Occupancy in Ireland as a whole was 83 per cent in October. Photograph: iStock

The average daily room rate in Dublin in October was over €142

It is understood that the site, located to the South-East of Kilcock town centre, will be built in three phases.

Scheme will be built in three phases with 157 properties to be completed in next 12-18 months

Stobart Air’s Graeme Buchanan (L), pictured with Warwick Brady, chief executive of the Stobart Group. Photograph: Maxwells Dublin

Passenger numbers on Donegal route have grown by 52%, Aer Lingus regional operator says

Ireland West Airport Knock is planning to upgrade and resurface its runway as part of a €15 million overall facilities investment plan.

Development plan for Knock includes work on infrastructure and passenger facilities

Ryanair said it hopes to fill a range of roles including technical services engineers, simulator engineers, fleet planners and junior aircraft engineers.

Budget airline plans to take delivery of 50 new aircraft over next 12 months

Mark Moran, led the management buyout of the Mater Private Hospital before selling it to a private equity company.

Mark Moran is one of five anchor investors in a fund launched by Stanhope Capital

The European Commission launched its fourth anti-money laundering directive in June of this year. Photograph: iStock

European Commission has begun proceedings against Ireland for delay

In the UK, the national trading standards body prevented almost £127 million in losses to consumers and businesses over the last year. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Consumers urged to remain vigilant as criminals exploit new technology

Apple hit a record high on Friday on strong demand for its iPhone X handsets. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Ireland’s benchmark index closes up 0.17 per cent with Total Produce top performer

Liam Duggan, Eircode managing director; Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten; and Paddy Flynn, director of geo operations at Google

The company was established in 2015 at a cost of €38 million

Development activity in Dublin increased in the third quarter by 11 per cent. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

196,000sq m of office space has been let so far this year with majority in central business district

Virgin Media Ireland has posted increases in subscriber numbers across all categories in the third quarter. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Irish mobile subscriber numbers reach 44,400 in third quarter, says Liberty Global

Pictured with Derek Tierney (centre), Department of Finance, is president, Ireland Chapter of PMI, Niall Murphy (left) and PwC Director for Portfolio and Programme Management in Ireland, Darren D’Arcy. Photograph: Maxwells

Terence O’Donnell was named as a ‘distinguished contributor’ to the field

Ryanair’s traffic grew by 12 per cent to 128.2 million customers in the year to October, on a rolling annual basis. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Airline record growth of 8 per cent in October with passenger numbers at 11.8 million

The Renault Megane is the company’s most popular car so far this year.

Operating profit increased 42% last year at Irish arm of French car manufacturer

Almac is a privately owned company operating in Northern Ireland for almost 50 years

Almac has acquired BioClin, which owns a 14,000sq ft facility in Athlone

Brexit negotiations won’t have an effect on markets until 2018, State Street said. Photograph: iStock

60% of institutional investors expect their asset holding to remain the same

A Standard Life fund has decided not to include Glanbia among its stock picks because it is not confident about the nutritional impact of its thinkThin bars.

Fund ‘less confident’ of nutritional impact of company’s ‘thinkThin’ bars

Carluccio’s second Irish outlet was opened in 2015 in Glasthule, Co Dublin. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Operating losses jump 92 per cent to €536,056 for year to end of September 2016

Draper Esprit’s acquisition includes a stake in fintech company Transferwise. Photograph: iStock

The tech funds include a stake in fintech business Transferwise and smaller companies

“Ineffective loyalty programmes are failing to engage with customers and understand their needs.”  Photograph: iStock

58% of customers that have signed up to loyalty schemes do not use their accounts

While Ryanair is not rowing back on the changes to the policy it has delayed the date to mid-January to “to allow customers more time to adjust to the changes”

Changes will now come into effect on January 15th instead of November

Cora O’Brien of the Irish Tax Institute told an Oireachtas committee that “high tax rates do not equal high yield from tax”

Oireachtas committee hears from lobby groups on cost of doing business in Ireland

Five double decker VDL buses capable of seating 78 passengers are for sale in Bus Éireann’s latest round of fleet disposal. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Buses were built between 2002 and 2008 and range in size from 40 to 78-seaters

The MV Celine will begin sailing from Dublin Port at the end of this month

The Port has recorded an increase in trade volumes of 4.2% so far this year

CEO Anne Heraty and her husband Paul Carroll have gained just shy of €9 million as a result of the tender offer from CPL Resources

