Botswana Diamonds last month said its work had led to the discovery of eight group 1 kimberlites.

Irish exploration company has been working in a previously unexplored part of province

The sites are in addition to fourteen conditionally acquired sites and another site at Ballyboughal, Co Dublin.

Company has invested approximately €83m in cash on the acquisition of sites

YapStone said it had decided to grow its irish presence by establishing a product engineering development centre at its Drogheda facility.

YapStone, CarePlus and Zevas Communications all in expansion mode

CarePlus commercial director Niamh Lynch had recently invested €5 million in new technology.

CarePlus pharmacies in Dublin, Kerry, Cork and Tipperary to get ‘significant investment’

A view of Central Bank of Ireland’s new Dublin Docklands headquarters. Photograph: Niall Carson / PA Wire

Central Bank indicates that levels of account switching ‘remains low’

Exxon slipped 0.4 per cent, while ConocoPhillips was down 2 per cent, weighing the most on the energy sector.

AIB finishes the day down 0.5% after Central Bank initiates enforcement investigation

Mild start to the winter season saw gas prices fall by 2% due to lower demand

The world’s richest people have seen their share of total wealth increase from 42.5% at the height of crash to 50.1%.

Report on world’s money shows number of millionaires up 22%, impacted by Trump and Brexit

IDA Ireland chief executive Martin Shanahan said IBM “has a long history in Ireland”.

Roles for apprentices, graduates, postgraduates and experienced professionals

Following some momentum in the second half of 2017, US law firm Baker McKenzie predicts a “cyclical peak” in M&A deals in developed markets across the world next year.

This year a ‘period of apprehension’ for global dealmakers, says US law firm

Dylan McCormac  with former Ireland rugby player Paul O’Connell. O’Connell has launched a new funding programme for the youth-education charity initiative basis.point. Photograph: Sean Curtin/True Media

The basis.point youth-education project is expected to reach the figure next year

The queen and ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ – a lot more in common than they’d like us to think

Business Week: also in the news was Brexit, tracker mortgages, and the housing crisis

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in the United States. Photograph: Michael Nagle / BLOOMBERG

IFG Group finishes Friday up 2.7% following positive trading update

Conor O’Kelly, chief executive, the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA). Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

State’s debt management agency has issued €15.75bn benchmark bonds in 2017

Grafton Group chief executive Gavin Slark

Woodie’s owner said pace of growth in Irish merchanting business ‘moderated a little’

Robert Pitt, former INM chief executive, and Leslie Buckley, INM chairman. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Media company says Brexit and corporate governance requirements also contributed

Bono and the Irish property investor Paddy McKillen were shareholders in Nude Estates Malta Ltd

Paradise Papers: Lithuanian authorities examining property that U2 front man was a ‘passive investor’ in

 Aylien chief executive Parsa Ghaffari with Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and Joe Healy of  Enterprise Ireland. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

New roles will include software engineering, product management, sales and marketing

John (left) and Patrick Collison, co-founders of Stripe.

Monzo has raised £71m in a funding round after several investors backed the bank

The Bulmers-maker, which also distributes a range of branded cider, beer, wine and soft drinks, said the appointment was effective immediately.

Jonathan Solesbury’s appointment will be effective immediately

 Edmond Scanlon (right), Kerry Group chief executive.

Growth in snacking trends in UK help boost sale volumes at diary giant

A Permanent TSB office on Dublin’s Grafton Street. Photograph: Alan Betson

Third-quarter update shows bank’s market share of drawdowns now 11.9%

Pictured at NovaUCD is Dr Marina Everri, head of research, Zeeko, with Cian Sheehy (11). Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / FOTONIC

Zeeko, an internet safety start-up, says more work needed to understand virtual reality

Wisetek chief financial officer Paul Carr and  the Cork-based firm’s founder and chief executive Seán Sheehan with  DataKillers president and chief executive Chris Scott and executive vice president Zack Boorstein in Washington

IT repurposing firm says Apple delay in Athenry ‘can’t be good’ for State’s reputation

DCC chief executive Donal Murphy (left) said the acquisition of Retail West in the US was “an exciting development”.

Agreement with NGL Energy Partners LP to acquire its Retail West LPG division

The adjusted profit after tax for the period of £9.2 million represented growth of 23 per cent.

