Philippe Leboeuf: French hotelier helped Conor Kenny launch his new book, ‘Dancing at the Fountain’, this week in Kildare. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Michael Davern and Phillippe Leboeuf help launch Conor Kenny’s book at the K Club

Deirdre Foley: doesn’t care much for publicity

Shuttered department store has been hive of activity over the last fortnight

The KPMG offices in Belfast where four partners are on “administrative leave” after an investigation was launched by HM Revenue and Customs officers. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Company owned by four senior partners backed proposed property developments

John Teeling:  sold Cooley distillery for $95 million to the owner of Jim Beam in 2011. Photograph:Dave Meehan

Investor urges shareholders to defy the board and vote down placing to fund expansion

The recognition of Cantor’s ISE stake gives the first real insight into the valuation of the stock exchange in Temple Bar, which is owned by five Dublin stockbroking firms including Cantor

Financial report shows that firm run by Ronan Reid had profit of over €6m for 2014

Greenman specialises in buying Fachmarktzentrum, German neighbourhood shopping centres that are usually anchored by a food retailer such as Lidl

Greenman Investments says Irish buyers are more prominent in Germany following economic recovery

UrbanVolt:  energy-saving LED lighting firm
Bright SME idea

Kevin Maughan has hired a bright spark from Bord Gáis Energy

 Dundrum Town Centre: godawful-busy.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Does the retail giant need the €2 it is now charging all customers for the car park?

Mater, a comedic rusty tow-truck, joyously utters the offending tornado phrase in Cars, the children’s box office smash hit from 2006

Voiceover in ad for ham uses phrase that is as common as muck in the southern US

Neville Isdell: considers himself the “most unusual landlord in Dublin”.

Plans are also afoot for diaspora museum in the CHQ vaults

Flooding in Cork: There are at least 300 legal cases against the ESB as a result of floods. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

ESB bean counters must be in floods of tears

Centrica managing director of Ireland Eddy Collier: “I love Ireland. It’s easy to live here.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Urbane MD of Bord Gáis Energy owner is Oxford-educated mathematician

The Jurys Inn hotel on Custom House Quay in Dublin: the brand will change in May next year

Amaris Hospitality, which owns Jurys Inn, will spend the cash on an upgrade

Central Bank: has confirmed about 30 of its staff are receiving “retention payments” worth 21 per cent of their salary. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Bank refuses to comment on rumours it will seek a get-out clause from Fempi legislation

Monique and Simon Pratt in Avoca Kilmacanogue: the family has sold the business, begun in a mill in Avoca, for more than €60 million. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Quitting their jobs to start selling textiles proved a good move by the Pratt family

Avoca outlets are mostly clustered around Dublin and Wicklow. It also operates from Kerry, Belfast and has a retail-only store in Connemara

Aramark, which has agreed to buy the luxury cafe and retail chain for €60m, will consider bringing it to US

Tony Smurfit: owed €1.2 million by the stud business. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Tony Smurfit is a long-time supporter of the Irish bloodstock industry

John Rogers chipped in with €70,000 of fresh equity for Newgrange Gold in May 2014. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former attorney general and son inject total of €100,000 into Newgrange Gold in 2014

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales: advocate of the benign commercialisation of coca to provide employment for indigenous peoples.  Photograph: Reuters

Bolivian president designates CocaBlue as ‘official drink of the presidential palace’

Photograph: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland

Lawfirm claims nutrition product doesn’t completely fill the containers

Revenue has raised the ire of insolvency practitioners recently over its regular nit-picking on insolvency fees

Revenue sent officials to brief Irish Society of Insolvency Practitioners

Engine trouble: Weaker than expected earnings reports in Europe included another profit warning from Rolls-Royce, which sent its shares skidding. Photograph: Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty

Weak US commodities blamed as top European stock index posts big fall

Avoca deal is subject to approval from the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission. Photograph: David Sleator

Aramark buys chain for €60m and plans to ‘internationalise’ the brand

Nama funding extension to Tallaght centre, one of its prime remaining retail assets.

State agency loses patience over proposed €40m extension

Group had sales of up to €1.2 billion in the 12 months to the end of September. Photograph: Eric Luke

Owner of Spar and Mace bought ADM Londis this year to add to its store network

Tommy Breen: says it it a “natural evolution” for DCC to seek acquisitions outside Europe.   Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Company reports interim profits surge as it contemplates expansion outside Europe

Patrick Scully, Managing Director Yahoo. It recorded a rise in revenues to €320 million as a result of the restructuring, up from €98 million.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sales surge after restructuring of European operations but company halves tax bill

Greg Kavanagh: the developer had hoped to build two extra three-bed units on a remaining sliver of a Rathmines  site but has just been refused permission.

