Bank of Ireland’s UK-based asset finance business, Northridge Finance, has agreed the deal to buy Marshall Leasing from Marshall Motor Holdings. Photograph: Frantzesco Kangaris/Bloomberg

Deal subject to clearance from UK watchdog is expected to conclude by end of year

The Iseq rose by more than 0.8 per cent, after a strong performance by index heavyweight CRH. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

CRH puts in strong performance but Providence slips after €3.9m operating loss

Bord na Móna has committed to exiting the business of peat supply for power-generation by 2030

Project is part of Bord na Móna’s move away from peat to biomass

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on September 18th.  Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Ryanair shares down almost 2% in Dublin, with flight cancellations set to cost it €25m

French billionaire Xavier Niel is pursuing an investment in Eir through a company called NJJ Capital, according to sources.

Iliad founder Xavier Niel in talks to buy major stake in Eir

Traders work at the Goldman Sachs Group booth on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Beltany collected €284m from Irish borrowers in 2015. Photograph: Peter Foley/Bloomberg

Beltany and Ennis gathered the money in the space of 13 months

Every morning since February 23rd, 2015, the people of Athenry have woken up to find the promised Apple data centre is still not there.  Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

Caveat: the town is frozen in time while planning process moves at a glacial pace

Providence Resources rose by 7.8 per cent as the company dusted itself down after a series of recent drilling disappointments. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Oil exploration companies were Iseq’s best performers thanks to jump in energy stocks

Eir said on Thursday that its hedge-fund owners are in talks with a potential investor seeking to take a “significant” stake in the firm. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

US hedge fund Anchorage Capital owns 42% of Eir’s equity

Cafe en Seine pub on Dawson Street in Dublin, part of the Mercantile group. A €3m revamp of the “super-pub” is planned for next year, subject to planning permission. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Investment firm owns 22% of group behind Dublin’s George, Whelans and Cafe en Seine

Eir’s headquarters in Dublin. The telecoms group’s full-year profits rose 4 per cent to €520 million, while revenues were steady at €1.3 billion. Photograph: Alan Betson

Telecoms group considers alternative to listing on stock market

The company has now passed €1.7 million homes with its fibre rollout, it says.

Company ditches Meteor mobile brand to boost bundle sales

Minister of State for Tourism Brendan Griffin: Brexit should “not be a reason to give up on the UK” market. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennells

Fáilte Ireland launches initiative to help businesses deal with fall in visitors from UK

Destruction left by Hurricane Irma on Tortola on the British Virgin Islands. Photograph: AFP

Denis O’Brien-owned telco also offered free calls and texts in certain Caribbean markets

Carton House: spectators at the Irish Open in 2013. Photograph: Alan Betson

JP McManus, John Malone and Guinness heir believed to be considering offers

Nicky Hartery: current chairman of CRH and has been a nonexecutive director of Musgrave since 2010

Former Dell executive to replace Peter Lacy, who is retiring at the end of the year

Bluebird has 1,600 staff providing in-home care services to clients, including the elderly. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

Further regional job opportunities also available as Deloitte seeks 300 graduates

Houses under construction in Trim, Co Meath. The rate of growth in construction activity slowed in August. Photograph: Frank Millar

Growth slows in construction in the South while exports from the North are on the rise

The former Frawleys shop on Thomas Street in Dublin, which closed in 2007. It is to get a new lease of life as student accommodation. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Majority of Irish colleges would consider joint ventures for student accommodation

A restructuring of Yahoo’s entities in Ireland on the eve of its $4.5 billion takeover by Verizon freed up €815 million, which was then sent tax-free from a Dublin company to Yahoo in the Netherlands, company documents reveal

Dublin Yahoo company is actually tax resident in the Cayman Islands

Starbucks has presented virtually no threat whatsoever to Ireland’s independent coffee sector. According to figures, Ireland’s independent cafe sector grew by 8.5 per cent last year.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Caveat: Publicity stunt played up old stereotype of bogeymen ‘corporations’

Wall Street: Six of the 11 major S&P indexes were lower on Thursday, with the financial index’s 1.59 per cent fall leading the decliners. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Paris, London and Frankfurt post gains but Milan and Madrid end in red

Billionaire financier Dermot Desmond, who owns eSpatial Solutions. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Data and mapping software company returns to profit after years of losses

The first Latvian Hale Vaping store opened 10 days ago. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Hale Vaping plans to open 75-100 outlets in next two years, before a wider expansion

The tourism industry wants the State to spend €60m each year for a decade on developing new visitor attractions such as interpretative centres. Photograph: iStock

Irish Tourist Industry Confederation says capital allocation for tourism ‘inadequate’

He’s got bottle: after the Floyd Mayweather bout, Conor McGregor said he planned to sell an Irish whiskey called Notorious. Photograph:  Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Rows threatens his ability to market products using certain brands linked to his name

Tourists in Dublin at the Molly Malone statue. US visitor numbers to the Republic have risen by more than 50 per cent since 2013. Photograph:  Photograph: Alan Betson

If US ends up entering yet another war, its big-spending tourists will stay at home

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary distributes sheets before a press conference in Berlin, Germany, on Wednesday. Photograph: Reuters/Hannibal Hanschke

Michael O’Leary wants European Commission to intervene in asset sale

Deliveroo recently announced that its new algorithm to matches riders with delivery jobs has cut delivery times by 20%  so far this year.