Interim results at Newry consultancy firm show profit before tax down 10%

KBC’s Darragh Lennon is flanked by Stephen Cluskey and Noelle Daly of Mobility Mojo. The company won  the top prize  in the KBC Bright Business Ideas programme. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Bank’s Bright Business Ideas programme distributes €100,000 of funds to 10 finalists

Niall McEvoy, manager of high potential start ups at Enterprise Ireland; Circit chief executive David Heath; Circit operations director David O’Connor, and Ulster Bank chief administrative officer Ciarán Coyle.

Fintech company Circit’s online tool seeks to remove paper from the process

Dublin and Istanbul are identified as having “a very high reliance” on international demand.

World Travel & Tourism Council report also finds high reliance on international visitors

A Surf Air aircraft. There is a captain and co-pilot on each flight but no cabin crew

Surf Air will arrive in the Republic next year, and allow unlimited flights for a flat fee

The   Central Bank’s  new Dublin Docklands headquarters. The news that Irish banks are making bigger profits on mortgage lending than those in any other euro zone state will have stuck in the craw of anyone caught up in the tracker scandal. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Business Week: also in the news were Ryanair, tracker mortgages and job announcements

Activist Margaretta D’Arcy is escorted from the platform during the AIB EGM after inviting board members to report themselves to the Garda for their conduct in the tracker mortgage scandal. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Proposal designed to protect savers but allow for bailing in of bondholders in a crisis

The new index adds insights into consumer attitudes towards longer-term investment intentions.

Bank of Ireland Savings and Investment Index will look at consumer attitudes

On current trends, the overall global gender gap can be closed in exactly 100 years across the 106 countries covered since the inception of the report.

World Economic Forum cites reduction in number of female Ministers

Web Summit chief executive Paddy Cosgrave: this year’s event in Lisbon will be “an incredible melting pot of leading minds from every corner of the globe”.

Carbon-neutral tech event will plant 95,000 pine trees to erase footprint

Maurice Mortell, managing director for Ireland and emerging markets, Equinix: there is “no doubt” large companies are planning to increase capacity here.

Background: There are 19 data centres in the Republic, with most on Dublin’s outskirts

Stock market gains: A Ryanair plane lands at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Paul Faith / AFP / Getty

Market report: Paddy Power Betfair up 5% while retailer Next weighs on FTSE

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Francis Fitzgerald with Rick Winningham, chairman and CEO of Theravance Biopharma photographed at their new corporate office on Burlington Road. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Theravance Biopharma to build laboratories outside capital after opening of Dublin office

Almost nine in ten are optimistic about the level of undiscovered petroleum reserves in Ireland.

PwC survey finds 91% of industry expect oil prices to remain the same or increase

Irish businesswoman Elaine Tomlin will head up the Irish office.

Operations will be headed up by Irish businesswoman Elaine Tomlin

Total orders were up 29 per cent to 43.1 million compared to 33.3 million during the same period last year.

Chief executive Peter Plumb said company delivered ‘another period of strong growth’

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe threatened to become an activist shareholder in the three banks in which the State has shares. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Business Week: another mammoth landlord; Ryanair woes; and ECB to wind down QE

Former trade chief Pascal Lamy. “This is not poetry. This is business, and we have to be realistic.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘No border’ solution does not exist, says former WTO head and ex-EU trade commissioner

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney said UK politicians had misled the public in terms of what is achievable in talks with the EU. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

Banker and Minister accuse UK politicians of misleading British public over EU talks

IAG chief executive Willie Walsh. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Operating profits at parent IAG soar more than 20% to €1.45bn for first nine months

Airbnb said the guidelines “ignore” the recommendations of a joint Oireachtas committee on the matter. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Firms says Department of Housing’s new guidelines ‘a step in the wrong direction’

The John Teeling-chaired company said operating losses grew to £310,898.

Losses grow at Dublin-based Botswana Diamonds, but company is bullish on outlook

Some 72 per cent of the new homes completed were in the Greater Dublin Area.

Goodbody BER Housebuilding Tracker for September shows 86% growth in building

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

US stocks dropped the most in almost 10 weeks while the dollar slumped. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Dow Jones retreats after Republican senators publicly criticise Donald Trump

A report has found that building a two-bedroom apartment is more expensive than a three-bedroom semi-detached house.