Things have got a little Messi for Greg Kavanagh

Paddy Cosgrave’s immediate predecessor as Nasdaq bell-ringer was the cartoon character Snoopy, Charlie Brown’s pet dog in the Peanuts comic strip film The Peanuts Movie. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Paddy Cosgrave rings Nasdaq closing bell in wake of cartoon character Snoopy

Wind farms will be among the businesses in which the  Goodbody 2015 EIIS fund will be likely to invest, along with hotels, nursing homes and manufacturing facilities. Photograph: Carlos Jasso/Reuters

EIIS Management looks to tap well-heeled investors for up to €20m for first fund

Driving profit: Tipperary Milk Farm Company have leased 1,000 acres in Tipperary to set up a big facility to take advantage of the lifting of EU milk quotas.  Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Tipperary Milk Farm Company seeks funding to set up large-scale facility

Tony Smurfit indicated that Smurfit Kappa will continue  seeking out acquisitions annually worth up to €300 million, which he said it is able to finance from its own resources. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

New chief executive promises to maintain strategy fostered by his predecessor

Kellogg’s cereals on display.  Kellogg uses a  global network of companies to minimise its corporation tax bills

Irish KET entity makes operating profit but intra-group loans push it into the red

Digicel  plan to become the first telecoms operator to block ads of the biggest internet giants such as Google and Facebook across its network. Photograph:  Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters

Umbrella group warns telecoms operator software could be illegal

Dermot Desmond, founder of Daon: the company said  the installation of the service at US pre-clearance in Dublin Airport will boost the capacity of the airport to put on transatlantic flights. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Biometric tech firm wins multi-year contract to supply automated passport control kiosks

Ryanair rose by 3.2 per cent after a strong set of results in the six months to the end of September. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Ryanair the most-traded stock on Iseq as shares rise 3.2 per cent, profits reach €1.4bn

Exterior of the hotel in Dublin, formerly the Four Seasons, now the Intercontinental

Tiglin addiction treatment centre in Wicklow benefits as hotel replaces high-end flooring

Liz Delaney’s pub: home of the controversial “Welfare Wednesday” drinks promotion for the unemployed

Liz Delaney’s pub has ceased trading with the loss of all the staff members’ jobs

Gary McGann: has been appointed to the board of MPS.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Ex-Smurfit Kappa CEO Gary McGann gets RDS Gold Medal for Industry award

Chief Willie Obiano (centre, waving): the former banker was elected last year and has vowed to tackle Nigeria’s social problems. Galway’s Affordable Building Concepts will be assisting him.

ABCI has entered into deal with government in Nigeria’s Cross River State

Gary McGann, chairman of Paddy Power: ‘It’s people, the talent you left embedded, that’s what matters most.’ Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Gold Medal recipient, retired Smurfit chief and former Anglo director is as busy as ever

Alan Werlau: senior investment strategist at Davy

Hiring spree makes Davy seem like Irish wealth management’s version of free-spending Manchester United

Harvest Financial Services: has  helped many of its clients invest in property

Sources say Harvest has spoken to a number of financial firms in recent months about whether they would like to invest

Outgoing Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan: there was a very real threat to Ireland of bond investors refusing to buy Irish debt

Simon Wren-Lewis says bank should have ‘done its job’ earlier to act effectively as a lender of last resort

Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan said Taoiseach Enda Kenny has “put to bed” the Army at the ATMs controversy.

Taoiseach questioned on banking comments as Opposition accuse him of spinning yarns

C&C is hoping the “endgame” of the wave of consolidation that has swept the brewing market throws it a few acquisition opportunities. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Orange Capital has called on C&C to abandon US foray and refocus on Ireland and Scotland at expense of England and Wales, an(...)

C&C has  predicted its performance in its core Irish and Scottish markets will improve in the second half of the year after posting a 9.5% drop in earnings in results for the six months to the end of August.    Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Company blames increased competition, poor weather and costs of overhaul

Mainstream Renewable Power wona  20-year mandate to feed the power from the wind farms into Chile’s regulated electricity market from 2017. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

Joint venture wins right to develop and operate 265 megawatts of new wind capacity

Mick Wallace: “I don’t know how I’m going to deal with it yet, but I’ll need legal advice first before I decide what to do”

Independent TD says he is taking legal advice

Ray Coyle and Mr Tayto. It is reported he will sell his 25% stake in Largo Foods to German company Intersnack for an undisclosed sum

Ray Coyle may sell remaining stake in Largo Foods

Brian Caulfield: said the Government’s budgetary provisions relating to the reduction of capital gains tax to 20% for investors and entrepreneurs were “cynical”.

