Truata was established to help companies deal with the EU’s GDPR legislation. Photograph: iStock

Truata was founded by Mastercard and IBM earlier this year

In May, Dublin hotels had an occupancy rate of 90.5 per cent while hotels outside Dublin had occupancy of 80.2 per cent. Photograph: iStock

Average daily room rates now stand at €144.55

Since 1994, €1.9 billion has been invested in 605 companies under the four Enterprise Ireland seed and venture capital schemes. Photograph: iStock

Investment was made through organisation’s seed and venture capital scheme

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath said the  budget must “involve practical measures to tackle the acute crises the Government has allowed to develop in housing and in parts of our health service”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Failure to follow EU rules reduces Government scope for spending, party says

Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Finance and  the  Department of Finance Chief Economist, John McCarthy at the announcement of the Summer Economic Statement. Photograph: Tom Honan.

Business and economic commentators have mixed reaction to Summer Economic Statement

US president Donald Trump threatened to impose a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods, following Beijing’s decision to raise tariffs on $50 billion in US goods. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/reuters

Safe haven assets including the dollar, yen and Swiss franc all rose on Tuesday

ESB has made two executive appointments.

Geraldine Heavey and Nicholas Tarrant will join the executive team with immediate effect

An artists impression of Hanover Quay.

Hanover Quay is a joint venture with NAMA expected to be completed by 2020

Bank of Ireland chief executive Francesca McDonagh outlined plans to increase the bank’s loan book at an investor day last week.

Mortgage lending growth and cost synergies from IT investment contribute to upgrade

A Providence Resources oil rig operating on a prospect 50km from Cork. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke/Providence Resources/PA Wire

Exploration company has begun Newgrange survey operations ahead of schedule

(Left) Graham Healy, Avanade Ireland country manager; Aisling Curtis, Microsoft Ireland commercial director; Darren Hardman, Avanade Europe president; Alastair Blair, Accenture Ireland managing director. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/SON Photographic

Management consultancy intends to be ‘leading digital innovator in Ireland’

Ibec’s report comes as it aims to improve property affordability and supply. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Housing report identifies requirements to have properly functioning housing market

Peter Coppinger and Daniel Mackey of, which employs 200 people and has 22,000 customers.

EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalists Peter Coppinger and Daniel Mackey of Teamwork

Virginia International Logistics managing director Ray Cole: “We have big plans to have a substantial portion of our fleet fuelled by compressed natural gas in the coming months.”

EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist Ray Cole of Virginia International Logistics

Áine Lecky and Éibhlin Murphy of Major Equipment International, which employs 100 people and has a turnover of €15 million.

EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalists Áine Lecky and Éibhlin Murphy

Diaceutics founder Peter Keeling: “The worst advice I received was to create a large board of very senior pharmaceutical people.”

EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist Peter Keeling of Diaceutics

Ervia controls Irish Water, Gas Networks Ireland and Aurora Telecom. Photograph: iStock

Ervia made capital investments of €673m in gas and water infrastructure in 2017

Appian Asset Management has apologised to the Central Bank and accepts the sanction imposed in respect of this matter. Photograph: iStock

Dublin firm failed to submit fraud reports to either Garda or Revenue Commissioners

Bank of Ireland is in the process of a €1.15 billion IT overhaul. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Chief executive Francesca McDonagh plans to increase loan book to €90 billion by 2021

In September 2017, CRH announced it had reached an agreement to acquire US cement manufacturer Ash Grove. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Building materials giant announced acquisition of Ash Grove cement last year

The Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, refurbished for the World Cup, is the biggest venue in the 2018 tournament, with a capacity of 81,000 people. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

Tournament of tournaments remains a commercial bonanza despite toxic Fifa brand

Fixed rate mortgages represent 23 per cent of the PDH market. Photograph: iStock

Lending for principal homes increased for the eighth consecutive quarter

PTSB chief executive Jeremy Masding told the Oireachtas finance committee that the bank intended to reduce its NPLs to a single-digit percentage by March next year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Lender is moving to get 2,000 properties off its books

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel talks with US president Donald Trump during the G7 Summit. Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters

The Iseq overall index underperformed peers, closing up 0.25 per cent

John Stanley Purcell’s evidence to the inquiry mainly considered technical issues surrounding his interaction with the credit committee in his role as the finance director of INBS.  Photograph: Alan Betson

John Stanley Purcell tells inquiry he did not attend credit committee meetings

Gareth Chambers, Around Noon: “People want to be able to eat healthily regardless of how busy their lives have become”

Q&A: EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist Gareth Chambers, Around Noon

