holler and Thomas Cullen, founders of Shake, raised €50,000 from family, friends and former colleagues to get the site off the ground.

Irish online network takes emphasis off CVs and asks users to create profiles

 Yahoo chief financial officer Ken Goldman, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Patrick Scully, managing director of Yahoo EMEA at the opening of the new Yahoo offices in  Dublin. Photo: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

78,000 sq-foot offices have capacity to see internet giants’s Irish workforce increase to 450

Brian O’Cathain, chief executive officer, at  Petroceltic. The explorer has agreed with its partner to withdraw from the Dinarta licence in Kurdistan region of Iraq.   Photo: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Decision made in light of the current low oil price and a lack of conclusive well results

Lagan Brick is to create 30 new jobs in Kingscourt in Co Cavan, as a result of the upturn in the Irish and UK construction markets.

Jobs will be located at the company’s old facility, which closed in December 2011

Central Bank director of consumer protection, Bernard Sheridan, said the bank was committed to continually improving the regulatory framework. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Netherlands authority report says bank could do more to ensure consumers are fairly treated

First Derivatives chief executive officer Brian Conlon said ActivateClients is a low-risk, earnings-enhancing acquisition. First Derivatives has acquired ActivateClients for €4.75 million. Photo: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Acquisition will provide First Derivatives with complementary software products

Datalex chief executive Aidan Brogan said 2014 was a year of continued performance and growth for the company. The Irish travel software firm reported a 69 per cent increase in profit after tax to US$2.7m for 2014.

Irish travel software firm posts 9% rise in revenues on back of new customer wins

DocuSign founder and chief strategy officerTom Gonser. The electronic-signature software company DocuSign is to expand its presence in Europe with the opening of a Dublin office.

Identity theft and data risk management company IDT911 announces 60 jobs in Galway

Dave Shepherd, head of generation engineering at ESB International. ESB International is continuing to build its presence in the Middle East with a new €2.4 million three year contract win.

Company will provide engineering services to SEC in Saudi Arabia and other locations

Chief information officers (CIOs) will need to become chief integration officers, as technology transforms existing business models, according to Deloitte’s tech trends report

Chief information officers need to keep up to date as technology transforms business models

Martin Shanahan: said Malwarebytes will be joining an established group of security software companies based in the Cork area. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Cybersecurity firm will create 50 new jobs in Cork over three years

At the launch announcement for this year’s European Insurance Forum were Sarah Goddard of Dublin International Insurance & Management Association, Ann O’Keeffe of  Aon Risk Solutions, Minister of State Simon Harris, Regina O’Connor of XL Group and John O’Leary of PwC.

European Insurance Forum set to attract more than 200 attendees

Irish-listed explorer Dragon Oil has received a takeover approach from Emirates National Oil. Photo: Getty Images

Dubai-based Emirates Oil currently holds 53 per cent stake in Irish-listed explorer

Online takeaway food service Just Eatprocessed more than 60 million orders for 45,700 restaurants in 2014. Photo: Bloomberg

Online takeaway service received over two million orders in Ireland last year

Altocloud chief executive Barry O’Sullivan said the funding will be used to grow the company’s US business, and increase employee numbers.

Galway-based software start-up to increase employee numbers in Ireland

Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s chief executive, has talked for many years about establishing a transatlantic airline offering cheap fares, and the disclosure that the board has approved outline plans suggests the company is now serious about proceeding.

Airline confirms it is talking to manufacturers about long-haul aircraft

CRH chief executive  Albert Manifold received a total pay package of €3.59 million last year.

Building materials giant reported €1bn turnaround 2014 pre-tax profits to €761m

The European Commission has approved DCC’s acquisition of the French retail motor fuel distribution business of ESSO SAF. Photo: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Irish conglomerate will acquire 320 Esso stations and 72 service stations

More than 22,000 mortgage loans drawn down last year, representing an increase in lending of 48 per cent over 2013. Photo: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Total value of mortgages drawn down last year amounted to €3.9 billion

The Nimbus Centre at CIT

Nimbus Centre moving companies into the digital era through the Internet of Things

 Eugene Cosgrove and Cillian Barry, co-founders of RaceCaller, which provides free horse racing tips as well as a social platform for horse racing fans to connect and compete.

Website will have up to 200,000 fan tips and comments shared each day of festival

 Simply Golf chief executive Colm Daly (left), PGA Teaching Professional Bernard Quigley (centre) and Shane Lowry (right) .

Irish App connects golfers with pros using geo-locational technology

Irish agri-business Aurivo has acquired UK sports nutrition company For Goodness Shakes for an undisclosed sum.

