Coca-Cola: results out on Tuesday. Photograph:  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Tullow Oil, Smurfit Kappa and Twitter among companies reporting results

Boxer Katie Taylor: Olympic champion is due to address the I Wish conference in Cork, which aims to encourage more women to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and maths. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Event presents companies with opportunity to meet experts of many industry sectors

Exports: on the up. Photograph: EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

Irish Exporters Association forum has more than 60 national and international speakers

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary: results due Monday. Photograph:  EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET
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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer:  the company last reported quarterly earnings on October 20th. Photograph: REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

Last reported full-year earnings per share some $0.98 worse when compared to the previous year’s annual results

Usheru founder Ollie Fegan will talk about why cycling through Africa led him to starting a business.

Event aims to give students opportunity to pick entrepreneurs’ brains

McCann FitzGerald’s  managing partner Barry Devereux and corporate partner Gary McSharry: Mr McSharry will head the law firm’s New York office. Photograph: Picasa

Move comes on foot of growing demand for Irish corporate law presence in US, says firm

Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, has signed into law new bankruptcy legislation which will reduce the bankruptcy term from three years to one year.

Legislation will reduce the bankruptcy term from three years to one year

 James Murdoch will return as the chairman of Sky four years after a high-profile hacking scandal drove him out of the European pay-television company. Photo: Bloomberg

High-profile hacking scandal drove him out of the pay-television company four years ago

Conroy Gold chairman Richard Conroy. The mining company  says it has found gold in Co Armagh.

Chairman Richard Conroy says the discovery is “a positive and exciting step forward”

Irish hotel group Dalata has agreed to acquire the leasehold interest of the Gibson Hotel in Dublin.

Group will rebrand properties in Limerick, Cork, Dublin and London as Clayton hotels

Cpl chief executive Anne Heraty. The recruitment firm has reported a 12 per cent increase in revenues to €216.4 million for the six months ending 31 December 2015.

Recruitment company reports 25 per cent rise in pre-tax profits to €7.5 million

Speaking in advance of a general election business debate, which Ibec and The Irish Times are hosting on Thursday morning, Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy said the scramble to narrow the tax base by dramatically cutting or abolishing the USC is “a race to repeat past mistakes”.

Employers’ group says such a move could leave country exposed to future economic shocks

Irish university graduates are more likely to be women, but women still participate less in the workforce.

Mercer 10-year forecast shows Europe, North America struggling for workforce parity

 OxyMem was co-founded in 2013 by Prof Eoin Casey and Dr Eoin Syron as a spinout from UCD’s school of chemical and bioprocess engineering.

More than 6,000 companies from 60 countries were nominated for inclusion in the list

Wall Street rebounded sharply driven by a set of strong corporate results and recovering crude oil prices, ahead of the Federal Reserve’s policy meeting and Apple’s results.

Oil prices rise above $30 on hopes of deal to tackle a global supply glut

Despite a “challenging” UK grocery retail market, Greencore’s UK revenues were up 7.9 per cent, with a good performance in core chilled categories. (Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES)

‘Good start’ to the year for convenience food group with revenues up 7.2 per cent

The picture of the potato, which has sold for €1m, propelling it into the top 15 most expensive photographs ever sold.

Kevin Abosch sells image to European businessman who saw it in his Paris home

 McDonald’s: results out on Monday. Photograph: Joe Buglewicz/Bloomberg
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On Wednesday January 27th 2016, over 500 digital marketing professionals and business owners will converge at Croke Park, Dublin to attend the first in 3XE’s 2016 series of Digital Marketing Conferences.

More than 500 expected to attend digital marketing event in Croke Park

The future of solar power will be analysed and debated at a major conference taking place in Cork this Friday. Photo: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Ireland poised to play its part in the growth of low-carbon electricity

Patrick Joy from Suretank: the winner of The EY Entrepreneur of the year 2013 is among the investors. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

VT will work with French firm Sigfox and network operator 2RN to roll out network

The healthcare, pharmaceuticals and life sciences sector  spawned many of the largest domestic and international M&A transactions last year.This was in part due to a number of high profile corporate inversions featuring Irish domiciled companies, including Pfizer-Allergan.

Healthcare and pharmaceuticals sector expected to see the most deal flow in 2016

Irish oil and gas exploration firm Petroceltic could be the subject of a takeover by its largest shareholder Worldview.