Arboretum founder Rachel Doyle

EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist Rachel Doyle, Arboretum

Bill Wolsey of the Beannchor Group

EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist Bill Wolsey, Beannchor Group

The most difficult thing Vicki O’Toole ever did in business was deciding to go into JJ O’Toole Ltd and having to learn everything from scratch

EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist Vicki O’Toole, JJ O’Toole Ltd

“Longer term, our financial goal is to sustainably cover our costs, with any surplus generated to be re-cycled into further supports for SMEs,” SBCI chief executive, Nick Ashmore, said. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

SBCI made a profit last year of €495,000, reversing previous loss making position

Ryanair came in 67th place, or sixth last, in a survey of international airlines. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Budget airlines fare badly in AirHelp poll as Air Lingus came in 18th place

A building developed for student accommodation in Cork city. Photograph: John Roche Photography

Some 6,180 student bed spaces under construction in capital, research shows

(Left) John Spencer, Centaur; Professor Philip Nolan, president, Maynooth University; Karen Malone, Centaur

Centaur Fund Services to create 20 jobs in new location over next two years

Go-Ahead Ireland, a private bus company which mainly operates bus and rail divisions in the UK, is planning to hire 350 bus drivers as well as engineers, maintenance support and mechanics. Photograph: iStock

Private company will begin operating bus routes in Dublin from September

Man-made threats such as cybercrime or financial crashes pose a risk of about $1 billion to Dublin’s economic output. Photograph: iStock

Cybercrime and financial crashes pose bigger threat to Dublin than adverse weather

Chief operating officer at DMS Derek Delaney, Minister for Business Heather Humphreys and the IDA’s Kieran Donoghue. Photograph: Maxwells

DMS Governance will hire financial services professionals in Cashel

Botswana Diamonds has licenses in both Botswana and South Africa. Photograph: iStock

Irish company is active in both Botswana and South Africa

Qatari business magnate Wissam Al-Mana with iZest founders Jenny Taaffe and Alan McGovern. Photograph: Jon Bradley Photography

Dublin-based iZest to double workforce on back of Wissam Al-Mana’s €1m investment

Electricity Exchange co-founder Dr Paddy Finn: “I’m not a fan of ‘It’ll all work out in the end’ as it undermines the work that has to go into making it true.”

EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist Paddy Finn of Electricity Exchange

VR Education founders David and Sandra Whelan recently listed the company on the Irish and London stock exchanges.

EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalists David and Sandra Whelan of VR Education

FinTrU founder Darragh McCarthy: “The worst advice was the idea is more important than the client.”

EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist Darragh McCarthy of Belfast firm FinTrU

Eoin Leonard, founder of i3PT Certification: “The worst piece of advice that I received was: ‘Don’t tell anyone about your idea, or they’ll try to steal it.’”

EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist Eoin Leonard of i3PT Certification

The Thornton Hall site in north Dublin, close to the M50, was bought by the Prison Service in 2004 and has been vacant since. Photograph: Alan Betson

State sits on portfolio of more than 330 vacant properties and sites

The 141-acre Thornton Hall site was the largest vacant site controlled by the State found in the course of our research. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

HSE is the worst offender, with 137 unused buildings or vacant land parcels

Harvey Norman’s 60,000sq ft facility in Tallaght, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Retailer reports loss before tax of €463,254, accounts show

The number of women sitting on Ftse 350 boards has doubled since 2011 with the number of all male boards falling from 152 to 10. Photograph: Daniel Sorabji/AFP/Getty Images

Ftse bosses have some outlandish excuses for their failure to appoint women to boards

An artist’s impression of the new Cherrywood town centre.

Project includes 1,269 apartments and 585,000sq ft of retail and office space

CRH says  it plans to establish a new global building products division from January 1st, 2019

Building materials giant aims to have €7bn of cash to deploy over next four years

The European Commission found in 2016 that the State had granted state aid to Apple worth up to €13 billion. Photograph: Getty Images

Law firm William Fry has received €2.57m since 2016, as Minister defends expenditure

C7 Brands Ltd is on track to sell up to 1.3 million cases of coconut water this year having been established in 2013. Photograph: iStock

Dublin-based firm to take 60 per cent stake in company behind coconut water brand

Earnings increased across 12 of the 13 economic sectors assessed in the CSO survey. Photograph: iStock

Average weekly earnings stood at €742.19 in the first quarter of 2018, CSO figures show

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed and Bord Bia chief executive Tara McCarthy at the launch of the report.