Acquisition will provide Irish agri-business with access to growing protein markets

Dublin recorded the fastest increase in hotel transactions and revenue per room of seven European cities in 2014. Photo: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Survey of hotel markets in seven European cities ranked Dublin first in terms of growth

Toyota was the most popular car in Ireland for the year to the end of February, accounting for 4,523 of new private cars licensed. Photo: Reuters

Number of new goods vehicles licensed during the month rose by 58% compared to 2014

Operating profit at Irish engineering group Mincon plummeted by 31 per cent to €10.3 million last year, despite rising revenues.

Chief executive of Clare-based engineering group to retire from the company

Smartwatch company Pebble raised a record $16m via  crowd-funding site Kickstarter.

Smartwatch company Pebble, which raised a record $16m via Kickstarter, says smartwatches will dominate the future

South Korean tech giant Samsung announced a new mobile payments system, Samsung Pay, at Mobile World Congress. (Photograph: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters)

At Mobile World Congress Spanish bank BBVA says financial services companies are also moving into the financial space

An employee waves her arm to demonstrate command of a 5G Mission Critical IoT wireless robotic device manufactured by SK Telecom Co at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Traditional companies are now moving into the Internet of Things era of smart devices

Foldable keyboard:  Microsoft basically reinvented the keyboard

There was plenty of good stuff in Barcelona which didn’t grab the headlines

A man takes a picture of Motorola Moto X smartphones during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Photograph: REUTERS/Albert Gea

More than 30 Irish companies at trade show as deals and partnerships are announced

Old-school thermometer: Conor Harkin’s start-up team is focused on developing a smart thermometer – SmartTherm – to provide continuous temperature monitoring. Photograph: Frank Miller

Some $4bn was invested in digital health in 2014

Visitors at the Mobile World Congress. FCC commissioner Michael O’Rielly criticised his agency’s new net neutrality rules during a speech at the event.  Photographer: Pau Barrena/Bloomberg

Michael O’Rielly says he voted against new US regulation at Mobile World Congress

Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Tom Wheeler: Compared fifth-generation mobile networks (5G) to a Picasso painting. Photograph: Bloomberg

Tom Wheeler indicates arbiter for internet just and reasonable in interests of fairness

Gunther Oettinger, European Commissioner of Digital Science and Society, delivers a keynote speech at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Wednesday. Europe’s two biggest telecom operators have called on regulators to be flexible in finalising rules to protect the openness of the Internet, to allow them to give priority to certain kinds of data traffic on their networks. (Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters)

European commissioner for the digital economy said 5G infrastructure will be the nervous system of the digital society and digital(...)

Next year will see the majority of new fridges embedded for connection  so owners can remotely observe what consumables it contains.

Consumers will be able to check fridge contents while shopping Bosch CEO tells Mobile World Congress

Trying out  Samsung Gear VR devices at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Ninety thousand executives, marketers and reporters gather in Barcelona this week for the event. Photograph: Reuters

Facebook founder tells Mobile World Congress it’s not social media connecting the planet

Visitors use mobiles to photograph a banner advert for the new Samsung Galaxy smart phone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Almost 90,000 people are expected to attend Mobile World Congress

 Carphone Warehouse Ireland managing director Peter Scott said the retailer’s performance represented a “sizeable turnaround in its Irish operations”. Photo: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish arm of retailer reports 13.3% increase in revenues for 2014

Chief executive Albert Manifold said 2014 was a year of strong strategic, operational and financial progress for CRH.  Photo: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Improving economic conditions helps building materials giant overturn 2013 loss

US ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley announcing details of Ireland’s involvement in the SXSWi festival, which  start on March 13th in Austin, Texas

Enda Kenny will address session as part of Entreprise Ireland’s partnership of next month’s Interactive event in Texas

Google hosted a Youtube Irish Creators Day at its offices in Dublin recently. Pictured (from left) are YouTubers Melanie Murphy, David Nagle, Sean McLoughlin and Youtube partner manager Marco Danesi. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Seán McLoughlin aka JackSepticEye, Sinéad Cady aka the Makeup Chair and David Nagle aka Daithi De Nogla did it and so could you.(...)

Ged Nash: said access to credit is vital for SMEs to invest and grow and ultimately create more jobs

Investment will be used to double staff numbers to 16 and expand operations

Bitcoin: Richard Hanlon, co-owner of Busyfeet & CoCo Cafe in Dublin, said 1-1.5 per cent of the cafe’s overall sales were paid for in bitcoin. He added that, from a retailer point of view, bitcoin was cheaper to accept than credit cards. Photograph: Stephen Lam

SNC Pilates and cafe joins firms accepting virtual currency as payment

Providence Resources chief executive Tony O’Reilly addressing shareholders at the explorer’s AGM last year. Providence hopes to raise $25.75 million in a share placing. Photo: Eric LukeThe Irish Times

Explorer is seeking funding to move forward with its multi-well drilling campaign

Pharmaceutical firm Horizon Pharma today announced 60 new jobs at the official opening of its global headquarters in Dublin.

