Bright sparks: Kevin Maughan set up  UrbanVolt with Declan Barrett and Graham Deane in late 2015. The company now has  more than 200 customers and has provided total savings of between €30 million and €40 million. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

UrbanVolt’s ‘energy service’ provides LEDs free to clients and then shares the savings

Michael O’Leary, chief executive officer of Ryanair, checks his watch ahead of the company’s annual general meeting in Dublin on Thursday, September 21st. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Pilot shortage has left region’s biggest carrier exposed

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary at the Ryanair AGM in Swords, Dublin. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Endorsement comes despite advisors’ calls to oppose them

  Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary   during the company’s AGM at the their Dublin headquarters, where the crisis over pilot shortages and warnings that crews are rejecting cash bonuses to commit to the airline will be addressed. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Michael O’Leary, however, rejects claims that pilots are defecting to rivals

Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport. Minister for Transport Shane Ross said  Dublin had grown into a highly-connected airport under the regulator’s oversight

Minister says new policy will put passengers’ interests first

A cancelled Ryanair flight on a departure board at Stansted Airport in the UK on Tuesday. Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary and his board will face shareholders at the company’s annual general meeting on Thursday. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

Airline offers pilots €12,000 to forgo annual leave as it pares back losses of €1.46bn

Paddy Power Betfair’s shares suffered recently when it emerged that chief executive, Breon Corcoran, was planning to leave.

Move involves the purchase of 346,023 Paddy Power Betfair shares

Ryanair’s chief executive Michael O’Leary speaking at a press conference in Dublin to defend the airline over its decision to cancel up to 50 flights a day to deal with a staff rostering issue. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Some €1.4bn has been wiped off Ryanair’s market value since it began cancelling flights

The Commission for Aviation Regulation is looking at ways to replenish the compensation fund for holidaymakers. Photograph: Jason South

Charge to increase compensation fund would be 0.25 per cent of turnover, regulator says

Michael O’Leary: dismissed reports that a shortage of pilots or other staff was partly to blame for the decision to cancel the flights. Photograph: Hannah McKay

Likelihood of cancellations hinges on pilots’ response to buy-back offer, says O’Leary

Green Property Reit Ventures confirmed the company was in talks with potential tenants for One Molesworth Street in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irish property group well placed to benefit from Brexit relocations, chief executive says

Industry figures warn such a move will drive up the cost of sun holidays. Photograph:  Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Failures such as Lowcostholidays have seen Travellers’ Protection Fund monies plummet

As part of the new system, operators will have to respond to any porting requests within four hours

System is meant to speed up and simplify the process of switching telecoms companies

Michael O’Flynn’s company and other developers complained about Nama to Brussels after the agency said it would finance the construction of 20,000 homes. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Plan to repurpose agency as housebuilder should be put on hold, Michael O’Flynn says

Conroy Gold chairman Prof Richard Conroy. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

‘No question’ of Prof Richard Conroy abusing authority in blocking election, court told

Nama’s offices at the Treasury Building in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times.

Nama, born in one crisis, will soon be given the powers to help fix another

Conroy Gold chairman Prof Richard Conroy. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Prospector’s biggest shareholder wants court to overturn chairman’s ruling at agm

Dublin-based Norwegian Air International lost $205 million (€172.5 million) in 2016, accounts show. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Airline likely to launch further long-haul services from Ireland and western Europe

Air Canada plans to use Airbus A330s on the Dublin-Toronto route. All three services will offer economy and business class seats

Airline to add routes at Dublin and Shannon and boost non-stop Toronto service

Applegreen: closed at a 52-week high of €5.80 after announcing its first dividend payment to shareholders. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Applegreen closed at a 52-week high after announcing its first dividend payment

The first scheduled direct transatlantic flight from Cork Airport to Boston Providence with Norwegian taking off earlier this year. Photograph: Brian Lougheed

The airline plans to recruit up to 40 pilots for its Dublin base

Howard Millar: last  year joined Stellwagen as chief operating officer and as as chief executive of one of its divisions, Stellwagen Capital.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Fellow executives Edward Coughlan and Edward Hansom also leaving the company

Norwegian Air Shuttle: its chief financial officer said the group had the option of selling its leasing unit, which buys aircraft and rents them to the airline, to raise money if it were needed

Airline recently launched low-cost transatlantic flights from Ireland to US

Ryanair chairman David Bonderman. Advisers recommend that shareholders oppose his re-election at the airline’s AGM this month.

