Pitt leaves INM; ‘extraordinarily difficult’ Brexit deals and why 13 is a lucky number (for some)

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Robert Pitt is to leave INM on Friday.

Robert Pitt is to leave INM on Friday.


Robert Pitt, chief executive of INM has parted ways with the company. It is understood that Michael Doorly, the company secretary and chief risk officer at Independent News & Media, will take over as interim chief executive. Mark Paul has the details and we will be keeping an eye on any further developments today.

Australian political leaders have told President Michael D Higgins that they see the United Kingdom’s chances of creating new post-Brexit trade agreements as “extraordinarily difficult.” Simon Carswell reports from Melbourne. On the same trip outdoor clothing maker Portwest announced it had bought an Australian firm for 10 million euros.

Barry O’Halloran charts the confusion emerging over the 6 per cent stamp duty levied on commercial property transactions brought in by Paschal Donohoe in Budget 2018.

Mark Paul meets Pat Whelan, the man behind the up-market butcher’s shop chain, James Whelan, which is now owned by Dunnes Stores.

Aviation financier Howard Millarand two others attempted divert business away from their employer, aircraft leasing group, Stellwagen, it was claimed in the High Court. Barry O’Halloran reports.

Who says 13 is all bad news? Homes at number 13 are typically 4,335 euro cheaper than the average Irish property. Peter Hamilton reports.

Manners maketh the success story. Olive Keogh on why being well-behaved is good for your career. Plus, why focus can be a bad thing.

John FitzGerald on the missed opportunities in Budget 2018

From being a high-flying stockbroker in San Francisco, Fiachra O’Sullivan took a second career as a relationship expert and therapist.

Have a good weekend,

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