Soaring levels of consumer confidence have begun to drive increased consumer spending, according to the latest Consumer Market Monitor. Photo: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

VAT receipts for the year to the end of October are 8.2 per cent ahead of last year

Fergal Murphy CEO of Kinsale Energy and former Minister of State for Natural Resources Conor Lenihan  pictured on a visit to the Kinsale gas platform.

Kinsale Energy will fund 100% of the costs of drilling a well on the Midleton prospect

 Julia Hartz,president, Eventbrite. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/SPORTSFILE via Getty Images

Since it was set up eight years ago Eventbrite has sold more than 200m tickets in 190 countries

 Pictured at the UCD O’Brien Centre for Science are Dr Andrew Keane, Paul Manning and Dr Peter Richardson, co-founders of NovoGrid, the overall winner of the 2014 University College Dublin VentureLaunch Accelerator Programme.

Start-up has developed an intelligent control system to improve energy efficiencies in wind farms

Kevin Healy, Bank of Ireland, Dawn Walsh, Kernel Capital, Giles O’Neill, Enterprise Ireland and Certification Europe CEO Michael Brophy.

Venture Capital funding will enable firm to expand their team and build market share, an online booking service for cleaners, has surpassed 20,000 cleans in its first three months of operation in Dublin.

Online marketplace connects people to trusted cleaners in their local area

Ireland’s expenditure on research and development, has increased from €1.8 billion in 2004, to €2.7 billion last year, according to Eurostat.

R&D expenditure as a percentage of GDP below EU-28 average of 2.02 per cent

A JD Wetherspoon employee holds a pint of bitter beer. The company has purchased a former nightclub in Blanchardstown. Photo: Bloomberg

UK pub operator said it will invest over €3 million developing former nightclub

Revenue at Irish Continental Group rose by 10.3 per cent to €93.4 million in the three months to the end of September.

Operating profit up on back of lower fuel prices and additional sailings of the Epsilon

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