Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast (left) and Ryanair CFO, Neil Sorahan, with Trinity business student Alannah Higgins from Boston. Photograph: Mark Stedman

‘Professor of entrepreneurship’ position at business school will commence in September

The Irish League of Credit Unions headquarters on Mount Street, Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller

Individual credit unions will make lending decisions but will receive centralised support

INM shareholders are currently waiting on the company to formally notify them of the details for its upcoming annual general meeting

Swiss bank takes third-largest stake in publisher, as shareholders await news of agm

 Irish Press meeting: Eamon De Valera is the grandson of the group’s founder. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Publishing group was founded in 1931 by former president Eamon De Valera

It’s all change on the Dublin drinking scene these days with a new breed of pub barons taking over

Who will buy the next round on the frenetic Dublin pubs market?

Steve Fitzpatrick, General secretary of the Communications Workers Union. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Steve Fitzpatrick, the pragmatic union leader who won’t leave managing to the managers

London: Marks & Spencer shares slumped 4.7p to 353.7p on the Footsie amid news the retail giant is planning to close six stores following a review of its store estate. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Glanbia performs strongly on Iseq while Kingspan falls 0.5% ahead of trading update

Martin Shanahan of IDA Ireland, Claire Solon of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland and  Daniel Susskind, author of “Future of the Professions”, at the SCSI national conference  on Friday. Photograph:  Conor McCabe Photography

Ex-Department of Finance official says new spatial development strategy is needed

INM chief executive Robert Pitt, chairman Leslie Buckley with fellow directors Ryan Preston and Jerome Kennedy. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

O’Brien says he doesn’t control INM but O’Reilly did so with the same 29% stake he has

Simon Pratt, MD of Avoca at the new store under construction at Dunboyne, Co. Meath. Photograph: Alan Betson

Following its €64 million sale to US giant Aramark, the retailer opens in Dunboyne

Independent House on Talbot street. INM says on its website that it “applies the UK Corporate Governance Code published by the Financial Reporting Council in the UK”.

Financial backing from Manx company is not disclosed in INM’s annual report

Coillte CEO Fergal Leamy says Coillte is now on the lookout for more  international partnerships. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

State agency joins consortium to produce MDF fibreboard treated for outside use

Number of overseas trips to Ireland continued to rise with more than 1.7 million visitors during the winter months. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fall of 22% in British visits in 2017 could lead to 850,000 fewer tourists this year

Traders  on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Apple’s 1.3 per cent gain made it the top stock on the S&P and the Nasdaq. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Bank of Ireland, Smurfit Kappa and Glanbia among strongest performers on Dublin’s Iseq

Kieran Mulvey: demands for ministerial intervention in disputes represents “shallow thinking”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland faces challenge from ‘perfect storm’ of Brexit and Trump, Kieran Mulvey says

Independent News & Media chief executive Robert Pitt and chairman Leslie Buckley. Photograph: Alan Betson

Chief executive not the only INM executive to raise concerns over corporate governance

 (L to R, front row) Siptu shop steward Gerry Markey (in pale shirt), Siptu services division organiser Ethel Buckley (in black dress), Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr and Natrium director Deirdre Foley with  former Clerys staff after reaching a deal. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Caveat: Media-shy developer Deirdre Foley was hurled into spotlight but what did she expect?

Three Ireland,  which bought the O2 brand in Ireland in 2014 for €850 million, continued to boost its active subscriber base, which rose by 2 per cent to almost 2.1 million. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Mobile phone operator’s revenues fell by 5% last year, due to cap on EU roaming charges

The aborted proposal sparked a public schism late last year between INM’s chief executive, Robert Pitt (left), and its chairman and O’Brien associate, Leslie Buckley( right).Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The deal that never was simply refuses to go away

INM chief executive Robert Pitt: made a protected disclosure under whistleblower legislation. Photograph: Fran Veale

Robert Pitt made disclosure about proposed Newstalk bid

Sean Mulryan: Markland has completed the sale of a number of assets as part of its Nama wind-down since the end of 2015. Photograph: Alan Betson

Nama-backed European property company valued at €256m in most recent accounts

Beauty and the Beast: Stocks in the House of Mouse gave the Dow a big boost thanks to torrid ticket sales.

