In 2013 the High Court said that the school transport scheme, which costs about €150 million a-year to operate, is not a commercial contract but an adminstrative arrangement between two State bodies, so it does not need to be put out to tender.

Company argued that State should put school transport service out to tender

Stephen Kavanagh, CEO of Aer Lingus: he says becoming part of the bigger group will allow Aer Lingus to grow its business faster and with less risk than as an independent airline. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The airline, bought by IAG for €1.4bn, could increase long-haul fleet to 20 over five years

 Stephen  Kavanagh, chief executive officer, Aer Lingus. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

As Aer Lingus hits 80 years old, it is following a strategy aimed at building transatlantic traffic

Alan Hynes: he was barred from the Institute of Chartered Accountants after complaints from investors who lost more than €18 million on his property ventures. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Goldman Sachs seeking to recover cash from Wexford accountant and his wife Noreen

Bjorn Kjos, CEO of Norwegian Air Shuttle of which Norwegian Air International is a subsidiary: US unions such as the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association  claim Norwegian Air International will hire cheap labour in Ireland, undermining  employment standards and safety

US unions claim Norwegian Air International is using Irish registration to lower safety

Nama chief executive Brendan McDonagh said loans would be made on a stricly commercial basis. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Builders claim scheme for 20,000 new starter homes constitutes Government aid

Norwegian Air Shuttle’s group chief executive, Bjorn Kjos.

Airline hopes to launch transatlantic flights from Cork and Shannon

Total employment at the Irish airline will now rise to 2,500

Irish airline to lease 15 SSJ100 craft

Michael O’Leary, Ryanair chief executive, during a Bloomberg television interview in London on Monday. Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Ryanair carried more than 106m passengers in the 12 months ended March 31st

Ryanair expects to save €200m on its fuel bill this year because of falling oil prices

Ryanair hopes fuel and cost savings will give it the scope to cut fares as it bids to fill extra aircraft

More than 25 million passengers passed through Dublin Airport in 2015 and it is set to break that record this year as customers such as Ryanair and Aer Lingus add new routes and boost capacity.

Move comes as hub plans new runway to cope with increased traffic

After-tax profits at Ryanair rose 43 per cent to €1.242 billion from €867 million in the 12 months ended March 31st 2015. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Airline signals further fare cuts this year as capacity increases on European routes

Michael Noonan, Minister for Finance: a consultation last year highlighted the fact that start-ups, particularly those in technology, give shares to employees to encourage skilled staff to stay with the business. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Department of Finance wants businesses’ views on taxing gains on shares given to staff

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. US stocks were higher in trading on Friday, with the S&P and Dow on track to eke out their first weekly gains in five weeks as technology and financial stocks rose.

Investors shrug off concerns over possible US rate hike

Last year the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission siezed documents from CRH’s Irish Cement plant in Drogheda as part of an investigation.

High Court barred watchdog from reviewing e-mails siezed from Irish Cement director

Ryanair will fly Luxembourg-Stansted daily and Luxembourg-Porto five times a-week beginning in September. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Airline’s chief financial officer says it will be cheaper than going to bond market

The €125m engine order follows SMBC’s announcement in 2014 that it was ordering 110 Airbus A320 neos. Photograph: Reuters

Irish aircraft lessor orders 10 units from manufacturer CFM International

Jim Mullen, chief executive  of Ladbrokes has warned that a ruling demanding the combined group sell too many shops could derail the deal. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

British competition watchdog to rule on merger by end of week

Debenhams Retail Ireland’s last accounts show that it owed its parent group €38.3 million on August 29th, 2015. Photograph: Alan Betson

Department store has lost €22m over three years and has liabilities of €5m

Nine new types of aircraft are due to be released this decade. Image: Thinkstock

Lessors likely to focus on narrow-body craft

Tripadvisor this year began rolling out its  instant booking system to markets beyond the US. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Online travel agent turns focus to tourist attractions

Michael O’Leary is among those who have signed a letter in support of Norwegian Air.  Photograph: Bloomberg

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary among letter signatories

Then minister for transport, tourism and sport Leo Varadkar with former Stobart Air chief Seán Brogan in 2013. Photograph: Maxwells

Airline board’s rejection of buyout leads to second senior departure

 The Ryanair and Aer Lingus agreement would allow customers to fly the European leg of their journey with Ryanair and the long-haul element with Aer Lingus on one ticket.

