Executive bonuses and ESG, slow cancer drug approvals, and KPMG’s acquisition

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Three-quarters of top 20 companies on the Irish stock market are now linking executive bonuses in some way to environment, social and governance (ESG) targets, as international investors increasingly demand that publicly-quoted groups adopt these non-financial goals as part of remuneration packages. Joe Brennan reports.

Ireland is among the slowest countries in Europe to approve medicines for cancer and rare diseases for patient use, according to industry figures. Dominic Coyle examines the data.

KPMG in Ireland has acquired Dublin-based construction project and cost consultancy firm KMCS for an undisclosed sum, writes Joe Brennan.

Melior Equity Partners, the private equity firm led by former Irish managers with US investment giant Carlyle Group, has raised ¤160 million to invest in Irish SMEs. Ciara O'Brien reports.


Property developer Quintain Ireland has received planning permission from for 488 new apartments and duplexes, with a gross development value of more than €250 million, at its Cherrywood Village development in south Dublin. Joe Brennan has the details.

On a related topic, Joe Brennan notes how more than half of prospective Irish home buyers say that the current soaring cost of living is negatively affecting their ability to purchase a property, according to a new MyHome.ie survey.

Over the weekend it emerged that Claridge's, one of Britain's most luxurious hotels, is facing a fresh tussle between its owners, seven years after a Qatari royal teamed up with Irish property developer Paddy McKillen to win a fight for control of its parent group. Alice Hancock of the Financial Times had the story.

Online platform YourPro, which was founded in Greece, is entering the Irish market with a service promising results to both tradespeople and their customers. Dominic Coyle has the details.

Digital transformation company Auxilion is targeting more than €48 million in revenues in 2022 as the changing workplace fuels its growth. Ciara O'Brien reports.

In Q&A, a reader has been waiting 20 years for their parents' wills to be settled, with their siblings in dispute over how to deal with the sale of the family home. Dominic Coyle offers some guidance on breaking the stalemate.

Work jargon can be comical when viewed from afar but it also has its benefits, according to Financial Times columnist Pilita Clark.

In our Opinion piece, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar explains why we can't afford to take our trade successes for granted, and why the Government is launching a new trade and investment strategy this week.

The ESB's Moneypoint coal-burning power station was once the biggest polluter in the State but is set to be transformed into a renewables hub to help meet our climate change targets, writes Eoin Burke-Kennedy.

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Ciarán Hancock

Ciarán Hancock

Ciarán Hancock is Business Editor of The Irish Times