L&R, which owns the Intercontinental hotel, formerly the Four Seasons, in Dublin’s Ballsbridge, was recently brought on board by Mr Smyth to fund his bid. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

London & Regional, a property company owned by the UK billionaire Livingstone brothers, has replaced Brown Thomas owner Galen Weston as backers of(...)

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The agony and the ecstasy of 2013

The financial crisis has certainly taken its toll on Irish business. Businesses have been lost. People have gone bust. Reputations have been damaged. (...)

 Arnotts department store on Henry Street, Dublin. Its debt pile is a legacy of the folly of the Northern Quarter commercial development pursued by former owner Richard Nesbitt and part-funded by Anglo Irish Bank. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

After five years of uncertainty about its ownership structure, the next five months will prove crucial in shaping the future of Irish retailer Arnotts(...)

Arnotts has received a makeover under Palladin’s watch with a number of new brands and concessions added to the mix. Photograph: Alan Betson

Boston-based Palladin Capital has been told that its three-year management contract at Arnotts will not be renewed when(...)