Company to create 60 highly-skilled jobs in Dublin over next three years

Former Department of Finance secretary general, John Moran, has been appointed chairman of the Hunt Museum in Limerick. Photo: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

John Moran will take over the position of Chair of the Museum from Niall Greene

DCC has completed the sake of its Robert Roberts and Kelkin food businesses. Photo: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Two businesses were sold to Valeo Foods, the owner of the Jacobs biscuit brand

Standard Life reported a 19 per cent increase in full-year profit, beating analysts’ estimates.

Parent group reports 19 per cent increase in full-year profit to £604m

Liam Ryan: students from Ireland would have no obligation to work for SAP after they graduated

German software giant will pay 5-10 students €22,000 per year for duration of their degree

Funding from Highland Capital Partners Europe will be used to expand file-sharing service

“We need to back promising early-stage start-ups in order to build a pipeline of successful Irish firms”

Ability of indigenous firms to raise investment in Silicon Valley ‘a tremendous validation of Irish technology’

Mortgages to the value of €1.3 billion were drawn down during the final quarter of last year, according to the BPFI/PwC mortgage market profile. Photo: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

A total of 22,119 mortgages were drawn down in 2014, including 7,583 in fourth quarter

Peugeot’s total deliveries rose 4.3 per cent to 2.94 million cars and light commercial vehicles last year, boosted by demand for the 2008 and 3008 crossovers as well as the 308 hatchback.

French car manufacturer reduces costs by closing a plant and cutting jobs

John Herlihy, outgoing head of Google Ireland: “On a personal level, it has been a tremendous experience but, after 10 years, I believe the time is right for me to explore new opportunities”.

Ronan Harris to lead search giant’s Irish operations from April 30th

Princeton University economics professor and former IMF head of mission to Ireland Ashoka Mody. Mr Mody today said the Irish government blew an opportunity to get a debt write-down deal.

Former IMF mission chief to Ireland says Irish government missed an opportunity to get debt deal

KBC Bank Ireland has reported a loss of €91 million for 2014 following loan impairment costs of €198 million. Photo: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Chief executive says lender is on track to return to profit by 2016

Lynk was developed by Global Taxi’s tech team and employs more than 170 people

 Some of the estimated 10,000 people who attended Career Zoo in the Convention Centre last year. IT Alliance Group has announced 100 job vacancies ahead of its attendance at professional networking and recruitment fair. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The IT services firm will be attending Career Zoo, the recruitment event that features a coder hack space and ‘smart badges’

“It’s all about helping IT teams in organisations to understand banking systems,” Nomos chief executive Tricia Balfe said

XMLdation will deliver the software as a service, while Nomos Software will provide the backend technology

RTÉ One: one of the channels available on Aertv’s new Android app

App supports Google Chromecast, allowing Users to stream content from their mobile to their TV

Approximately two in three Internet users in the EU said they were concerned about experiencing identity theft  and about discovering malicious software on their device.

Nearly a third of Irish respondents have discovered malicious software on their device

Petroceltic chief executive Brian O’Cathain. Petroceltic International has urged shareholders to vote against the resolutions proposed by Worldview at the upcoming EGM.

Analysts speculate Dragon Oil may return with fresh bid for the company

Martin Shanahan, chief executive of  IDA Ireland. The IDA to invest €150million in attracting more multinational jobs into each region. Photo: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

IDA to invest €150million in attracting more multinational jobs into each region

The National Treasury Management Agency  is to auction €500 million of fifteen-year bonds on Thursday. Photo: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Agency has sold €11.75 billion in long-term debt since the start of 2014

Ireland will insist that any new or better deal secured by Greece will also apply to Ireland, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has said.

Coveney says same rules must apply to Greece as to all other European Union countries

A Providence Resources oil rig operating in Barryroe, 50km from Co Cork. Providence has reached commercial terms with a partner to develop the Barryroe oil field in the Celtic Sea.

Explorer has reached commercial terms with a partner to develop Barryroe oil field

A substantial rise in administrative costs saw Smock Alley Theatre report a loss before tax in excess of €97,200 in the 12 months to end of June 2014, more than double the €35,350 reported in the previous 12-month period.

Box office sales slump by more than half on previous year

The Irish arm of bookseller Waterstones, which owns Hodges Figgis in Dublin, recorded a pre-tax profit of €994,000 last year on the back of revenues totalling €12.8 million.

