In 2014 the Department of Justice and Equality said the setting up of specialist family law courts could be dealt with through legislation. File photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

District Family Court, Circuit Family Court and Family High Court are to be established

 Michael Lowry has lodged proceedings  against Independent News & Media over its publication of the so-called Lowry tapes. File photograph:  Collins Courts

Publication of tapes in 2013 featuring Lowry and businessman Kevin Phelan caused sensation

 Michael Lowry, then  minister for transport, energy and communications (left) and  Denis O’Brien, then chairman of Esat Digifone,  in 1996. File photograph:  Moya Nolan/The Irish Times

Michael Lowry challenging award of only 30% of fees due to lack of co-operation

Michael Lowry  is taking a case against the State saying the Moriarty tribunal treated him in ways that contravened his constitutional rights and were contrary to provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Independent TD now taking four High Court cases - all linked to the tribunal

 Independent TD Michael Lowry at the Moriarty Tribunal at Dublin Castle  in October 2010. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Analysis: Power of tribunals has been diminished by a series of court cases

New Denis O’Brien Gulfstream has been delivered to Dublin Airport

Aircraft bears an Isle of Man registration but displays an Irish Tricolour

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald amended  the bill on the advice of the attorney general that the Bar Council could sue. Pic: Collins Photos.

It would be extraordinary if barristers and solicitors were not in the premier league when it comes to arguing their case to Gover(...)

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald and Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister says new authority should be in operation by January as part of reforms

The Smith & Williamson survey, involving 105 companies, included 15 of the State’s top 20 law firms, most of which said their turnover had improved.

Seventy per cent of respondents say turnover has improved in the past year

According to the Süddeutsche Zeitung daily, German welfare authorities have come on board to investigate whether some Ryanair pilots really are self-employed. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty

Investigation has grown to include 50 pilots who are not officially Ryanair employees

Thomas Reid of Hedsor House, Leixlip, Co Kildare: said his grandfather bought the house and farm in the early 1900s and that he had never considered selling the land. Photograph: Collins Courts

Thomas Reid wins appeal against IDA’s effort to compulsorily purchase home and farm

Thomas Reid of Hedsor House, Leixlip, Co Kildare, outside the Four Courts on Thursday  after judgment was handed down  in his Supreme Court appeal against an earlier  High Court ruling. Photograph: Collins Courts

Thomas Reid’s victory will not affect compulsory purchase orders generally

 Apple’s latest annual report indicates a substantial increase in the amount of tax it may be paying in Ireland.

Technology company made the largest profit in its history in year to end of September

Eva Panicker and her father Roopesh speaking on the eve of summit event the Future of Ireland, at the RDS, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Venture capitalists rue loss of annual gathering but remain bullish on city’s potential

File picture of the crashed Airbus, which  was covered by the 2002 agreement. Photograph: Reuters/Kim Philipp Piskol

2002 deal left Irish-registered craft under remit of lessee Kolavia’s aviation authorities

Eamon Ryan: “Making public the history of [the qualifying] transactions would greatly improve public confidence in the approach that has been taken. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Transparency on loan details necessary, Green Party leader tells Noonan in letter

Property developer John Barry: associated locally with substantial donations and investments in the local community, in particular in relation to the new GAA complex in Mallow, but also for support for a local school and other facilities and activities in the Mallow area.  Photograph:  Patrick Hogan/Provision

At peak, Castlelands Construction was building up to 700 houses a year and employed up to 500

 Theo Cullinane, chief executive  of BAM Ireland:    “Experience in recent years has shown that the new forms of contract for public works in Ireland have proven adversarial rather than partnering in nature.” Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Turnover up 15 per cent as large builder continues to reduce focus on public works

Gerry Adams  in Long Kesh prison with Brendan Hughes. He would know whether the IRA oversees Sinn Fein

Gerry Adams part of group that sought to overhaul the republican movement

Independent TD Michael Lowry:  said he did not want to comment on his personal business affairs.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Alteration means TD’s firm no longer required to file publicly available accounts

