Temperate climate, lush scenery and low cost of living make it an attractive alternative to Australia

Minister for Communication Denis Naughten: ComReg needs to be given additional powers to allow it to regulate the market effectively. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Lobby group letter calls for ComReg to be given additional resources

Experian and Clearscore are the top two providers of free credit score checking services in Britain

Shares in Dublin-based firm closed up marginally on Friday despite investigation threat

Oracle attributed the increase in losses in part to a €243.5 million revenue decline, and to a €318.5 million impairment charge on undisclosed assets.

Technology group reported impairment charge of €318m at Dublin subsidiary in 2017

Latest data comes as EasyHotel announces it plans to open a new 130-bed hotel locally

Keywords Studios chief executive Andrew Day pictured in the company’s Dublin HQ. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Dublin-headquartered but London-listed gaming company on acquisition trail

Since Intel first set up operations in Ireland in 1989 with its flagship facility in Collinstown Industrial Park, in Leixlip, Co Kildare, it has invested close to €14 billion locally. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Chipmaker employs 4,900 here, most at flagship facility in Co Kildare

Openet co-founder and chief executive Niall Norton.

No details of agreement disclosed but Amdocs to license patents to Dublin tech firm

The commission has proposed that the court issue a large fine to Ireland. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Ireland also referred to Court of Justice for failing to implement shipping accident laws

The Irish Times recently completed the acquisition of all of the publishing and media interests of the Cork-based Landmark Media group. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Company was recently acquired by The Irish Times from Landmark Media

Ireland’s beer industry directly employs 1,064 people and contributed €424 million to the exchequer through excise taxes last year

Beer remains country’s favourite tipple, accounting for just under 45% market share

The Central Bank is looking at rolling out a number of cartoons that would more easily express what it does. Photograph: Alan Betson

Regulator seeking animators to make short videos explaining its activities to the public

The Rimac Concept Two: boasting 1,914 horsepower to propel the 0-60 mph in 1.85 seconds, it has a maximum speed to 412 kilometres per hour.

Croatian company has developed world’s fastest electric supercar from scratch

Conall Laverty, Wia chief executive: “Blackbox gives Wia the opportunity to dive into the Silicon Valley ecosystem and be mentored by some of the best the industry has to offer”

Wia to participate in Blackbox Connect while Calt selected for new Techstars programme

Iceland’s Irish operation recorded revenue of €49.2 million for the 12 months ending March 24th this year.

Company has 23 outlets in Ireland and could open up to 60 stores locally

Prof Mark Ferguson, director general of Science Foundation Ireland, at the launch of its annual report.

Annual report shows it supported 1,500 industry collaborations

 EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager, from Denmark, speaks at a news conference on the concurrence case with Google Android at the European commission in Brussels.

Google has been hit with a record fine and ordered to change the way in which it puts search and other apps on Android mobile devi(...)

Ryanair apologised for the cancellation and said it had contacted affected customers affected

Airline said it had contacted all customers affected by cancellations

China is the world’s second-biggest beef importer, behind the US and ahead of Japan

Company’s premium beef cuts to be made available to consumers via JD.com

The company said it was seeing some season weakness in the Chinese ilmenite market

The titanium and zircon miner said net debt fell by $25 million in the first six months

The Republic scores highly in areas such as ICT exports and FDI net flows, but less well in terms of factors including spending on education and knowledge transfer.

Switzerland stays top while the Republic remains in 10th place overall in new report

 Sublimity’s chief technology officer Ivan Coulter

Irish-founded pharma firm looks to get flagship solution to market by 2025

IDA’s landholding currently amounts to 4,389 hectares, of which 3,219 hectares is occupied. IDA said the remaining 1,170 hectares is being “actively marketed”. Photograph: David Sleator

Government and agency rebuff efforts to use vacant sites to alleviate housing crisis

An employee fills boxes of doughnut   at a Krispy Kreme store in  Maine, US. Photograph:   Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

Firm’s first ‘factory store’ and drive-through opening in September in Blanchardstown

Elight chief executive Ian McKenna said the acquisition would make the group the largest “light as a service” company in Europe

Energy-saving light specialist also intends to double workforce to 80 over next 12 months

Shoppers at Kildare Village: approximately 60 per cent of tax-free sales at Kildare Village last year were made by visitors from China

Shopping mall awaiting outcome of planning appeal for a new €50m expansion

Developer Paddy McKillen felt he was held “over a barrel,” although no explicit threat was made to him by Anglo’s management, according to documents filed in a US bankruptcy court.

