Donnybrook planning row, Dublin pricier than Silicon Valley, and Plynk goes Plonk

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People take a picture front of a banner Zabivaka, the official mascot for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, in Saransk on June 11th, ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup. Photograph: AFP PHOTO / Juan BARRETO /Getty Images

People take a picture front of a banner Zabivaka, the official mascot for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, in Saransk on June 11th, ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup. Photograph: AFP PHOTO / Juan BARRETO /Getty Images

 

Residents in the well-heeled district of Eglinton Road in Donnybrook have taken issue with an €80 million plan for an apartment block on a site measuring less than half a hectare. Barry O’Halloran has the details.

Dublin is now more expensive to live in than Silicon Valley and Abu Dhabi, according to a new survey. And that’s without factoring in accommodation costs. Barry O’Halloran reports.

There were great hopes forIrish payments services group Plynk but a year after it announced a €25 million funding round, it is moving to appointing liquidators. Ciara O’Brien has the story.

Meanwhile Greek firebrand Yanis Varoufakis has hit out at Ireland, labelling the State a tax haven “free-riding” on the rest of Europe, and one that remains deeply divided since the crash. Eoin Burke-Kennedy reports.

It’s almost time for kick-off in the Fifa World Cup in Russia. In her weekly media and marketing column, Laura Slattery looks at the sponsorship deals agreed for this tournament and the impact a slew of recent scandals has had on Fifa’s ability to attract big name corporations as partners for the greatest show on earth.

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