The Advisory Group will assist the Oireachtas committee in its proposal for the banking inquiry. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/THE IRISH TIMES

Group of public and private sector banking specialists will assist Oireachtas committe

Actavis’s acquisition of Forest Laboratories for approximately €  18 billion was one of the largest M&A deals in the first half of the year. Photograph:   Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Value of deals soar on back of pharma transactions meaning Ireland accounted for almost 20% of all European activity

Insurance companies have now shed some €342 million in government bond holdings since January of this year according to The Central Bank. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

No change in total outstanding government bonds but insurance companies reduce their holdings

Fourteen companies have joined The Digital Hub since the start of the year, bringing the total number of companies operating at the hub up to 75 and the number of employees up to almost 900. Photograph: The Digital Hub

Three of the six companies are from outside Ireland and all have strong growth plans

The TWMA Providence drilling rig in the Barryroe field. The exploration company said this morning that drilling at its Spanish Point appraisal well off the west coast of Ireland has been delayed until 2015.

Price fell the most in almost four years in London trading this morning

The acquisition of Cosmo will give Salix a tax efficient corporate structure.

US pharmaceuticals group will merge with Dublin-based Cosmo Technologies to reduce its tax bill

UDG Healthcare chief executive Liam FitzGerald. Photograph: Eric Luke

Aquisition of PR firms to be ‘immediately earnings-enhancing’

PwC said it will be “business as usual” at the The Station House Hotel (pictured) and The Waterside House Hotel, both popular wedding venues. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

“Business as usual” at the Station House Hotel and Waterside House Hotel as PwC is appointed at request of KBC Bank

Legislation will allow tv licence collector An Post access subscription information to cable and satellite providers including Sky and UPC in order to clamp down on evasion. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

An Post is to be given access to cable and satellite TV subscription data in order to pursue licence evaders

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