 Last year Google Ireland bought the Grand Mill Quay building on Barrow Street, Dublin, for €65.1 million, and the Dock Mill Building, also on Barrow Street, for €13.9 million. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Dublin-based company pays €41.5 million tax in 2014 on €209 million reported profit

 Federal Reserve building  in Washington, DC. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Fears that US Federal Reserve may wait until deep into 2016 before hiking interest rates

 In  2014 Quinn Industrial Holdings took over activities of the former Quinn Group relating to cement, concrete, quarrying and insulation products, as well as its packaging division.

Quinn Industrial Holdings took over certain activities of former Quinn Group in 2014

Stefan Gerlach (right) and economist John FitzGerald at the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland annual conference in Dublin  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Stefan Gerlach tells conference mortgage rules designed to be permanent part of market

Maximum shops can be charged for such transactions cut to 0.1%

The State is to introduce country-by-country reporting for multinationals in accordance with OECD  recommendations. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Michael Noonan to implement OECD’s Beps recommendations as part of tax strategy

Michael Noonan said fostering innovation would be critical to Ireland’s new economic model and the KDB was designed to incentivise this.

‘Knowledge development box’ announced in budget with aim of encouraging innovation

Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy (66), of Ballybinaby, Hackballscross, Co Louth, has pleaded not guilty to tax offences for the years 1996/97 to 2004. Photograph: Collins Courts

Republican denies any ‘hand or part’ in applying for farm payments

The High Court will hear Persona’s third-party funding details on November 17th. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Persona seeking damages on basis of claim O’Brien’s Esat Digifone won licence illegally

Raw sewage is being pumped directly into water systems in 44 locations.

Water pipes twice as old as European average, half of clean water lost through leakage

International Monetary Fund chief economist Maurice Obstfeld answers questions at the World Economic Outlook Press Conference in Lima, Peru. Photograph: Stephen Jaffe/IMF via Getty Images

International Monetary Fund cuts its global growth forecasts a second time this year

Ireland will have to act wisely, observing which way the wind is blowing, measuring its response, and all the while seeking to preserve the benefits of its vital foreign direct investment sector

Will Beps proposals see billions more in taxes paid by companies to governments?

Welcoming the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (Beps) report, Mr Noonan said the OECD proposals would “play to Ireland’s advantage”, despite fears it could provoke a flight of multinationals. Photograph: Getty Images

Michael Noonan welcomes plan but says EU should not attempt to go further

Pascal Saint-Amans, director of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

OECD director says double-Irish is over but that does not mean Ireland will lose business

The Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) logo is seen at the company’s headquarters in Paris, France, on Friday, May 28, 2010. Slovenia, along with Israel and Estonia, are joining the Paris-based organization of 31 of the world’s most developed economies. Photographer: Antoine Antoniol/Bloomberg

High Irish tax rates seen as impediment to persuading key executives to locate here

Just 48 taxpayers account for €109 million in tax write-offs

Amount of tax owed at the end of March was €2 billion, 9% less than two years earlier

The project involved 787 cases of tax evasion, and by the end of 2014 about 80 per cent had been closed, with a yield of €15.4 million.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Non-payment of tax on expenses, salaries paid to family members among findings

The Priory Hall complex in Dublin, from which residents were evacuated over fire safety defects in October 2011. Tom McFeely was one of its two developers. Photograph: Alan Betson

Move comes just months after developer Tom McFeely was blocked from emerging from bankruptcy by Irish courts

Iceland branch in Cabra: Accounts  say it continued to trade successfully and that three stores opened and one closed, during the year to the end of March. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Group plans to open new Irish outlets and increase staff to up to 1,000

Mayor of London Boris Johnson: has used his power to ‘call in’ Shoreditch project. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Mayor of London to decide on planning permission following developer’s request

Businessman Paddy Cosgrove had contacts with the Government prior to the decision to move the Web Summit to Lisbon