Airline provides too little data on calculation of bonuses for executives, advisers argue

Paddy McKillen

Paddy McKillen’s Clarendon Group to join forces with builder BAM on project

Stobart flies the Southend routes for British airline Flybe and began expanding the network last May, when it introduced new craft on the services

New routes boost Irish airline’s business at Essex airport

Given the gap between the sides in the North-South pylon proposal, the planning process was always going to be difficult

It could be 2018 before Eirgrid and its subsidiary know if €280m plan can go ahead

The CIF has called on Paschal Donohoe to establish a fund that would loan money to small companies for housebuilding. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Construction Industry Federation says few big infrastructure projects planned for 2018

Mark Cunningham: he  is leaving Bank of Ireland after 30 years

Senior figure who led key division during recession leaves lender

Moy Park reported a 7 per cent rise in pretax profit to €19.6 million for the 13 weeks to the end of July

The poultry processor was put up for sale with a rumoured $1.3 billion price tag

A protest in Meath against the power line connecting the North and the Republic .

Eirgrid’s €280m power line is opposed by locals but approved by An Bord Pleanála

Members of  North East Pylon Pressure Campaign  opposing the Eirgrid North-South Interconnector development at Kilmainhamwood, near Nobber, Co Meath, in 2008. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Saga of Eirgrid’s plans for 300 pylons and electricity line has gone on for 10 years

US vulture fund Cerberus is stepping up enforcement action against buy-to-let and residential mortgages.

US vulture fund is taking more cases for home repossessions

Bank of Ireland at College Green, Dublin. The bank’s shares  shed 1.44%  to end the day at €6.99

Dublin market follows suit in day of little corporate news

Gerry Cross of the Central Bank of Ireland with Alan Dukes at a roundtable  discussion on Brexit earlier this year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irish interest in doing business in region is growing, according to Asia Matters director

It is the first new business in which Sean Quinn snr has invested since he emerged from bankruptcy more than two years ago. Photograph: Collins

Former billionaire will not be involved in its running, but some of his family are directors

Kingspan chief executive Gene Murtagh. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Pretax profits at the insulation specialist grew 5.5 per cent to €163.3 million

John Paul Construction has been contracted to work on the former headquarters of the Central Bank of Ireland on Dame Street in Dublin by its new owners, Hines and Peterson.

Turnover increased to €280 million in 2016, from €165 million the previous year

Businessman Seán Quinn who is preparing to set up a new betting business here.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Quinnbet has just been launched and will offer sports bets and casino games

Patrick O’Sullivan: says he has concerns about corporate governance and directors’ pay at Conroy Gold. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Court challenge planned to ruling that vote appointing new directors was invalid

Kilsaran argues the recovery in construction has only taken hold in Dublin. It says it is inconceivable the commission would seek an increase to the levy. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe

PSO hike of €104m on electricity will hit jobs and growth, warn cement and concrete firms

 Air Berlin, Germany’s second largest airline, has filed for insolvency proceedings. Photograph: EPA/Alexander Becher

Airline shares climb in Europe as investors speculate on likely winners from insolvency

German carrier Air Berlin aircraft are pictured at Tegel airport in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

German government loans insolvent airline €150m as Lufthansa eyes parts of its business

Fintan Slye will leave EirGrid at the end of December, with close to two years of his contract to run. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fintan Slye to run gas and electricity networks at UK grid operator

Dublin Airport said July traffic grew 6 per cent on the same month last year to 3.12 million passengers, a new record for the month.

Brexit continues to hit airport’s UK business, figures show

Wexford-based TD Mick Wallace  questioned the need for the station and its cost. Photograph: Maura Hickey

Agency says station will open in early 2018 now that court case over tendering is over

Ires Reit chief executive David Ehrlich. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

Ires Reit profit surges by 25 per cent in first half of year on back of higher rents

Aerial view of proposed plans for Central Bank

Hines and Peterson’s plans include altering the roof for a restaurant and viewing deck

The old Central Bank HQ on Dame Street:  the work will  ironically bring the building closer to what its designer, the architect Sam Stephenson, originally intended. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Planning sought for €75m redevelopment to include 300-seat rooftop restaurant

The next results from Paddy Power Betfair are due in February, when it will publish its 2017 full-year returns. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Breon Corcoran to weigh ‘different sectors and even different geographies’ for new role

Paddy Power said that revenues rose 9 per cent in the first half of this year. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Chief executive Breon Corcoran is stepping down and will be replaced by Peter Jackson

