Airlines for Europe managing director Thomas Reynaert said proposals to limit cancellations and delays caused by air-traffic control strikes in Europe are pragmatic. Photograph: Dave Meehan

French plan would require several days’ notice to government of intention to strike

Awas expanded its Boeing Dreamliner fleet in 2016 with its first 787 delivery to  Ethiopian Airlines. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Purchase will create $14 billion aircraft leasing business

Michael Noonan: said the ISIF was considering  other investment opportunities for the  €268 million remaining in the fund.  Photograph: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

Irish Strategic Investment Fund loan drawn from €335m pot raised by sale of Aer Lingus

 Applegreen has been confirmed as the successful bidder for Topaz’s stake in the Dublin Port fuel terminal, whose other shareholder is Texaco Ireland owner, Valero. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Competition commission ordered Topaz to sell its 50 per cent share as a condition of buying Esso Ireland

Renewable energy producers are compensated when the wholesale price of electricity falls below the tariff guaranteed to them under the Refit scheme. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Scheme means renewables investors face no risk from movements in wholesale price

Fastway delivers  through a franchised network of about 300 drivers around the Republic. Photograph: Getty Images

Firm delivers for Littlewoods, Boohoo and Missguided and other organisations

 TK Maxx and Howards Storage World at The Park, Carrickmines

Park Developments is selling four office blocks at south Dublin location for €41m

PandaGreen, part of the Panda Waste Group, is buying Bioverda from US fund Cerberus for a reported €12 million. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Waste company gets approval to buy energy business from US fund Cerberus

  Ecocem’s US arm and Vallejo Marine Terminal, whose application for permission to build a deepwater berth to service the mill was also refused, are challenging the commission’s ruling. Photograph: Eric Luke

US subsidiary of Irish cement maker refused permission on environmental grounds

Citypost plans to use An Post’s network to handle some items.

Junk mail distributor Citypost launches a collection and delivery service for businesses

Avolon said its fleet of owned and managed aircraft stood at 565, more than twice the 223 it had a year ago. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Irish-based, Chinese-owned lessor is now the world’s third-biggest aviation financier

A Cityjet aircraft

Dublin-based regional carrier is recruiting for crew to be based in the Estonian capital

Norwegian Air will begin flying from Cork to Providence, Rhode Island, this summer. Photograph: iStock

Traffic expected to rise 5% as Norwegian Air’s transatlantic flights to begin in summer

Sean Mulryan’s Forget The Past, running at Leopardstown Photograph: Eric Luke

Sean Mulryan’s company to sponsor headline contest at Punchestown

Flynn used his company Benray to buy a stake in Blackrock Clinic in 2006. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Larry Goodman’s firm recently won court battle with builder over control of hospital

 French shares dropped after recent polls showed far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon gaining momentum. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

European stocks ended a four-day advance, while French shares dropped after recent polls showed far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenc(...)

Local groups along the interconnector’s route oppose its construction on environmental and health grounds. Photograph: David Sleator

New network between North and South could also help secure power supplies, says report

CWSI has secured a deal with one of the UK’s four national mobile network, O2, Three, EE and Vodafone, to provide it with security and data protection. Photograph: Alan Betson

Security systems firm currently provides services to Ryanair and Paddy Power Betfair

 Bjorn Kjos, chief executive of Norwegian Air Shuttle, which will fly from Ireland to the  US in July. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Norwegian Air Shuttle intends to base 10 Boeing 737s in Argentina by end of the year

New orders drove the sharpest increase in building for five months in March, the Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index shows. Photograph: Alan Betson

Employment in building industry up 40% in first quarter of year, according to

The Republic has recently established a National Cyber Security Centre.

APT10 group targeted businesses that manage IT services for large numbers of clients

Norwegian Air confirmed it now has an agreement with Ryanair enabling the airlines to transfer passengers between each other’s flights. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Proposed route hinges on fuel consumption of new Boeing aircraft, airline says

Traders on the floor of the NYSE on Friday. Financial markets were initially spooked by US missile strikes against Syria. Photograph: Bloomberg

US missile strike on Syria the dominant factor in the markets

Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker  plans to launch a Dublin to Doha service in June.

Interview: Ahead of the launch of Qatar's Dublin-Doha route, Akbar Al Baker is in bullish mood

Chief executive of Qatar Airways Akbar al-Baker June, says measures such as the laptop ban are not necessarily “what the travelling public wants”.

Akbar al-Baker says US and UK laptop ban may have undesired impact

Norwegian Air  will begin flying to the US east coast from Belfast, Cork, Dublin and Shannon.

