Gene Murtagh, CEO of Kingspan: “We will absolutely stay in the hunt for acquisitions.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Insulation maker says UK orders down 15% but global strategy will secure company’s future

Ryanair’s first service from Dublin to Luxembourg will be among the routes that the airline will be announcing on Monday. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Low-cost airline to operate route three times weekly from end of October

Aer Lingus  is considering acquiring another Airbus A330 to bring its long-haul fleet to 14

Aer Lingus and Dublin Airport agree on facilities the airline needs to continue growing

Cherrywood in south Dublin: undeveloped land bank is set to become new town centre.

Government credibility staked on strategic development zones and fast-track planning

Tom Donnellan, chief executive designate of  Bord na Móna.

Clare native Tom Donnellan will relocate from France to State company

Siobhán Talbot, group managing director of Glanbia. The group has reined in its earnings expectations for the coming year. Photograph: Bloomberg

Strong results help boost miners and banks

Former Irish Nationwide boss Michael Fingleton is representing himself at the Central Bank inquiry into the bank’s collapse. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Inquiry looking into allegations that at least some of four men failed to ensure commercial loan applications processed correctly

Elysian Tower in Cork city. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

US property firm believed to be preferred bidder for apartment block

Green Reit is focusing on developing its existing properties rather than buying further assets, according to chief executive Pat Dunne. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Company says the value of its properties rose 5% to €1.45bn

Cairn chief executive Michael Stanley said the company  was close to agreeing with Irish Water to pay part of the cost of laying about 2km of water mains to  Mariavilla in Maynooth, Co Kildare. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Cairn ‘happy’ to pay for infrastructure if it allowed building of commercially viable homes

31/01/2017 - FINANCE- Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition, at the European Commission Representation to Ireland, Lower Mount Street,  Dublin.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Magrethe Vestager rules that construction finance is within Nama’s remit

 Isolde Goggin of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission: was not notified by car dealers. Photograph: Eric Luke

Spirit Ford bought Lillis-O’Donnell in 2015 but did not alert competition watchdog

Shannon has added close to 27 per cent new passengers over five years, but fell short of the 2.5 million for which the airport was aiming. Photograph: Arthur Ellis/Press22.

Despite progress, it has been a struggle to meet passenger targets

The Irish Airline Pilots’ Association confirmed on Friday that a majority of Aer Lingus members had backed the pay deal. Photograph: Reuters

Deal includes productivity and flexibility measures

Jim Clerkin joined Co-operatoin Ireland when still working in Ireland in 1994 and founded a chapter on the US west coast in San Francisco three years later. Photograph:  Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Moet and Chandon

Down man Jim Clerkin is behind a Co-operation Ireland event celebrating 20 years of peace

Nama would not comment on the plans for the south Dublin site when contacted. Photograph: Alan Betson

Nama-appointed receivers seek approval under rules aimed at accelerating schemes

Bord na Móna has  been moving into businesses such as electricity generation, waste processing and horticulture in recent years.

Dozens of Tipperary staff to be dismissed in the first deal of its type in over 30 years

Joe Duffy Motor Group: the group  has 11 separate car franchises, along with commercial vehicle operations for Ford and Volkswagen, and BMW’s i sub-brand

Auto dealer hopes mergers watchdog approves sale on time for it to go through next month

Bank of America is one of a smaller number of firms to extend the bonuses to employees working outside the US, including those in its Irish operation, based in Leopardstown in Dublin

Bank of America workers to receive bonus in line with US staff after corporate tax change

 CRH dipped 0.8%  to €27.43 despite European peers such as Heidelberg Cement and Buzzi gaining ground on Wednesday

Ryanair climbs 1.83% to €16.16 on what traders said was good day for the sector

The three judges who heard the case in the Supreme Court reserved judgment.