Investment firm evaluating and preparing for a possible all cash offer for the shares

Accenture Ireland Managing Director Alistair Blair: “We look for certain characteristics. We want people with exploratory and inquisitive minds, who are ambitious and who can put the client first.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Alastair Blair started with Accenture as a graduate, and is now head of its Irish division

Accenture Ireland   managing director Alastair Blair: “We are working to attract people to Ireland and to encourage those who have emigrated to return.”  Photograph: Shane O’Neill/Fennell

Management consultancy to invest €25m in centre for innovation

  Grand Canal Square in Dublin: The Jones Lang LaSalle  index described the capital  as “a magnet for FDI” noting the  steps taken  to provide urban infrastructure   with projects such as the regeneration of the Docklands. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Index compiled by real estate agents is based on liveability and flexibility

A cyber attack has knocked Irish discussion forum offline, with the site unavailable to users since Sunday.

Website had been battling a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack since Sunday

Energy group Viridian moved back into the black last year, posting an after tax profit of €7.5 million, compared to a loss of €21.9 million the previous year.

Firm, which owns electricity and gas suppliers Energia, reports turnover of €90.3m

Boxever co-founders (left to right) Dermot O’Connor, Dave O’Flanagan and Alan Giles. Mr O’Flanagan said the 100 new jobs would be “high-value technical roles” for the most part, with the company seeking to hire data scientists, software developers and software architects. Photograph: Aidan Oliver

Firm raises $12 million in funding from Polaris, Frontline Ventures and Silicon Valley Bank

Paddy Power climbed 1.6% to €119.90, still riding high on last Friday’s news that its proposed merger with Betfair had received clearance from Irish Competition Authorities

Tullow drops 3% as oil prices tumble on prospect of Iran’s return to global market

eBay: results out on Tuesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne
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Dublin Airport: busy place.  Photograph:  REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

Speakers at three-day conference include executives from Wizz Air , Lufthansa, American Airlines , Ryanair, Delta and Scandina(...)

According to the a new study, the top worldwide economies for ease of paying taxes are Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (in joint-first place), Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Ireland. Photograph: Tetra Images/Getty Images

Irish tax system ranks as most effective for paying business taxes in EU, PwC study finds

Pre-tax profits at high-end grocer Donnybrook Fair declined 33 per cent to €406,336 for the year ended January 31, 2015.

Revenues at high-end grocer rise to €23.5 million for 2014 financial year

Travel app developer MTT is to create 70 jobs in Dublin over the next six months.

Firm is recruiting for positions in software development, sales, finance and design

PhoneWatch business channel manager Sinead Quinn,  and managing director Eoin Dunne at the launch of the company’s entry into the SME Market.

Home security company to begin providing smart security systems to the SME sector

Wall Street struggled for gains in volatile early trading, weighed down by healthcare stocks and oil prices hitting fresh 12-year lows. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

London market extends four-day losing run while volatility dogs Wall Street

The latest Morgan McKinley salary and benefits guide, published today, says professional talent will be most in-demand in life sciences, engineering, IT, accounting and financial services sectors, including tax and funds. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

Recruitment firm Morgan McKinley warns against salary hikes despite robust market

Kenneth Drumm, brother of former Anglo_Irish Bank CEO David Drumm, leaves The Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston, after a hearing where a judge declined to release David Drumm. Josh Reynolds for The Irish Times

Edward McNally argues risk of flight could be mitigated by attaching conditions to bail

JP Morgan Chase: results on Thursday. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters
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Attendees visit the Intel booth during the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week. Analysts predict the company will post $2.23 EPS for the current fiscal year.  Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/Bloomberg

Alcoa, JP Morgan, Intel and Wells Fargo report this week

Salon owners to be given advice on keeping customers happy

More than 400 businesses expected to attend Salon Owners Summit

Permanent TSB is expected to announce details on Monday of a new mortgage initiative that will give 2 per cent cash back for home loan customers.

Move seen as a response to Permanent TSB’s plan to launch similar offer

Irish housing market transactions exceeded €10 billion last year, for the first time since 2008.

Irish Property Price Register shows housing market transactions up 8 per cent since 2014

CRH chief executive  Albert Manifold. CRH spent €8 billion on acquisitions last year, and disposed of €1 billion worth of assets.

Irish building materials group sells stake in Mashav ending controversial link

Ronan Dunne: ‘To me social media is the digital equivalent of walking the shop floor. I get to engage with customers.’ Photograph: Dave Meehan

Since starting as a trainee accountant, he has worked in freight, waste and banking

The Castlemartyr Resort in Cork was sold to a British hotelier last year. he value of hotel sales in Ireland topped a record €1 billion in 2015 according to Savills Ireland.

Value of hotel sales boosted by sale of Bewley’s, Jurys Inn, and the Castlemartyr Resort

Transpoco expansion follows the launch of a new service by the company, which helps Europe’s car, van and truck fleets reduce fuel, maintenance and insurance costs. Photo: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Expansion follows launch of a new service by the company, which helps fleets reduce costs

Ryanair has appointed Uber lobbyist Cristian Samoilovich as its first head of public affairs.

