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/Rollingnews.ie

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

Tourists in Dublin at the Molly Malone statue. US visitor numbers to the Republic have risen by more than 50 per cent since 2013. Photograph:  Photograph: Alan Betson

If US ends up entering yet another war, its big-spending tourists will stay at home

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary distributes sheets before a press conference in Berlin, Germany, on Wednesday. Photograph: Reuters/Hannibal Hanschke

Michael O’Leary wants European Commission to intervene in asset sale

Deliveroo recently announced that its new algorithm to matches riders with delivery jobs has cut delivery times by 20%  so far this year.

Accounts recently filed for company show sales of €2.9m

Oaktree and Bridgedale’s decision to go down the IPO route comes as the latest data from the Central Statistics Office shows home price inflation running 11.6 per cent. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

New housebuilder being prepared for flotation has been named Glenveagh Proprties

The Gresham Hotel, O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Concern about competitiveness as average rate in Dublin are now €128, well ahead of the previous record of €121 set in 2006

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) shed 5.56 points, or 0.23 percent,  after North Korea fired another ballistic missile over Japan.  Photograph: EPA

Wall Street recovers but strife and currency worries send Euro stocks to six-month low

Dalata intends to rename the Clarion Liffey Valley hotel as part of its own-brand Clayton portfolio.

Regulator passes deal with Colony to buy ‘core’ of property – two other blocs remain

Aidan O’Brien arriving at the Labour Court on Monday for a hearing about Ballydoyle’s work practices. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ballydoyle horse racing yard appealing WRC notice for excessive working hours

WRC said training and caring for racehorses did not constitute agriculture

Martin Keane, who is planning a new  luxury boutique hotel in Dublin 4. “It is very much at early stages, but it will be done my way and I’ll run it myself,” he says. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Martin Keane’s hotel is just a short walk around the corner from the US embassy

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary at the memorial service for James Osborne at Trinity College Dublin on Friday. Mr O’Leary delivered a funny, but also searingly emotional tribute to his late friend. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ryanair director and former managing partner of A&L Goodbody died last week aged 68

Independent News and Media chairman Leslie Buckley at the INM AGM in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

After the AGM theatrics, focus now shifts to the ODCE’s investigation

Martin Keane outside the Oliver St John Gogarty in Temple Bar, probably Dublin’s most profitable – and expensive – pub, with a pint of Heineken costing €8. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Publican Martin Keane on the stalled Iveagh Market project

A Bank of Ireland ad has had a mystifying Twitter backlash for highlighting “Orla” and her boyfriend, who moved home to save up a deposit.

Caveat: Bank of Ireland ad reveals perils of targeting Generation Y

Stare-out:  INM chief executive Robert Pitt (far left) and chairman Leslie Buckley (far right) at the Independent News & Media agm at the Westbury Hotel in Dublin.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

INM’s chief kept his hands down and stared ahead as chairman Leslie Buckley re-elected

INM chief executive Robert Pitt (far left, obscured) fails to vote for Leslie Buckley (far right) as chairman of the company at its AGM in Dublin. Photograph: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Chief executive Robert Pitt defies INM chairman Leslie Buckley in re-election vote

INM chief executive Robert Pitt  (far left, obscured) fails to vote for Leslie Buckley (far right) as chairman of INM at the company’s AGM in Dublin. Photograph: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Irish media company’s pretax profit falls almost 20 per cent in first half of year

Chief executive Robert Pitt and chairman Leslie Buckley: INM declined to comment last night, when asked to confirm that the review had reached no substantive conclusions. Photograph: Alan Betson

Review sought following row between Buckley and Pitt over how much to pay for Newstalk

Denis O’Brien’s company Deep Blue Cable is planning to spend $350m laying an undersea fibre optic cable in the Caribbean, possibly connecting with Cuba.  Photograph: David Sleator

Deep Blue Cable spending $350m on undersea link to connect Caribbean islands

James Osborne, the Ryanair director and former managing partner of A&L Goodbody solicitors, has died. He was aged 68.

Mr Osborne was a highly respected figure in Irish corporate and legal circles

The move means that, in effect, the Central Bank will take over the supervision of the Irish business from March 2019

Insurer expected to launch a full-blown Irish subsidiary but there will be no extra jobs

Digicel Chairman Denis O’Brien: accused web giants of peddling fake news and threatening the future of newspapers. Photograph: Swoan Parker/Reuters

Businessman takes on fake news, tries to force web giants to negotiating table

The 15 million passenger journeys annually between Ireland and Britain represent, for travel companies, a new retail market that will soon be ripe for tapping.

Duty-free drink may be 60 per cent cheaper for Irish passengers coming home from UK

Anti-water charge protests forced the Government to suspend residential charges last year.  Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Suspension of residential charges has left Irish Water dependent on State funding

A branch of Iceland in the Cabra, Co Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The frozen foods retailer is engaged in a major Irish expansion drive

Denis O’Brien’s company asked the court on Monday to throw out UPM’s  counterclaim: “After several failed efforts to have Digicel’s claims dismissed, [UPM] has resorted to what can only be described as their own brand of shock and awe offence.” Photograph: David Sleator

Denis O’Brien’s Caribbean mobile operator says UPM using ‘shock and awe’ tactics

The Iseq in Dublin rose  1.6%  on modest trading volumes as steady performances from the index’s biggest shares kept it firmly in the black

Havens such as gold, US treasuries and the yen fell while oil retreated

Steering group  Destination Athlone is banking on a collaborative approach to secure city status.

Local authorities and private-sector entities unite in bid for city status for midlands town

Athlone:  unfairly portrayed as  “a place to pass through”, says the group behind the bid

Submission to Government says midlands town could double in size before 2040

If reducing the 14 per cent gender pay gap between men and women is the aim, then boosting paternity leave entitlements and uptake is an obvious lever to pull.

Dramatic shift in rules needed to get Ireland out of nappies on work-home policy

Neil McDonnell, chief executive of Isme,  said lawyers coaching  clients to exploit the more generous awards under whistleblower rules was a ‘potential abuse’ of the system.

Under whistleblower protection laws, up to seven years’ pay can be awarded

Deliveroo now has more than 400 riders working its platform in the five largest Irish cities, of whom about 20 per cent are motorcyclists. Photograph: Mikael Buck/Deliveroo

‘Frank’ algorithm cuts food delivery times by 20 per cent, online service says

Danish jewellery maker Pandora saw its shares slump 14 per cent after  figures lagged estimates.

Providence and Paddy Power take a hit in Dublin but Pandora woes grab the headlines

Kim Kristensen (right): the former Danish army colonel led soldiers in Afghanistan and the Balkans before becoming a consultant.

Former Danish army colonel Kim Kristensen outlines key principles to good leadership

Barclays has confirmed it is in talks with regulators to use its Irish unit as its European Union hub following Brexit

Barclays has agreed terms on a lease for new Dublin premises to accommodate 400 staff

Robert Pitt, left, chief executive, and Leslie Buckley, chairman, with fellow directors Ryan Preston and Jerome Kennedy. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Jerome Kennedy will step down from his position at the company’s agm next month

The Minister of Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe holds shres in Diageo and is the target of drinks industry lobbying. Photograph: Collins Photos

Minister leaves himself open to conflict of interest claims over Diageo holding

Diarmuid Gavin in his ‘Garden of Pure Imagination’ at the Dundrum Shopping Centre. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Interview: The celebrity gardener on fame, China, and the horticultural establishment

Mandate has concluded a 4% pay deal for its staff at Penneys. The pay increase will be paid in two phases over 22 months

Retail Ireland says it is ‘understandable’ staff are seeking pay deals as sector recovers

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