Low-cost carrier also close to agreement with Norwegian airline

Potential homes: Cairn recently paid Ulster Bank €378 million to buy €1.75 billion in property loans, known as Project Clear, with the aim of taking over the development sites that the debts were secured against. Photograph: Getty

Control of more Project Clear sites confirmed bringing total scope to 11,220 homes

Former Paddy Power chief  Andy McCue: His 2015 package was made up of a €700,000 salary, €536,000 bonus, €173,000 in pension and benefits and €2.312 million in shares, which the Pensions & Investment Research Consultants report valued at €111.44 each. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Activist consultants claim Andy McCue’s €3.7m salary in 2015 was ‘excessive’

The European Cabin Crew Association (Eurecca) said on Tuesday that it has joined Europeans for Fair Competition (E4FC) a new organisation campaigning for level playing pitch between EU airlines and the state-owned Gulf carriers, Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways.

Association says state-owned middle eastern carriers threaten jobs

EasyJet gained almost 4 per cent. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

AIB, Bank of Ireland and Permanent TSB all down but C&C, Easyjet and Dalata rise

Aer Lingus is weighing adding another service to the US in 2017

Aer Lingus owner says airline will not expand here if airport does not tackle bottlenecks

By 2019 80 per cent of IAG’s long haul fleet will be fitted with the system, known as 2Ku

Airline’s parent IAG has struck a new deal with US tech firm Gogo to provide wifi

Rivals Aer Lingus and Ryanair are close to a passenger sharing deal, according to International Airlines Group (IAG) chief executive, Willie Walsh.

Customers to fly part of journey with Ryanair and long-haul with Aer Lingus on one ticket

Shannon Airport has appointed Matthew Thomas of Canadian group Vantage as i

He previously worked on Canadian group Vantage’s $4 billion La Guardia bid

Noel Smyth: “Any funds who have purchased lands in Ireland again should be encouraged, incentivised and forced in every way possible to ensure that these lands are utilised for the purpose for which they were zoned.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Time

Lawyer and developer Noel Smyth calls for commitment from those buying land

 Tim Jeans: he joined Stobart as a non-executive chairman two years ago. File photograph: Eric Luke /The Irish Times

Tim Jeans took over as chairman at the Aer Lingus Regional franchise operator in October

Alan Walsh, chief executive of  One51  Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Group’s shareholders include Dermot Desmond and Larry Goodman

Kerry Group’s chief executive Stan McCarthy delivers a results presentation for the company Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Appeal abandoned seven years after acquisition first agreed

The deal’s biggest beneficiary is likely to be Steripack founder and chief executive, Garry Moore, who owned 54 per cent of the group according to the company’s most recent accounts. Photograph: Alan Betson

Business that packaging company Bemis is purchasing had sales of €57 million last year

Accountant Alan Hynes:  was recently barred from the Institute of Chartered Accountants following complaints from investors who lost more than €18 million on his property ventures. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ennis Property Finance seeks judgment against Wexford accountant for €7.5m

Helicopters at  the Cheltenham Racing Festival:  Waypoint’s   fleet is made up of more than 125 craft operating in 26 countries. Photograph: Alan Betson

Limerick- and Connecticut-based firm plans to refinance some of its existing aircraft

Pilots’ unions on both sides of the Atlantic accuse Norwegian Air International of using Ireland as a flag of convenience to hire cheap labour

Washington to ‘tentatively’ approve Norwegian Air International’s application for a foreign carrier’s permit

Gary McGann: he took over as chairman of the €10bn  betting group when it was formed through a merger of Paddy Power and Betfair in February

Paddy Power Betfair will pay chairman Gary McGann €450,000 this year

Andy McCue: took over as chief executive at the beginning of 2015 and became chief operations officer of the enlarged Paddy Power Betfair group. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former chief executive received payment in salary, benefits and shares last year

Bjorn Kjos, CEO of Norwegian Air Shuttle, the carrier looking to offer long-haul low fares option to Asia and America out of Ireland.

Cork may secure route to Boston as US signals it may issue permit to Scandinavian airline subsidiary based in Ireland

26/09/2012               FINANCE    Shareholders listen to a presentation by Alan Walsh ,Chief Executive Officer, at the ONE51 agm in Dublin today (Wed). Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

EGM meant to pave way for stock market flotation of waste manager

ESB headquarters on Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Electric Ireland the best-known subdivision but State-owned body has many subsidiaries

Gerald Lawless, head of tourism and hospitality of Dubai Holdings: believes  rising education costs in the UK, combined with the country’s scrutiny of its “non-dom” tax rules, has created a good opportunity for the Republic’s universities to recruit students from Arab countries.