Explorer to be a ‘tailfin hero’ on transatlantic aircraft from Ireland

The construction industry should be worth just under €17 billion to the Republic in 2017 and employ about 140,000 people, according to Linesight

Linesight study finds building industry grew 18% and is set to grow by further 15% in 2017

The ESB’s unit said that it had helped 50 Irish and British companies to cut €20 million from their bills over the last year. Photograph: iStockphoto

Smart Energy Services helping DAA, Druid’s Glen, CHQ and Tesco to cut energy bills

A Construction Industry Federation (CIF) submission to the Oireachtas Committee on Budgetary Oversight warns shortfalls in State spending on roads, housebuilding and other services threaten future growth. Photograph: Frank Miller

Construction Industry Federation urges Government to seek money from Europe

Healthcare was the only sector in the black as Wall Street began to regain ground following a rough start on Monday. Photograph: Alex Grimm/Reuters

Construction and mining stocks lose out and Dow heads for its eighth day of losses

A ship is unloaded at Ecocem’s plant in the Dublin docks. Ecocem’s US subsidiary, Orcem Americas, was refused  permission to build a grinding mill on the waterfront at Vallejo in California. Photograph: Eric Luke

Irish ‘green’ cement group claims planning body’s judgments ‘subjective and arbitrary ’

Developer Garrett Kelleher: described issuing of warrant as “surreal” and said an appeal against it was under way. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Garrett Kelleher to appeal ‘surreal’ warrant issued over alleged contempt misdemeanour

Donald Trump: Questions over the US president’s ability to get legislators to support tax cuts weighed on markets on Tuesday. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Top flight index winning streak ends as the pound surges to a three-week high

Eugene Murtagh: he last sold shares in March 2012, when he disposed of 5.12m units for €8 each

Kingspan chairman sold one million shares in group for €30 each on Monday

Frank Cushnahan is a former member of Nama’s Northern Ireland advisory committee.

Well-connected former Belfast banker Frank Cushnahan central to story

Parkside off the Malahide Road in Dublin: Cairn Homes has doubled the rate it is building on this site

Cairn Homes plans to build up to 400 houses and sell them for €300,000-plus this year

Gustavo de Arístegui: resigned as Spanish ambassador to India after allegations emerged about his business activities

Two men alleged to have been paid €3.3m via Emerald Business Consulting

Cairn subsidiary Capricorn Ireland will take a 30% share in a Providence Resources-controlled exploration licence FEL 2/14 in the Porcupine Basin about 200km west of Kerry

Independent Scottish Group is investing in exploration licences off the southwest coast

Paddy Power Betfair  lost €23 million  at the Cheltenham festival last year, according to chief executive Breon Corcoran. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Results show bookmaker won 8.7 per cent of €11.4 billion bet by customers in 2016

Fined: ZTE’s stand at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty

ZTE agrees to pay up after inquiry into violation of US trade sanctions against Iran

Gene Murtagh: chief executive’s pay rose more than 9 per cent last year to €1.915 million, the Kingspan group’s annual report shows. Photograph: Alan Betson

Insulation manufacturer Kingspan’s report shows hikes in salaries and fees of executives

Chief executive Breon Corcoran described 2016 as a transformational year for the group.

Substantial one-off merger costs push group into £5.7 million loss last year

An Ecocem truck. Ecocem subsidiary Orcem Americas wants to build a grinding mill in Vallejo, in San Francisco Bay, California.

Orcem has the right to appeal the decision in Vallejo, San Francisco Bay, California

Commodity-driven stocks were some of the worst-performers on the blue chip index after China’s premier Li Keqiang said the country was aiming to expand its economy by 6.5 per cent. Photograph: Guang Niu/Getty Images

Deutsche shares pull down banking stocks as German heavyweight unveils €8bn cash-call

Opponents in Vallejo have already indicated that they will challenge any ruling allowing the Ecocem mill and deepwater berth to go ahead.  Photograph: David Sleator

Vallejo officials consider residents’ objections to Irish cement maker’s mill proposal

International Airlines’ Group will lease the new Airbus 321 neo LR aircraft – said to be one of the more cost-efficient narrowbody craft – in 2019 and 2020

Airline’s parent IAG is leasing seven Airbus A321s to replace existing long-haul fleet

CHC’s liquidator, Kieran Wallace of KPMG, is due to ask the High Court for directions on how to return funds to clients of the defunct investment firm and on how best to pay for that.

Kieran Wallace to ask High Court how funds of defunct broker should be returned

Traders prepare for the initial public offering of Snap Inc, the parent company of Snapchat, at the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

Rising bets for Federal Reserve interest rate rise stoke optimism about global growth

CityJet executive chairman Pat Byrne said the carrier would be reducing the size of its crew base at London City Airport and would begin talks with the crew affected. Photograph: Getty Images

Airline to increase services from Dublin Airport to London City Airport

Scandinavian airline SAS  focuses on serving the Scandinavian market.

