In March 2016, Capita Asset Services took over the management of all ACC Loan Management customer accounts and loan facilities, and staff moved from ACC to Capita Asset Services.

Rabobank-owned ACC Loan Management cuts loan portfolio

 Ardagh  chairman Paul Coulson,     global head of listings at the NYSE John Tuttle, Ardagh chief executive Ian Curley and Ardagh director of investor relations   John Sheehan  at the group’s flotation on the New York Stock Exchange  on March 15, 2017

Glass and metal containers giant went public on New York Stock Exchange on March 14th

Government data   points to strong growth in the number of new housing starts, with 910 units commenced in January, up by 45 per cent year on year.

Developers look to capitalise on Help to Buy by increasing output

Watch out for the fine print too. Some pension schemes for example, won’t give your estate back employer contributions if you die within two years of joining the scheme.

Like everything to do with pensions, it’s complicated, opaque, and full of jargon ... but also very important

John Collison. co-founder of Stripe, is the youngest self-made billionaire on Forbes list.

Eight Irish people now on ‘Forbes’ billionaires list

The CSO data shows that the premium paid to women in the public sector (excluding the pension levy) was about 12 per cent more in 2014

Women in public sector earn more than those in private sector, CSO figures show

A pedestrian shelters from the rain beneath a Union Jack umbrella at the Houses of Parliament in London, following the pro-Brexit result of the UK’s  referendum in June, 2016. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

Just one in 10 businesses has plan to deal with economic fallout of UK departure

One51’s group chief executive Alan Walsh: “Trading in 2017 to date has been solid and in line with expectations.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Company eyeing acquisitions in North American retail and bulk packaging sectors

The Savoy Hotel, London:  Quinlan Private made a profit of about €60 million in  eight months from its sale in 2005

Syndicates accounted for just 1% of Irish commercial property investment in 2016

The non-principal private residence charge (NPPR) applied from 2009 to 2013 and second home owners, including those with holiday homes or rental investments, were liable to the tax at a rate of €200 a year. Over the period, some 360,000 second homes were registered and more than € 400 million collected.

Saga continues over whether or not second home charge is tax deductible

The Central Bank said a major concern for it remained the banking sector’s ability to deal with IT risks. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Regulator warns risks remain in Irish banking system, particularly in IT

Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock: city is the 34th best place to  live in terms of quality of life, according to a new survey. Photograph: Eric Luke

Survey says you’ll have a better quality of life in Dublin, but Vienna and Zurich fill top spots

UK furniture retailer DFS will pay  €98 per square metre (€9.10 per square foot) at Horizon Logistics Park,  Dublin Airport

UK furniture retailer to let 3,060 sq/m unit at Horizon Logistics Park

Berlin, where just about 14 per cent own their own homes compared to about 60 per cent in Dublin.  Photograph:  John MacDougall/AFP/GettyImages

The number of people buying rather than renting has fallen to a near 50-year low

Soaring property prices and the rise of flexible work patterns and contract work have excluded a certain cohort from buying homes. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA

Central Statistics Office figures show one in four residents of the capital are now renters

Dunnes Stores has moved upmarket, introducing  ranges from designers such as  Joanne Hynes (pictured) and revamping its grocery hall. Photograph: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland

Market advances by 3 per cent with Tesco the only multiple to report drop in sales

Don Gallagher, chief executive  of the Health Insurance Authority, and former minister for health Leo Varadkar in the run-up to the launch of lifetime community rating  in March 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Society of Actuaries wants lifetime community rating limit to be cut from life to 20 years

Figures published last week show the Irish economy grew by 5.2 per cent in 2016, with little signs that Brexit has started to hurt output. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Bloomberg survey reveals more optimistic forecasts for economy in 2018 and 2019

Last May U+I  agreed to let the 15,992sq m (172,000sq ft) building to US e-commerce giant Amazon for €50 per sq ft, in what was one of the biggest letting deals of the year.

Spacious building on Burlington Road was let to Amazon last year for €50 per sq ft

Ireland Connected: Trading and Investing in a Dynamic World identifies exporting to new third country markets as a priority for Irish food and drink products. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

‘Ireland Connected’ plan sets ambitious targets for exports, FDI, tourism and education

Cairn will pay 45 per cent of the costs of drilling the 53/6-A exploration well in June 2017, subject to a gross well cap of $42 million. The company will also make a cash payment of $2.82 million to PVR and Sosina on closing.

