Digital kitchen scale innovator Ben Harris (left), chief executive of Drop, with members of the AIB and Frontline Ventures teams, celebrates AIB’s €2 million seeding

Fund will be managed by specialist venture capital operator that invests in early-stage software

‘Drivetime’ presenter Mary Wilson. The programme  is  Ireland’s most popular drivetime radio show. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Show hosted by Mary Wilson has proved to be attractive option for banks in the past

Rugby pundit Brent Pope is launching a clothing range in Arnotts.

Leinster and Ireland pair McFadden and Madigan to pitch in for launch

Basil Geoghegan: adviser on options available to save Irish Nationwide at time of bank bailout.

Cantillon: divestments deprived Irish banks of fee income, says investment banker

In Dublin, Aer Lingus shares rose 3.4 per cent, marking  a reversal of recent sentiment towards airline stocks in the wake of the Ebola scare. Photograph: Alan Betson

Good day for big names in Dublin as Bank of Ireland and CRH both rise by 4.4%

The five-star Merchant Hotel at Skipper Street in Belfast, one of the hotels whose loans were sold by Ulster Bank to Goldman Sachs

High-profile hotel loans thought to have had face value of about €200m

Basil Geoghegan: State aid might have gone in the door of the Irish banks but it immediately went out

Claim by Basil Geoghegan that the government sleep walked into guarantee

Adriaan Bartels: “We realised that the only people who would come and stay in those days were the Irish, and there was only so much they would pay.”  Photograph: Patrick Browne

Kenya-born Adriaan Bartels has all the required sophistication to manage a five-star boutique hotel

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