Dundrum Town Centre: godawful-busy.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Every little helps. Tesco, which again this Christmas will battle Aldi, Lidl, Dunnes Stores and SuperValu for sales, has “moved” the pricing for its c(...)

Mater, a comedic rusty tow-truck, joyously utters the offending tornado phrase in Cars, the children’s box office smash hit from 2006

Has nobody at the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI) set foot in the US below the Mason-Dixon line? The ASAI, the self-regulatory body(...)

Neville Isdell: considers himself the “most unusual landlord in Dublin”.

Neville Isdell, the Down-born former Coca Cola chief executive, was back in Dublin yesterday to give a speech at the opening of 8,000sq ft of event sp(...)

Flooding in Cork: There are at least 300 legal cases against the ESB as a result of floods. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

ESB needs a few sandbags for its legal department. The steady flow of lawsuits against it, alleging its actions exacerbated the floods of November (...)

Centrica managing director of Ireland Eddy Collier: “I love Ireland. It’s easy to live here.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Eddy Collier’s office, five floors above Dublin’s leafy Grand Canal banks, is a comfortable affair: a large desk, a snug couch big enough for a pow(...)

The Jurys Inn hotel on Custom House Quay in Dublin: the brand will change in May next year

The Jurys Inn hotel on Custom House Quay in Dublin is to be rebranded as a Hilton Garden Inn in a move that will cost about €5.5 million. It is the(...)

Central Bank: has confirmed about 30 of its staff are receiving “retention payments” worth 21 per cent of their salary. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Government insisted last night that the Central Bank “must continue to operate” under the rules of the Fempi legislation that limits public sec(...)

Monique and Simon Pratt in Avoca Kilmacanogue: the family has sold the business, begun in a mill in Avoca, for more than €60 million. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Simon Pratt, managing director of the hitherto family-owned Avoca Handweavers and the son of its founders, was 10 when he first saw the old Wicklow mi(...)

Avoca outlets are mostly clustered around Dublin and Wicklow. It also operates from Kerry, Belfast and has a retail-only store in Connemara

Avoca’s new owner Aramark is to finance an aggressive expansion of the brand in Ireland before taking it to the UK. The multinational caterer, which b(...)

Tony Smurfit: owed €1.2 million by the stud business. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Another establishment-linked business to file 2014 accounts this week was the Forenaghts Stud in Naas, Co Kildare. Its retained losses grew by €200,00(...)