Scottish-headquartered Cairn Energy takes 30 per cent working interest in well

A PwC report found women who had recently changed employers said a lack of opportunities for career progression was the top reason they left their former employer (35 per cent).  Photograph: Dave Thompson

PwC survey finds 10% of jobseeking Irish women experience gender discrimination

New figures show the Irish have a far higher government debt per person than even the Greeks. Photograph: Yiannis Kourtoglou/Reuters

Ireland has third-highest government debt per capita, behind only Japan and US

Bunn, a UK provider of prescription fertiliser blends and nutrition management systems servicing the arable, grassland and horticultural sectors, has an established business-to-business and retail customer franchise. Bunn’s turnover for the year ended December 31st 2016 was £127.7 million. (Photograph: Sandra Mu/Getty Images)

Bunn is a UK provider of prescription fertiliser blends

The survey  exposes a gender gap: in the EU as a whole, 56 per cent of men are financially literate, compared to 48 per cent of women. Photograph: iStockphoto

The S&P FinLit survey found almost half of Irish people lack savvy about money matters - but are you one of them?

Irish consumer sentiment reached a high in February 2016 but has been on a downward trajectory since, as consumers fear the impact of changes in the global environment. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Things are not getting a lot worse, but they are not getting better either, survey finds

Risky: a study  by the Central Bank  in 2015 found that 75 per cent of retail CFD clients who invested in CFDs during 2013 and 2014 made a loss. Photograph: Alan Betson

Regulator may ban sale and marketing of ‘complex’ CFDs to retail investors

The Central Bank has found that the introduction of mortgage lending rules leads to a decrease in housing investment. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Central Bank study says limiting the amount households can borrow leads to lower debt

In a ranking of luxury residential market performance, Dublin was the 31st best performing city in the world. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Wealth Report’ reports some 60 people joined billionaires ranks to bring the global total to 2,024

Dublin: City of 28,200 millionaires. By comparison, Paris has 110,900 millionaires but Buenos Aires has just 15,400. Photograph: David Soanes/Getty

Report links bouyant property sector to 5% rise in ‘dollar millionaires’

Dalata, the group behind the Maldron and Clayton range of hotels, reported an occupancy rate of 82.1 per cent for 2016, up from 80.2 per cent in 2015. The group’s average room rate rose to €97.6, up from €87 in 2015.

Average room rate rises to nearly €100 as pre-tax profits go up by 55% to €44m

 Some 3,000 first time buyers are understood to have applied so far for the  Help to Buy scheme while more than 50 developers have also been approved.

Mortgage approvals rocket by 41% as first time buyers flock to taxback scheme

There are about 300 charity shops in Ireland, run by charities such as Age Action, Irish Cancer Society, NCBI, Oxfam and SVP and staffed by volunteers. Photograph: iStockphoto

As little as €0.10 of every €1 spent in charity shop goes towards charitable deeds as turning your bag of unwanted goods into cash(...)

Three in four new mortgage applicants with Bank of Ireland opted for fixed-rate loans.

Bank’s life cover upselling in 2016 represents slippage from 75 per cent in 2015

Tech workers earn the most with average weekly earnings of €1,063.03 while workers in the tourism and food sector earned the lowest average weekly wage, of €339.66

Tech sector has highest average but wages are falling in education and health, finds CSO

A couple changing tak credits mid-year can involve a big clawback by Revenue from the spouse who was working. Photograph: iStock

Joint assessment, tax credits and rate bands make for complicated scenario

Some 6,000 of the Eileen Gray coins went on sale last November at a cost of €60, and about 2,000 have since been sold. The coins come in a presentation box with a certificate of authenticity, and are struck in .925 sterling silver.

Blemish is found in coin which went on sale last November for €60

Icon, the Irish based provider of outsourced drug development services, reported a 6 per cent jump in revenues in 2016, as the company looks to continue to diversify its customer base in 2017.