Recruitment company bought shares from shareholders and returned capital to them

Irish Girl Guides visit to East Coast Bakehouse, Drogheda: with co-founder Alison Cowzer (centre) are (front) from left: Shauna Rice, Georgia Rice, Aimee Rice and Holly Jordan. Back: Sophie Cassidy, Ciara Guilfoyle, Katie Daly, Kate McMah

The initiative aims to help the girls hone their entrepreneurial skills

Tesco has closed the gap on SuperValu to tie for the position of Ireland’s largest supermarket. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA

Dunnes Stores loses share but Lidl and Aldi makes gains in Kantar Worldpanel survey

Turnover at Sherry Fitzgerald increased by more than 12 per cent last year to €37.29 million. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fully functional property market is a ‘number of years’ away, estate agent warns

CBRE has acquired a technology focused real estate brokerage. Photograph: iStock

Custom Spaces will have ‘significant impact’ in the Dublin market, CBRE says

The facade of the Shelbourne Hotel following a restoraton project.

The hotel spent in the tens of millions on upgrading rooms and restoring the facade

 Graeme Buchanan, managing director of Stobart Air, with group chief executive Warwick Brady. Photograph: Maxwells Dublin

Stobart Group reported a six-fold earnings increase for its aviation business

Bank of Ireland, currently the subject of an enforcement investigation by the Central Bank alongside KBC, dropped by 1.93 per cent to €6.649 on Thursday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

European shares lower across the board as Spanish political upheaval continues

RTÉ2 retro-comedy ‘Bridget & Eamon’ was sold to UKTV channel Gold in 2016. Photograph: Paul Doherty

Media group’s merchandising division also came under ‘severe pressure’ in 2016

Brian Hefferon, managing director of Nesta, said the company is increasing its available space by 35 per cent.

Extra space: Dublin firm adds 100,000sq ft to its facilities

Demand for marketing professionals has started to outstrip supply, a survey suggests. Photograph: iStock

Men still get bigger salary increases and bonuses than women in fluid market

Particularly strong sectors included science, financial services, and data compliance. Photograph: iStock

Number of jobseekers increased by 13%, says recruitment firm Morgan McKinley

Permanent TSB said the market reaction to the bond offer was “exceptionally strong”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Majority of investors will achieve a negative yield initially

If Ireland was to bring its employment rate for workers aged over 55 in line with Sweden, the resulting long-term GDP boost could be as much as  5.4 per cent, PwC said.

Republic ranks in 20th place in PwC’s measurement of role of over-55s in labour force

A number of smart watches aimed at children have been found to be prone to hacks. Photograph: iStock

Data is transmitted and stored without encryption and can be hacked, research has found

Aer Lingus has launched its “biggest ever” pilot recruitment drive.

Salaries for the new recruits will range from €59,000 to €72,000 at the Irish airline

US president Donald Trump suggested Ireland was dropping its tax rate to 8 per cent. Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

US president’s suggestion that the State is preparing to reduce rate to 8% shot down

Cavan-based building materials group Kingspan has been downgraded by UBS. Photograph: iStock

Irish company has €1bn of mergers and acquisition ‘fire power’, investment bank says

Kevin Thompson, chief executive of Insurance Ireland said it was “too early” to comment on whether insurance premiums would rise after Storm Ophelia. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Insurance Ireland chief says customers won’t be blacklisted for making storm claims

Deliveroo was a significant benefactor of VC funding this year and received $385 million. Photograph: iStock

Fewer deals in Ireland so far this year, but deals of higher values, says KPMG

People watch waves splash over a wall on the Coast Road, Clontarf, ahead of Hurricane Ophelia hitting Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

AIB, PTSB and FBD among losers on Ireland’s benchmark index

UCD’s Smurfit business school.