Possibilities on Donald Trump’s revised trade policy weigh down US markets

 The avaiation industry is “a proper paddy party” and  Tallaght’s Alan Joyce is on course for a decade at the helm at Qantas. Photograph: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

Caveat: They are to be found all over the world, and today they will be donning the green

Primark’s seventh US store which is in   Staten Island Mall in New York

Outlet in Staten Island Mall is chain’s seventh US store

Traders  on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.   Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

US stocks fall as oil price dip continues; Bank of Ireland among worst-performing banks

The Chicago river was dyed green on Saturday. Tourism Ireland hopes up to 300 landmarks in 40 countries will go green this year. Photograph: Lee Hogan/Chicago Sun-Times via AP

Agency talks up €10m ‘free advertising’ from St Patrick’s Day

Frank Gleeson: embroiled in legal action with EMI-MR, a company linked to his US-based co-investors in Mercantile, Michael Breslin and Maurice Regan

Whelan’s publican alleges he has been forced from chief executive role in Dublin group

Ulster Bank said employment growth in construction in February was “the third-fastest in the survey’s history”. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Construction sector data for February shows marked rise in activity after three-month lull

Eddie Hobbs: Brendan Investments, the fund he helped found in 2007, is liquidating its remaining housing assets in Detroit, Michigan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Lender calls in €750,000 loan to troubled Eddie Hobbs-founded property fund

A High Court action is being taken to enforce guarantees given by members of the Kelleher family for property loans made by Anglo Irish Bank. Photograph: Frank Miller

Kenmare Property Finance takes action over Anglo loans

 Mick and Ciaran Crean: “While you may want to kick the s**t out of your brother on a daily basis sometimes, there is serious trust there,” says Mick. “You don’t get that in the same way from someone you employ.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Crean twins: ‘We’re not sitting back and waiting for Brexit to kill us. We’re ambitious’

Eason’s managing director Conor Whelan: If the bookstore’s  various digital and physical customer “touchpoints”   can be stitched  together seamlessly, it should give it   an edge over its  digital-only rivals. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Store-to-online experience may give anchor on Dublin’s ‘auld triangle of retail’ the edge

Eason has already decided to seek about 10 redundancies from the 55 staff currently employed at its books and stationery warehouse near Dublin Airport. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Bookseller to upgrade stores and digital output but may outsource warehouse activities

One of the main drags on the Iseq index was a 5.8 per cent fall in bookmaking giant Paddy Power BetfairPhotograph: Paddy Power Betfair/PA

Iseq falls 0.8% as Paddy Power Betfair confirms a slowdown in online gaming

Incoming Adare Human Resources Management chairman Kieran Mulvey (right) with (from left) Adare head of industrial relations Tommy Cummins, managing director Derek McKay and head of employer relations Liam Mac Namee.

Former WRC chief to advise clients on dispute resolution, compliance and conciliation

Paul Gallagher, chairman of the  Irish Tourist Industry Confederation with Eoghan O’Mara Walsh, chief executive of  Itic. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Industry calls for €12m fund to help it cope with anticipated impact of Brexit

Peter Mathews (right) with Shane Ross at a public meeting in Stepaside in January last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The energetic late Fine Gael TD will live long in the memory of many Irish journalists

 Aidan Heavey, chief executive of Tullow Oil: he will become chairman next month when he hands over the reins to current chief operating officer, Paul McDade. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Tullow’s chief steps down and client of Auld Dubliner pub has to sit down after getting bill

Eugene Murtagh, group chairman Kingspan, at an annual general meeting of shareholders.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Insulation group alleged the former president of its US insulation business leaked data and failed to disclose links to recruiter (...)

