Statoil and Irish wind energy, Denis O’Brien’s new jet and threat to Leopardstown’s land

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Businessman Denis O Brien has taken delivery of a new $70 million corporate jet. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Businessman Denis O Brien has taken delivery of a new $70 million corporate jet. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

 

Ireland has an “enormous potential for offshore energy developments”, Norwegian oil major Statoil told the Department Communications, Climate Action and Environment in advance of a meeting with Minister Denis Naughton earlier this year. Peter Hamilton has seen the documents.

Businessman Denis O’Brien has taken delivery of a new $70 million corporate jet, just 2½ years after he last bought an identical one. As Mark Paul reports, the new Gulfstream G650 flew into Ireland for the first time last weekend.

HRI is in a race to save €79m worth of land at Leopardstown racetrack in south county Dublin from being subject to a 3% annual vacant site levy imposed by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown council. Barry O’Halloran reports on the twists and turns.

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