Tribunal delayed action on 1987 decision, former owners of Clare Manor Hotel claim

Minister for  Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross: has yet to formally approve the appointment of Peter Kearney. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Ross plans to split aviation authority into two sections to regulate safety and air traffic control

Stobart Air is announcing plans to spend €13.8 million on expanding its fleet on foot of winning public-service contracts in January.

Contract airline to lease new aircraft on foot of State-funded public-service contracts

Members of the Paddy Power board in 2012: David Power, William Reeve, Stewart Kenny and David Johnston. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

The 71-year-old chairs Richard Power Bookmakers which announced it will wind down

The Dow Jones and S&P 500 fluctuated throughout the day. The Dow fell 19.42 to close at  24,893.35 and the S&P 500 fell dropped 13.48 to close at  2,681.66

Irish shares gain €1.3bn as European bourses edge back up

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday. Photograph: Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters

Dublin traders say investors looking for ‘buying opportunity’ as stocks rise

Spanish economy minister Luis de Guindos. Photograph: Angel Diaz/EPA

Republic’s Central Bank chief faces Spain’s Luis de Guindos in race for European post

Tullow Oil chief executive Paul McDade: “It’s a very strong outcome, it puts us in a great position to move forward with the growth of the company.”

Explorer expecting to produce first oil from Kenyan field in 2021 or 2022

Smurfit Kappa chief financial officer Ken Bowles with chief executive Tony Smurfit. Photograph: Maxwells

Once-off charges cut 12% from 2017 profits while revenue rose 5% to €8.5 billion

Norwegian is bidding to boost demand further by timing its flights to allow shoppers take one-day trips to Woodbury Common, a premium retail centre run by New York-listed Simon Property Group

From April airline will up its service with first flight from Dublin taking off at 8.30am

Boeing predicted  construction of the hanger at Gatwick would create 475 jobs when it announced details of the project in 2016. Photograph: Getty Images

Hangar designed to house two Boeing 777x craft, which will be biggest aircraft built by US group

The Law Society’s headquarters in Blackhall Place, Dublin. Director general Ken Murphy said most British solicitors seeking entry to the Irish roll are doing so to protect their status as EU lawyers. Photograph: Eric Luke

Over 1,300 British lawyers have signed up to Irish roll of solicitors

ESB said it would spend €15 million on energy-management and efficiency projects in 2018.

State-owned company aids large firms to lower spending

 A pilot disembarks a Ryanair flight in London. Photograph: Reuters

Irish airline pledges to return €750m to shareholders

Sean Mulryan, whose Markland Holdings cut its debt to Nama to €37.8 million at the end of 2016 from €260.7 million 12 months earlier, according to accounts just filed. Photograph: Alan Betson

Company sold Kotva department store in Prague for €80m, latest accounts show

Nama generated €1.8 billion in cash over the first nine months of last year, compared with €4.3 billion in the January to September period in 2016. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Agency made profit of €242 million in third quarter of 2017, new figures show

The new Government scheme will allow investors to pay for the construction of social homes that can be leased to councils, which can in turn rent them to tenants. Photograph: iStock

Government hopes new lease scheme will see 10,000 social dwellings constructed

Element Power plans to spend €500 million on Greenlink, an electricity line tying Wexford with Wales. Photograph: iStock

Government seeking views on future electricity interconnection

Castlehaven is close to completing home construction loans totalling €30 million and has proposals for a further €200 million in the pipeline. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

Financier aims to loan €350m for residential developments in Republic’s urban areas

Croatia Airlines ran a number of charter flights between Osijek Airport in the east of  Croatia and Dublin over Christmas.

