US-based Irish Central news site has bought six magazine titles from Norah Casey’s publishing company Harmonia

Deal with publisher of Irish Central includes Irish Tatler and Food & Wine magazine

Under former chief executive Robert Pitt, INM forged an integrated editorial identity centred around the group, subjugating the individual brands of its national titles.

Company is seeking to move on following acrimonious exit of former chief Robert Pitt

Bulmers cider maker C&C has been a consistent supporter of and advocate for minimum unit pricing in Ireland since it was first mooted in 2013. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Caveat: Cider maker wants to look good to society but also to make more profit

Birr Castle, Co Offaly: Mid Ireland promotes some of Irish tourism’s most challenged areas, east Galway, Longford, Westmeath, Offaly, Laois and North Tipperary

Withdrawal of €75,000 annual State funding puts future of Mid Ireland Tourism in doubt

The K Club:  the luxury hotel almost doubled its bedroom stock in 2015 to 134 rooms. Photograph: Eric Luke

Recent accounts for 2015 show losses but performance is likely to have improved since

Dispute: former chief executive Robert Pitt (left) fell out with chairman Leslie Buckley (right) over how much INM should bid for Newstalk. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

ODCE became aware of possible problem after whistleblower complaint

John Murphy with Tim Kinsella, managing director of MKC Communications. Mr Murphy is former secretary general of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

John Murphy served as secretary general in Richard Bruton’s department until retirement in 2016

Donal Murphy succeeded long-time chief executive Tommy Breen earlier this year

Total spend on deals in the current financial year will amount to £550 million

In London, equities closed at nearly six-week lows, dragged down by financial sector shares and ceding earlier gains fuelled by the weak pound. Photograph: PA

Kingspan flags possible slowdown in orders from UK

 Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave: “I love this country as a second home and would never seek to offend the great heroes of Portugal’s past.”

Monument is home to tombs of Portuguese national heroes such as footballer Eusebio

Tycoon Carlos Slim could soon find himself in competition with the Irish businessman in his home country, Mexico. Photograph: Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

Deep Blue Cable is mulling extending its undersea fibre link to Slim’s home country

Christine O’Donovan, a partner in Mason Hayes & Curran and its head of aviation: further work may be needed to ensure diversity is given the priority it deserves in company policies.

Half of survey respondents said less than one-in-10 executive positions filled by women

Google’s European headquarters, Dublin: Google India  said all the back office work was done in Dublin. Photograph: Paul McErlane/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Ruling sparks concern among multinationals with intellectual property in Ireland

Ulster Bank headquarters in Dublin: the bank’s PMI has now expanded for 50 successive months. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Northern Ireland companies reported sharp rise in new business orders, Ulster Bank PMI found

About one-third of Irish households surveyed still do not save at all, and half of savers surveyed said they would like to save more, but cannot

Almost half of Irish households now regular savers, up from 44% a year ago

Currys/PC World has been identified as one of the retailers in Northern Ireland where shoppers from the South can make significant savings on their Christmas shopping. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

There are savings of up 43% on some goods, according to survey by No 1 Currency

Connie Doody, co-founder of Lir Chocolates, with her granddaughter Eimear Hehir (6) from Ballyea, Co Clare. Photograph: Andres Poveda

With Brexit looming, Lir Chocolates seeks at diversify its export sales away from the UK

The Paradise Papers leak revealed that companies and rich people still don’t like paying tax if they can get away with not doing so.

Caveat: no use raging about the rich exploiting tax loopholes – we need clear rules

  Jervis  Shopping Centre:  The six-floor, 33,445sq m (360,000sq ft) of retail space scheme was   the biggest building project in Dublin in the mid-1990s – it is now thought to be worth €400 million. Photograph: Alan Betson

Paradise Papers reveal complex refashioning of jewel in Paddy McKillen’s crown

 Paddy McKillen: has been based outside of Ireland for many years, although he still uses a Foxrock, Dublin, home address on official documents. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Offshore firm ensured Revenue trailed banks in queue for repayment

Aryzta, the Irish-Swiss food group

Troubled bakery group appointed Jürgen Steinemann in August subject to AGM approval

Declan Ganley’s Rivada Networks has deployed two US political heavyweights

Jeb Bush and Martin O’Malley write to US House on behalf of Rivada Networks

Members of  ACT UP DUBLIN, at the Department of Health, calling on government  to address  HIV crisis. Photograph: Eric Luke

Generic versions of Truvada that are 60 per cent cheaper are about to hit Irish market

Former independent senator Mary Ann O’Brien founded Lily O’Brien’s 25 years ago, naming it  after her daughter

Carlyle Cardinal Ireland fund bought chocolate company for €15m three years ago

Net profit at the Morrison hotel in Dublin rose to almost €1.5 million last year from €1.3 million the year before. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Gross profit at Dublin hotel up more than 15 per cent last year as sales reach €12.2 million

Digicom managing director Greg Clarke said the firm may also look to open an office in London, as it seeks further work with Dublin-located multinationals at their bases abroad.  Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Irish office technology supplier is also pondering a move into London market

Comply with me: when it comes to his own board and corporate governance, Michael O’Leary likes to play it differently. Photo: Sam Boal/

Caveat: You cannot divorce Ryanair’s audacity on corporate governance standards from the operational mess it recently created

Busy people: Meet 10 of the most powerful Irish listed company directors

Aerial View of the Apple data centre site at Athenry, Co Galway.