Accounts recently filed for company show sales of €2.9m

Oaktree and Bridgedale’s decision to go down the IPO route comes as the latest data from the Central Statistics Office shows home price inflation running 11.6 per cent. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

New housebuilder being prepared for flotation has been named Glenveagh Proprties

The Gresham Hotel, O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Concern about competitiveness as average rate in Dublin are now €128, well ahead of the previous record of €121 set in 2006

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) shed 5.56 points, or 0.23 percent,  after North Korea fired another ballistic missile over Japan.  Photograph: EPA

Wall Street recovers but strife and currency worries send Euro stocks to six-month low

Dalata intends to rename the Clarion Liffey Valley hotel as part of its own-brand Clayton portfolio.

Regulator passes deal with Colony to buy ‘core’ of property – two other blocs remain

Aidan O’Brien arriving at the Labour Court on Monday for a hearing about Ballydoyle’s work practices. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ballydoyle horse racing yard appealing WRC notice for excessive working hours

WRC said training and caring for racehorses did not constitute agriculture

Martin Keane, who is planning a new  luxury boutique hotel in Dublin 4. “It is very much at early stages, but it will be done my way and I’ll run it myself,” he says. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Martin Keane’s hotel is just a short walk around the corner from the US embassy

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary at the memorial service for James Osborne at Trinity College Dublin on Friday. Mr O’Leary delivered a funny, but also searingly emotional tribute to his late friend. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ryanair director and former managing partner of A&L Goodbody died last week aged 68

Independent News and Media chairman Leslie Buckley at the INM AGM in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

After the AGM theatrics, focus now shifts to the ODCE’s investigation

Martin Keane outside the Oliver St John Gogarty in Temple Bar, probably Dublin’s most profitable – and expensive – pub, with a pint of Heineken costing €8. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Publican Martin Keane on the stalled Iveagh Market project

A Bank of Ireland ad has had a mystifying Twitter backlash for highlighting “Orla” and her boyfriend, who moved home to save up a deposit.

Caveat: Bank of Ireland ad reveals perils of targeting Generation Y

Stare-out:  INM chief executive Robert Pitt (far left) and chairman Leslie Buckley (far right) at the Independent News & Media agm at the Westbury Hotel in Dublin.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

INM’s chief kept his hands down and stared ahead as chairman Leslie Buckley re-elected

INM chief executive Robert Pitt (far left, obscured) fails to vote for Leslie Buckley (far right) as chairman of the company at its AGM in Dublin. Photograph: Sam Boal/

Chief executive Robert Pitt defies INM chairman Leslie Buckley in re-election vote

INM chief executive Robert Pitt  (far left, obscured) fails to vote for Leslie Buckley (far right) as chairman of INM at the company’s AGM in Dublin. Photograph: Sam Boal/

Irish media company’s pretax profit falls almost 20 per cent in first half of year

Chief executive Robert Pitt and chairman Leslie Buckley: INM declined to comment last night, when asked to confirm that the review had reached no substantive conclusions. Photograph: Alan Betson

Review sought following row between Buckley and Pitt over how much to pay for Newstalk

Denis O’Brien’s company Deep Blue Cable is planning to spend $350m laying an undersea fibre optic cable in the Caribbean, possibly connecting with Cuba.  Photograph: David Sleator

Deep Blue Cable spending $350m on undersea link to connect Caribbean islands

James Osborne, the Ryanair director and former managing partner of A&L Goodbody solicitors, has died. He was aged 68.

Mr Osborne was a highly respected figure in Irish corporate and legal circles

The move means that, in effect, the Central Bank will take over the supervision of the Irish business from March 2019

Insurer expected to launch a full-blown Irish subsidiary but there will be no extra jobs

Digicel Chairman Denis O’Brien: accused web giants of peddling fake news and threatening the future of newspapers. Photograph: Swoan Parker/Reuters

Businessman takes on fake news, tries to force web giants to negotiating table

The 15 million passenger journeys annually between Ireland and Britain represent, for travel companies, a new retail market that will soon be ripe for tapping.

