Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: said  Freedom of Information documents released to The Irish Times showing tensions between his department and IBRC illustrated that his officials were doing their job. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Solicitors say Department of Finance release of material a ‘serious attack on an internationally and highly experienced banking (...)

Paddy McKillen has been fighting for five years over the ownership of Claridge’s (above), The Berkeley and The Connaught hotels

Qatari investors allied to Irish developer Paddy McKillen acquire interest for €1bn

Siteserv subsidiary GMC/Sierra was one of three companies awarded contracts for the installation of water meters for Irish Water. Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennells

Business was founded in 2006 to provide services for building sites

Former IBRC chairman Alan Dukes has contradicted the Government’s account to the Dáil of how it dealt with the issue. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Background to the sale of the indebted firm to Denis O’Brien – and what happens next

The Berkeley hotel in London, one of three luxury properties where ownership has now been resolved Photograph: Bloomberg

Move signals end of dispute with developer Paddy McKillen

Brent geese over Booterstown marsh. Paddy McKillen snr bought the 4.9-acre site next to the protected marsh  last autumn for about €1 million, making him the latest in a succession of owners.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Developer likely to press ahead with plan for controversial Dublin Bay site despite setback

Eugene O’Callaghan, fund director, of  the Irish Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) expects it to commit between €500 million and €1 billion to projects in the Republic this year.

Director says pipeline is “strong and growing”

Ladbrokes was still paying bubble-era rents in an economy just emerging from a recession.

It had been known for some time that the bookmaking operation was under pressure

Ladbrokes branch in Irishtown, Dublin: the betting chain lost €5 million in 2014.  An examinership, focused solely on its betting shops in the Republic, is likely to run for the full 100 days allowed by law. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Betting chain may have to cut 250 jobs and close 60 of its 196 betting shops in Republic

Bookmaker Ladbrokes Ireland, is seeking High Court protection from its creditors and warns it will have to cut jobs in a bid to rescue the loss-making business.

Bookmaker warns of job losses as it seeks to rescue its loss-making business

Irish-based helicopter leasing specialist, Waypoint, said on Monday that it has bought more than 100 craft and placed them with clients, less than two years since it was launched.

Limerick firm has 13 clients operating in 22 countries

Cityjet has forged a partnership with Dublin-based aviation training company, Simtech, to train in its new pilots.

Airline strikes training deal with Simtech

Dublin Airport Authority said extra spaces are needed to cope with the significant growth in traffic at Dublin Airport over the last three years

Terminal Two short-term car park to double in size to cope with demand

 Transaero Engineering Ireland launched in 2012 – pictured at the launch were  executives Alexander Krinichanskiy, Joseph Millar and William McGonagle

Former Siteserv executive Patrick Jordan has acquired the aircraft maintenance group

Aer Lingus shed some of the gains it made on Thursday on the back of reports the Government was close to agreeing to sell the State’s stake to  IAG. Photograph: Alan Betson

Two-hour blackout at data provider Bloomberg hit markets around the world

Ryanair plans to appeal the original ruling to the British supreme court. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Competition authority has refused Ryanair’s call for a formal review of its 2013 ruling

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe said he expected the talks to conclude within weeks. Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

Government and airline group still divided over Heathrow slots

Luxor Investments  are challenging Goldman Sachs and an associate, Beltany Properties’ rights to appoint a receiver over a number of assets, including the Radisson Blu Hotel on Golden Lane in Dublin.

Luxor Investments challenging Goldman Sachs over Radisson Blu Hotel

Racecourse expects festival attendance to beat last year’s record

Airport reports passenger numbers up 17 per cent to 4.7 million in the first three months of the year

Ethiopian is planning to route services to Washington DC and Toronto via Dublin from next May

Move seen as carrier pushing for further rights to recruit additional Irish passengers

Bookmakers will have to pay a 1 per cent tax on all on-line bets placed in the Republic from August 1st under new legislation brought into force on Wednesday.