Agrifood export growth to come from key markets outside EU, Bord Bia report says

Virgin Media’s acquisition of Casey Cablevision will be subject to regulatory approval. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Broadband provider to acquire Casey Cablevision for undisclosed sum

Bord na Móna chief executive Mike Quinn and Electricity Exchange co-founder Paddy Finn. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Limerick-based smart grid operator to move to larger premises to grow R&D output

VR Education chief executive David Whelan conducts a choir in Oxford’s Balliol College chapel in a test of leadership skills. Photograph: Paul Kelly

Oxford event provides company chiefs with boot camp for leadership skills

Pat Rigney:  “Our goal is to built a very substantial international brand that will generate sustainable jobs in County Leitrim at the Shed Distillery.” Photograph:  Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography.

Decision to sell at 600 British stores welcomed by Shed Distillery founder Pat Rigney

Genesis aims to double turnover every year for the next five. Photograph: Getty Images/Cultura RF

Firm raised €21m this year in effort to grow US market and now employs 14 people there

Golfer Paul McGinley (centre) with Colette Twomey, managing director of Clonakilty Food Company, and Harry Hughes, chief executive of Portwest, at the  EY Entrepreneur of the Year CEO retreat in London. Photograph: Paul Kelly

Golfer says Limerick venue ‘ticks every single box’, but bid needs Government backing

The new Volkswagen Touareg: Cubic Telecom’s technology allows car manufacturers  to update mapping and engine software with wireless upgrades that reduces visits to dealerships

Deal with Irish technology company will be worth €80m over next five years

Members of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Alumni enjoying Punting and Pimms on the Cherwell River. Photograph: Paul Kelly

Attendees include the 24 EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 finalists

Supermac’s has renewed its sponsorship of Galway GAA for a further five years in a deal understood to be worth €2 million. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Fast food company has sponsored Galway for 28 years and new deal runs until 2022

 Michael Murphy, managing director of New Ireland Assurance, Francesca McDonagh,   Bank of Ireland CEO, Colette Filer,  granddaughter of MW O’Reilly, the first managing director of New Ireland Assurance, and her son John Filer. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Life and pensions business established in January 1918 now has 800 employees

Portwest managing director Harry Hughes. Photograph: Richie Stokes

Mayo-based family-owned business acquires Huski workwear brand for €10 million

Foods that could be taxed under a “sin tax” include yogurts. Photograph: iStock

IEA warns that ‘sin taxes’ could hit poorest the hardest

Airsorted manages and lists properties on websites like Airbnb and Photograph: iStock

Property management firm plans to grow number of Dublin properties in portfolio to 300

Karen Clince, Tigers Childcare managing director: “We want to provide something different to what’s currently available in the UK market when it comes to quality and family experience.”

Dublin-based company wins contract to operate 7,000sq ft facility in London

Anti-establishment Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Iseq overall index closed up 0.16%, buoyed by Paddy Power

The inquiry was told former INBS chief Michael Fingleton “was a font of knowledge”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Inquiry told regulator not keen on Fingleton resignation as ex-INBS chief ‘a font of knowledge’

Preeclampsia is characterised by high blood pressure and signs of damage to other organs.

Metabolomic Diagnostics secured the funding from an EU programme

Game on: TV3 has secured the rights to the Champions League and the Europa League finals

Broadcaster has won the rights to 327 matches per season across both competitions

DLA Piper is setting up a Dublin office. Photograph: iStock

DLA Piper will develop a Dublin presence to deal with concerns surrounding Brexit

The German discounter has 156 stores in Ireland and is aiming to have 200 in the next five years, but delays in the planning process may continue to thwart those plans

Company criticises ‘anti-competitive’ and ‘frivolous’ objections

Family offices commonly recruit clients through word of mouth and, although intentions to bring wealth management to everyone are popular in the industry at the moment, these firms rarely trouble people with less than €20 million to spare.

Top 1000: Family offices – private wealth management advisory firms – manage billions for some of Ireland’s most affluent people b(...)

Aerial View of the proposed site of the €850 million Apple Data Centre at Athenry, Co Galway, which will now not go ahead

Agenda: Decision to abandon project will make it harder to attract investors

 Jack and Tracy  Hamilton on the family farm in Comber Co Down. Photograph: Pacemaker Press

The Hamilton family has turned a traditional farm into a fast-growing food business

 Alexander Mann was sold by Rosaleen Blair   in 2013 for €315 million to New Mountain. Photograph: PA Wire

Company founded by Dubliner Rosaleen Blair had been sold in 2013 for €315m

Apple’s planned data centre in Athenry has been scrapped

Minister says decision shows need to make planning process more efficient

Twenty years on since she opened her buisness nearby, The Merrion is still top of designer Louise Kennedy’s lunch list. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘Wimps’ might not stop for lunch, but busy business people do. So where do they like to eat?