Duty-free drink may be 60 per cent cheaper for Irish passengers coming home from UK

Anti-water charge protests forced the Government to suspend residential charges last year.  Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Suspension of residential charges has left Irish Water dependent on State funding

A branch of Iceland in the Cabra, Co Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The frozen foods retailer is engaged in a major Irish expansion drive

Denis O’Brien’s company asked the court on Monday to throw out UPM’s  counterclaim: “After several failed efforts to have Digicel’s claims dismissed, [UPM] has resorted to what can only be described as their own brand of shock and awe offence.” Photograph: David Sleator

Denis O’Brien’s Caribbean mobile operator says UPM using ‘shock and awe’ tactics

The Iseq in Dublin rose  1.6%  on modest trading volumes as steady performances from the index’s biggest shares kept it firmly in the black

Havens such as gold, US treasuries and the yen fell while oil retreated

Steering group  Destination Athlone is banking on a collaborative approach to secure city status.

Local authorities and private-sector entities unite in bid for city status for midlands town

Athlone:  unfairly portrayed as  “a place to pass through”, says the group behind the bid

Submission to Government says midlands town could double in size before 2040

If reducing the 14 per cent gender pay gap between men and women is the aim, then boosting paternity leave entitlements and uptake is an obvious lever to pull.

Dramatic shift in rules needed to get Ireland out of nappies on work-home policy

Neil McDonnell, chief executive of Isme,  said lawyers coaching  clients to exploit the more generous awards under whistleblower rules was a ‘potential abuse’ of the system.

Under whistleblower protection laws, up to seven years’ pay can be awarded

Deliveroo now has more than 400 riders working its platform in the five largest Irish cities, of whom about 20 per cent are motorcyclists. Photograph: Mikael Buck/Deliveroo

‘Frank’ algorithm cuts food delivery times by 20 per cent, online service says

Danish jewellery maker Pandora saw its shares slump 14 per cent after  figures lagged estimates.

Providence and Paddy Power take a hit in Dublin but Pandora woes grab the headlines

Kim Kristensen (right): the former Danish army colonel led soldiers in Afghanistan and the Balkans before becoming a consultant.

Former Danish army colonel Kim Kristensen outlines key principles to good leadership

Barclays has confirmed it is in talks with regulators to use its Irish unit as its European Union hub following Brexit

Barclays has agreed terms on a lease for new Dublin premises to accommodate 400 staff

Robert Pitt, left, chief executive, and Leslie Buckley, chairman, with fellow directors Ryan Preston and Jerome Kennedy. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Jerome Kennedy will step down from his position at the company’s agm next month

The Minister of Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe holds shres in Diageo and is the target of drinks industry lobbying. Photograph: Collins Photos

Minister leaves himself open to conflict of interest claims over Diageo holding

Diarmuid Gavin in his ‘Garden of Pure Imagination’ at the Dundrum Shopping Centre. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Interview: The celebrity gardener on fame, China, and the horticultural establishment

Mandate has concluded a 4% pay deal for its staff at Penneys. The pay increase will be paid in two phases over 22 months

Retail Ireland says it is ‘understandable’ staff are seeking pay deals as sector recovers

CRH was up 2.5 per cent on Wednesday, matching its European peers.

Yellen signals no rate rises just yet as US inflation stalls

INM chief executive Robert Pitt: “We are very excited about Offscript’s potential.” Photograph: Bryan Meade

Joint venture between publisher and producer notified to competition watchdog

Sean Fitzpatrick, former chair of Anglo Irish Bank.

Fitzgerald awaiting advice of Attorney General before deciding whether to publish

Airbnb has close to 7,000 rentals available in Dublin, of which roughly half allow rental of the entire property. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Claims accommodation website is adding to housing crisis not supported by figures

Insurance Ireland’s office in Dublin, which was raided this week as part of an investigation by the European Commission into complaints about cartel-like behaviour. Photograph: Collins

At least four insurance firms in Ireland raided by European Commission this week

Irish Road Haulage Association president Verona Murphy: says her members had experienced premium hikes of up to 100 per cent in the space of a year, leaving the average cost of covering a truck at €5,000, compared with €3,000 in the UK and €2,000 in Poland.  Photograph: Dylan Vaughan.

European Commission investigating at least four brokers over anti-competitive practices

IFSC bond vehicle used kids charity as shareholder, raising concern in Washington

Gilead is threatening to injunct rivals Mylan and Actavis in Dublin over their plans to supply generic copies of Truvada. Photograph: Noah Berger/Bloomberg

Manufacturer of antiretroviral drug Truvada to seek High Court injunction

Musgrave will target an accelerated rollout of its chip shop brand Chipmonger. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Cork-based wholesale and retail group reports rise in profit before tax of 38%

Gleeson’s is expected to compete in the mid-to-upper range of the market, with larger rooms than is usual in the city. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Move will add 16 bedrooms to existing food and beverage facilities

Bulmers maker C&C finished the session 1.1 per cent down, ahead of Thursday’s trading update and annual general meeting.

