UrbanVolt:  energy-saving LED lighting firm
Bright SME idea

UrbanVolt, the energy-saving LED lighting firm run by former Merrill Lynch banker Kevin Maughan, has hired a bright spark from Bord Gais Energy. Alan (...)

 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 (...)

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(...)