Digicel wins first round, Nama resists PAC and tech to make your holidays tick

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Ireland’s service sector saw business activity expand sharply in May as the rate of new order growth rose to a five month high, according to a report compiled for AIB.

Ireland’s service sector saw business activity expand sharply in May as the rate of new order growth rose to a five month high, according to a report compiled for AIB.

 

Digicel, Denis O’Brien’s Caribbean mobile operator, has won the first round of a legal battle against the government of one of its island markets, which wants to confiscate some of Digicel’s high-speed spectrum to give it one of its rivals. Mark Paul has the details.

Ireland’s services sector saw business activity expand sharply in May as the rate of new order growth rose to a five month high, according to a report compiled for AIB, writes Peter Hamilton.

The National Asset Management Agency is resisting calls from the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee to verify that debtors in default are not involved in the illegal purchase of assets of the so-called bad bank. Joe Brennan reports.

A number of carmakers here have joined CIÉ, Ervia, Bord Gáis Energy and Bord Na Móna to present a plan to the Government’s low-emission vehicle taskforce on how to bring hydrogen transport to Ireland, reports Peter Hamilton.

Smartphone sales will remain weak this year, according to two new forecasts. However, they are expected to rebound in 2020. Charlie Taylor has the details.

Irish technology solutions providerStrencom has acquired managed network and cybersecurity company Baker Security and Networks for an undisclosed sum.

Counterfeiting and piracy are resulting in estimated annual sales losses of more than €900 million in Ireland, according to an EU report released on Thursday, writes Frank Dillon who also elaborates on the the issue here.

The Internet of Things is not just big, its really scary, warns Karlin Lillington in her weekly column.

Cantillon ponders the law of unintended consequences that is MiFID II, the local rates conundrum and hears Dómhnal Slattery take on the State’s future as a start-up hub.

When it comes to supporting a culture of entrepreneurship, how does Ireland stack up against the global competition? Avalon CEO Dómhnal Slattery set out to find out, and he has compiled his findings in a report titled “Project i”. He talks to Ciarán Hancock in ourInside Business podcast about what’s in the report, where Ireland falls short for its start-ups and the role of state agencies like Enterprise Ireland.

Ciara O’Brien picks out the tech that will make your summer holidays go that little bit better and she also reviews the fitness app Fiit.

CJ Hughes charts the rise and rise, from the bedroom to the arena, of electronic sports.

Richard Gillis meets advertising veteran Rory Sutherland who believes in magic over data.

Chris Horn argues that the next big thing in consumerism will be coming to grips with finite resources.

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