New charge will not be passed directly on to customers

An Aer Lingus spokesman said the management of the second supplementary scheme was a matter for its trustees

Workers fear supplementary fund could be forgotten if proposed takeover by IAG goes ahead

Ingredients and convenience food group Kerry climbed 1.67 per cent to close at €67.50

Bank stocks slide, but energy shares rise following reports of US supply slowdown

At the launch of Transaero Engineering Ireland in April, 2014, were Mr Alexander Krinichanskiy, managing director, Transaero Airlines; Joseph Millar, executive chairman of Transaero Engineering and William McGonagle, chief executive officer. The company has emerged fron examinership.

Aircraft maintenance specialist sought court protection in January

Aer Lingus paid former chief executive Christoph Mueller a total of €1.24 million last year, 19 per cent less than the €1.5 million he received in 2013.  File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Christoph Mueller owned 709,555 shares in December

Former Aer Lingus chief executive, Christoph Mueller, was paid almost €1.24 million in his last year in the airline’s top job.

Former chief executive paid 19 per cent less in 2014

The ESRI  estimates that the Republic needs to build between 19,000 and 33,000 new houses a year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Surveyors claim level of housebuilding below that indicated by official figures

Official estimates exaggerated the number of new homes built in the Republic last year by more than 2,000, a new report claims.

Supply problems could be more serious than previously thought warns report

Ryanair shares ended 1.05 per cent ahead yesterday at €11.055, with just over a million shares changing hands in Dublin. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Rise of 12% year on year in passenger journeys

EasyJet chief executive  Carolyn McCall: “It’s going to be good for Ireland, it’s going to be good for IAG and it’ll be good for Aer Lingus.” Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Carolyn McCall says the move would be ‘rational consolidation’

Michael Fingleton: special liquidators Kieran Wallace and Eamonn Richardson of KPMG are continuing with their action against Mr Fingleton arising from the circumstances that caused Irish Nationwide’s collapse. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Case involving Michael Fingleton expected to go to full trial by year end

 Richard Branson’s Virgin Airlines  is a rival of British Airways, the biggest airline in IAG. Photograph: Virgin/PA

Recommendation expected to be made ahead of April 14th meeting

Washington state: Port of Bellingham and Harcourt had been in talks for more than a year

Irish property company to redevelop disused industrial site in Washington state

Johnny Ronan was one of the highest profile developers during the property boom that ultimately led to the Republic’s financial crash in 2008.

Loans due to the agency refinanced in €300 million deal

Ruth Curran of Merc Partners with Willie Walsh, chief executive of  International Airlines Group. Mr Walsh said it would be “very interesting” if Virgin appeared before the Oireachtas committee. Photograph:  Angela Halpin

Virgin Atlantic comments no indication of interest in Irish market, says IAG boss

Willie Walsh, chief executive of IAG, in Dublin last month following a parliamentary hearing into the proposed takeover of Aer Lingus. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

IAG chief believes airline should explain its interest in Irish market

Fairfax would have paid €93.5 million for the Bank of Ireland shares when it bought into it in 2011

Fairfax considering placing 935m shares in bank with buyers at between 35.75 cent and 37.25 cent a share

Fairfax Financial plans to sell almost 3 per cent of Bank of Ireland.

Group offloading almost 3% of Irish lender

Helsinki harbour. Finnair has extended its planned Dublin-Helsinki service to the winter months ahead of its launch on Monday.

Airline hoping to cash in on demand for far east flights

Permanent TSB denied the payments were bonuses. A spokesman explained they were commissions and have been part of staff’s salaries since before the financial crash in 2008. Photograph: Alan Betson

Individuals workers receive up to €4,500, while branch managers get larger sums

 Willie Walsh: the IAG chief executive   has pledged to maintain Aer Lingus flights from the State to Heathrow for five years. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/PhotoCall Ireland

Minister for Transport wants five-year pledge on Heathrow slots extended

 Etihad Airways, holder of almost 5 per cent of Aer Lingus, will probably sell its stake if the Government backs the IAG offer. James Hogan, chief executive of the Gulf-based airline, reiterated this recently.