Drug development services provider to focus on diversifying customer base in 2017

While companies are obliged to offer  employees access to a pension plan – whether they contribute to it or not – it seems  many workers are unaware of this

Standard Life survey finds nearly 60% of those without pensions don’t know how to get one

Bernard Sheridan, director of consumer protection at the Central Bank, has ruled out a ban on commission payments in the short-term.

Regulator says prohibiting payments could be a ‘bigger shock’ for Irish market than UK

Dublin, home to Trinity College, UCD, DCU, DIT and a host of other colleges, is the world’s 31st most popular student city, according to a new survey

Montreal is best university city while Ireland is 31st in 125-strong QS Best Student Cities list

 BrowserStack provides a mobile and web testing platform for customers like Airbnb. (Photograph: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg)

Indian mobile and web testing company to establish international HQ in Dublin

Owen Killian is to step down as chief executive of Aryzta after the group issued a series of profit warnings and shareholders failed to embrace the group’s investment in French frozen food group Picard. (Photograph:Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times)

Troubled times for Swiss-Irish food group as it also evaluates Picard investment

A contactless payment by credit card on a Verifone Systems Inc payment device in London. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

As the world turns to digital payments, one Irish man tried to use no cash in January

RentAssured.ie is targeting the State’s  305,000 landlords who own approximately 400,000 private rental homes

New product offers cover up to the value of 11 months’ rent or €48,000

The Central Bank has warned  Lawson Consultancy Limited (USA) is not authorised to act as an investment firm, investment business firm or to provide investment advice in Ireland. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Lawson Consultancy Limited (USA) is not authorised to trade in Ireland, regulator says

According to a report from Age Action, more than 35,000 pensioners had their pensions cut because of changes introduced to the eligibility criteria for the contributory State pension in 2012. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

State pension changes cut money for thousands, claims Age Action

Nichol Gray of the Tara Building: ‘We want to contribute to that shared sense of community.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

The Tara Building will also have a gallery space, restaurant and yoga classes

Aberdour, Foxrock: residents of Knocksinna Court are objecting to the application by Thycar Investments to build 48 apartments on the site.

Infill schemes along a stretch of Dublin’s N11 face planning hurdles and local opposition

Motor, health and life insurers  are in favour of retaining the current commission system. Photograph: Getty Images

Pensions Council says customers better off if they pay up front for independent advice

Life insurance: Irish Life’s   paid out €171 million on 2,600 claims during 2016, up by 10 per cent on 2015. Photograph: Getty

Claim book analysis shows a third of parents have no life insurance at all

Keeping your finances in shape can help reduce stress for your family if you were to die unexpectedly. Photograph: Getty Images/Echo

A guide explaining what happens to your bank accounts, loans, mortgage and utilities

Rush Credit Union: placed into liquidation following the emergence of a €4.7 million hole in its reserves and alleged criminal activities.  Photograph: North County Leader

Central Bank warns credit unions to improve compliance processes as shortcomings found

Bank of Ireland: After February 13th, the banks says, “more complex account-related queries will still be facilitated through the call-centre”.

BoI staff will soon be prohibited from handling everyday business over the phone

Dublin-based Malin invested in US biotechnology company Artizan Biosciences via a funding  round

Artizan aims to be a leader in the microbiota-driven inflammatory diseases space

Glanbia has added two more brands to its range of products. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh

New brands have a record of strong growth and are complementary to the business

“You definitely need a good level of French.” Helen Grant and her husband, Adrian,  moved to France

When it came time to leave the Middle East after a work stint, the family opted for France

Barnageeragh Cove, Skerries,north Dublin, where first-time buyers can avail of the Help-to-Buy tax rebate scheme. Three-beds start at €335,000.

Not all new-builds are eligible, as 70 developers are not yet approved by Revenue

Some 40 per cent of Greencore shareholders rejected a new pay deal for chief executive Patrick Coveney. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Food group says it is on track but warns of inflation in costs of raw materials and labour

 Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary: he told German business newspaper “Handelsblatt”  that the airline has ditched its plans for transatlantic flights due to a shortage of aircraft. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Airline chief tells German newspaper money will be made on snacks and internet services

David Collins: “My Dad had to go back to work the next day. Things have changed so much for the better.”