Samoilovich will lead airline’s public affairs engagements with EU institutions

HTC: reporting results. Photograph: Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images
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 Ian O’Sullivan and Eimear Murphy from Colaiste Treasa, Cork, the overall winners of the 51st BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition with  Colm O’Neill of  BT Ireland and Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

4,449 students from 396 schools across Ireland submit projects for exhibition

Brian Krzanich, chief executive officer of Intel (right) shows the collision-avoidance feature of an AscTec Firefly drone with Intel RealSense cameras during the  CES in Las Vegas last year. Photograph: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

3,600 firms to exhibit at Consumer Electronics Show Las Vegas

Staff at jobs recruitment website’s Dublin office pictured last November with Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Eric Luke.

‘When people disconnect, they come back with a fresher perspective’ says jobs company

John Collison  of Stripe , speaking at the Web Summit in the RDS Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Spectacular gains for certain Irish entrepreneurs were accompanied by failure and public opprobrium for others

Apple lost 1.12 per cent and was the biggest drag on the S&P and Nasdaq. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

European stocks also decline as low trading persists in holiday week

Feargal O’Rourke, PwC Ireland managing partner: “We’re trying to capitalise on the significant number of Irish people looking to come home.” Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

KPMG, PwC, EY and Deloitte use various methods to promote job opportunities

 Family affair: Andrea, Sharon, Caroline and Jim Corr. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AP Photo

Sharon, Andrea, Jim and Caroline Corr, with band manager John Hughes, are the directors of Coppice

Ryanair was also down 0.5 per cent, closing at €15.07. Photograph:  Alan Betson

B of I gains 2.1% as Hibernia Reit and Irish Residential Properties Reit also close higher

Qstream currently employs 25 people in Dublin, with this number expected to double over the next two years according to chief executive Duncan Lennox.

Software company expects to double employee numbers to 50 within two years

T-commerce and shoppable content will revolutionise the e-commerce industry, according to ChannelSight co-founder Niall O’Gorman (left). photograph: david cantwell

Trading via smart TVs and tablets is poised to supplant e-commerce

Shoppers on Henry Street, Dublin. Retail Ireland predicts that this will be the biggest Christmas in seven years.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Retail Ireland expects biggest season in seven years, with Tesco topping the grocery list

State-owned national grid operator EirGrid is paying 83 employees average salaries of €100,000 or more.

State-owned operator paid perfomance bonuses of more than €1.8 million this year

New quarterly figures from the Central Bank show mortgage debt declined by €61 million to €60.3 billion during the third quarter of 2015.

Loans outstanding for buy-to-let properties fell by €273 million or 1.7 per cent

More than 925,000 passengers are expected to travel through Dublin Airport between tomorrow and January 1st. Photo: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Almost 80,000 passengers due to arrive and depart through airport tomorrow

Irish based oil and gas exploration company Providence Resources has said it is working with a number of parties to progress the Barryroe farm out.

Oil and gas explorer says lower operating costs are helping to boost the industry

Asavie CEO Ralph Shaw. Dublin-based technology firm Asavie is to create 106 jobs over the next 2.5 years.

Variety of roles including engineering, sales, product management and marketing

As the majority of the world’s largest tech companies have their European headquarters in Ireland, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner will effectively have to regulate data issues for those companies’ operations throughout the EU

New system means companies will not have to deal with different regulator in each country where they operate

The ESRI examined the “cash” impact of Budget 2016, and the combined impact of budgets for the years 2009 to 2016 inclusive

Bounce from Budget 2016 has given modest gains in the short term only

CRH, which has been upgraded by Goldman Sachs,  rose 1.05% to €25.93

Boost for Ryanair shares in Dublin but property trusts under pressure

PwC Ireland managing partner Feargal O’Rourke: he said half the jobs would be aimed at recent graduates, with the remaining for qualified professionals. Photograph:  Eric Luke

Jobs will be in areas of assurance, technology, digital, data analytics and cybersecurity

Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton with Gary Corbett of Medtronic: The medical device giant manufactures drug-coated balloons for   artery disease. Photograph: Andrew Downes

Medical device maker Medtronic to invest €13 million in new manufacturing facility

Prada: results out on Tuesday
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Irish Life  workers engaged in a two-hour stoppage, over a pay dispute, recently.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Ballot of workers returned a two-thirds result in favour of escalated strike action

Janet Yellen: told Congress a rate increase was a ‘live option’ and there was no reason to delay.   Photograph: Drew Angerer/Bloomberg

Janet Yellen saw no reason to delay slow-paced series of rate increases

DPD Ireland chief executive Brendan O’Neill said online shopping is dramatically increasing, with Irish consumers expecting to spend over €13 billion on e-commerce by 2020.

