Plans for 5,000 new homes, cybercrime costs €9.6bn, and getting tax back

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A joint venture group involving Irish business magnates JP McManus and John Magnier, and Cork property developer Michael O'Flynn is preparing a masterplan for 860 acres of land situated between Lucan and Castleknock that they believe could deliver more than 5,000 new homes, a large new public park and other amenities. Ciarán Hancock has the details.

Cybercrime cost the Irish economy ¤9.6 billion last year, with businesses, consumers and Government organisations becoming extra vulnerable to fraud as the Covid-19 crisis unfolded, according to a new report by professional services firm Grant Thornton. Laura Slattery reports.

Consumer sentiment here dropped to a seven-month low in November as Covid-19 cases surged again, writes Eoin Burke-Kennedy.

Irish ecommerce company ChannelSight is creating 60 new jobs ahead of an even larger expansion that will see headcount rise to 350 by the end of 2023. Charlie Taylor reports.


In our personal finance feature, Fiona Reddan details how you no longer have to wait until the end of the tax year to get money back on your heating or doctor's bills thanks to a new system introduced by Revenue.

In Q&A, a reader wants to maximise her State pension and, having had some time out of the workforce, wonders if it is possible to back pay PRSI the way you can in the UK.

In her media and marketing column, Laura Slattery looks at the latest developments in the global streaming wars, which has resulted in some Irish viewers losing access to certain content.

Does Black Friday add up for Irish retailers so close to the prime Christmas shopping season? Cantillon is not so sure.

In Me & Money, Derry singer/songwriter Phil Coulter details how his 1967 hit song Puppet on a String gave him the funds to splurge on a full length white leather trench coat.

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Ciarán Hancock

Ciarán Hancock

Ciarán Hancock is Business Editor of The Irish Times