Mortgages totalling €532 million were approved last month, which is the strongest level of mortgage approvals since the series began in 2011.

More than 2,700 mortgages approved per month in the three months to the end of July

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

More than 8,700 days were lost to industrial disputes in the second quarter of 2015, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).  Photo: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Disputes in transportation and storage sector accounted for 65 per cent of all days lost

The Windmill Lane site, which was once home to a recording studio used by U2, the Rolling Stones, Tom Jones and Van Morriso. Photo: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Site at Dublin’s south docks to be developed into 120,000 sq ft of office space and 15 residential units

Kingspan chief executive Gene Murtagh said the first half of 2015 has been “a record period” for the company. Photo: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Manufacturer reports ‘exceptionally strong’ start to year with trading profit up 69 per cent

Paddy Power:  results on Wednesday Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire
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Micheal Chadwick, chairman of Grafton Group, at its agm in May: property profits of £6 million in the half-year were higher than anticipated as a result of a property disposal in London.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Builders merchanting group has faced increased competition and margin pressure in UK

Perrigo chief executive Joseph Papa: “Mylan’s approach demonstrates an act of desperation.”

Mylan seeks to acquire Perrigo in a $36bn deal opposed by Perrigo’s board of directors

Irish social entrepreneur Keren Jackson has been shortlisted to fly to space as part of the Kruger Cowne Rising Star programme. Photo: Ieva Japertaite/Ieva Japertaite Photography

BlueFire chief executive named in top 30 finalists of Rising Star programme

Irish households are continuing to reduce outstanding credit balances, according to new data from the Central Bank.

Over 40 per cent of loans originated in 2007 were in negative equity at December 2014

Cairn Energy posted a loss after tax of $230 million for the first half.

Oil explorer expects to begin Senegal drilling operations in the fourth quarter

 Origin chief executive officer Tom O’Mahony said Kazgod will significantly augment Origin’s existing operations in Poland. Photo: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Deal needs approval from Office for Protection of Competition and Consumers in Poland

Gap: results out Thursday
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Glanbia’s Dairy Ireland profits should grow strongly this year

Davy analyst Jack Gorman said Glanbia’s group EBITA is expected to be up 13.2%

Aimia vice president and Cardtrix developer Fiachra Woodman: the app will help Irish shoppers get the most out of loyalty by taking the hassle out of signing up to lots of different programmes.

Cardtrix app supports loyalty programmes of 13 major retailers and companies

Eamon Keane, founder of Dublin-based Xpreso software, was named Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur last year, winning a total €50,000 investment fund for his business.

The Action Plan for Jobs initiative is aimed at entrepreneurs aged between 18 and 30

BonzaQuote founder and chief executive Jack Drea will have a chance to meet investors including Scale Venture Partners and Google Ventures as part of the Blackbox Connect accelerator programme in Silicon Valley.

Dublin-based start-up beats thousands to take place in Blackbox Connect scheme

Listed packaging group Powerflute, which is chaired by Dermot Smurfit, has said its full-year performance is likely to be ahead of expectations. Photo: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Packaging group says market conditions in the US and China remain broadly favourable

Ratings agency Moody’s has said the record-high consumer confidence in Ireland belies loan arrears forecasts. Photo: Bloomberg

Ratings agency says Irish consumer confidence has is in line with pre-crisis levels

David Schneider, Robert Gentz and Rubin Ritter of Zalando ring the bell during the company’s initial public offering  at the Frankfurt stock exchange last year. Zalando has reported a 31.5 per cent increase in first-half revenues to €1.38 billion.

Online fashion platform opened a fashion insights centre in Dublin earlier this year

More than 6,200 mortgage loans, valued at €1.08 billion, were drawn down in the second quarter of this year. Photo: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Mortgages valued at €1.08 billion drawn down in second quarter of 2015

Angelina Jolie: movie is based on the acclaimed young adult novel of the same name by Deborah Ellis

Oscar-winning actor teams up with Cartoon Saloon for animated feature ‘The Breadwinner’

 China rattled global markets this week by devaluing its currency – the yuan. Photo: Bloomberg

Why did China devalue its currency and what impact will it have on Ireland?

PageFair co-founder  Sean Blanchfield said ad block users are inadvertently inflicting multi-billion dollar losses to advertising industry.

