Only half of companies have a strategy in place for diversity and inclusion. Photograph: iStock

Some 76% of board members are men, while just 11% of boards have LGBT members

Shannon Group said passenger numbers at the airport increased for the fourth consecutive year with more than 1.75 million passengers passing through in 2016.

Airport’s parent company recorded 2 per cent increase in turnover last year

Jazz Pharmaceuticals has announced that the second phase of a study of Xyrem has yielded positive results

Company’s Xyrem sales were up 16% last year and accounted for more than $1bn of revenue

Almost a dozen Irish companies travelled to the European Space Research and Technology Centre in the Netherlands on Monday

Enbio, Innalabs and Pilot Photonics part of Enterprise Ireland trade mission

AA director of consumer affairs Conor Faughnan said the practice, known as ‘fronting’, can have ‘serious consequences’

Survey for AA Ireland shows attempts to reduce premiums for young people

Pharmaceutical wholesaler United Drug: employs more than 650 staff across its four facilities in Citywest, Swords, Ballina and Limerick.

Pharmaceutical wholesaler to use funds to increase distribution by almost two-thirds

British  prime minister Theresa May. Photograph: Reuters/Toby Melville

Business Week: housing crisis deepens, IMF spring meeting, and good year for Irish firms

The Port Tunnel, described by Ibec in 1996 as ‘the single most important piece of national transport infrastructure within the last decade’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Despite negative predictions and cost issues, the tunnel is a success 10 years on

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: felt emboldened this week to start talking about Budget 2018. Photograph: Yves Herman/File Photo

Business Week: Also in the news were jobs at Chopped, pay at Bank of Ireland and airport numbers

CCTV: applicants for grants must be approved by the local joint policing committee, and comply with the CCTV code of practice. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Community groups invited to apply for sums up to €40,000 for CCTV crime deterrent

The discovery of the missing money at Kevin St Garda station was made in December during an internal audit. Photograph:  istock

Discovery at Kevin St Garda station made in December during internal audit

The budget for the Garda’s “training, development and incidental expenses” has been reduced to €12.7 million for 2017, down from just over €19 million in 2016.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Fund cut from Department of Justice comes despite assertions of Garda incompetence

The defined benefit pension scheme at St Patrick’s will close on June 2nd,  impacting 274 active members and 224 deferred members of the pension plan

Psychiatric nurses to vote on industrial action as defined benefit pension scheme shuts

Gardai at the scene in Tolka Valley Park, Finglas. Photograph: Collins.

Decapitated body found in shallow grave in Dublin park during search for rapist

 Prof Philip Lane, Governor of the Central Bank, says Irish banks have paid out more than €120 million in the past two years in redress and compensation to mortgage customers who were denied a tracker rate.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Also in the news: housing, jobs, and tracker mortgages

CCTV images of missing person Trevor Deely which appears to show him inside gates while being watched by a man with whom he had a brief conversation.

New footage shows man ‘acting suspiciously’ before following missing man

Jack Power, editor of UCD’s College Tribune  which was awarded Newspaper of the Year at the 17th National Student Media Awards in a catagory sponsored by The Irish Times. Photographer Daire Hardesty

Irish Times sponsors prestigious category as UCD top university at student media awards

Garda Commissioner, Noirin O’Sullivan, leaving Leinster House following the Joint Committee on Justice and Equality. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Oireachtas Justice Committee writes to Nóirín O’Sullivan following appearance before it

Danny Healy-Rae: “It’s because our roads aren’t adequate for pedestrians.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Two or three glasses of Guinness not a cause of accident for anyone, says Danny-Healy Rae

The trial of Ibrahim Halawa has been adjourned for the 21st time, and is now rescheduled for April 26th.

Minister says Egyptian president has committed to intervening when trial concludes

 John  and Michaela McAreavey  on their wedding day.  She was murdered in Mauritius in January 2011 while they were on their honeymoon. Photograph:  Irish News/PA

Widower of Co Tyrone teacher travels to Mauritius to raise awareness of case

Research into student loan schemes, commissioned by the Technological Higher Education Association, has said such a system would not work. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Research team finds income-contingent scheme would cost €10bn over 12 years

Asbestos dumped in Glenveagh National Park, Co Donegal.