Trade between Ireland and Arab world full of opportunities, says Gerald Lawless

New computer systems allow Revenue to track how money flows through the construction sector. Image: Thinkstock

Tax authorities raiding building sites as industry recovers

Michael O’Leary warned that a ‘Brexit’ would endanger the agreements that allow freedom of movement between the UK and the rest of Europe. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

Ryanair chief says ‘too many businesses are too reticent about getting involved’

Willie Walsh, (centre)  with other figures from the aviation industry at the launch of the UCD Masters in Aviation Finance at the Smurfit Business School. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

IAG boss, speaking at Smurfit school, said China a ‘natural destination’ for Aer Lingus

A Ryanair aircraft sits on the tarmac at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

Diarmuid O’Conghaile was head of economic regulation at the DAA before joining airline

Michael O’Leary, chief executive officer of Ryanair. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Airline says that €50 million structure is not needed

The IAA is responsible for the provision of air traffic management in Irish airspace

Improved performance attributed to investment in technology

The Irish Aviation Authority said that the tower is needed to ensure safety and pointed out that other airports with parallel runways, including Manchester and Istanbul, have similar structures. Photograph:  Alan Betson

Dublin Airport Authority confirms it is going ahead with 3,110m runway

The project’s cost is a potential source of friction with DAA’s airline customers who support the project but argue that it must be brought in on time and on budget. Photograph: Alan Betson

Airlines are unhappy with construction prices and locals fear effect of extra flights

Bank of Ireland tumbled 3.14 per cent to 24.7 cent after more than 118 million of its shares were traded

Big gains for drug companies after Pfizer and Allergan end their €160bn merger

Revenue is also looking at who is an employee and who is a sub-contractor. Photograph: Joe St Leger/The Irish Times

Sub-contractors such as bricklayers urged to ‘regularise their affairs’

Heineken subsidiary Western Beverages recently agreed a joint-venture deal with Comans.

Size of businesses involved meant parties had to notify commission of proposed deal

Punchestown:  one of Future Ticketing’s customers. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

Liam Holton says his Future Ticketing system works for events from small concerts to vast outdoor shows

Paddy Power Betfair plans to cut up to 300 jobs from its Irish operations in a move stemming from the €10 billion merger of the two gambling businesses in February. File photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

Dublin staff face redundancies after €10bn Betfair deal

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce: in Dublin to be honoured for his contribution to the global aviation industry. Photograph: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

Two years ago there were calls for his head, now the airline boss is a hero

Fyffes executive chairman David McCann: paid a performance bonus of €527,000 and €21,000 in other benefits in 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

David McCann received €702,000 basic salary last year, fruit importer’s report shows

One of the reasons that International Consolidated Airlines Group  paid €1.4 billion for Aer Lingus last year was that it wants to extend its reach across the Atlantic. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

If airport realises its potential as Europe-US hub, it will be less reliant on domestic market

Sources have suggested that the DAA could reapply for planning permission, but this time for a longer runway than the one for which it already has permission. Photograph:  Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Crunch decisions ahead as planning permission for €250m project expires next year

Bank of Ireland dipped 0.76 per cent to 26 cent. Traders noted the volume of trades in its shares was “not huge”

Slow day in Dublin with Dalata, Ryanair and CRH up slightly

Viridian is a leading independent energy company in the all-Ireland market with two main brands, Energia in the Republic and Power NI north of the border

Owners of Bord Gáis Energy and Airtricity also believed to have submitted bids for firm

One51 chief executive Alan Walsh: 2015 a year of significant progress with One51’s entry into the north American plastics markets through the IPL deal. Photograph: The Irish Times

Dermot Desmond, Larry Goodman among beneficiaries if firm listed on stock market

 Goldman Sachs in New York: Goldman Sachs controls Beltany Property Finance but neither firm has any involvement with tenants facing eviction. Photograph: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images

Goldman Sachs-linked firm has been buying property loans from the State and banks

Protest: tenants  take part in a march  organised by Tyrrelstown Tenants Action Group. Photograph: Eric Luke

Special purpose vehicles acting for global clients control debt worth billions of euro

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe  with CityJet executive chairman Pat Byrne. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Owner Intro Aviation bought the Irish carrier from Air France KLM two years ago

Tesco to add Tipperary-based Arrabawn and northwestern Aurivo to its suppliers

Asked if his company was considering buying property from Nama, Richard Barrett said “we will buy good quality assets from anybody”

Developer launches Bartra Capital Property which plans to invest €1.2bn in housing, healthcare and energy

Delta will restart its summer Dublin-Atlanta services from Monday, March 28th, beginning with a Boeing 767-300 until April 4th and then an Airbus A330-300 from that date on.

US carrier plans to use larger craft during periods of extra demand

 A plume of smoke rises over Brussels airport after the controlled explosion of a third device in Zaventem Bruxelles International Airport after a terrorist attack on March 22, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Getty Images

Shares in Ryanair and IAG fall as investors sell sector

Curragh Racecourse Ltd said on Tuesday that it has appointed Derek McGrath as chief executive of the company, which will own, operate and redevelop the racecourse and training grounds in Co Kildare.

