The high-profile publican landlord of Cafe En Seine in Dawson Street, Dublin, refused to give consent for the buyers to take over the lease. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Plans by founders of Setanta sports group hits snag

Denis O’Brien: Digicel made him a billionaire.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Digicel has been roused because it is rattled

Darina Allen: nearly brings the house down with her criticism of excessive business regulation. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Cork Chamber’s Outstanding Achievement award goes to Ballymaloe co-founder

Jonathan Sexton: exhorts listeners.  Photograph: Press Assocation

Johnny Sexton has been audible on the airwaves recently

George Hook: most interesting debate.    Photograph: Eric Luke

Hook insinuated that people need to make sacrifices if they want the privilege of having kids

Centrica,  owner of Bord Gáis Energy and British Gas, fell 1.6 per cent in brisk volume after it cut its full-year earnings outlook on the back of a steep drop in energy demand. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Growth in Germany to remain sluggish as manufacturing data misses estimates

Columbus, which is backed by the Irish-American billionaire John Malone. Photograph: Getty Images

Digicel confirms it had also tried to buy the Caribbean telco

UPC Ireland, the cable company with more than 500,000 customers, is to “join forces” with the British company Virgin Media, according to both companies’ parent, Liberty Global. ( Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)

Staff email confirms talks over ‘further regional co-operation’ between the companies

Za Clothing, the main Inditex company in Ireland that operates nine Zara stores, saw net profits fell from €5.3 million to just over €3 million

Inditex group’s Irish retail outlets see combined sales of almost €80m

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