Technology investor critical of Department of Finance for restrictions on tax relief for investors

Kildare Village this week opens a €50m expansion. LPQ’s 200-seat outlet is the main restaurant in the extension

Restaurant chain is part of €50m Kildare Village extension

Richard Bruton: “I am confident that jobs will be created in towns and cities right across the country as a result of this trade and investment mission”

Four-day trade mission will visit New York, New Jersey and Boston

Waterford Stanley employs about 100 staff in Waterford, where it produced its first range cooker 80 years ago

Cooker manufacturer owned by Aga Rangemaster group saw sales fall 10%

CRH rose more than 3% to close at €25.44, in line with other internationally focused stocks on the Iseq, which reacted well to  news of possible ECB stimulus and the Chinese rate cut.

Iseq’s stalwarts drive index forwardby 1.7% as European shares rise

Damon Albarn of Blur performing on and off the main stage at Electric Picnic this year. Photograph: DAVE MEEHAN

Accounts filed for company behind music festival show profits of €650,000 for 2014

Fyffes has designs on expanding its US banana business
Banana farm slips up

Cate Blanchett: one of the many celebrities who has lauded Lifes2Good’s Viviscal hair supplements range. Photograph:  Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

Galway beauty products distributor accused of breaching a non-compete agreement

Philip Lane: has shepherded some of the finest minds in Irish and European economics through their doctoral research theses. Photograph: Eric Luke

Incoming Central Bank governor has schooled a host of important economists

US billionaire John Malone. His Liberty Global group is in talks to acquire Cable & Wireless Communications for about €5.1 billion

Denis O’Brien’s telco faces the prospect of being squeezed as Liberty Global confirms talks for CWC

The receiver sold the printing assets of Webprint Concepts  to a Key Capital-backed entity in the last 10 days.

Key Capital acquires control of Cork-based Webprint Concepts from Cerberus

The aborted tie-up with Chiquita originally valued Fyffes at €1.22 a share. Yesterday, Fyffes share price closed at €1.49. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Failed Chiquita deal seems to have done Fyffes’s shareholders a favour

The Kerry luxury hotels business owned by the billionaire Liebherr family from Germany boosted sales last year as the tourism market recovered, although the group still recorded losses of €6 million.

Revenues rise 10 per cent at group behind the Europe, Dunloe and Ard na Sidhe hotels

Shares in UTV Media were up 10.5p to 184p on the deal with ITV, which was up 0.8p at 249.5p

Most European bourses ahead but Chinese concerns hold back London

Seamus O’Hara, chief executive of Carlow Brewing Company,  is  one of the pioneers of Irish craft brewing

Company behind O’Hara’s aims to raise €2.5m for brewhouse

 Web Summit: its impact is put at €37 million by Fáilte Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Roughly equivalent to big sports weekend and earns less than Dublin Horse Show

Dermot Desmond: isn’t exactly known for tolerating losses. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dermot Desmond’s mapping software firm’s accounts show losses of €34 million

Ezio Greggio (left) on his weekly satirical news show: the Italian television star paid a €45,000 fine to avoid a jail sentence for tax evasion

Canale 5 stalwart Ezio Greggio pays €45,000 fine to avoid jail sentence for tax evasion

Whiskey: new Waterford venture

Waterford Distillery is brainchild of UK drinks industry investor Mark Reynier

Screengrab from Razz Extreme Party Creation

Laurence Goodman junior is expanding housebuilder Urban Life

From left: Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin, and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan during a press briefing following Budget 2016 at Government Buildings, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Entrepreneurs lambasted the Budget for its failure to address higher universal social charges for self-employed folk

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on October 14th, 2015 in New York City. Photograph: Burton/Getty Images

Bad day on Iseq for companies with Chinese focus as FTSE drops 1.2%

Austin Hughes, chief economist with KBC Ireland; Susan Kilty, international tax partner, PwC; and Joe Tynan, head of tax, PwC, at the PwC Budget Breakfast at the Convention Centre in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ian Lucey says budget was ‘nail in the coffin’ of Ireland being a player in global technology

Michael Noonan said the new tax credit is a central plank of the Government’s strategy for addressing criticism that risk-takers are being disadvantaged by the tax system

Noonan aims to achieve ‘tax equalisation’ for self-employed and entrepreneurs in future

Retired solicitor Brian O’Donnell with his son Blake and daughter Alexandra. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Ex-solicitor Brian O’Donnell’s children questioned on gifts they received from parents

Deirdre Foley: too much sodium in your diet causes headaches?