Report finds 198m consumers are blocking ads, an increase of 41 per cent year-on-year

The number of people who are putting money aside for a rainy day increased in July, despite a decline in the sentiment towards saving.

Consumers, especially those over age of 50, unhappy with the amount they are saving

The interior of an apartment in Rockbrook in Sandyford, Dublin 18. Irish Residential Properties Reit acquired 270 apartments in Rockbrook in the first half of this year.

Group acquires further 362 apartments for total purchase price of €110.6m

The company was helped to a profit by its restructuring programme

Domino’s Pizza: results out on Monday
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George Mullan, CEO of SIS Group (Support in Sport), which constructs sports surfaces, pictured on the new synthetic pitch at Donnybrook stadium. Photograph: Dave Meehan

George Mullan has been in risky environments where guns have been touted. He leads SIS pitch providers

 The  Luzhniki Stadium  in Moscow. Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Luzhniki Stadium to host opening match and final

Heineken: results out Monday
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On a roll: Mondi expects to record a net after-tax charge of approximately €36 million mainly due to plant closure in Finland and Spain

Excluding special items, underlying earnings per share will be in the range 65-70 cent

Jessica Springsteen, on Vindicat W competing at last year’s Dublin Horse Show. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Up to 100,000 expected to attend RDS to see professionals vie for €1m prize fund

A survey from the  HR Department has found less than six in 10 Irish SMEs  invest in a human resources  function. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Irish enterprises are lacking human resources function despite 93% believing it’s crucial

Amneal Pharmaceuticals is to create up to 300 jobs in Tipperary following its acquisition of the former Johnson & Johnson plant (pictured) in Cashel.

US generic drug manufacturer acquires former Johnson & Johnson plant in Cashel

IAG chief executive officer Willie Walsh said the airlines group made an operating profit of €530 million in the second quarter. Photo: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Aer Lingus buyer expects to generate an operating profit in excess of €2.2bn this year

Roscommon has the highest rate of convictions in the country for failing to make income tax returns, new data from the Revenue Commissioners shows.

Construction sector has more than double the offenders of any other sector

Louise McCormack and Paul Teahan of Thebestof. The independent web directory franchise  expects to create 90 jobs across Ireland over the next three years.

Organisation’s franchisees showcase the best businesses and events in local towns

 Smurfit Kappa chief executive Gary McGann said EPS growth of 38 per cent, was underpinned by good underlying business conditions and the earnings impact of capital investments. Photo: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Gary McGann says group is significantly stronger now than at any other time in its recent history

Tullow chief executive Aidan Heavey said revenue was lower due to the fall in oil prices and asset sales.

Explorer says first-half results ‘in line with expectations’ due to decline in oil prices

Dublin house prices  fell by 0.4 per cent in June, but are still 11.1 per cent higher than in June 2014.

House prices fell by 0.3 per cent in Dublin last month, apartment prices declined 0.4 per cent

 Permanent TSB: results on Wednesday

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The Irish company recently reached a $250m settlement in a long-running tax dispute in the key region of Uganda

Company expected to announce revenue of about $800m, down from $1.3bn, in results

Ryanair posts Q1 numbers Monday; Aer Lingus figures land on Wednesday, and Thursday is the IAG offer deadline

Ryanair and Etihad have already indicated they will be accepting the IAG offer

Volkswagen slid 2.7 per cent, pacing losses among carmakers, after ‘Manager Magazin’ said a drop in its Chinese deliveries could hurt earnings by more than €1 billion. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Worsening economic conditions in all markets prompt share slumps

Leo Oosterweghel: “The recession hardly affected us. We were very worried, but people kept coming. We never reduced prices.” Photograph: Eric Luke

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ABP chief executive Paul Finnerty said the economic benefits of the redevelopment, particularly during construction, have been delivered during a difficult period for the local labour market.

Redevelopment prohject has created 152 new jobs to date with more expected in the future

Irish founded semiconductor company Powervation has been acquired by Japanese electronics firm ROHM for approximately $70 million.

Irish founded semiconductor company Powervation bought ROHM

Kingspan chief executive Gene Murtagh: The company came under some pressure, and was one of the big fallers onISEQ index. Photograph: Irish Times

US stocks declined as quarterly results from IBM and United Technologies disappointed investors

ChangeX founder and chief executive Paul O’Hara and DFJ Esprit partner Brian Caulfield.