Figures show that less than one in four new fathers are availing of the €235 a week benefit

The  IFSC in Dublin. Japanese banks and brokerages are among global financial firms  considering moving some functions  from London  to retain access to the EU

Luxembourg funds company FundRock confirms Dublin office as Japanese securities group Daiwa weighs up Dublin and Frankfurt

 Harvard Business School: MBA students enjoy a 97 per cent salary increase after graduation.  Photograph: Stephen Rose/Liaison

Graduates of the Smurfit School of Business at UCD earn about 70 per cent more at work

Degiro has built up a platform of some 6,000 customers in Ireland since it launched here in 2015. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Online broker Degiro to offer access to 800 funds with no entry or exit charges

Property investors enticed by the tight rental market may be interested in a new buy-to-let mortgage product. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

ICS Mortgages/Dilosk’s product is available to both individuals and firms

Aryzta chief executive Owen Killian said  the group’s performance was “both unexpected and extremely disappointing”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Share slide heaps further pressure on long-time chief executive Owen Killian

Our putative landlord buys a two-bed apartment for €250,000 in Grace Park Manor, Drumcondra

Experts explore the pros and cons of each option as an investment for retirement

Dublin, Paris or  somewhere else? Uncertainty reigns when it comes to banks’ post-Brexit decisions. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

IFS 2020 report ramps up lobbying but winning business will still be a challenge

Cuda: The Credit Union Development Association has an initiative it says will help its members make the move into the mortgage market. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Sector ‘ideally placed’ to fill market gap but unlikely to take more than 5% share

 The IFSC in Dublin:  LGT Bank (Ireland) Limited became the latest of the original IFSC banks to hand back its banking licence    to the Central Bank in December. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Central Bank figures for 2016 show just two new insurance frims were authorised here

Irish businesses are  more positive about the economic outlook, with 69%  saying they are positive compared with 58%  across Europe and 66%  in the UK

When it comes to job-creation, growth expectations of Irish SMEs lag their European counterparts

The Central Bank has set up a dedicated webpage to facilitate firms interested in seeking authorisation in Ireland. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Regulator warns London companies must have substance to seek authorisation

 Aidan Heavey, who has said he will step down as Tullow Oil chief executive later this year.

Find is ‘incremental positive’ for exploration group, says broker Davy

Scandinavian airline SAS is eying up a potential base in Ireland to reduce costs, Danish newspaper ‘Berlingske’ reported on Tuesday.

SAS could follow in footsteps of Norwegian Airlines by opening Irish base to cut costs

The concentration of researchers is a weakness of Ireland’s innovative package, a new survey has found.

Ireland drops a place as Nordic nations dominate the top 15 most innovative countires, while South Korea reigns supreme and Russia(...)

Thanks to a decrease in the universal social charge announced last October, everyone who earns more than €13,000 will see some inc(...)

A new study from the World Economic Forum says that Ireland has performed better than Germany, France and the UK in an index that ranks employment opportunities, pay, living standards and social inclusion. However if you find this difficult to believe, the study also finds that average incomes are falling in Ireland and the country is fourth worst for income inequality.

World Economic Forum study also shows country is fourth worst for income inequality

Shannon cruisers at Leitrim village. County Leitrim has the fourth largest concentration of holiday homes in the State  at 9%. Photograph: James Connolly

Once a hotspot for holiday homes and section 23 properties, Leitrim county now has lowest occupancy rate in the State at 70%

The fourth quarter of 2016 was “another record quarter, continuing the increasing production trend and improving on the record set in the prior quarter”, Michael Carvill, managing director, Kenmare Resources said on Monday.

Producer of titanium minerals and zircon forecasts higher prices in 2017

Icon, the Dublin based provider of drug development solutions, said on Tuesday that it is targeting full year revenue growth of 2-5 per cent, as it eyes up “bolt-on” acquisitions.

Clinical trials group expects to reduce reliance on overly dominant customer

Snapchat’s decision to opt for an international HQ in London  could furrow the brows over at the IDA, as Ireland has proved particularly adept at attracting emerging tech companies - and their European headquarters - to Dublin. Google, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are just some of the stars of the tech world to have their EMEA or international headquarters in Dublin.