Liam Kavanagh (right), managing director of The Irish Times presents the Irish Times Top 1000 Distinguished Leader in Business Award 2018 to Mark FitzGerald of Sherry FitzGerald. Photograph: Conor McCabe.

FitzGerald is co-founder and chairman of estate agency Sherry FitzGerald

Ciaran Hancock, Irish Times business editor; Shaun Murphy, managing partner KPMG and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar congratulate Siobhán Talbot of Glanbia who won The Irish Times Business Person of the Year award. Photograph: Conor McCabe.

Talbot given award for role in overseeing spin off spin off of Glanbia’s dairy operation

Shaun Murphy (right), managing partner at KPMG presents The Irish Times Company of the Year Award 2018 to Mark Cahalane, head of group corporate affairs at CRH.

Company was on the deal path this year, agreeing to buy Ash Grove Cement for €2.8bn

Ciarán Hancock, The Irish Times business editor presents The Irish Times Deal of the year Award 2018 to Jarlath Quinn, group managing director of StatSport and Paul McKernan, chief customer and information officer. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Sports tech company scored €1.14bn deal with US soccer governing body this year

Cathriona Hallahan, chair of the The Irish Times business awards judging panel and managing directorof Microsoft Ireland, presents the Chief Financial Officer of the Year Award to Mark Bourke of AIB Photograph: Conor McCabe

Bourke was a key player in AIB’s return to Dublin and London stock markets

Leo Varadkar is among 100 people under the age of 40 invited to join the World Economic Forum’s community of young global leaders. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Irish citizen Barbara Ann Bernard named as leader under 40 changing the world

Ires chief executive Margaret Sweeney. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Company confirms acquisition of 128 apartments in Finglas for €40m

PHP now has four facilities in Ireland. Photograph: iStock

Primary Health Properties has acquired Mountmellick facility for €5.8m

IFG provides a range of financial solutions including full platform services, pensions’ administration and independent financial advice. Photograph: iStock

Financial services firm had planned to sell unit but then decided to keep it

Woodie’s DIY owner, Grafton Group, said its retail business experienced a strong start to the year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Woodie’s DIY owner says full year expectation remains unchanged

St Raphael’s Garda credit union: has signed up with Swiss banking technology provider Temenos to enhance the services offered to members.  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

St Raphael’s Garda credit union to bring online and mobile banking to customers

Ferry operator Irish Continental Group’s fuel costs rose 25.2 per cent to €40.3 million in 2017. Photograph: Eric Luke

‘Continued lack of disclosure’ on ICG’s annual bonus awards, share advisory firm says

Heat Merchants Group is expanding its branch network and that of its sister company Tubs & Tiles. Photograph: iStock

Irish DIY company also plans to recruit 75 people

Cairn Homes has spent at least €887 million purchasing development land since its initial public offering in 2015. Photograph: iStock

Fast-track planning application for Marino site set to be lodged in coming weeks

Entekra plans to hire 100 people in the areas of design, engineering, finance, marketing and customer support by the end of the year.

Company provides off-site framing for residential and commercial construction

Insurance Ireland is to detail the need for reform in insurance claims at an Oireachtas committee on Tuesday. Photograph: iStock

Stronger deterrents to fraud needed, insurance Ireland to tell Oireachtas committee

Deliveroo is facing increased competition in the Irish market with the expected arrival of Uber Eats later this year. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

The move will cost the food delivery company about €11.3m this year

David Kelly: “You probably have a more sustainable type of investor [now] in the hotel space in Ireland.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Insurance costs are the biggest bugbear for David Kelly of FBD Hotels and Resorts

US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin arriving at a hotel after meeting with Chinese officials in Beijing on Thursday. Photograph: AP Photo/Andy Wong

Iseq overall index falls 0.77% with Dalata, Bank of Ireland and AIB among the losers

UK headquartered law firm Simmons & Simmons has opened in Dublin, attracting partners from Mason Hayes & Curran and A&L Goodbody. Photograph: iStock

Firm intends to grow to 40 staff over the next three years

Dalata chairman John Hennessy and chief executive Pat McCann at the company’s AGM on Thursday. Photograph: Maxwells

State’s largest hotel operator performing ‘ahead of expectations’, according to trading update

European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan said that small farmers’ pockets should not be hit by the proposed farm budget cutbacks.

Rural development fund to be cut by 10 per cent

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