A  trader with ash  on his forehead for Ash Wednesday  works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange where banks and industrial stocks were the biggest gainers. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

European stocks jump most since US election as Dow crosses 21,000 mark for first time

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary  in Brussels. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Footnotes: We read between the lines so you don’t have to

 Liffey Valley Shopping Centre:  it was to get about 22,000sq m (236,806sq m) extra  net retail space, on top of its existing 37,000sq m. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Caveat: Nobody seems to have a clue what is in store for the retail sector so sitting tight could work

The Four Courts. Geoffrey Stevenson, who was in charge of Petroceltic’s prime asset in the Algerian desert until the company was bought out of examinership last year, is taking on the business’s new owners in the High Court in Dublin

Summary judgment action filed against Petroceltic Investments for alleged debt

Joe Macken, John Roberts and Kevin Macken:  Roberts declined to reveal how much his former business partner paid him, but said it was an amicable arrangement.

Family regain full control of restaurants as colleague Roberts moves on to other projects

CRH finished up 1.5%. It will hope to benefit from the infrastructural programmes of Donald Trump

Aryzta continues to regain some of the ground lost in recent weeks

Eddie Hobbs: “I’m embarrassed by what has happened . . . but I don’t engage in chicanery.” Photograph: Collins

The €13m property fund he co-founded has lost 90 per cent of investors’ cash, but Hobbs is determined to defend his integrity in a(...)

 Robert Pitt, chief executive, and Leslie Buckley, chairman of Independent News and Media (INM) Group: they fell out over how much to bid for Newstalk. Photograph: Alan Betson

Caveat: Boardroom tension at Independent over aborted purchase of Newstalk

It is understood Colette Fitzpatrick informed Newstalk management earlier this evening of her intention to quit Newstalk Breakfast.  Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography

Broadcaster leaves programme after less than six months to take news anchor position

Most of the hacked sites feature a posting of the Kurdish flag and the statement “long live Peshmerga”. Photograph: iStockphoto

The National Treasury Management Agency website is shut down all day on Monday

Tiffany fell 2.8 per cent on Monday as  its chief executive had stepped down after what the company called disappointing financial results. Photograph: Craig Warga/Bloomberg

Wall Street experiences uncertainty over Donald Trump’s policies

HWBC said Dublin office completions are expected to rise 184 per cent in 2017

Prime office rents expected to rise 8% despite increase in completions of new projects

Centra sales director Ian Allen with Martin Kelleher, managing director,  at the Centra National Conference, where the brand announced sales of €1.59 billion in 2016, a 3 per cent increase on the previous year. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Retailer plans to revamp 100 other shops as part of €20 million investment programme

East Coast Bakehouse founder Michael Carey at the Checkout conference. Photograph: Nigel Gault

Caveat: Michael Carey’s start-up East Coast Bakehouse is expected to break even by Autumn

Brandtone’s revenues are forecast to grow from €18 million this year to €40 million in 2019, according to court papers.

Operating arm of Unilever-backed mobile marketer has net liabilities of €41 million

Matheson is understood to have applied to Revenue to relinquish the charitable status of Eurydice, Medb and Badb,  originally registered with the Charities Regulatory Authority  to “relieve poverty and distress”.

Dublin law firm used trusts to provide services to customers including ‘vulture funds’

Eason chief executive Conor Whelan said  growing volumes was a significant achievement given escalating online competition from the UK. Photograph: Eric Luke

Franchise division and wholesale arm most affected by currency slump, bookseller says

The new Dunboyne Avoca will target a communter hinterland including Meath, Kildare and west Dublin.