Kavanagh tells aviation forum, ‘There is a timeline and an end is in sight’

Arytza chief executive Owen Killian: “The transaction will benefit the free float of Origin Enterprises and transform Aryzta into a pure play in speciality food.”

Deal boosts agri-services company’s free float

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe stressed that maintaining the low VAT measure for the tourism sector is conditional on the industry remaining competitive on Wednesday. (Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times)

Minister warns that sector must not return to the high prices that damaged its competitiveness during the boom years

Group to place shares with limited number of institutions

Airlines are facing a critical skills shortage as it seeks to replace a generation of staff and cope with a doubling of capacity over the next 15 years, one industry leader warned on Tuesday.

Industry leader warns that aviation must replace ‘one generation of technical staff with another’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Pascal Donohoe, Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport at the launch of the Government’s tourism policy at Kilkenny Castle on Monday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Focus to be on increasing revenue to €5 billion

Harcourt will buy the Port of Bellingham 18.8-acre site in stages and redevelop it as a shopping and business centre

Developer to sign contract to redevelop 18.8-acre site in Washington state

The State is now able to borrow money at record low interest rates.

Treasury agency makes third earlyrepayment

IAG has been circling Aer Lingus for more than three months and in January said that it is willing to pay €2.55 a-share for the Irish airline, once both the State and Ryanair agree to sell their holdings in the company.

Further talks scheduled over €1.36bn bid for airline

Castlebar, Co Mayo. At a US function this week Opensparkz announced it planned to create up to 250 jobs in the town over three years

Businessman behind promised Mayo scheme threatened with court action

Earlier this week the airline said that it had spoken to manufacturers about buying long-haul craft and was looking at the possibility of flying between 12 to 14 European and US cities Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Announcement follows reports that board approved future growth plans, including possible transatlantic services

Etihad flightattendants in training. The airline is willing to sell its Aer Lingus stake.

Gulf carrier’s chief James Hogan says it is unlikely to remain a backer if group takes control

The union meeting followed talks this week between IAG and a Government body set up to review its proposed €2.55-a-share offer for Aer Lingus. Photograph: Artur Widak/PA Wire

Source says unions could be ‘neutral, or at least less hostile’ following meeting

The union meeting followed talks this week between IAG and a Government body set up to review its proposed €2.55-a-share offer for Aer Lingus. Photograph: Artur Widak/PA Wire

Source says unions could be ‘neutral, or at least less hostile’ following meeting

Nicholas Moore, chief executive officer and managing director of Macquarie. Macquarie is planning a rights issue to raise $500 million to help pay for the deal, which will rank the business close to the globe’s top 10 aircraft lessors.

Transaction to go through in 12 months

Ryanair wants to grow its share of the central European country’s market to between 15 per cent and 20 per cent from its current 4 per cent by 2019. File photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Airline makes play for larger slice of German market in time for winter schedule

Aer Lingus planes at Dublin Airport. Sources say IAG could make further concession on Aer Lingus’s Heathrow slots in order to break the deadlock over its proposed bid for the State’s stake in the airline. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Airline company met with Government representatives to break deadlock over bid

A pedestrian walks past the Aer Lingus ticket and customer services desk in the departure hall at Dublin Airport. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Coalition statement seeking further guarantees on Heathrow services discussed

Holfeld Plastics’ Arklow plant, which produces plastic packaging for food processors in Ireland and Europe

Company seeks to hire seven staff to cope with increased demand

 Andy McCue,  chief executive, and Cormac McCarthy, chief financial officer, at the Paddy Power results  briefing  yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Andy McCue favours focus on ‘organic growth’ rather than acquisition