Trading volumes down as European stocks fall

Patricia Callan, director of the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland, sees plenty of potential for tourism around Irish whiskey. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

ABFI director wants the industry to be allowed into the policymaking tent

Giles Hurley, head of Aldi Ireland, is particularly excited by Aldi’s chilled fish section. Sales of the scaly stuff are almost two and a half times what they were two years ago. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

German discounter has taken note of Ireland’s post-recession consumer shift

Aldi stores will also get a cosmetic makeover under Project Fresh. Photograph:  Alan Betson

Grocer to expand its selection of fresh foods by increasing chiller space by up to 40%

Carl Leaver, who has also held senior roles at Marks & Spencer and DeVere, will become Eir’s next chairman. Photograph: Mike Ellis

Carl Leaver will replace Pádraig McManus as Eir gears up for flotation

Some sources suggest Dixons Carphone is likely to attract a number of interested parties for the Irish division of mobile operator ID Mobile. Photograph: Alan Betson

Struggling MVNO has sales of less than €6 million and losses of €11.4 million

Artist’s impression of what the planned €10m College Green plaza would like. Photograph: Dublin City Council/PA Wire

Traffic diversions and access concerns highlighted in submission to An Bord Pleanála

The New York stock exchange: The tech sector, which has been under pressure recently due to lofty valuations, was up 0.81 per cent on Wednesday. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Bank stocks prop up European markets as Draghi plays down interest rate fears

Settlements amounting to more than €14.4 million were agreed with Revenue in the latest list of defaulters, which covers the first quarter of 2017.

The founder of Dean Waste makes biggest settlement on latest list

Declan Ganley:  bought the unoccupied Derreen Inn pub complex last year. He said he would “save” it for the local community. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

Businessman says ‘entrepreneurs are treated like crap’ after planners reject scheme

The High Court case was filed by Dublin brokerage  McGivern Flynn against Stephen Patterson, who was chief executive until he left last year for a rival firm. Photograph: Stephen Hird/Reuters

Former chief undertakes not to take business from his old employer and to pay it €30,000

 Patricia Callan, new head of Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland, wants excise duties reduced in the budget. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

ABFI says a cut in excise would spur increased investment by drinks companies

The report estimates  91,000 net new jobs will be created in the South over the  next three and a half years, with sectors such as retail, construction and  health  set to benefit most. Photograph: Getty Images

Report predicts economic growth in the Republic will average 2.6% until 2020

More than a  third of consumers think it is a good time to buy big ticket items, while two-thirds of those surveyed said they would save money over the coming year. Photograph: Getty Images

BoI Pulse report says consumers becoming more confident about their finances

The move has come as a major surprise, given that management was guiding in recent months that Eir’s headcount reductions were finished for  now

Voluntary scheme is aimed at about 800 of its 3,300 employees

“Media monitoring is a hugely important service to our sector, particularly monitoring of print and broadcast media,” said John Carroll, chief executive of PRII

Kantar Media’s proposed takeover of nearest rival a concern, says competition commission

As a US-listed company, Apple would generally employ a more aggressive investment policy on its funds than a sovereign state. Photograph: Bloomberg

Government fears that if tax case is overturned, Apple could seek recompense

26/07/2015 - Finance Story on border businesses affected by Brexit (journalist Mark Paul ) Father and  son Terry and Terry McKevitt outside their  McKevitt's Village Hotel in Carlingford.Photograph: Enda O'Dowd / The Irish TimesKeywords: trade soft brexit border piost trade Northern Ireland Belfast Louth smuggling economy macbride mcbride

More than 100 Grant Thornton staff have registered to take part in Dublin Pride parade

Brendan O’Neill, who runs a cross-Border ferry service from Warrenpoint in Co Down to Omeath in Co Louth. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Anxiety among frontier businesses over the North’s status in customs union

‘Radio sector is in crisis,”  said Lucy Gaffney Communicorp’s chairwoman

Company concerned that new FM radio licences will damage sector’s viability

Chief executive Stephen Glancey (left), with Kenny Neison who has resigned as C&C finance director. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

After nine years, Kenny Neison to leave cidermaker with immediate effect

Argentinian soccer star Angel Di Maria who plays for Paris St Germain but faced investigation over his time at Real Madrid. Photograph: Getty

Argentinian player received one-year jail term in Spain for tax fraud

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: could define in his October budget speech the criteria acceptable for Employment Incentive and Investment Scheme approval. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Employment Incentive and Investment Scheme criticised by firms and investors

Dublin-based accounting firm BDO has commenced discussions with several Irish-listed companies to gauge their interest in investing in its proposed new €100 million fund. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

BDO plans to widen pool of listed firms to assemble €100m successor to existing fund

Corporate governance and corporate Ireland are often uncomfortable bedfellows. Photograph: iStock

Will organisers also please stop calling every conference a ‘summit’

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