Ireland’s growing Croatian community and increase in Irish holidaymakers behind move

Dublin Airport: the DAA  sees the appointment of a noise regulator as central to it getting a planning condition limiting night time flights lifted. Photograph: Alan Betson

Move is key to Dublin Airport Authority’s €320m proposed runway plan

Viridian said it may have to close two power plants at Huntstown, Co Dublin, after one of them failed to secure a contract for new payments from EirGrid. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

EirGrid working with regulator to ensure continuity of supply if Co Dublin plants close

Staff at Ryanair headquarters in Dublin. The British Airline Pilots’ Association the union recognition deal covered 600 directly-employed pilots in Ryanair’s UK operations. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Association to be sole representative body for Ryanair-employed pilots in UK, airline says

Ryanair agreed to recognise trade unions to avert strikes at Irish and European bases in the run up to Christmas.  Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

Company has begun talks with IALPA and equivalent organisations on a recognition deal

Irving Oil Whitegate Refinery in Cork.  During 2016 it expanded crude oil supply sources, helping to cut costs

Costs and turnover fall at Irving Oil facility

Eirgrid, SONI and the Commission for Regulation of Utilities are reorganising the electricity market at the behest of the EU. Photograph: Wolfgang von Brauchitsch/Bloomberg

Eirgrid and SONI ‘capacity payment’ auction a threat to ESB, Viridian and AES plants

French pharma giant Sanofi muscled Novo Nordisk out of the way to buy Ablynx, clinching a €3.9bn   deal for the Belgian biotech firm

Food industry stocks weak in Dublin as overall volumes are below average

 Country Crest owners Michael  and Gabriel Hoey with Tesco Ireland’s commercial director Sheila Gallagher. Photograph: Maxwells

North Co Dublin farm business will supply 65,000 tonnes of fresh produce to Tesco

The data shows  44%  of businesses are planning to increase wages over the next 12 months as the supply of skilled labour tightens. Tallying with this, 48%  of workers expect a pay rise over the same period. Photograph: Getty Images

BoI study says most workers and employers positive about the near future

The Irish-bred Definitly Red, which is now trained in England,  at Cheltenham  at the weekend. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

More than 3,500 attend first Irish Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association meeting

Carval paid €348 million in 2014 for a share of Project Parasol, a group of about 2,000 small business loans and buy-to-let mortgages, from Lloyds which acquired the debts when it took over Bank of Scotland

Carval one of a number of funds that took over bubble-era property loans in Republic

Kilroot power station: Its owner, AES Corporation, said the station could close by May. Photograph: Robin Somes

Electricity grid operators on both sides of Border cutting ‘capacity payments’ by 30%

Bookmaker Boylesports is buying six betting shops in the west of Ireland from JP McGuinness

Deal gives bookmaking chain six betting shops in the west of Ireland

 EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager: Nama’s activities did not breach EU rules

Developers to decide on appeal after seeing detail of Vestager’s decision

 New Ireland Assurance on Dawson Street, Dublin.  Sources suggest it  could attract bids of about €30m based on its location.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Price tag for bank’s subsidiary on Dawson Street likely to fetch €30m

Clontarf GAA Club says that the loss of access to the St Paul’s pitches leaves it “desperately short of playing facilities”. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

Fast-track permission sought to build 500 new homes on land at St Paul’s College

Robert Watt has had his contract as secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform extended. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Robert Watt, Jim Breslin and Martin Fraser were due to step down after seven-year terms

Dómhnal Slattery: “HNA has transformed our negotiating leverage with the manufacturers”

Slattery tells conference Avolon insulated itself against problems likely to hit its parent

Irish aircraft lessor SMBC Aviation Capital hopes to agree a deal with a leading Asian airline shortly, according to its chief executive, Peter Barrett. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Irish aircraft lessor has placed all planes ordered from Airbus and Boeing to end of 2019

About 27.8 million people began or ended their journeys at Dublin Airport, while another 1.8 million used it to transfer between European and transatlantic flights

Growth on transatlantic and European services fuelled increase

Peter Barrett, chief executive of SMBC Aviation Capital,  who will attend this week’s Global Airfinance conference in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

New report highlights how the sector supports almost 5,000 jobs in the Republic

Briquette producer Bord na Móna is owed €420,000 by a Kildare-based auction house that has been placed in liquidation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