Dómhnal Slattery, CEO, Avolon, said the company delivered a strong performance against key financial and operating metrics in 2014. (Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times)

Chief executive Dómhnall Slattery says it has customers committed to leasing 31 aircraft worth $1.6bn

Bookmaker makes €167m profit before tax

Brian O Donnell (right) pictured arriving at the Four Courts with his son, Blake  for a Supreme Court judgement last month. Photograph:  Collins

Solicitor owned office blocks in Dublin, Washington and London

In his first day as the new chief executive of Aer Lingus, Stephen Kavanagh moved to reassure staff over the bid  for the airline from International Airlines Group (IAG). Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Chief executive Stephen Kavanagh moves to dispel concerns over terms

Peter Barrett, chief executive of SMBC Aviation Capital: the company is one of the top five in the global aircraft finance sector. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Irish-based leasing giant last year announced deals to buy 195 aircraft

Shelbourne Hotel general manager  Stephen Hanley addresses a staff training workshop. The Irish Hotels Federation is urging the Government to maintain the special 9 per cent tourist industry VAT rate introduced in 2011 to aid recovery in the sector by allowing it to cut costs and compete with the rest of Europe.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Average price expected to reach €109 amid growing demand

North Kildare Chamber of Commerce, which represents local and multinational companies with a combined workforce of 9,300 people and includes food group Kerry, has found 86 per cent of its members have confidence in the Irish economy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Chamber of Commerce finds 42 per cent of its members not sure of Government

Fexco site at Killorglin, Co Kerry: expansion in Britain is being driven by the economy recovering and the pound continuing to strengthen. Photograph:  Don MacMonagle

Expansion is Fexco’s second in Britain in the last 12 months

Willie Walsh, chief executive  of International Consolidated Airlines Group SA: has not given up on his group’s proposed €2.55-a-share offer for  Aer Lingus. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

IAG chief executive says he would be ‘crazy’ to stretch five-year pledge on Heathrow slots

SAS has sold further rights at Heathrow Airport in a deal that will net it $22 million and which follows an earlier sale for $60 million

Deal underscores value of Aer Lingus rights at the airport

The union Siptu will seek assurances on the future of 1,500 Aer Lingus jobs before deciding whether or not to back the bid. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Incoming Aer Lingus chief wants airline to be allowed manage sale of Ryanair 29.8% stake

IAG chief Willie Walsh has already conceded that some jobs could be lost in the Aer Lingus head office and in areas such as IT. Photograph: The Irish Times

Union officials caution members’ job security fears yet to be allayed

Cityjet chief executive, Christine Ourmières-Widener, is stepping down from her role at the independent airline.

Outgoing chief executive oversaw sale to German investor

A Bell helicopter. Waypoint, backed by members of the Soros family, is leasing an Agusta Westland AW139 and a Bell412EP	to Caverton, which will use them to support offshore oil and gas operations.

Deal is Irish lessor’s first in west Africa

Greece’s Alpha Bank AE rallied 17 percent. “Today is a huge relief for the banks, which are a big part of the index, because part of the story is that they will be kept afloat,” said analyst Jean-Paul Jeckelmann Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

Dublin fails to follow European peers as leading stocks act as drag on index

Incoming Aer Lingus chief executive Liam Kavanagh has said  the IAG deal would boost passenger numbers on the airline’s Heathrow routes. File  photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Incoming chief executive Stephen Kavanagh says sale would benefit Heathrow routes

 Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe. A Government demand that IAG guarantee the Aer Lingus slots at Heathrow Airport for a decade is emerging as the main barrier to any deal on the issue.   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Government demand on slots emerging as main issue in proposed sale of airline stake

Outgoing Aer Lingus CEO Christoph Mueller said that 2014 was a “very successful for Aer Lingus, with strong performance across our businesses”. (Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times)

Chief executive designate, Stephen Kavanagh, said that before IAG’s approach, Aer Lingus was weighing the possibility of entering (...)