Irish Wildlife Trust lodges complaint with environmental watchdog and county council

The woman was struck by a passenger train travelling from Manulla Junction to Ballina. File photograph: Eric Luke

Bridie McHale struck near Foxford, Co Mayo in incident involving passenger service to Ballina

 Superintendent William Carolan speaking to media in Tolka Valley Park in Finglas on saturday.  Gardaí are preparing to search an area of the park  for the remains of convicted rapist James Nolan. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill /The Irish Times

Dig will take up to three weeks for James Nolan whose limb was discovered on Dollymount in 2011

Britain embarks on its Brexit jourtney

Business Week: houses getting scarcer and dearer, plus bonuses at Paddy Power Betfred

Enterprise Ireland chief executive Julie Sinnamon said the funding would secure a “healthy supply of investment capital”.

Enterprise Ireland invites funds to meet venture capital demand from start-ups

Joe Healy: said the threat of Brexit was the “most significant challenge” to face Ireland’s farming and food sector since the formation of the State. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Agri-food leaders to co-ordinate approach, arguing particular vulnerability of sector

Martin Shanahan, chief executive of IDA Ireland, with Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

IDA Ireland and Minister for Jobs emphasise State’s commitment to the European Union

California-based software developer Informatica has acquired new office space on Windmill Lane in Dublin.

Hibernia Reit to let 3,250sq m at Windmill Lane to California-based software developer

Minister for Education Richard Bruton will not address the ASTI delegates ‘due to logistical constraints’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister will be first to attend union congress since Ruairi Quinn was booed and heckled

Pictured shows volunteers from left Aengus Burke; Madeline Treacy; Anne Conroy, chief executive of Le Cheile; Ingrid Cooney (Mentor co-ordinator); and Emily Dolge. Photograph : Naoise Culhane

Report by youth justice group Le Chéile finds four fold return on investment

An extensive analysis of party attachment showed that loyalties - even among strong party supporters - were malleable. Photograph: PA

New book shows ‘much of what people thought they knew about Irish politics was wrong’

Jasmine Scally went missing from her home in Naas, Co Kildare, on March 17th

Concern for welfare of Jasmine Scally who was last seen in Naas on March 17th

The Policing Authority  overseeing the Garda  said it was “disappointed” it had not been advised “in a timely manner” that an audit into the breath test controversy was under way. File photograph: Getty Images

Oversight body expresses ‘disappointment’ force failed to inform it of internal audit

British prime minister Theresa May: Will trigger Article 50 on March 29th.  Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Also in the news: cuts at RTÉ, tensions at INM, and job losses at Ulster Bank

Airline passengers travelling to the US and UK from a number of countries have been barred from carrying large electronic devices

Royal Jordanian Airlines pokes fun at Donald Trump’s ban on electronic devices

A report last month found that the Republic offered the second-longest maternity leave in Europe but came last in terms of pay entitlements. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

UK study puts Croatia at top of table with six months of ‘decently paid’ leave

The market share of credit unions in the €12 billion consumer lending market has risen from 29% in 2009 to about 35% in 2016, according to the Department of Finance.

However, bank says it is ‘willing to consider’ amending long term lending limits

Andrew Parish from ConnectIreland; Jessie White from Snapstory; AJ Leon from Misfits and ConnectIreland chief executive Joanna Murphy. Photograph: Paul Sherwood/ConnectIreland

UK wave energy firm, US digital agency and US software company to establish operations

Minister for Jobs Mary Mitchell O’Connor said the company had become ‘an indigenous Irish success story’.

Fintech company to grow workforce to 500 as part of expansion plans

Michael Carvill, managing director Kenmare Resource. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Preliminary results at minerals producer show revenue increased slightly

Mark Richardson (46) was stabbed in the upper body at his home on Harmonstown Road at about 7.40pm on Thursday

Paul Keating from Artane, Dublin, was arrested at Clontarf Garda Station on Friday

British prime minister Theresa May: is due to start formal Brexit negotiations. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Business Week: Ardagh flotation, jobs blow for Nenagh, and Project Eagle

Bus Éireann wants to reduce drivers’ overtime by an average  three hours a week. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Company seeks €5m a year in savings and to avert threatened all-out strike action

The State-owned VHI is the country’s largest health insurer and has more than one million customers. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Company already increased cost of plans by 3% in November

Capt Mark Duffy is among the three Irish Coast Guard crewmen who remain missing after the helicopter they were operating crashed off the coast of Mayo. Photograph: Ken Finegan

Three still missing after helicopter crash in Mayo which killed Capt Dara Fitzpatrick

In  western Europe, Ireland and the UK were among the countries with the lowest proportion of foreign inmates. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

CoE report also shows high proportion of Irish prison inmates serving life sentences

Police are investigating the murder of Danielle  McLaughlin in Goa, India.