ChangeX raises €400,000 in seed funding from high profile investors including Jerry Greenfield

In total, 1,692 judgments were awarded against consumers in the first six months of 2015.

Courts award more than €200 million in judgments against bad debtors

Bord na Móna recorded an operating profit of €52.4 million for the year ended March 2015, up €2.2 million or 4.3 per cent on the previous year. Photo: PA Wire

Profit up 4.3% despite decline of €9.4 million in annual turnover

Verizon: results on Tuesday

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Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella at a Windows 10 promotion. Photograph: Glenn Chapman/AFP/Getty Images

The online payments giant replaces driller Noble to begin trading as a standalone; Microsoft due to post earnings

Robert Adair: the Petroceltic chairman  said the firm generated $157 million (€143.8 million) of revenue from oil and gas sales

Majority shareholder Capital Managment accuses explorer of squandering value; $282m loss in 2014

GoldCore has completed the sale of its wealth management division following approval from the Central Bank of Ireland. Photo: Bloomberg

Company will focus on precious metals brokerage and storage offering

Protesters picketing the Aer Lingus EGM in Dublin yesterday over pension cuts. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

BA owner extends deadline for Aer Lingus shareholders to accept offer of €2.55 a share

Shares in Aer Lingus were flat at €2.50 while Ryanair was one of only a handful of stocks which declined on the Irish market yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

European shares hit six-week high after Greece passes austerity measures

Accounts for the National Ploughing Association for the year to the end of January 2015, show after-tax profits jumped more than 20 per cent from €978,856 to €1.19 million.

Turnover was €5.1 million for the year to the end of January, up from €4.5 million the previous year

IAG wants to use Dublin as a transatlantic hub, and has promised to grow services and jobs at the Irish airline

IAG says all resolutions have been passed by shareholders, clearing way for sale

Irish Times business columnist Charlie Fell on being told he had pancreatic cancer

Mouldable glue product Sugru, invented by Irish woman Jane ni Dhulchaointigh, has raised more than £3.5 million in a crowdfunding campaign.

Mouldable glue product invented by Irish woman broke equity crowdfunding records

John Deasy TD (left) with Kevin Giblin, Executive Manager at Mercyhurst College Ireland  and Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan, pictured in a surveillance vehicle at An Garda Siochanan Headquarters at the launch of the Global Intelligence Forum.

Former director of the US Secret Service to speak at cybersecurity event this week

eBay posted earnings per share of $0.77 in April for the quarter to March-end

Sales at online auction site forecast to rise to €4.4bn this year

‘The opportunity came when we won a deal with the Canadian Central Bank’

Delta Air Lines: results out Wednesday

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‘We have managed to grow the company without taking on any debt’

Online payments company Stripe co-founders Patrick and John Collison.

‘We think Stripe should be available to any business in the world’

Sean O’Sullivan, founder and managing director of SOSventures.

‘I decided I didn’t want to put myself at risk of being a cog in the wheel’

Ryanair has said it will accept IAG’s offer for its stake in Aer Lingus. Photo: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Reports of EU approval comes as Ryanair announced it plans to accept IAG offer for its stake in Aer Lingus

Amelio Group managing director Catherine O’Neill, CD Group chief executive Terry Knox and Vita Liberata chief executive Alyson Hogg at the EY CEO Retreat in Germany

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Amazon is one of the country’s biggest data-centre owners, along with Microsoft and Google

Acquisition is set to generate a major jobs boost for the local economy

Annualised gross new lending to SMEs has been increasing steadily since early 2014 and is currently €2.6 billion.

Central Bank report shows half of SME loan applications were for working capital purposes

Avolon chief executive Domhnal Slattery. Avolon increased its fleet by 29 per cent year-on-year to 260 aircraft at the end of June. Photo: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish aircraft leasing company delivered 14 new aircraft and sold three aircraft in Q2

House prices in the Republic increased by more than six times the EU average in the first three months of this year, according to new figures. Photo: PA Wire

Average home price 16.8% higher in first quarter of 2015 than in same period in 2014

PlanNet21 Communications co-founder Denise Tormey.