Report finds two-bed apartments ‘more expensive to deliver’ than traditional three-bed semis

Botswana Diamonds chairman John Teeling said the best place to find a mine “is where there is or was a mine”

Botswana Diamonds is working in part of a South African province previously unexplored

The report found the cost to deliver medium-rise apartments in the city ranged from €470,000 to €578,000

Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland report says current system is unviable

US stocks traded in a narrow range, with losses in industrial shares led by General Electric offsetting gains elsewhere. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Building materials group CRH and Ryanair were the main movers on the Iseq Index

Michael Dawson, chief executive of the Gift Voucher Shop, at the firm’s office in Swords. The company made a profit before tax of €5.95 million in 2016, 51 per cent ahead of the €3.94 million it made in 2015. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Group is engaged in a digitalisation project and is looking to expand into new markets

A tree uprooted being removed due to hurricane Ophelia on Northbrook Road, Ranelagh, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Business Week: also in the news was Storm Ophelia; Brexit; hotel industry; and Athenry

Fewer liquefied natural gas deliveries into Europe resulted in a 13 per cent increase in gas prices

Bord Gáis Energy Index for September shows gas was the primary driver of increase

Pictured is John Browne, founder and CEO of medtewch firm Kastus. Photograph: Shane O’Neill Photography

Enterprise Ireland’s bi-annual Med in Ireland event taking place at the RDS today

Connemara chairman John Teeling said he was “pleased” with the acquisition

Explorer on west coast gets 17 licences for a royalty agreement comprising 2%

Former billionaire businessman Seán Quinn’s hotel group saw operating profit rise last year

Hilton Prague Hotel valued at €222m, which was up 31% on previous valuation of €170m

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: splurged €1.2 billion in new spending and tax cuts in the budget, split on roughly a 2:1 basis in favour of spending. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Business Week: also in the news were the INM spat, Apple in Athenry and Brexit talks

A rally on Wall Street paused on Thursday following lacklustre quarterly earnings from JPMorgan and Citigroup.

UK FTSE and German Dax post record closes as Iseq index experiences slow day

Beef baron Larry Goodman’s ABP Food Group is to open a green energy plant in the UK.

Goodman-owned group’s facility to produce enough energy to power 12,000 homes

Minister for Pucblic Expenditure Paschal Donohoe in his office at the Department of Finance, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

Elsewhere, Department of Health gets big increase for public inquiries and legal fees

The the minister for finance Michael Noonan, and the then minister for public expenditure and reform Brendan Howlin answering listeners’ questions on ‘Today with Sean O’Rourke’ at RTÉ in 2015. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Successive governments implemented years of cuts before recovery took hold

Workers entering the Intel facility at Leixlip, Co Kildare. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

An Bord Pleanála gives green light for construction of manufacturing facility

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.   There is  limited room for manoeuvre in the budget, with tax receipts still running behind target

Business Week: also in the news were housebuilding, Brexit and Ryanair

CRH chief executive Albert Manifold

US’s fifth-largest cement company said it expected new proposal to be superior

What will Dublin be like in the year 2050? The answer will depend on the decisions that we make from today onwards.

New report by Dublin Chamber looks at how the city might look in 30 years time

Nine of the 11 major S&P indexes ended the day higher, led by the information technology and financial sectors

Iseq Index down 0.5%, driven by CRH and Ryanair, while US stocks hit new record high

Pumpkin grower Denise Buckley, who runs a third-generation family farm in Swords, Co Dublin, with Keelings category manager Chris Stafford. Photograph: Maxwells

Seasonal produce of five local growers proves frighteningly popular

John Clohessy and Rob Laffan of TippyTalk

Innovation awards finalist TippyTalk: Rob Laffan designed product to help autistic daughter

Catherine Downes, co-founder of Usheru. Photograph:  Conor McCabe

Innovation awards finalist: Usheru creates film specific websites which are connected into cinemas

 Jason Sheehy, finance director, John Molloy, chief executive and Paul Van Den Bergh, sales director from iKydz. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Innovation awards finalist: iKydz offers a controller accessed via smartphone app gives parents tools to protect their children

European shares fell with Spain’s IBEX marking its biggest loss since last year’s Brexit vote shook equity markets

In Dublin, Kingspan saw its shares rise 2.4% following regulatory changes in France

The Ryanair customer service desk at Dublin Airport during the crisis over pilot shortages, which should see the airline fall further down the rankings. Photograph: PA

Controversy over airline’s seat allocation policy during the summer cited as reason

Veritas, which deals in multi-cloud data management, will create 250 new jobs.

