Ireland West Airport Knock was the biggest beneficiary of capital grants on this occasion. The airport was awarded more than €1.1 million.

Knock and Kerry airports biggest beneficiaries of capital grant scheme

According to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office the region with the most permissions granted was Dublin. (Photograph: iStock)

LSE suggest up to 40% of planning permissions never translate into homes

Moody’s said Friday that it had upgraded Ulster bank Ireland DAC’s deposit rating. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Move follows an upgrade of the bank’s parent company, Royal Bank of Scotland

Some 224 employees availing of Sarp earned between €75,000 and €150,000 while 92 employees benefitting from the scheme earned in excess of €375,000. Photograph: Getty Images

Loss to exchequer in 2015 €9.5m as almost 600 executives availed of relief programme

Pictured launching the KTI Annual Review was Minister for Training, Skills and Innovation John Halligan TD (centre) Director of KTI, Dr Alison Campbell and Chief Executive, Higher Education Authority, Dr Graham Love. (Photograph: Julien Behal)

Number of active spin-out companies grew to 119 by the end of last year

Dan MacSweeney, the chief executive of the Carbery group, has announced his decision to retire at the end of this year.

Dan MacSweeney led food group since 1992 over which time firm greatly expanded

An Airbus A380 during a flying display at the International Paris Air Show   on June 21st. Photograph: Getty Images

Brexit ‘isn’t a big deal’, says CEO of aircraft leasing giant at Paris Air Show

Costa coffee owner Whitbread was among the top performers.  Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Ireland’s benchmark index drops marginally, performs better than Europe’s Stoxx 600

Dubliners spend the most on takeaways while rural households spent more per week than their urban counterparts. Photograph: iStock

Dubliners spent the most on takeaways while mideast region had highest expenditure per week

IT security concerns rate highly among financial services firms with 58 per cent saying they plan to invest in cybersecurity in the year ahead, says PwC.

Fintech firms plan to step up innovation efforts but fear commercialisation likelihood

French president Emmanuel Macron: opened the Paris Air Show, the world’s biggest. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes

Limerick IT firm Arralis announces new contract with European Space Agency

Waterford airport: the last scheduled commercial service left it  in June 2016 after airline VLM went into liquidation

Aer Southeast to fly to London Luton, Manchester and Birmingham from July 24th

Killhills wind farm in County Tipperary, which Greencoat acquired in March of this year.

Greencoat renewables hopes to raise up to €250 million

This will be the first time that the newspapers will be available in full in a digital format.

DMG Media Ireland will sell daily and Sunday titles to mobile and tablet users for first time

Bristol-Myers Squibb intends to shift its manufacturing focus in Ireland to reflect its “growing biologics portfolio”

SK Biotek, a South Korean company, will acquire the facility

A night in Dublin will set you back about €186,  the second most expensive in our selection of cities.

Beers are cheaper but taxis more expensive in New Zealand, home of Ireland tourism critic

IRES Reit currently owns 2,378 apartments in Dublin. (Photograph: iStock)

Merrion Private also suggests new housing minister may change first time buyer tax relief

Circulation figures for the six months to the end of December 2016 for the ‘Irish Daily Mail’ showed the paper had an average daily readership of 42,081. The ‘Irish Mail on Sunday’ had a circulation of 79,394.

Profit rises 5.9 per cent as revenue for year to October 2016 increases to €17.35 million

Forecourt retailer Applegreen has appointed Niall Dolan as its new chief financial officer

Niall Dolan takes up the role from Paul Lynch, who steps down at the end of June

A pensions bill currently under consideration will lead to the accelerated closure of defined benefit pension schemes according to Ibec. (Photograph: iStock)

Viability of business and jobs under threat from proposed changes, Ibec says

Primark’s  newest store, at the South Shore Plaza in Braintree, Massachusetts, encompasses 41,000sq ft of retail space and is expected to create almost 200 jobs in the local community

Fashion retailer plans to open two more stores, in New York and New Jersey

Dublin airport’s Terminal 2, which opened in 2010

Review expected to recommend timeframe for development of Terminal 3 at Dublin

Powerscourt estate in Wicklow was Ireland’s 9th most popular fee paying visitor attraction in 2016.

