SureCert founder Ian Savage and Brian Cummings of Clarendon Fund Managers

Backers of start-up include Ulster University, TechStart NI and Clarendon

Porterhouse pub and craft brewing group and the related Dingle Distillery, comprises seven bars, five restaurants, Lillie Bordello nightclub, and the brewing business.

Noyfield Ltd, which also owns Porterhouse Central Bar, posts annual profits of €2.8m

InsideSales.com chief executive Dave Elkington: the company is preparing to reach IPO scale. Photograph: Eric Luke

InsideSales.com’s $50m fund round in 2017 was supported by ISIF

A total of 2,982 notifications were submitted to IT companies with 46 cases originating in Ireland

Review finds companies getting better at removing upsetting content from platforms

During the last decade, online banking by European Union citizens as a whole has jumped from 25 per cent in 2007 to 51 per cent at the end of 2017

Official figures show 58% of citizens using internet banking versus 51% for EU average

Dnata: the company, which employs more than 40,000 people, made more than $300 million profit in 2017

H&MV Engineering to add 150 jobs; Dnata creating 60 roles at Dublin Airport

Ryanair shares climbed as the airline made progress in dealing with its industrial relations issues. Photograph: PA

European shares edge higher as cyclicals back in favour, food stocks up in Dublin

Linked Finance chief executive Niall Dorrian and Murphy’s Ice Cream co-founder Sean Murphy, who raised €75,000 via the P2P platform in 2016

Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform looking to become biggest Irish non-bank lender

More than a million Ledger hardware wallets have been sold in 165 countries

French cryptocurrency and blockchain security company is already profitable

Invicara’s BIM Assure software is used by Irish Property Unit Trust and Ballymore Group.

Firm has developed software that helps users save time and money on building projects

Solgari, which was co- founded in 2012 by John Colgan, Vance Harris and Edward Grant, provides compliant and integrated omni-channel cloud communication services to customers in 33 countries

Company provides complaint and integrated omni-channel cloud communication services

Ian McKenna of Elight

Firm provides products and installation for energy credit for work undertaken

Ergo co-founder and chief executive John Purdy: “We’ve seen considerable revenue growth in the last few years and expect it to increase again in 2018 and are currently finalising a plan to see turnover climb to about €100 million by 2020.”

IT services provider reports spike in earnings as turnover rises by €30m to €64m

Green energy was a  high-growth area recorded in the study with  78 companies found to be working in the segment and collectively  raising €54.8 million last year. Photograph: Getty Images/EyeEm

TechIreland report shows 58 agri/food tech firms raised €25.4m in funding last year

More than 100,000 people signed up during Curve’s beta testing phase for its platform, spending over £100 million in more than 100 countries

Curve is backed by a number of heavyweights in the tech and banking sectors

Pure Brew: Guinness promises all the flavour and none of the alcohol of regular lager.

Beer developed at Open Gate Brewery in Dublin using specially developed technique

Brendan O’Carroll: creator of Mrs Brown’s Boys continues to profit from his hugely successful comedy show.

Brendan O’Carroll and wife, actress Jennifer Givney, still making money from sitcom

Frontline is among the backers of Understand.AI, which develops deep learning machine algorithms to annotate image and video data for autonomous driving vehicles

LEA Partners led seed round for Karlsruhe-headquartered Understand.AI

Hacker Kevin Mitnick at the BT Young Scientist Exhibition at the RDS this week: “The motivation for me was that it was fun and an intellectual challenge but for many hackers now it’s about fraud, espionage and so on.”

Kevin Mitnick: ‘I may have pleaded guilty to felonies but I was just a delinquent doing tons of misdemeanours’

Coast, Oasis and Warehouse are all owned by Aurora Fashions, and were put up for sale in October 2016 as part of an effort to recover money for creditors of the failed Icelandic bank Kaupthing

Retailers all experience tough trading conditions as parent’s £100m sale abandoned

The group said it finished the year in a net positive cash position, despite the absence of any major one-off licence sales in 2017

Firm expects full-year turnover and ebitda to be marginally ahead of earlier guidance

A model of US president Donald Trump from the Madame Tussaud’s waxwork attraction photographed on Friday outside the new US embassy in London. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Seán Mulryan’s Ballymore describes US president’s statement as ‘fake news’

PM Group chief executive David Murphy: the group has acquired the UK specialist engineering firm Projen for an undisclosed sum

Acquisition brings the total number of group personnel to over 2,200 people

Aryzta lost as much as 38 per cent of its value in 2017

Baked goods group names industry veteran Dave Johnson as new chief executive

Roche said that it and other drug firms were “continuing to experience significant delays in the reimbursement of products”

Pharma giant pays €5 million dividend to parent as revenues rise to €109 million

HBAN angels have invested over €80 million in Irish start-ups over the last 10 years.