Billionaire George Soros has reduced his exposure to Irish commercial property market

Anglo Irish Bank: the tax bill relates to salaries and one-off special bonuses to senior executives. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Invoice mainly comes from unpaid income tax owed by Anglo

Former INM chief executive Liam Healy Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Healy was a close business associate of Sir Anthony O’Reilly

 Paddy Cosgrave,   the Web Summit’s founder,  with  Taoiseach Enda Kenny    at the RDS in Dublin in 2014. Photograph: Eric Luke

Firm majority owned by Patrick Cosgrave show shareholders’ funds of €1.8m

Some observers believe a public country-by-country reporting regime for multinationals will eventually be put in place. Photograph: Getty Images

Measures aimed at ensuring companies disclose more information to authorities

Borrowing in the years up to 2008 by Anglo Irish Bank, Irish Nationwide, AIB, Bank of Ireland, Irish Life and the EBS so they could lend money  was so out of control that it destroyed the institutions themselves.

Audited results for banks during those years showed healthy profits

Don Thornhill, Chairman of Carb

Regulatory body says rules that governed 2008 bank audits were found “wanting”

A queue for   the jobseeker’s allowance  in Dublin: The rate for jobless households is falling more slowly than joblessness generally. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Chance of someone in jobless household getting job little more than half that of someone in working household

Strong jobs figures in the US added to fears the Federal Reserve could raise interest rates next week. Photograph: Petar Kujundzic/Reuters

Concerns that US Federal Reserve could raise interest rates next week

John O’Dwyer, chief executive of VHI. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Since he took over as CEO of the VHI in 2012, John O’Dwyer has been trying to prepare the insurer for the future

VHI chief executive John O’Dwyer: It is the first time we have had growth in years. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Chief executive John O’Dwyer says he expects growth of 15,000-20,000 customers

Councillor John McCartin and Seán Quinn: Mr McCartin is a director of QBRC Ltd, formerly Quinn Business Retention Company Ltd.

John McCartin helped return large element of group to local control

The Government commission is to investigate transactions of the IBRC, which include deals involving  Denis O’Brien. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Westons take over Arnotts, Denis O’Brien law firm to advise on IBRC commission and Paddy Power gamble pays off

INM group chief executive, Robert Pitt, said the first half of 2015 has been “very satisfactory” for the company both from an operational perspective and from a financial perspective. Photo: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Media group looking at ecommerce opportunties to link to its current online offering

A city worker looks at a stock ticker screen at the London Stock Exchange, August 25th, 2015. Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

European shares bouyed by second Chinese interest rate cut in two months

G4S cleaning services. Photograph: company website

Cleaning and vacant property services firm had pre-tax profit of €257,627 previous year

Media group is also closing its office on Royal Avenue, Belfast, and will relocate in the city. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

INM said continuing decline in print volumes combined to make the printing plant unviable

The directors during the year were Ross Maguire (above)  and Vincent Martin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

New Beginning Advisors’ total income last year was €707,991, as compared with €345,005 a year earlier

In its 2014 accounts Glanbia Luxfin, a subsidiary of Irish food group Glanbia, reported profits of $14.2 million and tax of $4,175, while Glanbia Luxinvest reported profits of €2.9 million and tax of €38,863. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Subsidiaries in Luxembourg of food group had no staff and assets at year’s end of €1.3bn

One of the letters Revenue sent out by mistake.

Letters sent in error to traders abroad under new VAT/Moss system

Businesses outside Ireland have received demands purporting to be from the Irish Collector General seeking payments under new EU VAT rules on customers who buy goods over the internet. Photograph: iStockPhoto

Letters seeking payment under new EU VAT rules sent to firms outside Ireland

Four Seasons Hotel: the Livingstone brothers’ London & Regional Properties group acquired it less than five years ago for about €15 million and is understood to have made a significant return on its initial investment. Photograph: Alan Betson