Courier company to double size of its headquarters in Athlone

  Trustev is a global provider of digital verification technology. The start-up verifies the identity of online shoppers by generating a digital fingerprint through various social media accounts.   Photograph: Hemera/Thinkstock/Getty

Fraud-prevention firm acquired by consumer credit-rating company TransUnion

The National Competitiveness Council has recommended replacing the current system of commercial rates and vacant site levies with a site value tax.

Tax would replace the current system of commercial rates and vacant site levies

ADM Londis Stephen O’Riordan. The retailing group  recorded an operating profit of €2.2 million last year, up 31 per cent on the prior year’s performance.

Retail group CEO said Irish grocery retail market remained ‘very fragile’ last year

The nominal value outstanding of government bonds in October stood at €125.5 billion, according to Central Bank data

More than 60 per cent of Irish government debt held outside Ireland

The Fitzwilliam hotel. The Michael Holland-controlled Gonville group of companies operates the Fitzwilliam hotel in Dublin and the Four Star Pizza master franchise for Ireland and Britain.

Firm operates the Four Star Pizza master franchise and Fitzwillian hotel

Out Tuesday: Euro zone gross domestic product growth rate (Q2)
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The “hour of code” event this Wednesday and Thursday aims to broaden global participation in computer science

Tech company asks employees to participate in event as coding teachers in Irish schools

Stent: 80 per cent of the world’s stents for arteries and veins are manufactured by medtech firms in Ireland

18 of the world’s top 25 medtech companies are now operating in Ireland

Twenty-four-year-old James Foody, whose company has developed a wearable fertility tracker for women, has been named Ireland’s best young entrepreneur.

James Foody’s company Ayda was also named ‘best-start-up’ at the awards ceremony

Graduated salaries: Emolument  crowdsources market data by allowing users to enter their own pay details and benchmark their salaries against other workers from similar educational and professional backgrounds. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Average of €116,052 earned in consulting annually, says salary benchmarking body

Output from Irish-based factories rose by 3.9 per cent in October, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office.

Output from State’s high-tech, chemical and pharmaceutical sectors up 3.2 per cent

LinkedIn has hired 300 new staff over the last 12 months in Ireland

Business social media site aims to open international headquarters in Dublin by 2017

 Minister for the Environment  Alan Kelly receiving the climate change pledges from  Aebhric McGibney,  Dublin Chamber of Commerce; Pat Barry, Irish Green Building Council; Brian O’Kennedy,  CDP Ireland; Aideen O’Hara,  ISI; and Lorraine Fitzgerald,  Business in the Community Ireland

Companies pledge to take action on climate change, including reducing emissions

Shane Murphy and Darragh Kirby and pitched online group travel and activity booking platform, Groopeze. Photo:  Shane O’Neill.

Turning gaps in the market into business opportunities was the theme in Dublin

Prof John McHale, chair of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council: “You don’t want to  repeat the mistakes  in the past, which comes from pro-cyclical budgeting. If we are hit with some negative shock in the future we don’t have to have this big austerity programme to pull us out of it.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Fiscal Advisory Council does not favour injecting money in effort to restore economy

Number26 chief financial officer Maximilian Tayenthal outlined why  Ireland was chosen as the latest market.

Start-up says problems affecting banks, such as bureaucracy, are ‘well present’ in Ireland

Team Ireland at the Special Olympics in Los Angeles. Ray McManus / Sportsfile

Deficit follows reduction in grant funding and challenging fundraising conditions

Architectural firm Scott Tallon Walker, which co-designed the Aviva Stadium, made an operating loss of €545,996 in 2014.

Architectural firm which co-designed the Aviva Stadium saw revenues rise to €4.8m

Ornua, formerly the Irish Dairy Board, has opened a new Kerrygold packing factory in Nigeria.

Facility in Lagos will provide a new route to market for Irish powdered milk

ICG chief executive Eamonn Rothwell: he owns 14.7 per cent of the shipping group

ICG’s rise in market value comes on the back of economic growth and sterling strength

Bank of Ireland stock finished the day down 0.5 per cent at 35 cent

Investors pare bets that ECB will soon ease policy further

Start-ups exhibiting at the Web Summit in Dublin. Almost 4,000 new company and business start-ups formed in November.

New figures show Dublin, Cork and Kildare are most popular locations for start-ups

Frank Feighan, TD; Tony McLoughlin, TD; Senator Michael Comiskey; and  Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton at IT Sligo where the Minister  launched a jobs strategy for the north, aimed at creating 28,000 jobs by 2020. Photograph: James Connolly

France-based company to invest €15m in new European operations centre in Citywest

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