D2 Property Management due to be wound up in September next year

Dermot Desmond: has invested €350,000 in Story of the Irish for a stake of about 25 per cent. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Globe-trotting financier’s diamond project in Canadian tundra now 70 per cent complete

Paul Stenson: proprietor of publicity hungry Charleville Lodge

North Dublin hotel launches new PR stunt after receiving negative review of its cafe

Brian Moynihan: ancestors emigrated to the US in the 1850s

Denis O’Brien will have to wait another year to be entered on to prestigious list

13/11/2014.  - NEWS - HEALTH -Denis O'Brien, at the GETHealth, Global Education & Technology Health Summit, organised by John Hopkins Centre for Clinical Global Health Education,  in Dublin Castle on Thursday.Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish TimesPhotograph; Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Battle over Premier League rights gives Digicel a glimpse of the future

A concern for fund managers was that only a tiny proportion of Digicel revenues come from cable and fibre services. Photograph: Reuters

Mood music towards Digicel’s IPO started changed tune over the weekend

Denis O’Brien: ‘Why sell your front garden at a discount when you know it’s worth a lot more money?’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Competition hots up, meanwhile, as its rival snaps up Premier League football rights

 John Brennan, who said  Jurys Inn Group had “outperformed the market” by 2 or 3 per cent for the past few years. Photograph: Eric Luke

Plan is part of a £100m investment programme overseen by its Dublin-based management team

A necklace from a 2005 Bulgari  diamond collection: About €326 million of Bulgari Ireland’s sales are derived from third parties such as franchisees; €580 million comes from inter-company transactions.  Photograph: Graziella Vigo/Bloomberg

Italian jewellery and luxury goods group paid corporation tax of €13.5m in Ireland last year

  Brendan Howlin   and   Michael Noonan: The Government plans to devote “almost its entire budget for tax-cutting” to a reduction at all levels of the universal social charge. Photograph: Sam Boal/

Owen Killian of Aryzta comes under pressure from institutional investors

Digicel had previously teamed up with currency dealer George Sores and Mr Pun’s Yoma group in an unsuccessful bid to win a licence in Myanmar

Denis O’Brien to sell 75% stake in company to Edotco

Screengrab from Tughans’ website
The new pink

Tughans has revamped its branding

Web Summit: off to sunny Lisbon.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times
A 360 summit view

PR360 is offering free workspace at its Dublin offices to summit attendees

 At the launch of the 2015 UCD International Ladies GAA Jersey are Doris Obialor and Ryan Wylie, watched by Jack McCaffrey and members of the UCD Ladies Football team, from left, Bethan Murphy Hand, Bo Zhang, Jasmine Ziabek, Claire O’Neill, Agata Blasiak, Precious Nwafor, Vicki Pesti and Doyinsola Ishola. Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Company sees GAA sponsorships as analogous to its push to recruit more women

Dermot Desmond: largest shareholder in Glasgow Celtic football club.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne
The Brit club

‘I think there will be a British Premiership,” said Dermot Desmond

Conor McCarthy, director of Investec Corporate Finance, and Ranulph Fiennes: McCarthy had asked Fiennes to come to Dublin to give a talk to Investec’s staff and clients when they were competing in the Marathon des Sables. Photograph: Iain White /Fennell Photography

British adventurer Ranulph Fiennes visits the capital to talk to Investec staff and clients

Despite dire warnings from lobbyists for Big Drink, the Irish pub sector has officially hit its second wind

Pub sector continues to see revenues rise

Denis O’Brien wants the web companies to share their revenues with him. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Digicel has already started to block the web giants’ ads on its network in Jamaica

Operating profits at PM Group rose by 24 per cent to €9 million in 2014.

Tallaght-based construction services company published 2014 sales of €350m

Culture minister Fiona Hyslop says £150,000 paid to stop T in the Park scaling back

Digicel chairman Denis O’Brien  described   business tactics of web giants as “unacceptable”. Photograph: Reuters

Network blocks internet giants’ web ads in bid to force revenue-sharing deal

‘Another Clerys should not be allowed to happen again,’ said Patricia King of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. Photograph: Leah Farrell/ Photocall Ireland

Irish Congress of Trade Unions seeks redundancy law change in companies that go bust

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