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

TV3 group managing director Pat Kiely launching its rebranded channels.  Photograph: Brian McEvoy

Virgin-owned group unveils new TV3, 3e and be3, which will be “female focused”

Chief executive Robert Pitt (left) and chairman Leslie Buckley at the Independent News and Media emergency general meeting in the O’Callaghan Alexander Hotel, Dublin, on Monday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

INM chief executive and chairman in show of unity at egm after discord over Newstalk bid

 Michael Doorly (left) director, chief executive Robert Pitt and chairman Leslie Buckley voting at the Independent News & Media egm at the Alexander Hotel Monday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

Chairman criticised as he refuses to answer questions on pension scheme or Newstalk

 INM chief executive Robert Pitt and chairman Leslie Buckley: had a serious falling out over the price tag of a proposed bid for Newstalk. Photograph: Alan Betson

Other board members not told of dispute between Pitt and Buckley for several months

The Garveys own SupValu stores in Kerry, Limerick and Waterford, plus the Dingle Skelligs hotel and the Dingle Benners. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Group comprises nine Supervalu stores in southwest and two hotels in Dingle

  Kerry Group is one of the main backers of the food safety app designed to identify problems in the food supply chain. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Mislabelling and counterfeit products cost industry an estimated €40 billion a year

The December economic outlook uses Cosmo to model the impact of growing Irish housing demand on the banking sector. It suggests demand for new housing units will increase from 24,000 annually currently, to 30,000 by 2024. File photograph: Getty Images

Think-tank says foreign banks may be needed to satisfy demand for mortgages

 Real Madrid’s Portuguese coach José Mourinho  and  Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo: tax affairs under scrutiny.

José Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo’s tax affairs facilitated by Moore Stephens

Wall Street on Friday: financials fell 1.14 per cent, the biggest losers, while industrials were flat. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

On Wall Street Goldman Sachs fall for first time in four days, weighing most on the Dow

Food company Glanbia was down close to 3 per cent on today’s Iseq. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Losses in technology stocks in New York drag down Nasdaq and S&P 500

Sending revenues to Ireland would allow Ronaldo to pay 12.5% on profits, as opposed to 43.5% in Spain. Photograph: AFP

Real Madrid star appears to have used Irish image rights firm to conclude contracts

Financial adviser Eddie Hobbs who launched the geared property investment fund Brendan Investments to the masses in 2007. Photograph: Eric Luke

Caveat: Property fund Brendan Investments raised almost €13m from small investors

Robert Pitt, chief executive of INM, and Leslie Buckley, chairman of INM. Photograph: Alan Betson

Issues arose over Independent News & Media bid for station owned by Denis O’Brien

Mr Justice McGovern said Nualtra could have taken another route, such as asking the court to rule on documents

Aymes International describes bid to force cross-examination of Roger Wertheim Aymes as ‘intolerant and intemperate’

INM said CEO Robert Pitt was “fully committed to his role”.  Photograph: Bryan Meade

Chief executive Robert Pitt said to be at odds with chairman Leslie Buckley

Brereton Jewellers’ flagship outlet on Grafton Street, Dublin, which opened in 2012. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dublin jewellery group is rebranding and will launch ‘ring-builder’ service next year

PrePayPower is rolling out smart electricity meters which, when twinned with an upgraded app, can be topped up directly from a smartphone.

Pay-as-you-go electricity provider on course for growth of about 12 per cent in 2016

Intel Ireland’s  latest planning application is for a smaller facility than the one for which it got permission in 2013. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Co Kildare plant seeks to stay in race for $4 billion manufacturing facility

 Supermac’s chief Pat McDonagh: “The process of developing a hotel is hard. It’s too long, too cumbersome. Certain people just try to block everything.”

Caveat: Trigger-happy An Taisce making it difficult to address this chronic shortage of beds

Barnardos chief executive Fergus Finlay:  said “any suggestion that we are supported by the Matheson Foundation is completely wrong”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Matheson Foundation claims to have donated to Temple Street and Barnardos

Kingspan is one of the Irish companies that would be expected to benefit from a stimulus programme in the US

FBD up 5% in Dublin as insurer continues to benefit from plans to help reduce costs of claims and bring down premiums

Supermac’s on O’Connell Street, Dublin: After-tax profits at the group doubled to €14 million last year.

