Irish Ferries compensation, latest on Sean Dunne and spotlight on Element Pictures

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Thousands of Irish Ferries customers hoping to be compensated as a result of WB Yeats cancellations last summer could be waiting for up to two years to see if they get any money, writes Joe Brennan this morning. The issue is likely to go as far as Europe's highest court, according to the chief executive of Irish Ferries owner, ICG.

Simon Carswell reports on the latest for bankrupt property developer Sean Dunne, who has said he was unable to produce emails subpoenaed in a long-running US legal action because he no longer had a personal assistant and "was not really computer literate".

Advertising spend in the Republic will increase by just 0.6 per cent to €1.044 billion this year, according to a new report from media-buying group Core. Laura Slattery reports that intensifying concerns about the risk of a hard Brexit have led to a poor start to 2019 for the Irish advertising market as a whole.

Still on Brexit, Penneys-owner Primarkdenied yesterday that plans to move 220 UK-based roles to Dublin were not related to the UK's departure from the EU. Eoin Burke-Kennedy has the details.

Meanwhile, as business bodies in the North continued to warn about the impact of Brexit on investment levels, one Co Down-based business owner featured in this week's Brexit Proof section says he "very much" wants to be out of the European Union.

With Brexit looming every larger as the end of the month approaches, Mark Paul this week takes a trip to Birmingham to see how businesses there view the massive change on their horizons. He finds "a hotpot" of all the conflicting ideas that have characterised the Brexit debate and, unsurprisingly, hears that "nobody here understands the Border backstop".

Our featured interview this week is with Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe of Element Pictures, the Irish company that was behind one of this year's most lauded movie hits, The Favourite. They tell Laura Slattery what awards season is really like and reflect on the importance of partnerships in their industry, particularly their own.

In his Caveat column, Mark Paul considers the business successes and failures of colourful entrepreneur and former Dunnes Stores top man, Ben Dunne, who is turning 70.

John FitzGerald today digests research into the differences between hours worked in Europe and the US, where holidays are traditionally much shorter. He also looks at the impact of tax individualisation on women's participation in the workplace.

In our Work section, Olive Keogh takes a look at the rise of "corpoworking" which sees bigger and more established companies operate from the same location as solo workers, small companies and new enterprises. Such structures can be both collegiate and cost-effective, she writes.

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Una McCaffrey

Una McCaffrey

Una McCaffrey is an Assistant Business Editor at The Irish Times