State company is owed €420,000 by Moybrone Holdings for equipment sold last year

Ryanair’s chief executive Michael O’Leary last month agreed to recognise pilot trade unions. Photograph: Alan Betson

International Federation of Airline Pilots’ Associations to discuss Ryanair at March conference

Aecom said that work started on 4,055 new homes in the first eight months of 2017, a 25 per cent increase “from a very low base2 during the same period in 2016. Photograph: iStock

Aecom report predicts a 14% increase in output value to €19.5 billion for 2018

Suir Valley is led by businessman Barry Downes, who sold Feedhenry, the mobile software developer that he founded, to US multinational Redhat for more than €60 million, in 2014

Investment company linked to Waterford-based Suir Valley to offer shares on LSE

Ryanair  said that pilots at all 15 of its UK bases, including Stansted, had voted to accept the pay increases and would receive them this month. Photograph: EPA

Proposal made prior to airline changing policy and recognising unions

Invicara’s BIM Assure software is used by Irish Property Unit Trust and Ballymore Group.

Firm has developed software that helps users save time and money on building projects

Natixis is the asset management arm of French bank BPCE. Photograph: iStock

Investment will support Airborne Capital plan to manage assets worth $5bn

Catherine O’Kelly: takes over from Dave Kirwan at the helm of the natural gas and electricity supplier

Oxford graduate Catherine O’Kelly led key changes at parent company Centrica UK

A Goodfella’s pizza. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Bloomberg News

Production expected to remain at frozen pizza firm’s two bases, in Naas and Longford

Norwegian chief commercial officer Thomas Ramdahl said  the airline’s transatlantic services from Ireland made a strong start since they began in July

Airline will increase frequencies to Rhode Island and New York state from Shannon

Isolde Goggin, chairperson of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, said it did not block any proposed transaction in 2017. Photograph:  Eric Luke

Watchdog was notified of 72 deals involving businesses with combined sales of €56bn

Figures published on Thursday show Aer Lingus grew at the fastest rate of AIG’s carriers in 2017.

Distance travelled by paying customers of Irish airline grows 11.6 per cent in 2017

Nama has invested €350 million to date in refurbishing, finishing and buying properties to be used for social housing.

Agency says it has capacity to pay for building of 20,000 new homes by end of 2020

Aer Lingus has been focusing heavily on growing its transatlantic business over recent years. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Hertz vice-president Bill Byrne to run airline’s North America business from end of month

John Palmer, principal officer, Department of Finance: acknowledged that returns from PAYE and the universal social charge (USC) had been lower than expected earlier in the year, but had improved since the third quarter. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Exchequer returns come in at €58,376bn with surplus of €1.9bn

Ryanair said that it did not comment on negotiations with its pilots. Photographe: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Airline carried 129 million passengers in 2017 but growth lags previous year

While both Ialpa and Spac have lifted their strike threats, Germany’s VC still has a mandate for industrial action. Photograph: Frank Rumpenhorst/AFP/Getty Images

Airline pledged to recognise unions to avert strikes

ICG chief executive Eamonn Rothwell. Photograph:  Mac Innes Photography

Ship will carry 1,800 passengers and crew and 330 containers on Dublin-Holyhead route

Bourse traders drink champagne after the last trading day at Frankfurt’s stock exchange. Photograph: Reuters/Ralph Orlowski

Euro set to go out on a high against the dollar

Ryanair calculated the cost of recognising organised labour at €100 million a year. Photograph: Bernd Settnik/AFP/Getty Images

Budget airline set to begin talks in earnest with unions representing pilots

Bus Éireann will ringfence the extra cash for its Expressway service, which faces most competitive pressure from private sector players. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Move will bring payments into line with private sector rivals