Role will include overseeing €65 millionredevelopment

Ecocem subsidiary Orcem Americas is seeking permission to build a  grinding mill  close to San Francisco

Site where Irish firm plans €45m development deemed ‘historically significant’

Smith & Wollensky’s restaurant in Miami Beach, Florida.

Irish group takes control of all group’s non-New York businesses

Nama chairman Frank Daly has accused a Northern Assembly committee of making ‘unsubstantiated and unfounded’ claims in a report on the State body’s controversial Project Eagle sale. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Frank Daly responds to Stormont report on Project Eagle portfolio

New Generation confirmed on Friday that it had hired real estate bank Eastdil Secured to advise the company on the options for a number of its residential sites, including the possibility of a sale. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Company amassed land around Dublin in 2011 when prices hit their lowest point

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: criticised by the Northern Ireland Assembly committee for failing to suspend the auction. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Stormont committee critical of Minister for Finance’s role in Nama’s Project Eagle sale

In March 2014 Nama found that Pimco had agreed to pay £5 million each to Frank Cushnahan, who had resigned from Nama’s Northern Ireland Advisory Committee the previous November, US lawyers Brown Rudnick and Belfast solicitors, Tughans.

Fresh queries have arisen in the wake of a new Stormont report on Project Eagle

National Asset Management Agency (Nama) chairman Frank Daly has accused a Northern Ireland Assembly Committee of making “unsubstantiated and unfounded” claims in a report on the State body’s controversial Project Eagle sale.

State agency challenges report into €1.6bn sale of its Northern Ireland loans

Prominent Northern Ireland businessman Gareth Graham (centre) leaving Stormont after speaking to the Nama inquiry. Mr Graham is a well-known property developer in Belfast. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

Gareth Graham indicates proceedings resolved to ‘full satisfaction of all parties’

Norwegian Air Shuttle: US authorities have delayed granting the airline a licence, for two years, as unions and politicians there fear that it will hire Asian crews, so it can pay them far less than American and European staff

Irish-registered subsidiary of Norwegian Air wants to run services from Cork to Boston

Cork Airport could get New York flights next year if plans to connect it with Boston are successful.

Norwegian Air International plans still meeting opposition in US

Depiction of Hercules and the multi-headed dog that guarded the underworld: US fund Cerberus snapped up property debts worth €18.75 billion over the last two years, including two big deals that it did with   Nama

The US fund avoids giving details of its activities and seems unwilling to pay meaningful tax

 Colm Barrington: the firm’s  chief executive said Fly Leasing  was entering 2016 with a “leaner, younger and more profitable fleet”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Company’s figures show income of $6.6m – down from the $56m it earned in 2014

 Paddy Power Betfair chief operations officer Andy McCue: He indicated the group  will wait until later in the year   to discuss   the cost savings that were among the key motivators for the merger. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Gambling giant to wait until well into sporting year to guide on trading prospects

Alan Hynes: Last year a tribunal of the Chartered Accountants Regulatory Board   excluded him from the Institute of Chartered Accountants after a hearing sparked by complaints from investors who lost more than €18 million on a number of his property ventures. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Board dismisses appeal of disgraced financial advisor’s misconduct finding

Iron ore mine in Western Australia: China’s February trade performance was far weaker than economists had expected, with exports tumbling the most in more than six years. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

February trade figures for China far weaker than predicted with exports tumbling

Lufthansa subsidiary Brussels Airlines will launch a new service from Belfast to the EU capital from next month.

Lufthansa reports 13% boost to Irish traffic

Laying off: Betting exchanges allow punters to bet against each other rather than against a bookmaker. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Irish bookie breaks €1 billion revenue mark in its last year as a standalone company

Europe has shifted significantly towards a model of weaker job security and increased labour-market flexibility, paper says.

Data from 19 EU states shows protections for workers weakened or removed

Mark Fielding, chief executive of Isme. “Much of the problem . . . stems from inadequate training of bank staff who do not have the necessary skills and expertise to analyse businesses proposals.” Photograph: Frank Miller

Isme poll shows 43% of businesses who asked were refused loans in first quarter of 2015

Ardagh chairman Paul Coulson. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Can and bottle maker intends to go ahead with €2bn sale of metals division Oressa

Ulster Bank on Dame Street: clamping down on businesses seriously behind on loan repayments in a bid to clean up its balance sheet. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ulster targeting indebted firms telling them they risk being sold to a third party

Frank Cushnahan:  recorded saying he had contacted Ronnie Hanna on several occasions

Frank Cushnahan was recorded telling businesspeople he had contacted Hanna

CRH chief executive Albert Manifold acknowledged that, while the stronger dollar and lower energy costs did have an impact, they also led to customers seeking better prices. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Favourable exchange rates were worth €218m to the Irish company

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