 Paddy Power Betfair chairman Gary McCann with Breon Corcoran, who is stepping down from his position as chief executive at the company. Photograph: Eric Luke

Analysis: Breon Corcoran was key to growth of both firms

Madrid’s Stock Exchange, August 7th, 2017. Photograph: epa

No bank holiday lull in Dublin as exit news that ‘came from left field’ shocks market

Dissident shareholder Patrick O’Sullivan shareholder at Conroy Gold at the company’s  egm on Friday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

New general meeting called after gathering ends in row over appointment of directors

Johnny Ronan: Judge Patrick Quinn has ordered his firm, Chambury, to sell the freehold on a site at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay and Lime Street  to Balark for €60,000. He indicated Mr Ronan’s company would also have to pay legal costs.   Photograph: Collins

Chambury ordered to make €60,000 interest in Lime Street site available to Balark

German industrial giant Siemens  slid 3.1 per cent following the release of disappointing quarterly earnings. Photograph: Edgard Garrido/Reuters

Solid results from retail and building sectors, while Tesla eases pressure on US stocks

A new survey shows Irish workers add an average  €1,028 each a week to the nation’s wealth

Workers in Republic work harder and produce more wealth than those in the UK

Michael O’Leary has warned that Ryanair may have to cancel flights to and from the UK ahead of March 2019, the scheduled date for the UK to leave the bloc, if there is no certainty about an aviation deal.

Michael O’Leary in London to voice concerns about Brexit’s potential impact on aviation

The sale of more than 28 per cent of AIB early in July raised a total of €3.4 billion.

Surplus of €3.37 billion recorded at end of July

Sun holiday prices could rise next year as regulators bid to replace cash paid from a fund to compensate consumers for failures such as Lowcostholidays.

Costs may increase due to payouts from compensation fund

About  140,000 racegoers are expected to converge on Galway to wager €13 million between the betting ring and tote.  Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Higher tax on bookmakers’ turnover and betting exchange commission urged

 INM walked away from its offer to buy Celtic after the  BAI approved the deal with tough conditions. Photograph:  Fran Veale

Regional titles’ market share details must be provided before further deals, panel says

IDA Ireland has confirmed that 15 of the world’s top 20 banks have opted to move or expand operations to the State as a result of Brexit. Photograph: Getty

Brussels due to decide on London-based banking authority’s new home in November

Irish air travellers hit by cancellations or disruptions received €327,503 in compensation and refunds last year, according to the State’s aviation regulator

Total of 3,871 people affected by collapse of Spain’s Lowcostholidays

Irish wind farms have the capacity to generate 3,736 megawatts of electricity, the equivalent of nine average-sized power plants. Photograph: David Sleator

Electricity prices rise in July as wind fails to deliver

Andy Murray is said to be a frequent investor on Seedrs.  Photograph: Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters

Tennis player among those who have invested more than €19m in internet bank

Oasis stores and manages records and information for client companies.

Dublin-based firm to be taken over by private equity group in deal worth at least €100m

Brexit and Donald Trump’s election prompted more than two in five Irish households to put spending plans on hold. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Builders and services most bullish about the year ahead but shopkeepers more subdued

Companies Office records show shareholders in Maoiniú Mara included Údarás na Gaeltachta, which held 1.6 million shares across different classes.

State body is shareholder in Bradán Beo whose deal prompted High Court case

Digicel intends expanding its 4G network in Tonga

Deal gives Irish businessman’s group 16.6% of state telecoms company

Aer Lingus made a profit of €59 million for the first half of 2017. Photograph: iStock

Delays could force rethink of US service expansion plan, IAG chief Willie Walsh says

Unite regional organiser  Tayra McKee with crane drivers as they protested outside the Health and Safety Authority headquarters in Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Crane drivers picket nine Dublin sites as dispute escalates

Horses being exercised at Ballydoyle: an argument is being made over the classification of the operation as agriculture or industry.