Buncrana woman (28) discovered dead in Goa was travelling in India using a British passport

Counterfeit alcohol: Consumption of methanol can cause kidney failure, blindness and death. File photograph: Getty Images

Individual purchased vodka bottle filled with methanol from illegal street vendor in Dublin

Scene of the search for missing Coast Guard helicopter crew at Blacksod, Co. Mayo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘We are all grateful for the courage, resolution and exemplary commitment’ Higgins says

Dara Fitzpatrick, who was one of four crew on board the helicopter. The three crew still missing have  been named (L-R) as Mark Duffy (top right) ,  Paul Ormsby (bottom left) and Ciarán Smith  (bottom right).

First victim named as Dara Fitzpatrick while Mark Duffy , Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby remain missing

Philip Hammond, the British chancellor of the exchequer, with prime minister Theresa May, said borrowing would be lower as the UK economy expands faster than expected in 2017.  Photograph: AFP Photo/PRU /UK Parliament/Mark Duffy

Also in the news: banks under investigation and AIB and Ardagh prepare for IPOs

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten said public service broadcasting plays a “crucial role”

Move introduced to offset loss of station’s longwave radio service

Tim Mitchell, GSA’s chief executive for EMEA, said there was a “severe shortage” of student housing in Dublin

Development on Mill St also includes shops, restaurants, cafes and a gym

Bulmers is expected to post volume growth of 3 per cent for the full year

Drinks company suffers biggest fall in trading since October after latest update

Minister for Finance  Michael Noonan: says the European Commission’s plans could derail  tax avoidance measures. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Also in the news: food industry blow, corporation tax jostling and housing crisis

The High Court has granted the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) a freezing order against two properties in Co Limerick.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Judge in Cab case says there is no evidence of legitimate income to offset against lifestyle

In the Border area vehicles entering the Republic from the North are routinely prosecuted for not paying VRT

Ruling could mean significant changes in Border regions

    Allergan chairman, chief executive and president Brent Saunders in Dublin with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny Wednesday where he confirmed an investment of €42 million in its Irish operations and details of a new €50,000 Innovation Award Programme with Irish colleges around the country. Allergan also announced that it will become the official sponsor of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open as part of a three-year sponsorship. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

Company will also be official sponsor of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in three-year-deal

Bank of Ireland would not say how many customers were affected.

Some customers were unable to log into bank’s mobile app

DoneDeal has released new data on the performance of its motor section in 2016, including the fact that 663,336 cars were advertised. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA

Buying and selling website also saw record number of advertisements placed

Partnership will put specialist tax and business planning support within reach of more than 800 building companies

Move by CEF will put specialist support within reach of 800 building companies

Jazz Pharmaceuticals chief executive Bruce Cozadd said the company delivered “solid growth”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Company says increases attributed to higher sales of Xyrem and Defitelio in 2016

The number of naturalisation certificates issued in 2015 was 13,500. File photograph: Getty Images

ESRI report shows employment rate for African nationals ‘very low’ at 40%

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, insisted the “Grace” case “does not reflect current foster care placements” which are “highly regulated”. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

McGrath aims to set up inquiry into case of woman left with family despite abuse allegations

A homeless man sleeping outside the Customs House, Dublin. A Lotto winner says she will use winnings to support homeless people in the city. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Anonymous woman claimed €500,000 Daily Million Plus prize in 9pm draw on Saturday

Daniel Pink in his popular YouTube video: “You’ve got to pay people well. Money is a motivator. If you don’t pay people enough, people will not be motivated.”

The influential business thinker says best methods for motivating staff have changed

UK firms are looking to the Republic for a post-Brexit bolthole, but it may lead to staffing issues, warns AIB’s Richard Pym. Photograph: Eric Luke

Also in the news – Brexit headwinds, AIB pay, and Dublin Airport developments

Pre-clearance arrangement means passengers travelling to  US through Dublin and Shannon can pass all US entry controls - immigration, customs and agriculture - so that when they arrive at US airports they are treated as domestic passengers. Photograph: The Irish Times

Irish officials keen to discuss concerns over DonaldTrump’s executive order

When waste is collected from households it is sorted and assessed by waste management companies

Some 160 containers were en route to China when discovery was made

Despite the year-on-year increase in deaths and decrease in births, the State’s population increased by 9,329.

CSO figures show first-time mothers on average aged 30.8 during third quarter of 2016

Ze’ev Boker: The Israeli ambassador to Ireland was scheduled to speak at Trinity College by the Society for International Affairs, but the event was cancelled due to protests.

Israeli embassy criticses pro-Palestine protest after event cancelled

PwC managing partner Feargal O’Rourke. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Agreement includes three key areas where organisations will work together

The Dundrum Town Centre had an estimated rental value of €65 million when Hammerson and its joint venture partner, German insurer Allianz, took control last year.