Halo Business Angel Network looking to sign up 35 new business angels on February 8th

Tesco said like-for-likes sales over the Christmas period were 4 per cent higher than the same period a year earlier. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Strong figures from Tesco Ireland but wider group misses Christmas trading forecasts

Eamonn Boland, Marie Bourke, Barry Lunn, Valerie Somers and Denver Humphrey of Arralis: the radar and wireless communications specialist raised €50 million in funding last year. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

New figures show product-driven tech firms raised a combined €580.2m last year

Apple’s Hollyhill campus in Cork

At the firm’s European headquarters, which employs 6,000, some topics are off limits

Adrian Mullett, now head of technology sector at Bank of Ireland

The banks are increasingly moving in as an alternative funding option to venture capital

Richard Branson addressing the Pendulum Summit at the Convention Centre in Dublin.  “Too many entrepreneurs cling on to every single little detail for too long. It makes them ill, it ruins relationships . . .” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Virgin Group boss tells Pendulum Summit businesspeople should aim to pass on mantle

The three-year project will see Samsung using Insight’s data science and AI expertise.

New €4m artificial intelligence initiative to be led by Prof Barry Smyth

Hometree founder Simon Phelan: “We have grown rapidly in our first trading year, but this fresh injection of capital will enable us to scale faster than we anticipated”

Hometree claims to be UK heating industry’s first digitally-led boiler installation company

Dr Richard Fernandes, chief executive and co-founder of Luxcel: “We are a young and motivated group,” he says

Luxcel provides real-time kinetic fluorescence-based in vitro live-cell test kits

Figures published by IWSR last year showed sales of Irish whiskey increased from 11 per cent globally in 2016, rising from 7.8 million nine-litre cases to 8.7 million

New figures show consumption declined for second consectutive year in US last year

Drop has  established partnerships with the likes of Bosch and GE Appliances

Investors include Ross Lewis of Chapter One and Domini Kemp of Itsa Bagel

Turnover rose 23 per cent to €20 million from €16.2 million

Waterford-based company, now owned by Opko, manufactures chemotherapy drugs

Pretax profits jumped to €39.3 million from €26.5 million in the 12 months to the end of March 2017

Revenues decline by €32m as supplier says it now supplies 145,300 homes

The company said it had advanced more than €120 million in finance to customers since commencing lending

Portfolio is made up of 1,913 loan agreements originated by the company last year

Cairn reported a sharp rise in full-year revenues to €149 million from €40.9 million in 2016

Housebuilder says still major problems in supply of residential property in Ireland

The most recent accounts available for Anord Control Systems Limited show it recorded a pretax profit of €3.1m in 2016, up from €925,433 a year earlier

Dundalk-based company offers critical power solutions, primarily for data centres

IDA Ireland chief executive Martin Shanahan said some FDI investors were reluctant to look beyond Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

State body says it has achieved job-creation target two years ahead of schedule

The 12-week programme will be based in the ArcLabs innovation centre at Waterford Institute of Technology

NDRC and Enterprise Ireland team up for the ArcLabs initiative which commences in April

East Coast Bakehouse co-founders Alison Cowzer and Michael Carey. Newly filed abridged accounts show the company recorded an almost €3m loss for the 12 months ending February 2017 to bring accumulated losses from €1.4m  to €4.36m

Irish manufacturer looks beyond UK as the number of brands it produces increases

Businesses are  more optimistic, with the index measuring expected business activity levels in 12 months’ time at its highest since September.  Photograph: Mark Coote/Bloomberg News

Sector is driven by domestic economy as growth in new export orders moderates

Minister for Business Heather Humphreys with Enterprise Ireland chief executive Julie Sinnamon and chairman Terence O’Rourke at the Ding offices in Dublin yesterday.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Agency has opened new fund to support affected firms, offering up to €150,000

Cubic Telecom, led by Barry Napier, was established in 2006 and  has raised funding support from big name backers such as chipmaker Qualcomm and car manufacturer Audi

Mobile connectivity firm reports €14.9m loss for the 12 months to end of December 2016

Liberty Global owner John Malone: holds  a €500 million Irish property portfolio.

Liberty Latin America operates in more than 20 countries under various brand names

Prices have risen to less than 10% below their 2007 peak in some urban areas.