Irish arm of bookseller, which owns Hodges Figgis, recorded a pre-tax profit of €994,000 last year

The Irish housing market is two years into a sustainable recovery, but supply remains 88 per cent below peak levels, according to Goodbody Stockbrokers. Photo: Aidan Crawley

Report says it may take until 2020 for supply to match expected household demand

Ireland should see the strongest price rises among Europe’s housing market this year, according to Standard and Poor’s. Photo: Reuters

Ratings agency forecasts Irish house prices to grow by 9% on back of improving economy

Lifes2Good Founder James Murphy said the €5 million investment will help the company grow its US and UK business, and  support new product and brand development.

SalesSense International opens cloud-based customer engagement centre in Dundalk

 Vodafone Ireland added 8,000 fixed customers during the quarter ended December 31st 2014. Photo: PA Wire

Communications group completes €2.5 million investment in stores nationwide

An Aer Lingus plane taxis before take off at Dublin airport last month. Aer Lingus reported a 5.7 per cent decline passenger numbers for January. Photo: Reuters.

Numbers down 5.7% despite 22% increase in long haul traffic

Bitcoin:  students at Trinity College Dublin believe a bitcoin credit-check database could solve its transparency problem.   Photograph: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

Cryptocurrencies increasingly criticised due to a lack of regulation, transparency

Accenture chief technology officer Paul Daugherty

Pioneering enterprises networking to create digital ‘ecosystems’, says Accenture

The team behind Savetastic – Alejandro Ricotti, Diego Alexandre, Kelson Martins and Ivan Tabarino – which won Ireland’s first banking hackathon.

Team will receive three months incubation at Ulster Bank to develop idea

The State’s unemployment rate dropped to 10.5 per cent last month, as conditions in the labour market continued to improve.

Numbers signing on Live Register decrease as labour market continues to improve

 Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort, which has been sold to businessman JP McManus for an estimated €30 million.

Five-star hotel and golf course was put on the market by CBRE with a guide price of €25m

Colm Barrington, non-executive director, Hibernia REIT, Daniel Kitchen, chairman, and Terence O’Rourke, non-executive director.

Trust says fit-out of apartments in Wyckham Point is on schedule

Gerard Whelan, managing director of Brandcentral

Small Business - Inside track Gerard Whelan, MD, Brandcentral

With 463 stores, Centra employs almost 11,000 people in Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Retailer plans to add 380 jobs this year, with the opening of 16 new stores

Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, has launched a new route between Dublin and Donegal. Photo: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Airline also announces new Donegal to Glasgow service, with up to four flights weekly

Dalata has said its €455 million takeover of most of the Moran Bewley group will be completed tomorrow.

Tom Moran, who founded the Bewley Moran chain, will keep landmark Red Cow Hotel

 Peter Scott , managing director of Carphone Warehouse Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Marks & Spencer and Ann Summers were an unlikely route to becoming a telecoms MD

Ray Downes, chief executive officer of Kemp Technologies: skills shortage was worse in Ireland than in other countries

Skills shortage worse in Ireland than in other countries, according to one chief executive: ‘In general, colleges aren’t as quick (...)

Tesco Mobile increased its number of customers by 89,000 in 2014

Virtual network operator now has more than 300,000 customers in Ireland

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg speaking at the social netoworking site’s Dublin office.

Daily site visits, flowers . . . and furniture moving assistance used to lure social networking firms

Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh was named on CNN’s list of seven tech superheroes for her self-setting material which allows people to ‘hack their products’

Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh was cited for her invention of a moldable glue called Sugru

More than half of firms in Dublin are likely to invest in IT infrastructure in the coming year

Just 11% of small businessesaware of Government technology and business grants, finds survey

Paul Hamill (Inflyte), Jeremy Fitch (InvestNI), Paul McConnon (Inflyte). Photo by Aaron McCracken/Harrisons

Inflyte allows record labels, PR firms and publishers to send promo material to DJs, programmers and journalists for feedback

AIG has agreed to buy Irish health insurance provider Laya Healthcare.

Laya Healthcare will continue to operate in Cork where it employs 450 people

Eamonn Sinnott, the new president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland

Eamonn Sinnott says competitiveness should not be allowed to slip back as economy recovers

Barry Dowling, managing director of TransferMate Global Payments, said companies now have an alternative when it comes to making their foreign currency payments and despite having offices worldwide.

American technology firm Amax opens European manufacturing facility in Shannon

Andrew McMenamin  at his crisp sandwich shop, Simply Crispy, in Belfast. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Spoof article on Ulster Fry inspired Andrew McMenamin to open Simply Crisp

The ICF, which is administered by the High Court, can pay out up to 65 per cent of the sum due to the policyholder.

Dublin-based insurer, which was licensed in Malta, went into liquidation last April

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