A Financial Times study places the school as the 35th best in Europe

Ruth and Stephen Deasy, owners of Bear Market Coffee. Photograph: Orla Murray/SON Photo

Bear Market Coffee had planned to open its fourth Dublin store on Monday

The Heinz baked beans brand performed “slightly behind the market” in 2016, recently filed accounts show. Photograph: iStock

Operating profit falls 13 per cent to €8.91 million while turnover drops 3 per cent

Bayer was one of the biggest boosts to the Stoxx 600, up 1.2 per cent after BASF agreed to buy parts of its seed and herbicide businesses. Photograph: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters

INM share price falls 4.63 per cent following resolution of boardroom row

New INM interim chief executive Michael Doorly pictured at the media group’s annual meeting in Dublin in August. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Appointment follows Robert Pitt’s exit from publisher of ‘Independent’ titles

Homes at number 13 are typically €4,335 cheaper than the average Irish property, according to Daft.ie. Photograph: iStock

Number 13 houses could save you €4,335 according to Daft report

People from Athenry have demonstrated in support of Apple’s plans to invest in the town on several occasions in the past couple of years.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Politicians and business leaders react to decision clearing way for Apple’s investment

Shoppers on Dublin’s Grafton Street. Photograph: Davd Sleator/The Irish Times

On a monthly basis the consumer price index fell by 0.6%

The Central Bank has found that “high skill sectors such as finance, professional activities and IT” have seen relatively strong wage growth on the back of labour tightness. Photograph: Alan Betson

Central Bank forecasts nominal 3.2 per cent increase in pay per employee next year

Kerry Group’s chief executive, Eamon Scanlon, told investors that the group expects to deliver in excess of 10 per cent adjusted earnings per share growth on average per year over the next five years.  Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Group expects 10% adjusted earnings per share growth per year, says CEO

Michael Carvill, managing director of Kenmare Resources, said the third quarter represented another record quarter for Kenmare’s ilmenite production. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A third quarter update reported a 26% drop in shipping volumes

Prime office rents have stayed relatively steady in Frankfurt over the past 10 years

An extension of the Mill Enterprise Hub in Drogheda.

M1 Payments Corridor has applied for €4m in funding to help develop its brand

  Daniel Kyne, Aideen Foley, Matthew Hewston, Mairéad McDonough, Margaret Hanlon and Lucy Mangan at the launch of the Pathways to Progress initiative

Pathways to Progress initiative wants students to empower disadvantaged youth

“We are now in a position to invest larger amounts in investee companies and retain the ability to hold and grow these companies for much longer than our non-listed competitors can.”  Photograph: iStock

The investment has gone to PremFina, Ieso Digital Health and Verve

Cairn’s  gain to €1.75 per share was the stock’s steepest rise since the end of August. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Stock advances by as much as 3.13% as property companies fall

Prof Richard Conroy at the first Conroy Gold and Natural Resources egm held in August of this year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Dissident shareholder O’Sullivan says he plans to appeal High Court ruling

Some 79 development land sites have been sold in the first nine months of this year. Photograph: iStock

CBRE data shows development land sales unlikely to beat 2016 figures

Domino’s opened its first new Irish store for six years in the third quarter increasing  its store count to 48.

Like-for-like sales in Ireland increased by 12.9 per cent in the third quarter

Workers entering the Intel facility at Leixlip, Co Kildare. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

An Bord Pleanála gives green light for construction of manufacturing facility

Olwyn Alexander has taken up the role of global asset and wealth management leader becoming the first woman and Irish person to do so.

Olwyn Alexander has worked in financial services for over 23 years

INM papers on display. The company has removed the comments section on Independent.ie. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Company cites Ireland’s ‘draconian libel awards system’ as reason behind move

Total revenue for Applus Car Testing Service Limited amounted to €83.18 million in 2016.

Expanding revenues from the NCT and VRT inspections led to the increased profit

Ashford Castle, in Cong, Co Mayo: a 45-bedroom staff accommodation block is currently being built in order to help “retain talented staff”. Photograph:  Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Company made an operating loss of €2.38m in 2016, down from €21.9m the previous year

Maureen Jones, Prof Richard Conroy and James Jones at the Conroy egm

Resolutions to appoint new directors and remove current directors were all defeated

The Irish arm of global food group Nestlé turned an operating profit of €950,000 in 2016. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/EPA Photo

Sister company Wyeth Nutritionals recorded profit increase of 105% to over $306m

Brian Conroy, president of Fidelity International as the company announced 250 additional jobs for its Dublin office. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

Ireland’s recent financial services sector wins underline our competitiveness - IDA

Iput’s flagship development of the old passport office at 10 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2.