The results make Powerscourt 9th most popular tourist destination in Ireland

Boeing 737 Max 9: Ryanair says the company is considering Max 9s and Max 10s

Airline has option for 100 Boeing 737 Max craft, to bring fleet to 520

Bluestone Asset Finance has raised €30m by securitising a portfolio of over 2,500 car loans. Photograph: iStock

Bluestone Asset Finance has operated in Ireland since 2011

Luas signage on Dawson Street in Dublin. The new Cross City line is expected to open in December. (Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times)

The Luas Cross City project has been under construction for the past four years

The research shows that chief executives at Irish firms are embracing disruption as technology-driven change sweeps through global economies. Photograph: Getty Images

Confidence in domestic economy is high yet geopolitics is causing concern

Hire purchase agreements and personal contract plans will not initially be included on the Central Bank’s new Credit Register despite previous assurances to the contrary. (Photograph: iStock)

Register meant to provide greater transparency to lenders when people apply for a loan

Traders work in front of the German share price index, Dax board, at the stock exchange in Frankfurt on Monday. Photograph: Reuters

Political uncertainty in the aftermath of the UK election contributed to poor volume in Dublin

Start-up hub and remote-worker service HQ Tralee is located in a building that had been empty for eight years.

HQTralee’s flexibility and collaborative work is attracting people seeking a better lifestyle

Volkswagen was the most popular brand in May for both new and imported cars. Photograph: Reuters

The number of new cars taxed in May dipped compared with same month in 2016

Assessments on the results of the UK election range from positivity that it may change the course of business to intense negativity about the future of British-Irish trade. Photograph: iStock

Some Irish exporters believe vote could change course of Brexit

Traders work on the trading floor of ETX Capital in London on June 9th as markets open the day after Britain held a general election, in which the ruling Conservatives lost their parliamentary majority. (Photograph: AFP Photo)

Conservative victory was best case scenario for most, says State Street

There were 14,932 house completions in 2016, down from a height of 88,187 in 2006. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Building and construction index shows output jump of 7.2% in first quarter of 2017

The Companies (accounting) Act 2017 comes into force on Friday and will change the obligations for companies reporting financial accounts. (Photograph: iStock)

The Act will change reporting requirements for small and medium companies

Irish homebuilder Cairn Homes has appointed a new sales and marketing director. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ruchika Hassan joins Cairn with immediate effect from Groupon

Pictured l-r: Martin Shanahan, IDA Ireland chief executive, Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, and John Perkins, Smartbox Group chief executive.

The company has also announced the acquisition of Portuguese firm Odisseias

Investment in cybersecurity and blockchain has the potential to drive Dublin’s fintech growth, according to Russ Shaw

Irish tech could benefit from Brexit challenges, says investor Russ Shaw

A report from CBRE highlights the increasing need for rental accommodation as the process of saving for a deposit lengthens. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Dublin a particularly suitable market for development, says new CBRE report

In the first five months of 2017 over 10.9 million passengers travelled through Dublin airport

Over 10.9 million passengers travelled through the airport in first five months of 2017

Netwatch chief executive David Walsh has said that the expansion will be of “huge benefit” to the company’s customers. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The new location will lead to the creation of 15 jobs in sales and customer service

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary has sold off 4 million shares in Ryanair at a price of €18 each. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Chief executive is believed to have grossed €72 million from share sale in airline

The four-star Clayton Hotel in Cardiff with 216 bedrooms: the Welsh hotel will be let to Dalata for a 35-year term

The Irish hotel group will lease the Clayton back for £1.15m

Providence has signed another option agreement with Capricorn Ireland, a subsidiary of Cairn Energy. Photograph: iStock

The agreement relates to operations off the Irish coast

56 per cent of Irish employees suggested that their concerns relating to fraud or corruption led them to consider resigning. (Photograph: iStock)

Some 22% would act unethically to improve career prospects, study finds

Nicholas Ashmore: said SBCI’s long-term goal is to cover costs rather than to accumulate profits. Photograph: Dave Meehan

€657m of State agency’s funding has been drawn down by SMEs since it was founded

Equatorial Guinea has “some of the most neglected and prospective exploration potential in offshore West Africa”, according to Clontarf Energy. (Photograph: iStock)

Undrilled acreage has been awarded for initial period of three years

Axa Insurance Ireland has appointed Dick O’Driscoll as the group’s chairman

O’Driscoll has over 35 years' experience within the Irish insurance industry

In its full-year results announced on Tuesday, Ryanair said it grew profits after tax by 6 per cent to €1.316 billion. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Investment bank UBS downgrades the stock from ‘buy’ to ‘neutral’

Padraig McManus, chairman of Eir

Firm would not be drawn on whether Eir has considered anybody to take over

Irish adults attending festivals this summer will spend an average of €316. Above, Electric Picnic last year. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Some 60% of festival-goers surveyed agreed they 'spend too much money at festivals'

Mike Quinn, the chief executive of Bord Na Móna, will join Ervia in October in the same role.