Recruitment drive focused on development roles from graduates to senior executives

Seabrook founder and managing director Sean O’Sullivan welcomed the partnership.

Medtech company is to work with software solutions firm Toolroom Technology

Ryanair’s photo opportunity with its new recruits followed a period of intense scrutiny of the airline’s treatment of its pilots.

Business Week: Frances Fitzgerald in the Far East; tracker scandal; and newspaper woes

Providence Resources said it had received the “second and final payment” in relation to a deal struck in June that saw it cede some of rights to explore the Druid Drombeg well.

Agreement reached in June to transfer some exploration rights to French firm Total

US President Donald Trump is expected to announce tax reform proposals on Wednesday

Despite proposals to slash taxes, Ireland still compares favourably, experts say

Revenue at mobile data provider Zamano dropped to €4.4 million in the six months, which was down from €18.8 million the year before. Photograph: Getty

Board decided to sell business and assets following regulatory changes in the UK

Origin chief executive Tom O’Mahony said the company had delivered a “solid financial result” in 2017

Company proposing a total dividend of 21 cent, which is unchanged from last year

Kingspan chief executive Gene Murtagh said the acquisition would “firmly” place the company in a market leading position

Isoeste operates from four sites with approximately 630 employees

A total of 3,964 mortgages were approved, with some 2,029 of them first-time buyers.

Value of mortgages also up compared to last year, rising by 2%

“Even some of the biggest competitors in the online space – Amazon and so on – are looking to develop a physical footprint in their own businesses now.” Photograph:  PA Wire

Traditional shops are being boxed in by online competition. But the high street isn’t going away anytime soon

Stafford Fuels’ new  high-specification plant will produce 50,000 tonnes of high-heat smokeless fuel each year. Photograph: Getty Images

Stafford Fuels facility in New Ross will develop new fuel that reduces air emissions

At the National Gallery ahead of the Business to Arts / PwC 2017 CEO Forum are Andrew Hetherington, chief executive Business to Arts; Feargal O Rourke, managing partner, PwC; Sean Rainbird, director, National Gallery Ireland and Katie Molony, chief executive, Maximum Media. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Joint PwC/Business to Arts poll points to key areas for investment, including social media

Patrick Casey: he  will be responsible for the regulation and supervision of the credit union sector in Ireland

Anne Marie McKiernan replaced after becoming Irish representative at the IMF

The company discovered the hack in March, but it’s understood the perpetrators may have had access to its systems since October or November of last year. Photograph: Parivartan Sharma/Reuters

Firm contacted authorities ‘immediately’ after it became aware of the email hack

SuperValu remains the largest grocer with a market share of 22.1 per cent.  Photograph: David Sleator / THE IRISH TIMES

Tesco saw sales grow by 4.3% during the past 12 weeks, compared with same time last year

Upward trend in tender prices set to continue with a rise of 3.6 per cent predicted for the next six months.

Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland says supply constraints blocking construction

The slowest growth nationwide was registered in the main cities outside of Dublin

Three-bed semi-detached home in Dublin’s postcodes up €17,000 in three months

Staff watch Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Business Frances Fitzgerald officially open LinkedIn’s Europe, Middle East and Africa headquarters in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Business Week: budget hints, tax summit, housing crisis and a raft of jobs

Prof Caulfield was described as “a champion of the connected health research and innovation ecosystem”.

Prof Brian Caulfield wins the NovaUCD 2017 Innovation Award

In terms of future outlook, Clontarf said the industry had “weathered severe storms” since 2014.

Company primarily focused on discussions with authorities in Ghana

Totterdell was mobile network Three’s largest Irish SME partner until the decision was taken to end the relationship

Bray-based company had provided telecommunications solutions to mobile network

Richard Limpkin will lead the company’s operational processes

Immedis, owned by Terry Clune’s, provides global payroll to firms

A rig at Barryroe, which is an oil and gas field in the Celtic Sea south of Cork

Company has seen its operating loss increase to €3.9m during the first half of 2017

Amryt Pharma chief executive Joe Wiley said the company was at “exciting phase” in terms of treatments

Placing is conditional on shareholder approval at a general meeting on October 9th

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