Legal submission seeks to remove US bankruptcy protection from lender

The Dublin operation is expected to be retained and expanded following the deal

NovaUCD-based company has point-of-care in-vitro diagnosis system known as RapiPlex

EmotionReader’s AI software uses computer vision and deep learning to track facial expressions and report in real time how audiences feel about the content they are viewing

Co-founded by Pádraig O’Leary and Stephen Moore, the firm has been bought by Kairos

Immotion creates (VR) arcade-style game pods that are displayed in shopping malls, leisure centres and other locations

Immotion, a company focused on VR arcade-style game pods, raises £5.75m

IEDR said new registrations for the first four months of this year were up 50 per cent on the same period a year earlier

Company that manages domain name .ie recently liberalised registration process

GDP growth of 5.6%  is forecast for this year for Ireland, as against just 2.1%  for both the euro zone and the EU as a whole

European Commission predicts GDP growth of 5.6% for 2018 and 4% for next year

Founder and chief executive  of WorldRemit Ismail Ahmed: “We’ve made a great start, but we want to bring our service to millions more customers across the globe.”  Photograph: Getty Images

Start-up offers a financial lifeline for millions who do not have a bank account, allowing users to send money to loved ones via t(...)

Chasing Returns founder Ann Hunt

Chasing Returns is the second Irish company after Assure Hedge to take part in initiative

Ireland came  in 36th place globally in the rankings of broadband speeds out of 200 locations.

Singapore ranks as world’s fastest country with average speeds of 60.39mbps

The #BlackLivesMatter hashtag first appeared on Twitter in July 2013 following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

Hashtag is used by Twitter users more than 17,000 times per day on average

NGNs are not usually included in consumers’ mobile phone contract bundles and many users have been hit with high costs after making calls

Consumers are confused by non-geographic numbers and wary of how expensive they are

A total  151 applications for loans under the Brexit loan scheme have been made to date.

Government’s €300 million Brexit loan scheme has approved 132 applications so far

Ding chief executive David Shackleton

Dublin-based company has enabled users to send more than 300 million top-ups globally

Gerry Clarke and Dr Brendan Boland, co-founders of Loci Orthopaedics.

Seed funding aimed at commercialising implant to treat arthritis of thumb joint

Dublin represents the fifth international city location for Leon, which has expanded to 55 locations, most of which are in Britain.

Dublin branch first of up to 20 planned to open in Ireland by 2023 under franchise deal

Jameson is the runaway success story with sales soaring 13 per cent to 6. 5 million cases in the 12 months to the end of August 2017

Wild Geese parent accuses Irish Distillers of abusing its dominant position in sector

eShopWorld chief executive Tommy Kelly: “We want to get this business rapidly to $1 billion but we don’t see the runway stopping there.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish tech entrepreneur is aiming for $1bn in turnover within 18 months

Diageo, whose brands include Guinness and Smithwick’s, recently wrote to customers to advise them of a 2.3 per cent price rise on beers, adding about four cent to the cost of a pint.

Diageo and Heineken have advised publicans and retailers of price increases

Phibro develops, manufactures and markets a broad line of animal health and nutrition products for poultry, swine, cattle, dairy and aquaculture customers around the globe

Company to establish a new biotech facility producing a range of vaccines

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The survey suggests the typical Irish consumer is not seeing any marked improvement in their household finances. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Sentiment weakens considerably but consumers remain broadly positive

Paradyn’s Paul Casey, Cillian McCarthy, and Rob Norton

Company also aiming to double turnover over next three years from €8m to €16m

Optel founder Louis Roy: “Our Irish operation will grow significantly in the coming years as we start deploying our solutions in sectors outside of healthcare.”  Photograph: Cole Burston/Bloomberg

Track and trace specialist Optel is looking to adapt its solutions for a number of industries

Chief executive Alex King

Student loan lender Future Finance falls into red after compensation payouts and sale loss

Netflix’s market capitalisation briefly surpassed that of the Walt Disney company earlier this year to become the most valuable media company in the US

Service being offered to European subscribers for a cost of between €16.99 and €19.99

Sodexo is led locally by Margot Slattery, who was recently named one of the most powerful women in Ireland

Outsourced food services and facilities management group employs over 1,800 people

Draper Esprit CEO Simon Cook: “With our resources combined as genuine partners we will be able to help European entrepreneurs scale their global ambitions even higher”

The businesses combined have equivalent of a €1bn fund, one of the largest in Europe

Fire.com said becoming a service provider would enable it and other companies to help businesses receive payment in new and exciting ways.