Estimated rental value of Dundrum Town Centre expected to rise to €90m by 2021

Aryzta chief executive Owen Killian: shares soared after he tendered his resignation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Business Week: Property pressures, Killian departs Aryzta and good news Indeed

The AA said there was an increased demand on brokers to explain cost increases to motorists.

Company hiring across business, including in breakdown and AA Roadwatch services

From left are  Prof Mike Barnes, author of The Barnes Report on medicinal cannabis, Prof David Finn of  NUI Galway; Dr Peadar O’Grady, child psychiatrist,  and Gino Kenny TD (PBP), at a symposium on the Case For Medicinal Cannabis in Ireland, in Dublin, February 11th, 2017. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Gino Kenny Bill backed as hundreds attend symposium on case for drug’s therapeutic use

Matters linked to the Garda whistleblower controversies have been ongoing for several years. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Garda plagued by controversy as third commission of investigation established

Song of the Sea, the Oscar-nominated animated feature from Cartoon Saloon. The Kilkenny studio announced last week that it will create some 140 jobs via  a strategic tie-up with Canada’s Mercury Filmworks.

Business Week: Also in the news were Chinese investment, Ryanair and housing

Trollies at a Tesco store in Dublin, as workers in nine Tesco stores are to go on all-out strike from St Valentine’s Day. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Company rejects suggestion it ‘proactively’ encouraged workers on membership

Gardaí discovered a loaded revolver and a can of petrol in a vehicle in Dublin on Wednesday night. Photograph: Frank Miller

‘It’s not rabbits they’re going after’: Investigation after firearm discovered in Dublin car

Minister of State John Halligan engaged in robust exchanges with consultant cardiologist Dr Niall Herity at the Oireachtas joint committee on health.

Minister of State says elements of cardiologist’s review process were ‘outrageous’

File image of children with congenital heart disease at Heart Children Ireland event in Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Heart Children Ireland chair appeals for Government funding for its support services

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May: has power to trigger article 50. Photograph: EPA/Olivier Hoslet

Business Week: Also in the news was Trump, Margrethe Vestager in Dublin, jobs, and the economy

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange

Company’s initial public offering will be greater than Google’s but behind Facebook’s

Earlier this week, Ryanair announced a major expansion of its Israel operations

Company spokesman attributes growth to low fares and improved customer experience

IEDR chief executive David Curtin said 2016 was “one of the best years” for the .ie domain in the last five years

More than seven out of ten new registrations came from businesses

The Central Bank’s financial accounts for the third quarter of 2016 show household debt continued to fall. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Central Bank figures for Q3 of 2016 show per capita household debt is €31,096

Minister of State Pat Breen said the continued expansion of the healthcare sector in the Middle East “offers a number of exciting opportunities” for Irish companies.

Fleming Medical part of 20-strong Irish delegation at Arab Health exhibition in Dubai

Approximately 10,000 Irish people are expected to take part in the 2017 programme

Specialists at Taxback.com say about 20% of students have yet to reclaim their tax

Joe McGinley, chief executive, Iconic Offices, and Kevin Nolan, chief executive, Hibernia Reit. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Firm has pre-let 16,000 sq ft to marketing and sales company HubSpot

First-time buyers remain the single largest segment by volume (46.5 per cent) and by value (44.6 per cent)

First-time buyers remain the single largest segment by volume

Some 36%  the 1,537 people surveyed received a pay rise in 2016

Survey also shows pay expectations may not be met by employers

Tourism Ireland chief executive Niall Gibbons: said he was confident of “further growth” in the numbers of American tourists visiting Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Separately, Fáilte Ireland announced plans to win €157 million in business tourism

Central Bank governor Philip Lane:  made the comments during a panel discussion organised by the London Irish Business Society. Photograph: Eric Luke

Philip Lane stresses need to foster collaboration between EU and UK post-Brexit

The headline PMI was little changed at 55.5 in January from the previous month’s 55.7 reading. Photograph: David Sleator

Latest Investec Manufacturing PMI Ireland shows sector expanded again in January

The 12m vessel Atlantic Osprey was holed after drifting on to rocks just south of Balbriggan harbour. Photograph: Rescue 116/Facebook.

Atlantic Osprey drifted on to rocks just south of Balbriggan harbour on Monday

The BAI said a woman who discussed having an abortion was not dealt with fairly by the radio station. Photograph: iStock

Separately, BAI rejects five complaints made against 2016 Rose of Tralee

A Columbarium wall for cremated remains at Mount Jerome Cemetery in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

New survey recommends installing Columbarium walls for cremated remains

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