Taoiseach ‘keen to speak’ to tech giant about the project as it clears final planning hurdle

 The Porterhouse bar in Temple Bar, Dublin.  The Porterhouse group comprises seven bars,  five restaurants, Lillie Bordello nightclub and the brewing business.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Pub, brewing and distillery group to export to North American market

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Friday. Stocks climbed after new figures showed the US economy had grown 3 per cent in the third quarter. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Weak euro and crisis in Catalonia fail to stem rise of markets

Dermot Desmond: Biometric software firm Daon is his masterpiece and perhaps the most significant company the billionaire has ever built. Photograph: Peter Morrison/Inpho

Caveat: Biometrics firm used by banks harvests personal data yet is cloaked in secrecy

Pierre Moscovici, European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs

Finance commissioner Pierre Moscovici calls for ‘a solution at EU level’

The manufacturer, marketer and distributor of Bulmers, beer, wine, soft drinks and bottled water announces results on Thursday. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Company said its new product offerings in the Republic has ‘resonated’ with millenials

Arcade Fire perform on day three of the Isle of Wight Festival 2017. Photograph: David Jensen/PA Wire

UK competition body gives green light to deal after investigators take summer field trip

Denis O’Brien: planning to expand the rollout of his Deep Blue Cable company to Panama and Colombia. Photograph: David Sleator

Irishman’s Deep Blue Cable to extend $450m fibre-optic rollout to Panama and Colombia

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: establishing a working group to examine how to amalgamate USC with pay-related social insurance. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister focusing on cutting USC rates, not taking low-paid workers out of tax net

At entry level, the industry is not always the highest paid, compared with other sectors. This has inevitably led to a reliance in the foodservice industry on immigrant communities to boost the workforce.   Photograph:  Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

COO Simon Wallis eyes up growth in Irish stores, as sales increase 13% in last quarter

Ronaldo and Mourinho continue to deny any wrongdoing in their tax affairs, while Di Maria pleaded guilty to tax fraud in June. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

Andy Quinn set up Dublin companies associated with football agent Jorge Mendes

Glanbia managing director Siobhán Talbot, IAG chief executive Willie Walsh and Ardagh Group chairman Paul Coulson at the launch of Boston College’s Ireland Business Council. Photograph: Bryan Brophy

Boston College Ireland Business Council launches in Dublin

Declan Ganley told Pennsylvania legislators Rivada could roll out a new telecommunications network for the state’s emergency services  in under four years.

Galway businessman also reveals Rivada is working on technology for driverless cars

Coillte has identified up to 25 of its land parcels that are suitable for large-scale windfarms

State forestry agency also considering sale of existing €150m windfarm portfolio

 People gather sand bags to protect their homes at Sandymount as storm Ophelia builds off the East Coast. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Insurer’s share price fell by more than 4% as Ireland was battered by extreme weather

JD Sports, the UK-listed sports fashion retailer which operates 28 outlets in Ireland, has almost completed the conversion of the Champion Sports chain it bought here during the last crash

JD Sports, the UK-listed retailer, has nearly completed conversion of Champion Sports chain

Pat Whelan, who runs James Whelan Butchers at the shop in Dunnes Stores, Swan Centre, Rathmines, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Artisan meat chain hungry to grow under ownership of Dunnes Stores

Robert Pitt is leaving as chief executive of Independent News & Media in a deal to end a boardroom row. Photograph: Bryan Meade

Chief executive Robert Pitt leaves ‘to pursue other interests’ after row

INM chief executive Robert Pitt (left) walks past chairman Leslie Buckley at the media group’s annual meeting in August. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Departure to resolve boardroom row over aborted Newstalk deal

  Apple for Athenry: A group  supporting the planned Apple data centre in Galway celebrate after the judicial review rejected both challenges to  the project. Photograph: Courtpix

Approval for the €850 million Athenry data centre has been a long time coming

Hotelier Noel O’Callaghan, whose Dublin properties include the Davenport Hotel, has sold his hotel in Maryland, US. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Group plans to focus on ‘existing markets’ after offloading 75-bed Maryland property

The Key Employee Engagement Programme (Keep) would “support SMEs in their efforts to attract and retain key employees”, said Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe

Employees with share options will pay capital gains rate of 33% and can delay payment

Pier jumpers enjoying the weather in Creevy, Co Donegal. The tourism industry expressed relief after retaining its special 9 per cent VAT rate. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Fáilte Ireland calls on sector to work to be more competitive and avoid price inflation

Television news reporters broadcast reports on Spanish stock prices from the Madrid Stock Exchange on Wednesday. Photograph: Angel Navarrete/Bloomberg

Global shares fluctuate ahead of release of minutes for federal reserve’s policy meeting

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe  announced a tripling of the stamp duty payable by purchasers in commercial property transactions. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Minister gives buyers of residential sites a route of escape from stamp duty rises

Chef Richard Corrigan’s group has accumulated losses of about €1.5 million. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Celebrity chef’s group comprises Virginia Park Lodge, Bentley’s and Corrigan’s Mayfair

Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry, from Belfast, own two of the best cocktail bars in New York: Dead Rabbit and BlackTail. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry mix top-shelf cocktail culture with the Irish pub experience to create hip New York bar Dead Rabbit,(...)

Paddy McKillen Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA Wire

Fee relates to top London hotels, Claridge’s, the Berkeley and the Connaught

 Claudia Marshall, head of Ikea in Dublin. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Claudia Marshall is Ireland manager forthe Marmite of the retailing business

Tayto Park founder Raymond Coyle launching the Viking Voyage water ride. The Co Meath theme park has been a big hit since opening in 2010, emphasising that if you build attractions visitors will come. Photograph:  Photocall Ireland

For an industry employing 250,000, tourism capital funding is a borderline insult

Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy has bemoaned a lack of ‘respect’ for lobbyists. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Not all causes are worthy but most lobbyists are average joes rather than ‘scaly serpents’

Couche-Tard finalised the purchase of the 430-strong Topaz network from Denis O’Brien in February 2016 in a €258 million cash plus debt deal.

Couche-Tard’s move involves larger head office and unspecified job expansion

CRH rose by 2.7 per cent in Dublin. The building materials giant has a huge US division and stands to gain from any lowering of tax rates by US president Donald Trump.

CRH, Glanbia and Kingspan feel the benefit of US president’s proposed tax reforms

Managing director Liam Kavanagh said it was a “successful year” for ‘The Irish Times’. He expressed disappointment, however, that “newspaper sales have not yet found a floor and continue to fall”.

Group revenues down by almost 2% in 2016 but digital sales were up by more than 12%

The Sunday Business Post has been put up for sale   by Key Capital, which took control of it in 2013. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Newspaper bought out of examinership for €1.2m is now believed to be trading profitably

The former headquarters of Bank of Scotland (Ireland) at St Stephen’s Green in Dublin.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

US fund has more than €400,000 of security on Mansfield’s property near Citywest

In common with many news organisations, INM has made deep cuts to its editorial operations in recent years. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish media group is offering voluntary scheme for editorial and commercial staff

Michael Cawley said he would help steward Linked Finance’s board as the SME-focused crowdfunding company embarked on “the next phase of growth”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former Ryanair deputy chief executive joins as lender embarks on ‘next phase of growth’

 Conor McGregor: has proven himself to have considerable commercial and media acumen. Photograph: Ethan Miller/Getty

Founder of Carlow Brewing Company owns trademark for “Notorious”

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: confirmed he had begun transferring his shares in drinks giant Diageo to his wife. Photograph: Sam Boal/

Minister for Finance transferring shares to avoid potential budget excise conflict

The Consumer Pulse was down on August’s near-record index, but was still up on the same time a year ago. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Bank of Ireland report shows consumer and business sentiment is down as Brexit looms

Temple Bar in Dublin. The Drinks Industry Group of Ireland wants the Government to implement measures to counter the effects of Brexit on hospitality businesses and drink manufacturers. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Industry body says Brexit will cost drink and hospitality industries €130 million this year

Irish Life called on the Government to reduce the 41 per cent exit tax on life assurance products to 33 per cent. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Insurance group also calls for removal of 1 per cent levy on life assurance policies

George Hook will be off the air at Newstalk until December when he will start a new weekend show.