Property fund returned €21.6m to shareholders in third quarter

Conroy Gold shareholder Patrick O Sullivan at the company’s egm in August. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The exploration company issued 700,000 shares after raising €210,000

A top challenge for Irish insurance chiefs includes over-regulation, a report by PwC and Insurance Ireland has found. Photograph: iStock

Majority of insurance businesses are planning to increase number of employees

McDonald’s Restaurants Ireland employed 866 staff in 2016 with wage and salary costs of €17m. Photograph: PA

New store openings and Ireland’s growing fast-food appetite sees profits rise last year

Plynk co-founders Charles Dowd and Clive Foley. Photograph: iStock

Company will fill software engineer and mobile app developer roles over next year

Green Reit’s horizon logistics park is said to offer the group’s greatest expansion.

Goodbody and Davy have pushed the target price to €1.75 and €1.78 respectively

Some 1 million additional customers used Ryanair in September 2017 compared with the same period in 2016. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

1 million extra customers used the airline in September 2017 compared to 2016

Conroy Gold chairman Richard Conroy: he now holds about 21.6%  of the company’s shares

Irish exploration company has issued 700,000 shares in advance of egm on Friday

Employment growth slowed at the end of the third quarter and reached its weakest since staffing levels started to rise one year ago. Photograph: iStock

Headline PMI figure dropped in September to 55.4 from 56.1 as exports and jobs cool

Investec has increased its forecast for Irish housing completions following “impressive growth”. Photograph: iStock

Private bank expects 19,000 homes to be built this year with house price rise of 10%

 A Tiger outlet on Nassau Street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Danish retail chain rebranded in 2016 and saw expenses jump almost €2m

In June, Ormonde announced that its Barruecopardo tungsten mine was being advanced into an accelerated construction and implementation phase. Photograph: iStock

The €132,000 loss comes mainly from its flagship tungsten mine in Barruecopardo

The Merrion Hotel: “The near-term outlook remains strong.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The group recorded a 15% increase in accommodation turnover to over €14m

GAN’s cash balance stood at £3.3 million at the end of June, representing a slight increase over the six month period. Photograph: iStock

Revenue at Game Account Network grew by 6% in the first half of 2017 to £4.1m

Developer Michael O’Flynn predicted a static level of housing supply in the absence of significant Government intervention. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Failure to give regions special attention will result in ‘two Irelands’, says Michael O’Flynn

Moody’s expects Irish GDP growth to moderate, but  still anticipates that Ireland will outpace most of the euro area over the next 12 to 18 months. Photograph: Bloomberg

Clean-up in problem loans has led to downgrade from ratings agency

Conference delegates heard  the Irish population is expected to grow to 6 million by 2040 with Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford increasing in size by 50 per cent which would necessitate half a million homes being built. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Government projects that 23,000 houses will be finished by 2018

Ryanair has concluded its share buyback programme. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Latest transaction part of airline’s share buyback programme announced in May

A Providence Resources drilling rig at the Helvic Oil Field in the Celtic Sea.

Shares in the company have dropped by over 70% since beginning of August

Nama headquarters at the Treasury building in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Potential Nama repurposing by State could allow it to scale back on its exit scheme

Research shows that 8 per cent of drivers know somebody who has submitted a fraudulent insurance claim. Photograph: iStock

Survey by Liberty Insurance finds half of Irish drivers fearful of reporting fraud

Professor Patrick O’Shea, president of University College Cork: “We are committed to ensuring that UCC becomes the location of choice for Irish and international students.”

Cork university hopes to grow its student numbers to 23,000 over the next five years

Germany’s Dax traded lower on Monday after German chancellor Angela Merkel secured a fourth term but saw her party weakened by a surge in support for the far-right. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Rise of AfD in Germany causes DAX to trade lower; Ireland outperforms European markets

Construction in the Grand Canal Basin area of Dublin Docklands. Dublin faces a glut of offices if construction continues at current levels over the next three years

Fund manager forecasts ‘very light’ returns from Ireland’s commercial real estate market

Modest resources: Dublin Theatre Festival chief executive Willie White. Photograph: Eric Luke

Company behind 60-year-old event plans to clear shortfall in next three to five years

Tom O’Connor, Version 1 chief executive. The company achieved investment of €90 million this year. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Version 1 achieved the largest amount of funding with €90m

US bond rating agency Kroll has signalled its intention to open its European HQ in Dublin. Photograph: iStock

The creation of 100 jobs is a ‘Brexit win’ according to IDA Ireland chief executive

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