Company keen to provide new services under second EU services payment directive

Simon Rogerson and Chris Hulatt of Octopus

Company has five Irish primary healthcare properties in its MedicX portfolio

Jameson is now ranked in 43rd spot in IWSR’s top 100 spirit brands, up from 48th place last year and 61st place in 2014.

Baileys also included in list of 100 top global spirit brands which is dominated by Diageo

Fexco was founded in 1981 by chairman Brian McCarthy. The company has operations in 29 countries and employs more than 2,300 people globally.

Killorglin-based company seeking to fill roles in engineering, software and sales

Vue, the chain which owns a 3,800 seater cinema at Liffey Valley in Dublin, has acquired Irish rival Showtime. Photograph: Eric Luke

Group has bought cinemas in Limerick and Ashbourne previously owned by Showtime

Spectrum Wellness managing director Stephen Costello: he  says  the company  intends to launch in the US and Canada by the end of next year, and into mainland Europe by 2020

Employee health and wellness service provider forecasting turnover of €4m for 2018

Irish start-up Cainthus uses predictive imaging to monitor the health and wellbeing of livestock. Photograph: iStock

Cainthus chief David Hunt says Irish agritech start-ups are making waves across the world

Bitcove founders James and Peter Nagle: they are particularly aggrieved  given  the company was previously awarded a Bank of Ireland-sponsored “best business start-up” award

Banks deny claims there is policy to discriminate against cryptocurrency sellers

Blockdaemon  recently raised $3.3m   in investment in a financing round led by the venture capital arm of Comcast

Comcast-backed Blockdaemon has created platform to easily deploy blockchain projects

Chief executive of Gecko Governance Shane Brett: “In just a few years growth in token sales has accelerated at a surprising rate, with organisations raising $6.8bn last year alone”

Dundalk-based regtech company planning to extend its platform to cover token sales

One of the three-tonne copper pot stills is craned across the Dublin skyline on the final part of its journey to the Dublin Liberties Distillery in Mill Street, following a journey of more than 1,500km from Germany. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Jameson, Bushmills, Teelings, Tullamore Dew, Knappogue Castle and Writers Tears all performed well in 2017

Rubin Menin’s victory was announced at a gala ceremony held in the Salle des Étoiles in Monaco on Saturday.

One in every 200 Brazilians live in a home built by Rubens Menin’s company MRV

The businessman said that being the son of immigrants had been a key factor in leading him to become an entrepreneur

Canadian businessman Murad Al-Katib says protectionism is at an all-time high

Harry Hughes, chief executive of Portwest.  Photograph:  Richie Stokes

Co Mayo company is experiencing strong period of growth

A brabantia bin.

Brabantia is 100 years in business next year and is planning growth through acquisition

Nutriband has acquired Carmel Biosciences, a company that develops prescription drugs and nutraceuticals. Photograph: iStock

The pharmaceutical company was founded by Irish entrepreneur Gareth Sheridan

Personalised shampoos can be created for clients based on data analysis.

Schwarzkopf to introduce device that personalises shampoo formulas

Bill Liao, managing partner, and Sean O’Sullivan, founder and managing partner: SOSV was last year ranked as the fourth-largest and most prolific accelerator investor in the world. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Venture capital firm employs 95 people globally, including a small number in Cork city

FlowForma chief executive Neil Young said the fintech company expected to double its current workforce of 30 in the next two years.