Rates are forecast to continue to increase in 2018 due to lack of supply in urban areas

Other issues highlighted in Dublin Chamber’s survey include Brexit, traffic congestion, rising insurance costs and political instability

Other worries highlighted include infrastructure problems and traffic congestion

It is envisaged that the board will be up and running by late 2018

Move comes as figures show tracker scandal likely to cost banks in excess of €1bn

Gael Form said it intends to use the investment to expand its operations in Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe

Firm receives funding under EIIS to enable it to expand operations in existing markets

Let’s go round again: Donagh Molloy, operations managerand Hugh Scully, founder and managing director of Dublin Vinyl

Irish company opening new record pressing plant in Glasnevin seeks to raise funding to €1m

Clavis Insight founder and chief executive Garry Moroney

The price paid for the company could rise considerably if it achieves strong revenues

John Harkin has departed the food group after 10 years following a series of rows

Comprising 3,200,000sq ft of mixed use development, the urban regeneration scheme is to contain 25 buildings, including Grade A office space, shops, restaurants, two hotels and new homes

Coventry City Council to form joint venture to progress major urban renewal scheme

Buymie co-founder Devan Hughes: Buymie intends to use the additional funds raised to expand its services to Britain.

On-demand grocery delivery service has secured over €800,000 from backers in 2017

Beyoncé. Pretax profits at Sony’s Irish subsidiary rose from €312,000 to €1.2 million in the 12 months to March. Photograph: Reuters

Music label reported a 292% jump in profits as revenue increases 28% to €10.8m

Harry, Cathal and Owen Hughes of Portwest: the company is continuing to show strong growth, expanding in Australia with two acquisitions this year alone

Co Mayo-based company manufactures speciality wear sold in 100 countries worldwide

American businessman John Mullen completed the purchase of Carton House hotel and golf resort in Kildare earlier this month for €57 million.

New figures highlight about €600m worth of hotel transactions in 2017

Space is the place for OCE Technology, which has just signed a major deal

NovaUCD-based business designs tools to support firms in space and aerospace sectors

Approximately 32 per cent of Irish firms said they used Twitter

New figures show 67 per cent of enterprises are using Facebook

 1 in 5 Irish people have arranged  a place to stay from another individual online according to Eurostat

One in five Irish people have booked accommodation via peer-to-peer websites

Elight managing director Ian McKenna

Firm offers a ‘light as a service’ model for installing LED lighting in buildings

This week is not the first time the country has sought to cut costs by repaying the loans ahead of time

Just under €41bn owed to EU bodies with about €3.6bn still to be repaid to the UK

The company  confirmed it has now put in place a three year €250 million revolving credit facility with a syndicate of five domestic and international banks: AIB, BNP Paribas, Commerzbank, Royal Bank of Canada and Santander.

Irish energy group buys Drommada More wind farm from Impax for €88.4m

Evan Gary, founder of Laundrie, the online laundry app, in a workshop with the Unilever and Dogpatch Labs teams

Company’s start-up collaboration platform says it is impressed with local talent

TerminalFour founder and chief executive Piero Tintori

Irish company helps third-level institutions engage with students better online

Carlyle Cardinal Ireland, which is reported to be on the verge of selling Lily O’Brien’s chocolate company for nearly €50 million, is two-thirds of the way through its funding cycle.

Joint venture fund predicts 2018 will be record year for private equity in Ireland

Brian Caulfield. Photograph: David Sleator

Although growing, there isn’t enough money floating about for tech firms in Europe

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy TD during an inspection of 29 new rapid-build social housing units at Knocknarea Court, Drimnagh on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins 20/12/2017 Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy TD during an inspection by the Minister of 29 new rapid-build social housing units at Knocknarea Court, Drimnagh. The 29 units comprise 14 three bed and 15 four bed homes. The houses were built by Dublin City Council and Sophia has been tasked with maintaining the development and supporting residents. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

CSO recommends housing agencies be classified as public rather than private bodies

The combined savings for Ireland by servicing all the loans early is expected to be  €150m

Repayment comes day after country paid back €1bn in loans to Sweden and Denmark

The combined business will process over €15 billion in payment related services in 2017

Irish financial services firm said combined business will employ over 1,000 people

Nuritas was founded by Trinity-trained mathematician and bioinformatics specialist Nora Khaldi. Emmet Browne, former regional president of Pfizer was appointed chief executive in 2015

Backers of the company include Salesforce chief executive Marc Benioff and U2

Maximum Media founder Niall McGarry: This is the third time the company has raised funds through the Employment and Investment Incentive scheme

Irish digital media company raises €1.15m to expand in UK market with Joe.co.uk brand

The latest accounts show the local subsidiary, which has 40 stores in Ireland, recorded a 3.4 per cent fall in sales to €219.8 million from €227.6 million

Catalogue retailer employs over 1,000 people across 40 stores in Ireland

In Ireland there were 84 requests for information made in relation to 95 accounts with data produced for 75 per cent of these requests

New figures show government requests for information jumped in first half of 2017

The EU last week reached an agreement to make cross-border parcel delivery services more transparent and affordable and to increase regulatory oversight of the market.