Poulet Bonne Femme will be among the food service brands on offer

Glen of the Downs golf club: A statement of affairs prepared by directors, who include landowner Michael Doyle, shows total assets of €581,000 and debts of €2.9 million

Receivers for both firms will pool resources to put golf club and land on sale as one lot

Café en Seine on Dawson Street, Dublin
Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Caveat: marriage breakdown, devilish Eir figures and how windy pigs boost exports

The Howl at the  Moon pub on Mount Street in Dublin

Dublin pub was owned by a Mercantile Group company which had debts of €2.5m

Richard Moat, chief executive of Eir: “Our vision for our customers is a converged future.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Telecommunications company says it will continue to concentrate on investment

Eason chief executive Conor Whelan: core books category is “showing positive signs of improvement”. Photograph: Shane O’Neill Photography.

Together with recently-opened Limerick store, retailer says it will create 30 jobs

BT shares fell as the telecoms giant warned on profits  after accounting irregularities at its Italian division. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Bank of Ireland rally as Italy’s Generali bid news sparks revival in European banks

Dalton Philips: says the impact of the discounters has been a generation of “very educated, savvy consumers in Ireland” who now seek both luxury with value

Wicklow man who formerly ran Morrisons says ‘structural shift’ has taken place in retailing

Lifes2good owner James Murphy has sold his Viviscal brand to Church & Dwight, the owner of Arm & Hammer toothpaste and Trojan condoms.

Lifes2Good chief and Galway Tenors singer sells Viviscal hair brand for €150m

Actor Jennifer Aniston is among the celebrities who have endorsed Viviscal. Photograph: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

James Murphy’s celebrity-endorsed brand bought by Church & Dwight

As organisations get used to the new regime, perhaps they will learn how to provide meaningful levels of detail. Photograph: Getty Images

Caveat: fixed penalties and matching power to prosecute finally give regulator teeth

A house on Prevost Street in Detroit – one of the properties bought by the family in Michigan.

Lottery winner’s family and Eddie Hobbs-backed fund forfeit scores of houses

The McNamaras, including Dolores (above) and five of her six adult children, are thought to have bought  more than 100 homes in poorer parts of Detroit, Michigan. File photograph: Frank Miller

US authorities seize houses in Detroit owned by Dolores McNamara and her relatives

Family-owned McElhinney’s in Ballybofey, Co Donegal. Mc Elhinneys Shop BallybofeyClive O’Donohoe | Product PhotographerMc Elhinneys Department Store Ballybofey County Donegal IrelandT +353 74 913 1217F +353 74 913 1757

Caveat: McElhinney’s goes it alone as it exports to 65 countries

Detroit, Michigan: Brendan Investments raised almost €13 million from Irish small investors at the end of the boom, and initially invested in Germany before moving into the city’s risky  abandoned homes market in 2012. Photograph: Stephen McGee/The New York Times

Investments firm also dragged into row over lack of heat at apartment block it rents out

Microsoft fell 1.8 per cent and Apple dropped 0.9 per cent, making them the biggest drags on the S&P and the Nasdaq. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

FTSE 100 records 11th consecutive record close as sterling dips on Brexit speech news

Declan Ganley: a Mexican court has declined to give the Galway man’s company an injunction in relation to the $7bn contract award. Photograph: Eric Luke

Rivada Networks claims it was wrongly excluded from $7bn mobile phone bid

Digisoft chief executive Fearghal Kelly has said the firm has been profitable for the last 12 months

Cork video software firm ‘growing sales at 40% annually’ and predicts sales to top €4m

Origin chairperson Rose Hynes.

Caveat: No gender quotas and no improvement in women director numbers

Vodafone Ireland said it has pumped €550 million into its network over the last three years. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Telecoms group makes after-tax loss of €11.4 million in year to end of March 2016

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The Dow faltered on Thursday as FTSE soared.