Quinn will join the company in October on a 7 year contract

Cork developer Michael O’Flynn told Newstalk on Friday that Nama was using Michael Noonan to deflect from the housing crisis. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister confirms target of vacant sites levy will be landowners sitting on sites in expectaiton of higher prices

Paul Coulson of Ardagh  rings the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange in March. In April the group announced 38 per cent increase in earnings in the first quarter of the year

Bond proceeds will be used to redeem notes due in 2021

The European Commission and Italy have agreed on a rescue of Italian bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena, outlining a draft plan that involves significant cost cuts. Photograph: Getty Images

Recovery for Aryzta boosts Ireland’s benchmark index to close up 1.59%

An OpenHydro tidal energy turbine during the manufacturing process. The company’s chief commercial officer said he sees  Japan as a gateway to Southeast Asia.

Japan is gateway to Asia and beyond, external trade body tells Irish companies

Tax decision makers are said to be in a ‘wait and see’ pattern until proposed US tax reforms become clearer. Photograph: iStock

Ireland is ‘effectively a victim’ of potential Trump tax reforms, says tax advisor

US president Donald Trump has pledged to introduce tax reform

New research shows companies are delaying or altering plans ahead of US tax reforms

Tommy Breen said the disposal will “allow DCC to concentrate fully on growing and developing the energy, healthcare and technology divisions”. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Decision believed to give group cash proceeds of £170m

Irish bank borrowings from the Central Bank as part of eurosystem monetary policy operations decreased by €170 million in April. Photograph: Alan Betson

Private sector lending was main driver of net lending to Irish residents, says Central Bank

Bank of Cyprus is the largest credit provider in Cyprus, with a 39.1 per cent market share. Photograph: Reuters

Irish CEO John Hourican says bank is making good progress back to strength

The structure of the Central Bank’s senior management team will be amended in line with two new regulatory pillars. Photograph: Alan Betson

Oversight functions to be split between financial conduct and prudential regulation

Overall, there were 11.6 per cent fewer mortgages approved in April 2017 compared to the previous month. Photograph: iStockphoto

Number is down 8.4% on volume approved in March, says Banking & Payments Federation

With AIB it’s believed that one of the conditions for the  stockbrokers  involved in the IPO is that they offer the shares  to everyone

The Government is expected to shortly sell a 25% stake in the bank

“If we’re going to court, we’re failing,” said Charities Regulator chief executive. Photograph: iStock

Up to 8,600 charities in Ireland, of which two are currently under investigation

There are 42,800 fewer people unemployed compared with this time last year. Photograph: iStock

Some 6.4% of people are unemployed, with the figure for men higher than for women

Eason has sold its 50 per cent stake in EM News Distribution to Menzies in a €3.6 million buy-out. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

EM News Distribution employs 193 operational staff who will now join Menzies

MSD today announced that it will create 330 new jobs and invest €280 million over the next three years at two of its Irish manufacturing sites. Pictured at the announcement are Ger Brennan, managing director for human health at MSD Ireland, and An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD. (Photograph: Robbie Reynolds)

The pharmaceutical company plans €280m investment in Irish plants over next three years

Applegreen  had 155 sites in Ireland, 77 in the UK and 11 in the US at the end of last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Petrol retailer expects to unveil new chief financial officer by end of June

Ireland West Airport Knock  handled 134,000 passengers in the first quarter of 2017, a 9.1 per cent increase on the same period last year.

Airline passengers figures also increase in Dublin and Kerry, but drop in Cork and Shannon

The MV Kaitaki, formerly the Isle of Innisfree, has been sold by ICG for €45 million. (Photograph: Irish Ferries)

The MV Kaitaki, previously Isle of Innisfree, has been sold to New Zealand company

A computer-generated image of the Clayton Hotel on Charlemont Street, Dublin 2, which is currently under construction

In terms of star rating, four-star bedrooms appear to be the most popular

Applegreen intends to pay shareholders a maiden dividend of 1.25 cent per share. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A trading update says company has added 16 new sites since the start of the year

PressReader, a digital newspaper distribution service, plans to recruit 65 people in Ireland in the coming years. Photograph: iStock

The company wants staff who ‘care about journalism’

A computer-generated image of what ESB’s new headquarters would look like when completed

Work on Dublin 2 project will commence in June and should create up to 500 jobs

Daft.ie  lists 31 commercial retail properties in Sligo town either for sale or to rent, with rental prices starting from €650 a  month

Business in Sligo is ‘picking up’ but short term outlook unclear

James Leighton joins the baked goods company having previously held roles in Perdue Foods, ConAgra and Boulder Brands. Photograph: iStock