FlowForma is in discussions with investors as it mulls expansion into US

Joseph Thompson AID:Tech chief executive and Niall Dennehy chief digital officer: founded in 2014, the firm was a finalist in The Irish Times Innovation awards in 2016

Aid:Tech investment marks first time Enterprise Ireland has backed a blockchain firm

Harry Hughes, chief executive of Portwest. Photograph: Alan Betson

Harry Hughes of the Westport-based safety firm is in the running for prestigious prize

Web Summit CEO Paddy Cosgrave  gives the opening address on the first day of MoneyConf at the RDS in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fintech conference at RDS attracts more than 5,000 attendees from 84 countries

Sarah Friar, chief financial officer at Square, speaking at MoneyConf, in the RDS Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tyrone-born financial boss of payments firm Square told Moneyconf change is afoot with start-ups leading the way

Visitors at MoneyConf in the RDS, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fintech-focused firm announces new jobs and services expansion at MoneyConf

Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin, at MoneyConf, in the RDS Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

MoneyConf: Blockchain to revolutionise online security, says ethereum co-founder

An initiative called Blockchain Ireland is to promote innovation and co-operation across companies working with blockchain technology.

State body behind move aimed at promoting Ireland as hub for digital ledger technology

Web Summit’s co-founder Paddy Cosgrave: The city of Valencia has submitted a €170 million open bid to host the Web Summit over a 10-year period. Photograph: Reuters

At least eight cities interested in hosting tech event as deal with Lisbon ends this year

Shopify vice-president of user experience Lynsey Thornton: “Irish companies on Shopify have achieved 55 per cent growth in the last year alone.”

Canadian ecommerce platform now employs more than 250 people in Ireland

The organisers claim MoneyConf is he fastest growing event of its kind in Europe

More than 5,000 people expected to attend Web Summit’s sister event at the RDS

During the programme students will have the opportunity to apply for paid internships at AWS’s data centres in Ireland

Bursary initiative to train 20 students in cloud technology and data centre skills

Members of the ConverCon team getting prepped for this year’s event

Claim comes as details are revealed about this summer’s ConverCon

Conor McGregor comes in fourth place with a total of about €84.5 million. A year earlier he was ranked in joint 24th. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy comes in at No 26 on world list, which is dominated by soccer stars

Jaspreet Singh of Druva and Dave Gildea of CloudRanger

CloudRanger is an enterprise back-up and disaster recovery platform for AWS

Abtran employs more than 2,000 people

Support services company Elevare says it will create 50 jobs in Dublin and London

Simon Wragg of Cedar Consulting  with Version 1 chief executive Tom O’Connor

Deal with London firm will add about €6m to turnover at Irish IT services company

American oak barrels containing Jameson whiskey, produced by Irish Distillers Ltd., are seen stacked at the Midleton distillery.  Businessman John Teeling has warned that there may be a scarcity of the Irish spirit within the next few years due to surging global demand. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

John Teeling says growing popularity of Irish whiskey may lead to lack of spirits produced

Simon Cook said now is a particularly good time to be investing in tech companies in Europe

Tech-focused VC firm has been a strong source of financing for Irish companies

A key factor for giving the go-ahead to MetroLink is that it would carry passengers to and from the airport.

Dublin Chamber also concerned over disruption during construction

Joe McGinley of Iconic: “The clientele we attract are a little bit older than at other shared workspaces .” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘We would much rather be striking than bland,’ says founder Joe McGinley

Patrick Collison, chief executive officer and co-founder of Stripe (left) with borther John Collison, president and co-founder. “The internet economy is so vast and so much smaller than it will be,” said Patrick Collison.

With only 5 per cent of global commerce taking place online the payments firm has huge opportunity for growth

Reach Retail is a supplier of products that include coffee cups, salad containers, deli trays, carrier bags, till rolls and cutlery

Company is a supplier of products that include coffee cups, salad containers and bags

SiSaf has created a revenue generating bio-courier technology branded as ProSilic

Firm has created a drug delivery system for treatment of skin conditions

Last year, CupPrint, which counts Frank and Honest among its clients, produced its 750-millionth cup

Finnish company Huhtamaki acquires 70% stake in Ennis-based CupPrint

“We shouldn’t be too apocalyptic or dystopian about the changes that are coming.” Photograph: Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg

Mass redeployment rather than unemployment on the cards as automation takes hold

“We shouldn’t be too apocalyptic or dystopian about the changes that are coming.” Photograph: Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg

Mass redeployment rather than unemployment on the cards as automation takes hold

Segment said it chose Dublin as its (EMEA) headquarters because of the city’s large, highly-skilled, multilingual workforce, and its role as a leading technology hub. Photograph: iStock

San Francisco company opened European headquarters in Dublin on Thursday

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