Livingstone brothers paid €2m to cancel contract with the Four Seasons group

Mark Fielding, chief executive of Isme: said €1.62 billion was being drained from the economy annually because of business crime. Photograph: Frank Miller

Small business representative body calls for tougher measures to tackle crime

Burberry  store on Russell Street in the Causeway Bay shopping district of Hong Kong, China: fashion group’s shares edged up 2p, to 1484p, after being more than 2 per cent higher earlier in the session. Photograph: Xaume Olleros/Bloomberg

Dollar strengthens as labour and sales data bolsters optimism in world’s largest economy

Building the future: jobs were created last month in areas such as retail banking and construction, as well as IT.  Photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

July figures show banking and IT doing particularly well, with more jobseekers coming home from abroad

Cathal Friel, who chairs Fastnet Oil & Gas. The firm is looking to explore the biopharma sector and leave oil and gas

Firm seeks to explore the biopharma sector and abandon its oil and gas activities off the coasts of Ireland and Morocco

Royal Bank of Scotland recorded a fall of 1.6p to 343.9p, while HSBC dropped 3.6p to 584.1p, although Barclays rose 1.4p to 282.6p. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Irish shares showed slight improvement, with Bank of Ireland closing day on 0.54% rise

A view of the Carlisle Grounds, home to Bray Wanderers. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Company says it will not acquire Carlisle Grounds unless another location is found

The Carlisle Grounds belong to Wicklow County Council. The club has a lease up to 2036 at a minimal annual rent, which requires that the grounds are used for soccer games. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Co Wicklow soccer club’s new owners say they have invested €50,000, with a further €200,000 needed to put it on a sound footing

 Joe O’Reilly: said he understood why public might feel bitter about  bailing out developers. Photograph: Eric Luke

Property developer expects his loans of more than €2bn to be sold in Project Jewel sale

Barclays declined to comment on a report it was set to deepen job cuts. Photograph: Lewis Stickley/PA Wire

S&P upgrade nudges Bank of Ireland into territory not achieved since financial crisis

Bank of Ireland was upgraded one notch to BBB-/A-3, the lowest of the so-called investment grades. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

BoI becomes first Irish bank to be raised to investment grade since financial crisis

Ian Coulter: circumstances of departure reported to the Law Society of Northern Ireland, according to Tughans

Former managing partner departed law firm in January amid surprise but little explanation

The website of Cerberus Capital Management, which states the private equity firm has some $25 billion (€22.5 billion) in assets under management.

Private equity firm ‘deeply troubled’ over allegations made in Dáil by Mick Wallace

Well-known Belfast law firm Tughans said Ian Coulter (above) was involved in the sale by Nama last year of a portfolio of loans with a nominal value of €5.7 billion, which were sold for €1.6 billion.

Leading NI business figure left law firm in dispute over fees related to portfolio sale

Brian Rowntree and Frank Cushnahan  were  appointed to the Nama advisory committee for Northern Ireland. Photograph: The Irish Times

Brian Rowntree and Frank Cushnahan have held important public positions in the North

Mick Wallace speaking in the Dáil on Thursday

Ian Coulter named as partner who left Belfast law firm after ‘diverted’ fees were found

Ireland Strategic Investment Fund director Eugene O Callaghan. Photo: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

Investment this year could bring total committed to €2.5 bn in bid to boost economy

Gulnara Karimova, eldest daughter of Uzbekistan’s president Islam Karimov: in 2014, Swiss authorities said they had frozen more than $900 million in assets linked to her as part of an investigation into corruption in Uzbekistan. Photograph: Muhammad Sharif/AFP/Getty Images

Money sought amid wider investigation into $500m Russian payments in Uzbekistan

Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras: mounting concerns about the country resulted in US and European stocks falling. Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

Travel and leisure stocks hit hard by events in holiday destinations Greece and Tunisia

Michael Lowry (centre) with Mar Kare Gustad of Telenor Mobile, Noway, and Denis O’Brien (right), in 1995.  O’Brien plans to float Digicel in New York. Photograph: Eric Luke