Horse training stables appeals Workplace Relations Commission notice on work hours

Hammerson’s Dundrum Town Centre, which is the State’s biggest shopping mall. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Hammerson’s Irish business earned net rental income of €19.47m in first half of 2017

IAG chief executive Willie Walsh says Brexit is the greatest challenge for the aviation industry in the short term. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

EU restrictions on airline ownership make no sense, says Willie Walsh

Permanent TSB Group climbed 2.25%  to €2.50 in Dublin, making it the best performer amongst the banks

European shares advance as miners and banks gain ground

Kevin Nowlan, the chief executive of Hibernia REIT, said that company remains optimistic for the future. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

CEO Kevin Nowlan calls for action on extensive State landholdings in cities

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary attends a news conference in Rome, Italy in June. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Italian airline hasn’t made a profit since 2008 and is losing €100m a month

Michael O’Leary: he  predicted that summer air fares would fall 5%  this year

Irish airline would only buy troubled Italian rival if it had been ‘radically restructured’

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary: “We are growing from 130 million passengers to 200 million passengers a year. Even if we wanted to put up prices we can’t.” Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Ryanair executive on industry’s future, Brexit and ‘Irish success story’

Hotel la Tour in Birmingham

Hotel la Tour located in UK city centre to be rebranded as a Clayton hotel

 German share price index, DAX board, at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, July 21st, 2017. Photograph: Reuters

Market report: Signs of weak summer ticket prices make investors wary of airlines

Cairn Homes chief executive, Michael Stanley (above), his brother Kevin, and investor Alan McIntosh, will receive 38.7 million equities in the listed house builder next month through the conversion of founder shares in the company. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Michael Stanley, his brother, Kevin, and investor Alan McIntosh hold founder shares in the company

The remains of the Grenfell Tower in west London after it was gutted by fire on June 14th. Photograph: Getty Images

Cavan insulation maker’s product was used in London tower block

Striking crane drivers  on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin, last month. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Protest also planned for outside head office of Construction Industry Federation

Patrick O’Donovan, Minister of State at the Department of Finance, and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Review shows cost of running the country rose €1.2bn to €27.4bn in first half of 2017

Merrion Square hosting the city spectacular. Irish Welcome Tours  has a relationship with more than 600 hotels and visitor attractions throughout the country

Michael Holland’s operation sells tours to holidaymakers travelling to Ireland

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary is calling on the attorney general to end delays in publishing a regulation critical to the construction of Dublin Airport’s second runway. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Michael O’Leary says delay could limit growth opportunities at Dublin Airport

Engineers are frsutrated at the slow pace of infrastructural projects such as Metro North.

Unit could plan investment in housing, schools, water treatment and transport

Udarás na Gaeltachta and Bradán Muhr Teoranta agreed to pay €1.05 million for a 40 per cent stake held in Galway fish farm operator Bradán Beo Teoranta by Maoiniu Mara Teoranta.

Deal undervalues stake in Galway fish farm operator, shareholders claim

Building workers could see their wages rise by 10 per cent if the Oireachtas approves a Labour Court recommendation on pay in the industry.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

New industry wide sectoral employment order will set minimum pay rates if approved by Oireachtas

Inbound trips to Ireland from the UK are down 7 per cent so far this year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Brexit-related decline already under way, airline industry leaders tell European Parliament

The Dundrum Town Centre contributes €93 million in wages and €29 million in taxes, a total of €122 million, to the economy every year. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Mall owner Hammerson details socioeconomic impact of its centres in report

Ryanair obtained a number of subpoenas from Twitter which helped identify Brian Lake as the person responsible. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

Brian Lake from Pennsylvani warned the Irish airline to ‘be ready’ for attack

Disappointing forecasts from US banks JP Morgan Chase and Citigroup acted as a drag on markets on Friday dampening what had been a good week for equities.

AIB dipped but traders maintained the recently refloated bank was “still the belle of the ball”

Horse Racing Ireland fears an EU court ruling  which increased VAT on horses to 9 per cent leaves the Republic at a disadvantage to France and the UK, where, unlike here, racehorse buyers can claim back the tax. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Equestrian body claims EU ruling leaves Republic at disadvantage to France and UK

Competition and Consumer Protection Commission chairwoman Isolde Goggin: “The CCPC will use its powers to ensure that mergers that do not meet the required financial thresholds for mandatory notification, but that are likely to result in a substantial lessening of competition, do not go unchecked.”

CCPC rules takeover of Newsaccess can go ahead if Kantar sells part of company

Hines has just opened its latest development, the 447-bedroom Dorset Point on Dorset Street. Alex Knapp, the managing director of the student accommodation business, said it is seeking planning for another block on Cork Street.  Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

US firm’s fourth student block is on Dorset Street as it eyes up fifth on Cork Street

United blamed a “seasonal reduction in market demand” for its decision. It will begin flying from Shannon again from March 10th.

Airline blames drop in demand for decision to halt service between November and March

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe, who is pondering whether or not to prioritise spending on the M20 motorway linking Cork with Limerick. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

M20 to open up economic corridor and develop three-city region in west and southwest

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