Founder Pat McDonagh completes windfall by selling property worth €27m to company

Kendrick Investments held 99 per cent of Topaz   prior to its sale to Couche-Tard. Photograph: David Sleator

Settlement subject to payment being made to O’Brien’s Kendrick Investments, court hears

Changing outlook: a security agent at the US Federal Reserve in Washington DC. Photgraph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Donald Trump’s strategy expected to raise debt demand and lead to higher interest rates

Bank of Ireland rose 4.2 per cent,  on the back of hopes red tape around the sector might ease. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Dow Jones hits near-record over speculation in relation to Donald Trump’s policies

Businessman Declan Ganley has alleged the Red Compartida process is being fixed in favour of other bidders. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Networks company expects to get decision on emergency legal bid next week

McDonald’s Restaurants of Ireland recorded a 10 per cent increase in after-tax profits to €10.4 million, according to its 2015 accounts. Photograph: AP Photo/McDonald’s Corp.

Irish master franchisor’s turnover rises 5 per cent as number of outlets grows to 77

Why are we charged a Paddy Levy by  British  online retailers?

With items as much as 20% more expensive online, rental costs are simply no excuse

PrePayPower has more than 100,000 electricity customers  but said it would be more cautious on its rollout in the gas market. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Provider plans to put gas offering to existing electricity customers over coming months

Anglo promissory notes have been replaced with government debt held by the Central Bank. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

NTMA announces it acquired bonds due to mature in 2043 and cancelled them

Inbound tourism from the US reached an all-time record this year, up more than 15%  to almost 1.4m   over the first nine months

Fáilte Ireland urges industry to seek more growth from continental Europe

The perennially popular Lucozade is being rebranded into Lucozade Zero, a sugar-free version of the glucose drink. Photograph: Frank Miller

Commercial decision has nothing to do with State tax on sugary drinks, says company

Declan Ganley says he will sue the Mexican state after he alleged his Rivada Networks company is being squeezed out of the bidding process for a $7bn network contract in the Latin American country.

Businessman alleges ‘stitch up’ involving hijackers over Rivada Networks bid

The number of staff directly employed by Google Ireland last year increased 6% to nearly 3,000. The company says it also employs about 3,000 contractors on its Irish sites.

Sales up 23% while after-tax profits jump 72% as “Google Network” partners sign up

The hotel did not release its turnover  but it signalled “substantial growth” in room revenues and “steady growth” in its bar and restaurant sales

Hotel reports profit of more than €1.3m compared with just €28,000 a year earlier

Smyths Toys group will open its 70th British store on Saturday, at Crayford in London. Photograph: Frank Miller

Galway-based company now among the State’s largest indigenous retailers

Stoppelman pulled the plug on the future of its Dublin operation in a conference call with institutional analysts. He rattled it off like he was reading the ingredients off a box of wholegrain wheat snacks. Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

Caveat: Chief executive Jeremy Stoppelman delivered the news in a cold, insensitive manner

CEO of Eir Richard Moat. He  said it was a positive set of results, with the company  on track to meet its full-year guidance

Telco reports Q1 revenues up and is on course to meet full-year guidance

Yelp, which recorded net income growth of 30 per cent in the third quarter, declined to clarify the precise impact on its Dublin office. Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

Online review platform announced the creation of 100 jobs in Dublin only two years ago

Hines beat off five other bidders for the Central Bank building on Dame Street in Dublin.

US firm thought to have agreed price close to €65 million asked for Dame Street building

Frank Gleeson, managing director of Aramark Northern Europe, Aramark wellness ambassador and athlete Natalya Coyle and Freshii Ireland master franchise holder Dave O’Donoghue

Aramark signs deal with fresh food franchise with plans for more than new 10 Irish outlets

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