‘The worst company I have ever come across’: John Griffin, chairman of Irish TV, on Carlyle, the company that bought Addison Lee, the cab company he founded. photograph: dave meehan

John Griffin’s greatest skill, is ‘making money’ but the minicab millionaire places importance on family, too

John Griffin: reaching an agreement with the two US companiescould see the potential audience for Irish TV grow by tens of millions

Chairman predicts €100m valuation in two years

National benchmark indexes rose in 16 of the 18 western European markets, with Germany’s Dax jumping 1.4 per cent and France’s Cac 40 adding 0.8 per cent.

Markets up in Europe, supported by Fed’s indication US rates won’t rise too soon

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton (left)  with Olivier Novasque, chief executive,  Sidetrade Group, and Martin Shanahan, chief executive  of IDA Ireland,  at the opening of Sidetrade’s new offices in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Sidetrade plans to recruit 90 people

Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Jobs minister says Government will prioritise employment growth in its budgetary decisions

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said: “Ireland is now rated at A grade by two of the three main rating agencies, our international reputation continues to improve and the NTMA continues to do an excellent job in securing stable and low cost funding for the State.”

Noonan says upgrade reflects ‘significant progress’ made in repairing country

Rating agency Fitch has restored an A- ratings agency to Irish sovereign debt, citing an improved trend in the economy.

Agency cites improved trends in the economy

Brian Hayes MEP:  agitated about the Republic’s potential loss of its franchise at  the governing council of the ECB. Photograph: Alan Betson

Background: when Lithuania joins next year, the ECB will adopt rotational voting

Market boost from Aer Lingus came on the back of an upgrade from Goldman Sachs, with shares in the airline finishing 8 cent stronger at €1.35. Photograph: Frank Miller

Iseq dominated by news that Fyffes’ merger with Chiquita likely to dissolve

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