Willie Walsh and Aer Lingus chief executive designate Stephen Kavanagh met outgoing Irish Congress of Trade Unions general secretary David Begg, Jack O’Connor of Siptu and Shay Cody of Impact to discuss IAG’s bid. Photograph: Alan Betson

Union leaders believed to have questioned IAG chief on possibility of job losses

 Kingspan chief executive Gene Murtagh: “I would say that we are done with large-scale acquisitions for the time being. There is a lot of integration involved in those two transactions, that will be our priority.”     Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Group to spend about €60m this year on capital projects, less than half of last year

Checking in a for an Aer Lingus flight. The airline’s unions have said that their position is unchanged on IAG’s bid.

Statement by secretary of representative council had sparked speculation that unions had softened stance

Altobridge shareholders believed that its key asset – the intellectual property linked to the technology it was developing – remained valuable despite decision to place it in receivership. Illustration: Thinkstock

Shareholders angry over decision and say firm’s IP is valuable

“Adidas, Boss, Gap, we have seen those names looking to open up stores here”

IPUT seeking finance for investment in range of retail and logistics sites

TDs in constituencies where many Aer Lingus workers live fear losing votes if there is negative fallout from an IAG takeover. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Joe Costello among TDs seeking to put forward motion on takeover

As well as its outlets in Cork and Dublin airports, ARI runs duty free stores in Bahrain, Barbados, Canada, Cyprus, Lebanon, Oman, and India. The business has a turnover of close to €880 million a-year.

Operation at state's largest airport will add 230 staff to workforce

Fly Leasing has not supplied any planes to Aer Lingus and Colm Barrington stressed that he would excuse himself from any discussions dealing with such a transaction. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Colm Barrington says no conflict arising from role as chief executive of Fly Leasing

Siac’s problems with roadbuilding contracts in Poland forced it to seek High Court protection from its creditors and the appointment of an examiner. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Siac sold interest in 2013 as it faced financial pressure from losses in Poland

Stephen Kavanagh: he stressed that becoming part of the group that owns British Airways (BA), Iberia and Vueling would accelerate the growth Aer Lingus is experiencing on its long-haul services. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Stephen Kavanagh highlights Dublin’s potential as hub for north Atlantic traffic

Stephen Kavanagh, Aer Lingus’s new chief executive officer. Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography/PA Wire

Kavanagh knows enough about the airline’s workings to steer it forward

Pádraig Ó Ríordáin: the panel was clarifying a number of issues with the union Siptu and  Ictu. Photograph: MacInnes

DAA chairman has said company’s offer is final and open until March 15th

Builder Michael O’Flynn will keep 500 acres of development sites in Ireland and Britain under the agreement. Photograph: Collins

Carbon Finance to keep properties generating rental income

Unemployment will fall below 10 per cent next year as the Republic’s economy continues growing, according to ratings agency Fitch.

Global banks likely to cut interest rates on future government borrowings

Aer Lingus chairman Colm Barrington said the  the move would have significant benefits for the Republic. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

‘Compelling commercial logic’ for airline to become part of IAG, says chairman

 Property developer Michael O’Flynn

Agreement ends dispute between Cork developer and US private equity giant Blackstone

Aer Lingus executive chairman Colm Barrington

Barrington says takeover would reap significant benefits for Republic

The airlines had objected on the grounds that the reduction was not enough

Regulator ordered cuts of 19 per cent over the next five years to €8.68 from € 10.68

Willie Walsh said he was prepared to make a committment that Aer Lingus would continue to operate four flights a-day between Cork and Heathrow and three between Shannon and the London hub. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

IAG chief gives extra guarantees before Oireachtas committee

The UK Court of Appeal says Ryanair should cut its stake in Aer Lingus to 5 per cent

Airline may not sell its near 30% holding in Aer Lingus

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