New airline will serve routes between Spain, Britain and Scandinavia using new aircraft

Ardagh Group will use the proceeds of the bond sale to buy back dollar- and euro-denominated debt due to be repaid between 2019 and 2022. Photograph: iStock

Packaging group says refinancing will cut €22 million a year from its interest bill

The tranche of 3.16 million shares in Bulmers maker C&C bought by Brandes Investment Partners was valued at at more than €12 million. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Activist shareholder’s stake in cider maker increases 1 per cent to 7.02 per cent

Bank of Ireland’s Pulse Survey says only one in three consumers consider this a good time to buy items such as furniture or electrical equipment, compared with 44 per cent in January.

Sentiment dips on concerns over finances, Brexit and Trump presidency, survey shows

Norwegian Air’s fares extend to a seat on a flight and a cabin bag. Photograph: Getty Images

Travellers from Irish airports asked up to €270 for US flights in July

Frank Keogh, chief executive DPS. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Bracing for a Trump-fuelled growth ‘pause’ and its UK purchase of Alban

DPS chief executive Frank Keogh said the company will closely follow Brexit negotiations. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Deal will give Irish group platform to offer specialist design and construction in Britain

Norwegian will provide the first ever transatlantic flights from Cork. Photograph: iStock

Airline will fly 24 times a week from Dublin, Cork, Belfast and Shannon airports

Norwegian Air International is due to give details of its proposed low-cost transatlantic services from Ireland.  Photograph: Dara MacDonaill

Connecticut joins airports in Stewart and Providence to be linked to Dublin and Cork

Digicel’s office in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The company’s restructuring will  involve cutting one in four jobs and  signing a new partnership with a Chinese group, ZTE. Photograph: Thony Belizaire/AFP/Getty Images

Over 1,500 jobs to go in next 18 months as telecoms group moves to tackle €6.2bn debt

Bjorn Kjos: Norwegian Air Shuttle chief executive says transatlantic flights should on average cost about $300 to $350 (€285 to €332) return from Dublin and Cork.

Norwegian Air International may fly 12 times a week from Dublin and three from Cork

Traders  on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.  Many retailers rallied on Tuesday after results from the crucial Christmas season exceeded Wall Street’s pessimistic expectations. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Food group Kerry’s shares climb nearly 4% after announcing 7% rise in profits for 2016

Gary Kennedy, chairman, and Pat Gunne, director of Green Reit. The property investor launched an initial public offering in 2013 to raise cash to buy commercial property.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Company’s net asset value rises 4.2% on higher rent roll

Bord Gáis suggests that US oil producers could respond to Opec’s move by increasing production, which would help to offset the cartel’s cut.

US producers may increase production in response to Opec’s decision to cut

Kingspan chief executive Gene Murtagh: Its  biggest business is manufacturing insulation panels and boards to cut energy consumption in buildings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Chief executive says price of steel and chemicals used to make insulation rising

Ryanair: moving closer to a full trial in case against Google and eDreams. Photograph: Getty Images

Airline is suing internet search engine over advertising by online travel agent eDreams

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the Chartered Accountants Ireland Leinster Society business lunch in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fianna Fáil leader urges special economic zone status for Northern Ireland

Michael Noonan: Some reports suggest that he is criticised in the Public Accounts Committee findings for meeting Cerberus representatives. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Finance will rebut any adverse findings against him in PAC report on Nama

US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen: Bank of Ireland and Permanent TSB both performed well on news that she intended to stick with her plan to increase interest rates. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Gambling firms in Ireland and UK under pressure after HSBC cuts ratings

Norwegian Air looks likely to make Stewart airport in New York its destination for Irish flights. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Airline’s planned flights from Cork and Shannon may land in New York state facility

Irish cement firm Ecocem backed candidates in the recent city council elections in Vallejo, California, where its plan to build a factory has met strong opposition

Californian city’s planning commission due to consider Orcem’s factory plan this month

CityJet is concentrating on building its wet lease business. It recently announced it was buying Copenhagen-based Cimber, which flies regional services in Scandinavia

CityJet also confirms it will axe its London City Airport-Paris Orly and Nantes flights

Lift-on lift-off business, that is cargo vessels carrying goods in containers, was up 5 per cent in Irish ports.

Irish Maritime Development Office figures show drop in coal imports and other traffic

A study of the Cheltenham national hunt festival by Gloucestershire University in the UK shows Irish people bought 57,375 tickets for the 2016 festival.