European stock edge slightly upwards as Dow falters

Martin Shanahan chats to Watson, an  IBM  robot, at the announcement of the IDA’s 2016 results. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Despite record job numbers and IBM’s robot, Trump and Brexit cast a pall

Martin Shanahan, chief executive of IDA Ireland, with Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor: “That companies have continued to invest in Ireland is testament to the quality of the offering we have here,” he said. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Almost 200,000 employed in multinationals but IDA warns of political uncertainty

“Last year, AIB accounted for almost one in two of all summary judgment applications in the State.” Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

State-owned bank four times as likely as Bank of Ireland to seek summary judgments

Shoppers  in Dublin City centre on St Stephen’s Day. A weaker sterling has once again made Northern Ireland a cheaper shopping destination. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sales hit by Brexit and dip in sterling. Result: ‘Nervousness’

Declan Ganley’s rivada Networks was excluded from bidding for a Mexican state-backed mobile network.

Businessman’s Rivada Networks was excluded from $7bn mobile network bid

From next month diamonds will be Dermot Desmond’s best friend

A transcript recently emerged of an analyst warning about the debt carried by Digicel which is owned by Denis O’Brien. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

It is unclear why Ireland’s richest man has sought to raise so much cash

Cormac Pettitt managing director of the Pettitt group, pictured at the company-owned Talbot Hotel, in Wexford. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Southeast-based family-owned group eyeing further growth in hotel, supermarket business

Declan Ganley, whose Rivada Networks is in dispute with the Mexican government over bidding for a wholesale mobile network. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Testimony from Deloitte consultant backs up allegations made by Rivada Networks

Denis O’Brien has turned to consultants McKinsey and Goetzpartners to help plot a way forward for Digicel. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Analysis: Telecom firm has 14 million subscribers but €5.9bn in debt

Declan Ganley has alleged the contest for a state mobile contract in Mexico was effectively rigged to exclude his company.

Court in South Carolina has granted Rivada an order enabling it take a deposition

Denis O’Brien: Digicel has appointed McKinsey and Goetzpartners as consultants, as it seeks to cut its debt ratio down from 6.2 times earnings.   Photograph: Reuters

Denis O’Brien-owned company’s debt at ‘unsustainably high levels’, says CreditSights

Sports Direct are to open a new store in the former Boyers building on North Earl Street. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Caveat: Sports Direct to open store in former Boyers building, off Dublin’s O’Connell Street

Digicel chairman Denis O’Brien: company enlisted  help of  Haitian police. Photograph: Swoan Parker/Reuters

Oregon-based UPM Telecom sued by Digicel for allegedly facilitating ‘bypass fraud’

Lloyds Banking Group rose as investors digested news the government had reduced its stake in the bailed-out bank to just below 7 per cent. Photograph: David Moir/Reuters

US stocks hit all-time highs as record-setting rally shows no signs of fatigue

Protesters outside the  INM emergency general meeting held last week in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Media group believed to have made financial offer in pursuit of swift agreement

Facebook Ireland: In 2015, the Irish unit paid tax of €16.5m on profits of €109m.

Tech giant’s tax planning results in a taxable margin of less than 1.4% in Ireland

AB InBev will now be responsible for the sale and trade marketing of C&C’s cider portfolio, including Magners.

Belgian mega-brewer to take over distribution of Magners in England and Wales

The Smyths finely-tuned, volume driven, out-of-town operating model is tailored towards convenience for parents

Caveat: With new stores opening often in UK, chain will hit 100 outlets in early 2017

The average residential fixed-line user consumed 116 gigabytes of data per month, while the average mobile subscriber used 3.4 gigabytes per month on their smartphone

The 1.38bn text messages sent over three months to end September was down 16.4% year-on-year

Traders on the NYSE. The Iseq  rose on Thursday with Bank of Ireland  up 3.9 per cent on the back of the extension to the ECB’s quantitative easing scheme. Photograph:  Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Wall Street rally sparked by Trump’s election continues as INM jumps 5.8% in Dublin

Zara’s owner Inditex made sales of €317 million through its Dublin unit, ITX Fashions.

Spanish retailing giant Inditex makes profit of €54.7m through its online operation

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