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(...)

John Rogers chipped in with €70,000 of fresh equity for Newgrange Gold in May 2014. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Newgrange Gold, the Meath rapeseed oil business owned by former attorney general John Rogers, slipped a little deeper into the red last year. No panic(...)

Jones Engineering Charity Cycle (from left) Mike Wall, Sean Downey and Brian Nolan. photograph: shane o’neill photography

Jones Engineering, one the country’s largest privately owned companies, with more than 2,000 staff, recently dispatched 20 of them to complete a tough(...)

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales: advocate of the benign commercialisation of coca to provide employment for indigenous peoples.  Photograph: Reuters

Evo Morales, the Bolivian president, who visited Ireland last weekend, has designated an Irish-owned liqueur as the “official drink of the presidentia(...)

Photograph: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland

As Glanbia gets to better know the vagaries of the consumer market in the United States, it is also becoming more familiar with suit-hungry US cons(...)

Revenue has raised the ire of insolvency practitioners recently over its regular nit-picking on insolvency fees

The Revenue Commissioners sent two officials last week to give a breakfast briefing to the Irish Society of Insolvency Practitioners. Now, your averag(...)

Engine trouble: Weaker than expected earnings reports in Europe included another profit warning from Rolls-Royce, which sent its shares skidding. Photograph: Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty

MARK PAUL The Iseq beat its peers on yesterday with a marginal gain, as the top European stock index posted its biggest fall in six weeks due to wea(...)