Move could be a worrying indicator of investment trends post-Brexit, post-Beps

  Game Publishing and Distribution: the firm said that by the end of the first half of 2017 it expects to operate  systems for 12 major US casinos coast-to-coast together representing in excess of $8 billion in  revenues

Smurfit-backed firm says outlook for 2017 is ‘positive’ as it eyes growth in Italy and the US

“A weekly allowance is great way to help kids to manage their money. There is no better way to help children learn to manage their money than to make their own mistakes.”

Don’t wait until your kids are teens to start talking about family finances

“The predominant mood captured by the consumer sentiment survey at present is a ‘feeling of missing out’.”

Public believes recovery ‘significantly overpromised and underdelivered’

 Larry Broderick, general secretary of the Financial Services Union, said there was “significant concern” among KBC staff in Ireland that its parent could sell the operation here. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

FSU urges bank’s CEO to end ‘uncertainty’ over whether Irish operation will be sold

In 2016, some €463 million was collected in property tax, down from €469 million in 2015, with the Revenue reporting an average compliance rate of 97 per cent. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Homeowners who pay by a lump sum must meet Wednesday deadline or risk an 8% fine

Kilkenny Group’s Marian O’Gorman is one of the mentors in the new round of Enterprise Ireland and KPMG’s Going for Growth. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Going for Growth provides mentoring from Paypal, Tour America and Kilkenny Group

Patricia Callan: “The optimism that existed at the beginning of the year has given way to a much more cautious sentiment.” Photograph: Gary O’Neill

Brexit risks and wage inflation among the risks cited for 2017 by owner-managers

Martin Shanahan, chief executive of IDA Ireland, with Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor: “That companies have continued to invest in Ireland is testament to the quality of the offering we have here,” he said. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Almost 200,000 employed in multinationals but IDA warns of political uncertainty

Michael Chadwick:  The nonexecutive director and chairman of the Grafton Group chairman  is being replaced by Michael Roney. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Appointment sees departure of long-serving Michael Chadwick after 41 years with group

‘When it comes to people and their money, many bank customers here still like having the option of having a branch they can physically call into.’

German and Dutch mobile bank operators among those bringing services to Ireland

 Irish property prices are set to rise by at least 8% in 2017, with double-digit growth a ‘distinct possibility’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Help-to-buy scheme will add ‘fuel to the fire’ and drive price rises, myhome.ie reports

UK retailer Debenhams put almost 1,500 jobs at risk in Ireland when it  went into examinership during 2016 because of consistent losses sustained since the recession in 2007. (Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times)

Largest number of jobs were saved by Debenhams successfully exiting the process in August

One in four Irish companies say that the impact of the UK’s impending exit from the European Union is their biggest fear for 2017, according to a survey by Dublin Chamber of Commerce. (Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire)

Impact of the UK’s departure from the EU is biggest fear for one in four Irish companies

Accepting compensation and cashing your cheque shouldn’t mean that you’re giving up your rights to appeal the decision.

Q&A: Are you affected? How much could you get in compensation?

Developments in Dorset Street (pictured) and Summerhill are due to complete in 2017 and 2018, providing 450 and 400 beds respectively.

Four buildings are located in city centre, Dorset Street, Summerhill and Cork Street

Upmarket department store Brown Thomas has a host of discounts on offer, including money off women’s clothes, shoes and bags and children’s clothes.

Brown Thomas, Benetton and M&S just some of the retailers already cutting prices

Christine Ourmieres-Widener spent four and a half years in Dublin with Cityjet, but left last November to take up the role of chief global sales officer for American Express Global Business Travel, the credit card company’s network of travel agencies across 140 countries.

Former Cityjet chief returns to the world of airlines with salary of £400,000

Last month Eir said it would seek talks with ratings agencies early in 2017 to seek an upgrade to its debt rating. Photograph: Maxwells

Directors with considerable experience join the board of telecommunications group

Coming off a few years of under-performance, emerging market equities were also particularly strong during the year, and you didn’t have to choose wisely as an index fund would have done the business for you in 2016.

Some lucky investors enjoyed returns of almost 30% on their North America funds during the year, but volatility will be watchword (...)

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