The Whiskey Palace in the Palace Bar on Dublin’s Fleet Street, which is seeking to capitalise on the strong growth in sales of the spirit. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Spirits exports from Republic at €646m in first nine months of 2017

Bank of Ireland Economic Pulse: 40 per cent of people expect house prices to rise by more than 5 per cent in 2018. Photograph: Frank Miller

Bank of Ireland Economic Pulse suggests Brexit contributing to weakening sentiment

Retail Ireland’s rival body Retail Excellence estimated at the weekend that Irish consumers had spent €300m with UK websites in the first three weeks of December. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

‘Black Friday’ ate into significant proportion of conventional Christmas shopping

“Irish employment law allows bogus self-employment, it allows arm’s length employment.” Evan Cullen, president of Ialpa. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Only surprise is that cancellations happened a year earlier than thought – Ialpa president

Passengers queue before checking in at the desk of  Ryanair in the FrankfurtHahn Airport in  Germany Photograph: Getty Images

VC group staged four-hour walkout involving 16 flights on Friday morning

Tractors: Bord na Móna regularly uses Paul Cooke Auctions to sell on tractors and machinery it is replacing with new equipment. The Kildare company successfully auctioned significant lots of such equipment in October. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Moybrone Holdings understood to be in debt to State firm as it prepares for liquidation

Ryanair said it had also submitted a set of proposals on pay and conditions for its Irish-based pilots. Photograph: AFP

News of action comes as trade union Impact calls off threat of a strike at Irish airports

German Airplanes Pilots Association  director of international affairs, James Phillips (2nd from left), arriving at the Carlton Hotel near Dublin Airport for talks with Ryanair. Photo: Garrett White

Airline describes meeting with German union as ‘cordial and productive’

Ryanair’s chief operations officer Peter Bellew and Eddie Wilson, director of personnel: Mr Bellew estimate the cost of recognising unions would be about €100 million a year.  Photograph: Stephen Collins

Talks with Impact fail to lift threat of strike at Cork, Dublin and Shannon airports

Ashley Connolly, Bernard Harbor and Angela Kirk of trade union Impact arrive at the Carlton Hotel in Dublin on Tuesday evening for their meeting with Ryanair management. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Airline’s pledge to recognise Impact not backed up by written confirmation, says union

Ryanair’s chief operations officer, Peter Bellew and Eddie Wilson, director of personnel, arrive at the Carlton Hotel ,Dublin as Ryanair management holds its first ever meeting with Ryanair pilots union IMPACT. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

COO Peter Bellew estimates it will cost airline €100m a year

Chief executive Michael O’Leary said on Friday that it would agree to recognise pilots’ unions to avert strikes planned for this week as people travelled for Christmas.

Move comes as airline plans to meet pilots over coming days

Ryanair’s share price closed down 2.1% at €14.61 in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: EPA

Dispute fuels investor uncertainty, clipping €600m off value

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Monday. The Nasdaq surpassed the 7,000-point mark for the first time in the early afternoon.  Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

US stocks kick off penultimate week of year positively as Republicans reach deal on tax cuts

December racing at Cheltenham. Britain’s racecourses attract more than 6m  people a year, many of them new to or unfamiliar with the sport.  Photograph: Getty Images

Irish tech company currently works mostly with bookmakers supplying screens for their shops

Two losing bidders are contesting the award of a tender for tolling on the motorway. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

US firm Transcore argues TII failed to comply with EU rules in giving contract to Turas

Carechoice’s acquisition of Knightsbridge Care Village in Trim, Co Meath, will bring its long-term residential care beds to 620 and total staff numbers to 800.

Deal worth €20 million for 117-bed Trim facility to grow Carechoice group to 620 beds

Ryanair’s chief people officer, Eddie Wilson, dismissed any speculation that the move to recognise unions would change Ryanair’s disciplined approach to controlling costs. Photograph: Hayoung Jeon/EPA

Michael O’Leary changes long-standing policy following talks with board members

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