Planned Digicel IPO not O’Brien’s first

Demographic trends indicate that a sharp rise in demand for nursing home space is coming down the tracks

The cost of not looking after our ageing population properly will ultimately cost the State even more

It is understood businessman Noel Smyth will tell officials from Mandate and Siptu that Fitzwilliam’s plans for Arnotts include the continued operation of the department store as an independent retailer

Fitzwilliam Finance Partners took control of store earlier this year

Computer generated image of proposal: US company Covanta is to spend €500m on the Poolbeg incinerator, with another €100m coming from the four Dublin local authorities

Company backing project similar in structure to Luxleaks firms

The use of Luxembourg by multinationals to reduce their taxable profits in other jurisdictions, mostly by generating interest charges outside the duchy, while not generating mirroring taxable profits in Luxembourg, is the subject of ongoing political debate within the European Union.

Companies appear similar in structure to those firms in the ‘Luxleaks’ controversy

  Artist’s impression of Chartered Land’s  redevelopment of the former Carlton Cinema site on O’Connell Street, Dubli.  Photograph: Chartered Land /PA Wire

The loss of the store is a blow to O’Connell Street, but things have been improving

Businessman Sean Quinn. The Quinn family is understood to be hopeful that a process overseen by the High Court will have a greater chance of success than contacts that took place earlier this year

High Court mediation will ‘depoliticise’ multibillion-euro dispute

Deirdre Foley: Natrium is 20 per cent owned by the Dublin property investor

Company a joint venture between Foley and London investment and hedge fund business

Crewlink Ireland, which is involved mostly in providing cabin crew staff to Ryanair, produced a pretax loss of €17,416 in 2014, though the accounts show major transactions with related companies which have yet to file accounts. Photograph: Ian Waldie/Getty Images

Wicklow-based recruitment agency mostly provides cabin crew staff to Ryanair

Home turf: Shelbourne are looking to offload their Tolka Park grounds as one way of paying off their huge debts. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Many in the game feel that the FAI should be doing a lot more to help indebted teams

Pascal Saint-Amans, director of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration at the OECD, addressing a meeting in the Mansion House via Skype last year.

OECD propose country-by-country reports on their financial affairs

John Delaney said the compensation was agreed on the basis of Fifa’s “real concerns” over the strength of the FAI’s legal claim. Photograph: Inpho

Legal claim based on seedings and Blatter’s mockery, says FAI chief executive

Independent TD Catherine Murphy. Ms Murphy sparked an incident earlier this week when, using Dáil privilege,  she said had received information that businessman Denis O’Brien was paying a rate of about 1.25 per cent on his massive loans from IBRC and that this rate represented a ‘subsidy’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Denis O’Brien incident has impacted debate over how much the public is entitled to know

Michael O’Leary of Ryanair: airline’s stock rose 1.22 per cent to €11.64. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Strong day for CRH, Datalex, Ryanair and ICG, while Aryzta and Smurfit Kappa fall

The report identified 787,343 undetected potentially fraudulent tax returns prompting tax “refunds” totalling more than $2.1 billion for 2012. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Kilkenny address used for 580 returns, which led to almost $219,000 in ‘refunds’

Alain Lamassoure, the chairman of the European Parliament’s special committee on tax rulings: the committee plans to have its suggestions ready for throwing into the ring around October. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Parliament’s tax committee will have suggestions ready by the end of the year

Chairman Stephen Jenkins said Circle had increased its reserves and production in both Morocco and Egypt, despite robust production in Egypt and record production in Morocco.

Limerick plc to drill three new wells in Egypt

In Dublin, Aer Lingus ended the day at €2.44, a rise of 0.37 per cent. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Aer Lingus and Ryanair both up while Iseq index records slight fall of 0.12 per cent

Alain Lamassoure, chairman of the EU committee on taxation: ‘candid and frank’ exchange of views with Michael Noonan. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

Taxation committee chair Lamassoure says ‘double Irish’ tax arrangement is not transparent

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