Ireland comes top for ecommerce in EU but delivery and language issues affect all states

The Shed distillery is opening a  €1.5m   visitor centre in 2018, which will see staff numbers almost double

Leitrim distillery to produce 250,000 litres a year once fully operational

Dell merged with EMC last year in a $67 billion deal. The combined entity employs more than 5,000 people in Ireland

Dell Products sees profits fall to $5.3m while Dell Direct profits edge up to €3.9 m

The apartments were substantially upgraded by David Carson, receiver of Jarmar Properties Limited, prior to the sale

Development was built before the property crash by Liam Carroll’s Zoe Developments

Newspread, which provides deliveries to 6,000 retailers every day, has been recording strong growth as it diversifies away from simply delivering print publications

Distribution businesses owned by INM acquires Supreme Stationery

Andrew Day, chief executive of Keywords Studios

Video gaming firm snaps up Localizadora Latam just days after buying Sperasoft

The company provides more than 5,000 promotional products including pens, key chains, note pads, magnets, calendars, mugs and tote bags.

Company, which provides personalised merchandise employs 1,000 people locally

Overall, Luas green and cross-city line commuters pay a €170 a month premium compared to the average rent on the red line, which is €1,600. Photograph: Aidan Cawley

Research shows rents and house prices have increased near new Luas line stops

The top occupational group comprised people working in the retail sector, followed by farmers, “other administrative occupations” and nurses and midwives.

Official statistics show 2.3 million were in labour force as of April 2016

A process to find a successor to Pádraig Ó Ríordáin is to commence shortly.

Ó Ríordáin was officially named as chair in 2012 and reappointed in 2015

Rothco employs more than 150 strategic, creative, technology, design, project management and production professionals

Agency, whose clients include AIB, Tesco and Heinken, employs more than 150 people

Insomnia founder Bobby Kerr and chief executive Harry O’Kelly.

Businessman sells his shares in coffee chain he established 20 years ago

The company recently completed deals with Lidl, Intel and Microsoft, and has expanded in to new markets in Europe and Canada with a further expansion planned for early 2018 involving UAE and Australia

Company takes home top prize for renewable energy tech at ceremony in London

The council said Brexit represents the foremost downside economic risk for Ireland with far-reaching implications for Irish competitiveness across a range of policy areas

National Competitive Council warns of dangers from Brexit and shift in tax policy in US

The site on East Road is located nearby to both the International Financial Services Centre  and the so-called “Silicon Docks” area

Firm makes first acquisition in the docklands area in deal worth in excess of €40m

Micro Focus (formerly Novell) employs over 100 people in Ireland

Former Novell reports 11% decline in pretax profits at Irish subsidiary

Lightneer’s Peter Vesterbacka and some of the characters from ‘Big Bang Legends’.

New wave of Finnish game developers seeks to make learning fun

An Internet of Things logo at a   tech fair in Hannover, Germany. IoT spending is predicted  to surpass the $1 trillion mark in 2020. Photograph:  Getty Images

Technology research company says spending on enterprise security will reach $96bn in 2018

 Graham Deane and Declan Barrett co-founders of UrbanVolt

Irish energy-saving lighting firm is looking to take one in five of its clients off the grid

Traders in the NYSE, December 13th. Photograph: Reuters/Brendan McDermid

Market report: Ryanair nosedives as investor concern grows over industrial disruption

Tech veteran Annrai O’Toole: leads Workday in Ireland which recorded a 200 per cent rise in profits in Ireland in 2016.

HR and finance software firm led by Annrai O’Toole employs 545 in Ireland

Moya Doherty  was joined in the RDS Concert Hall by RTÉ’s Keelin Shanley and other guests, to talk about her career. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov

RTÉ chairwoman and ‘Riverdance’ co-creator first woman to be awarded the medal

During 2017 global fixed broadband downloads jumped 31.6% on average, while uploads gaining 25.9%

Ireland’s average mobile connectivity speed is 20.70Mbps; in Norway it is 62.66Mbps

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