Technology firm is expanding employee numbers in Ireland

House builder Abbey has reported pre-tax profits of €49.1 million for the year to April, more than double last year’s figure of €24.1 million. Photo: PA Wire

House builder to begin new projects in Wicklow and Dublin ‘imminently’

Oriel Windfarm managing director Brian Britton, Gaelectric chief executive Brendan McGrath and NISA Project Manager Dr Mark Coughlan. The renewable energy companies have announced plans to jointly develop a major offshore wind energy hub in the North Irish Sea.

Wind energy hub expected to create 30 long term jobs for the North East Region

Bank of Ireland fell 0.29 per cent, to 34 cents, with 108 million shares traded

Euro hits five-week low against dollar as euro zone leaders hold emergency summit

Former president of the European Parliament Pat Cox. “My strong hope is that they can collectively find the wisdom to work together on a solution that is viable and acceptable to both sides”

Ibec says turmoil in Greece over recent months highlights folly of economic brinkmanship

In Dublin Kerry Group ended the day 0.87 per cent lower at €66.18

Providence gains 3.2% on acquisition of Atlantic Petroleum’s 4% stake in licence off southwest coast of Ireland

Philip Smith, former chief executive of insurance company RSA, was awarded €1.25 million by the Employment Appeals Tribunal for constructive dismissal.

Insurance company ‘astonished’ by amount of award made by employment tribunal

Officer Commanding LÉ Samuel Beckett Lt Cdr Anthony Geraghty, Minister  for the Marine Simon Coveney, Conor Healy, chief executive  of Cork Chamber, and Bord Iascaigh Mhara chairman Kiernan Calnan. Photograph: Darragh Kane

From 2012 to 2014, ‘blue economy’ continued to outperform national economy, with growth rates of 8%

Samsung president of corporate affairs Sangwoo Kim: one of the speakers at  Asia Business Week

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Jack Dobson, co-founder of Dunbia.

‘We have taken no dividends as we are focused on growing the business’

Terry Knox, chief executive of CD Group.

‘There is no such thing as bad advice’

Kenneth Greene, Greene Farm Foods founder and managing director.

‘I grew up on a family farm . . . I always wanted to own my business’

Paul Young, co-founder and chief executive of Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon.

‘If we have a fan in Donegal or Kansas they can find our film on Netflix’

The number of people employed by US companies in Ireland, such as Google, now stands at an all-time high of 140,000. Photo: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

American Chamber says two-thirds of Irish people underestimate level of employment in US firms

One51 group chief executive Alan Walsh said IPL gives the company access to significant new markets.

Acquisition will significantly increase Dublin headquartered One51’s international reach

On-demand cleaning start-up, co-founded by Irish woman Jules Coleman, has been acquired by German rival Helpling.

Helpling and Hassle enable customers to book cleaners online or via smartphone app

Sean O’Sullivan, managing director of SOSVentures

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Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash at the launch of ProSeeder’s European technology centre with Colm Browne, director of European Operations, and Lorcan Wogan, software engineer, ProSeeder, and Michael McLoughlin, chief executive of ConnectIreland.

Company has 160,000 Irish customers and 200,000 UK customers across its 14 brands

AIB has said no redundancies will result from its plans to outsource a number of services within its application development and maintenance division. Photo: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Finance union IBOA urged bank to reconsider strategic implications of outsourcing IT activities

The number of people signing on the Live Register fell by 2,300  in June.

356,520 people signed on last month, an annual decrease of 42,293 or 10.6 per cent

Ryanair has reported a 14 per cent increase in passenger numbers for June. Photo: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Airline carried a total of 9.5m passengers last month, up from 8.3m in June last year

Malin will appoint three directors to the board of 3D4Medical, including former head of Google Ireland John Herlihy. Photo: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Life sciences firm will appoint former Google Ireland head John Herlihy to 3D4Medical board

Permanent TSB has said it will allow about 70,000 mortgage customers on standard variable rates of 4.5 per cent to move to new rates that will start from 3.7 per cent. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Taoiseach hints October’s budget could be used to ‘deal with the banks’ on issue

Crowdfunding site Indiegogo has crashed following a wave of donations to bailout Greece.

More than €700,000 donated by public to bailout campaign for Greece

Retail sales decreased by 0.3 per cent last month, according to figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO). Photo: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Sector with largest monthly decrease was food, beverages and tobacco which fell 4.8%

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