Study shows people in Ireland bought 57,000 tickets for the four-day festival last year

Bryan Cooper on Irish-trained Don Cossack on the way to winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup last year. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Trade barriers and weaker sterling could damage business, says HRI

Irish manufacturer’s Ecocem subsidiary Orcem Americas wants to build a grinding mill in Vallejo, close to San Francisco

Irish cement manufacturer faces opposition from residents fearing environmental impact

Rule allocates temporary premium betting pitches on a rotating basis, rather than giving first refusal to longstanding senior pitch-holders.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Bookie challenges State body on rule governing allocation of racecourse betting pitches

Ticknick Park is one of three parks at the development

Corporate battles and receiverships have delayed the construction of the new suburb

  New York Stock Exchange  on Thursday: Twitter sank 10.7 per cent after reporting  lower advertising revenue in its latest quarter. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty

Airlines surge in US after Trump promises ‘phenomenal’ tax proposal in coming weeks

A detailed planning application is to be submitted in the coming months for a new €875 million Cherrywood town centre, as well as 1,300 apartments immediately adjacent to the Cherrywood Luas.

Minister for Housing breaks ground at Cherrywood site for 8,000 new homes

Airline has dubbed the 737 Max a “gamechanger”, as it will cut fuel bills by 20% while carrying 197 passengers, compared to the  737’s capacity of 189

Airline cashes in on low interest rates by borrowing €750m in its third bond issue

Ryanair transported 28.8 million passengers in the third quarter of its current financial year. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty

Airline optimistic in middle of Q4 that, despite faltering profit, prediction will be met

Simtech’s  Bob Sheehan (right)  in a  flight simulator at  the company’s Dublin Airport Logistics Park headquarters. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

New investors plan to expand scope of flight simulation and pilot training specialist firm

Ryanair  faces continuing uncertainty over Brexit. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Profits fall 8% to €94.7m at the Irish airline on the back of cheaper fares and weak sterling

Wall Street climbed higher on Friday, with the S&P 500 nearing its record high, fuelled by robust nonfarm payrolls data. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Ryanair and Bank of Ireland gain ground while Greencore continues recovery

FL Partners forecasts that the UK needs 300,000 new homes per year. Photograph: Bloomberg

Agency to focus on expanding from southeast England base through acquisitions

The fund launched by Seroba Life Sciences will typically place up to €10 million with each business it chooses to back. Photograph: iStock

First investment to be in Endotronix, which makes products for treating heart disease

DAA is likely to award the main contract to build the new Dublin Airport runway in coming months and construction could start mid-year.

DAA already has planning for runway but wants to alter a number of conditions

Roe & Coe whiskey, Diageo’s new product.

Bottle of Roe & Co whiskey to be priced at about €35

Passengers from other European countries are increasingly seeing the advantage of travelling to the US via Dublin and Shannon, said Regional and Business Airports Group chair Neil Pakey. Photograph: iStockphoto

Threat to pre-clearance undermines strategic advantage, says former Shannon chief

Jailed fraudster Achilleas Kallakis: was involved with numbers seven and eight St James’s Square, London, which have been sold for £245.9m by Irish developer Green Property

Irish bank was duped into loaning Greek businessman Achilleas Kallakis €740m

New American Chamber of Commerce president James O’Connor (centre), with chief executive Mark Redmond (left) and Barry O’Sullivan, chamber vice-president. Photograph: Maxwells

American Chamber of Commerce’s James O’Connor says State must stay competitive

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has launched an investigation into the sale of concert tickets. Photograph: Robin Pope/EyeEm/Getty

Inquiry to examine whether laws ensuring fair rivalry between businesses were broken

 Anne Heraty: says   CPL Resources  expects to grow profitably for the rest of its financial year

Listed recruiter grows revenues to €229m during six months ended December 31st

 Isolde Goggin: the commission chair said it would focus on potentially anti-competitive conduct by those involved in providing tickets and ticketing services, promoters and venues. Photograph: Eric Luke

Competition watchdog will inquire into ‘suspected breaches of law’

UK aviation minister Tariq Ahmad, Brexit secretary David Davis and London City Airport chief executive Declan Collier following a meeting to discuss Brexit’s implications for aviation. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/AFP/Getty Images

British government does not want hard Border, says London City Airport chief

Under Cityjet’s ownership, Cimber will continue to operate services from Copenhagen for SAS. The Irish airline will fly services from Stockholm and Helsinki.

Cityjet to buy up to 10 Bombardier CRJ900 jets worth about €435m

Ryanair is cutting passenger numbers in Republic to 14 million from 14.4 million this year, with reductions in Dublin and Shannon. Photograph: Alan Betson

O’Leary hopes to sign long-haul deal with either Irish rival or Norwegian Air Shuttle

President Donald Trump has ordered the US to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo

US president’s protectionist stance lines up shares for their worst performance of the year

Maas ranks as one of the world’s top companies in its field. Photograph: Frank Lee Roberts

Irish aircraft painting firm’s expansion prompted by demands of Airbus contract

Avolon’s chief executive Dómhnall Slattery: Avolon says  it will buy C2 Aviation Capital. Photograph: Eric Luke

Purchase will turn Irish-headquartered firm into world’s third-biggest air leasing group

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