Radio station will announce replacement presenter for midweek High Noon show soon

Accounts for 2016 were   filed recently for several   companies linked to the Clerys deal. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Accounts for company that took control of store in 2015 show links to Deirdre Foley

  Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise and Innovation  Frances Fitzgerald with  Enterprise Ireland chief executive Julie Sinnamon     at the Robotics and Drives stand at the National Ploughing Championships in Offaly. Photograph:  Karl Hussey/Fennells

Caveat: Economic confidence at Ploughing festival’s high-tech stalls and 1,700 fellow exhibitors

Bank of Ireland’s UK-based asset finance business, Northridge Finance, has agreed the deal to buy Marshall Leasing from Marshall Motor Holdings. Photograph: Frantzesco Kangaris/Bloomberg

Deal subject to clearance from UK watchdog is expected to conclude by end of year

The Iseq rose by more than 0.8 per cent, after a strong performance by index heavyweight CRH. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

CRH puts in strong performance but Providence slips after €3.9m operating loss

Bord na Móna has committed to exiting the business of peat supply for power-generation by 2030

Project is part of Bord na Móna’s move away from peat to biomass

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on September 18th.  Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Ryanair shares down almost 2% in Dublin, with flight cancellations set to cost it €25m

French billionaire Xavier Niel is pursuing an investment in Eir through a company called NJJ Capital, according to sources.

Iliad founder Xavier Niel in talks to buy major stake in Eir

Traders work at the Goldman Sachs Group booth on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Beltany collected €284m from Irish borrowers in 2015. Photograph: Peter Foley/Bloomberg

Beltany and Ennis gathered the money in the space of 13 months

Every morning since February 23rd, 2015, the people of Athenry have woken up to find the promised Apple data centre is still not there.  Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

Caveat: the town is frozen in time while planning process moves at a glacial pace

Providence Resources rose by 7.8 per cent as the company dusted itself down after a series of recent drilling disappointments. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Oil exploration companies were Iseq’s best performers thanks to jump in energy stocks

Eir said on Thursday that its hedge-fund owners are in talks with a potential investor seeking to take a “significant” stake in the firm. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

US hedge fund Anchorage Capital owns 42% of Eir’s equity

Cafe en Seine pub on Dawson Street in Dublin, part of the Mercantile group. A €3m revamp of the “super-pub” is planned for next year, subject to planning permission. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Investment firm owns 22% of group behind Dublin’s George, Whelans and Cafe en Seine

Eir’s headquarters in Dublin. The telecoms group’s full-year profits rose 4 per cent to €520 million, while revenues were steady at €1.3 billion. Photograph: Alan Betson

Telecoms group considers alternative to listing on stock market

The company has now passed €1.7 million homes with its fibre rollout, it says.

Company ditches Meteor mobile brand to boost bundle sales

Minister of State for Tourism Brendan Griffin: Brexit should “not be a reason to give up on the UK” market. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennells

Fáilte Ireland launches initiative to help businesses deal with fall in visitors from UK

Destruction left by Hurricane Irma on Tortola on the British Virgin Islands. Photograph: AFP

Denis O’Brien-owned telco also offered free calls and texts in certain Caribbean markets

Carton House: spectators at the Irish Open in 2013. Photograph: Alan Betson

JP McManus, John Malone and Guinness heir believed to be considering offers

Nicky Hartery: current chairman of CRH and has been a nonexecutive director of Musgrave since 2010

Former Dell executive to replace Peter Lacy, who is retiring at the end of the year

Bluebird has 1,600 staff providing in-home care services to clients, including the elderly. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

Further regional job opportunities also available as Deloitte seeks 300 graduates

Houses under construction in Trim, Co Meath. The rate of growth in construction activity slowed in August. Photograph: Frank Millar

Growth slows in construction in the South while exports from the North are on the rise

The former Frawleys shop on Thomas Street in Dublin, which closed in 2007. It is to get a new lease of life as student accommodation. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Majority of Irish colleges would consider joint ventures for student accommodation

A restructuring of Yahoo’s entities in Ireland on the eve of its $4.5 billion takeover by Verizon freed up €815 million, which was then sent tax-free from a Dublin company to Yahoo in the Netherlands, company documents reveal

Dublin Yahoo company is actually tax resident in the Cayman Islands

Starbucks has presented virtually no threat whatsoever to Ireland’s independent coffee sector. According to figures, Ireland’s independent cafe sector grew by 8.5 per cent last year.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Caveat: Publicity stunt played up old stereotype of bogeymen ‘corporations’

Wall Street: Six of the 11 major S&P indexes were lower on Thursday, with the financial index’s 1.59 per cent fall leading the decliners. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Paris, London and Frankfurt post gains but Milan and Madrid end in red

Billionaire financier Dermot Desmond, who owns eSpatial Solutions. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Data and mapping software company returns to profit after years of losses

The first Latvian Hale Vaping store opened 10 days ago. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Hale Vaping plans to open 75-100 outlets in next two years, before a wider expansion

The tourism industry wants the State to spend €60m each year for a decade on developing new visitor attractions such as interpretative centres. Photograph: iStock

Irish Tourist Industry Confederation says capital allocation for tourism ‘inadequate’

He’s got bottle: after the Floyd Mayweather bout, Conor McGregor said he planned to sell an Irish whiskey called Notorious. Photograph:  Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Rows threatens his ability to market products using certain brands linked to his name

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