Baked goods company says appointment is part of ‘ongoing board refreshment’

A computer-generated image of the Vertium Building, in which U+I owns a 20 per cent interest

U+I saw value of Irish assets decline by 28% last year

An Post’s 2016 annual report records dropping revenues, a pension deficit spike, and an increase in pretax losses. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Transaction volumes fell across organisation in 2016, while pension deficit rose to €283m

Computer generated images of the planned seven-storey hotel in Tayto Park, Co Meath

Planning application lodged for seven-storey development at Co Meath theme park

Amryt Pharma says it has made substantial progress since its admission to trading on AIM in April 2016. Photograph: iStock

Irish company says therapy for skin blistering condition is its prime pipeline candidate

Total produce has said  that trading for the first four months has been satisfactory. Photograph: iStock

The company has announced a final dividend of 2.2297 cent per share

Donegal Investment Group has   interests in the agribusiness sector. Photograph: iStock

Agri investment group to create ‘more tax-efficient’ share buy-back programme

In line with EU rules, Virgin Mobile is offering customers a 5.5GB data roaming usage per month but, the company couldn’t offer clarity on whether that would still apply in the UK in 23 months’ time. Photograph: iStock

Telecoms provider offering customers 5.5GB roaming data per month under EU policy

TechConnect Live in Dublin expects to attract over 3,000 delegates to its conference while Digital DNA in Belfast anticipates 2,000 to attend. Photograph: iStock

Big turnouts expected for Dublin’s TechConnect Live and Digital DNA in Belfast

Personal contract plans are a form of hire purchase agreement which offer lower monthly payments – with a “balloon” payment, formally known as a “guaranteed measure of future value” at the end of a three- or five-year term. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty

Personal contract plans unregulated but prove popular among third of car buyers

The PwC roadmap looks primarily to offshore wind to reduce emissions but admits that “offshore wind is relatively expensive”. Photograph: iStockPhoto

PwC says use of onshore wind technology will lead to electricity prices increase

The Dublin-headquartered company said in a trading update that their relationship with German Airline Lufthansa will begin generating revenue in 2018. Photograph: iStockPhoto

Dublin-headquartered firm plans to double Manchester workforce over next 18 months

The Kilkenny-based food group is to sell off a controlling stake in its dairy business to Glanbia Co-op, its largest shareholder. The deal will see Glanbia Co-op pay €112m   to Glanbia plc for a 60%  shareholding in its Dairy Ireland division

Deal will help pay for 60% shareholding in Glanbia’s Dairy Ireland division

The average daily rate of a room in Ireland in April 2017 increased by 7.7 per cent on the previous year to reach €122.60. Photograph: iStockPhoto

Irish hotel occupancy rate rises to 81.6% while levels in capital remain at 86% in April

Glen Bailey, head of residential sales, Energia with Minister Shane Ross TD and Ciara Fox, chief operations officer, NK Communications, which plans to hire 25 new sales staff. Photograph: Shane O’Neill

NK Communications to increase number of sales agents after Energia contract extension

Linked Finance chief executive Niall Dorrian and Murphy’s Ice Cream co-founder Sean Murphy. Murphy’s has raised €75,000 from Linked Finance. Photograph: Conor McCabe

State begins public consultation on potentially regulating peer-to-peer lending sector

The licence extension pertains to operations in the southern Porcupine Basis and is operated by Eni Ireland. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Drilling licence is operated by Eni Ireland roughly 170km off Irish southwest coast

EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager. Photograph: EPA

€13 billion must be recovered from Apple despite ongoing Irish appeal

The acquisition of Macro Plastics by One51 is expected to close by mid-June this year. Photograph: Eric Luke

Macro Plastics deal ‘key step in becoming leading global player in rigid plastics market’

C&C chairman Brian Stewart: Geoffrey Hemphill brings “a distinct perspective which will complement the skill-set of the board as a whole”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Hemphill joins beer and cider maker with immediate effect

The issues involving St Anthony’s and Claddagh credit union is the third report of credit union financial irregularities in the last 7 days. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Gardaí to investigate unauthorised transactions by former staff member in 2016

The  new Baywatch movie, featuring ‘that Hollywood smile’

Beverley Hills Formula has teamed up with Paramount Pictures in promotion

The Glanbia co-op special general meeting at the Punchestown Event Centre where shareholders voted in favour of a joint venture with Glanbia plc. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Joint venture with Glanbia plc’s dairy division will establish Glanbia Ireland

The Central Bank began monitoring social media and online platform activity in 2013. Photograph: Alan Betson

Account administration the most common cause of discontent on social media

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