The Irish Times is acquiring Landmark Media. which includes Irish Examiner, Waterford News & Star, Western People and Kildare Nationalist. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Decision to enter phase two investigation is ‘disappointing’, says ‘Irish Times’

A Marlet image on its website for the proposed development of 115 units on Brennanstown Road in Cabinteely, Dublin 18.

Marlet has submitted permission for 89 apartments and 26 houses in Cabinteely

Richard Martin, managing partner of Ronan Daly Jermyn (RDJ) and Jamie Olden, partner in charge, RDJ Dublin office. “Our clients will have access to an expanded team of accomplished legal experts,” said Mr Martin

Ronan Daly Jermyn to invest €8.3m in new office on George’s Dock and hire 25 new staff

An Air France aircraft at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. Photograph: iStock

Air France launches year round Cork-Paris flight

The American Chamber of Commerce advanced doubt surrounding the possibility of ring-fencing the digital economy without have an impact on the wider economy. Photograph: iStock

American Chamber of Commerce suggests tax on turnover could cause ‘economic damage’

The UK remains the top growth market for Irish companies, a HSBC survey has found. Photograph: iStock

Irish businesses still concerned with Brexit but majority are optimistic on global trade

John Gallagher. In his letter to shareholders, the FG Group  chairman said the resolution of legacy matters this year and the potential disposal of Saunderson House “may result in some incremental costs in 2018”.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Dublin-headquartered financial services recorded loss in 2017 as UK tax investigation hangs over it

One Molesworth Street on the corner of Dawson Street and Molesworth Street. Photograph: Bryan Meade

TD Securities has signed a 20 year lease for office space at One Molesworth Street

Fitted kitchens and attic conversions are some of the works included in the government’s HRI scheme. Photograph: iStock

Construction Industry Federation argues for continuation of tax incentive scheme until alternative is set up

Damage to a glasshouse at Caragh Nurseries in Co Kildare. Photograph: Jo McGarry

Businesses left with six-figure bills as glasshouses and sheds collapse under the snow

Accumulated profits at Marian Finucane’s Montrose Services Limited increased by €37,500 to €1.06 million. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Joe Duffy’s accumulated profits rise by €62,000 while cash pile rises by €93,000

ESB chief executive Pat O’Doherty said the company’s “solid underlying financial position” ensured it was well placed to lead the transition to reliable, affordable low-carbon energy for Ireland. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Semi-State company paid €60 million dividend to exchequer last year

Irish Independent headquarters on Talbot Street. Photograph: Bryan Meade

Group pays ex-chief Robert Pitt €1.5m severance and takes €12.7m impairment on ‘Belfast Telegraph’

The failure of Rush Credit Union led to redress of €450,000 for people who disputed the amounts taken from their accounts in relation to a prize draw for a car. Photograph: North County Leader

A Central Bank review of credit union prize draws found a number of poor practices

Dairy farmers were willing to pay “top dollar” to lease land in 2017. Photograph: iStock

Annual land-price survey found transaction volumes increased 5% last year to €313m

Premier Oil is active in the UK, south east Asia and the north Falklands basin. Photograph: iStock

Company discovered ‘world class’ oil field in Mexico in the year

ICG owned Ulysses. Photograph: Eric Luke

Pre-tax profit increased to €87.8m will EBITDA dropped 3% to €81m

 Bank of Ireland claimed  there was high quality investor demand for the bond

Seven-year bond attracts yield for investors of 0.694%

 White House chief economic adviser Gary Cohn resigned on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters

Iseq in line with European trend, closes up 0.43% buoyed by Smurfit Kappa

The Central Bank inquiry is seeking to establish if former INBS chief executive Michael Fingleton and three other former managers were involved in seven alleged contraventions at INBS between August 2004 and September 2008.  Photograph: Bloomberg

Former executive says ‘no proper structure’ to credit review at society

Michael O’Leary of Ryanair has become Ireland’s newest billionaire, according to Forbes. Photograph: Collins

Forbes estimates O’Leary fortune at $1.1bn, higher than Glen Dimplex founder Martin Naughton and Collison brothers

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe endorsed the idea of a European Monetary Fund alongside other “like-minded” EU member states. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland among countries calling for stronger framework for sovereign debt restructuring

Artist’s impression of the proposed College Green plaza.

College Green plaza will further discourage shoppers in the city, Pamela Scott argues

Businesses across the country were forced to close last week as a result of storm Emma. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Dublin city centre businesses lost up to €25m, representative group says

Fusion Antibodies said the outlook for the next trading year is a positive one. Photograph: iStock

Trading in second half of year underperformed first half due to IPO process

The  new Edwards Lifesciences plant in Shannon, due to be operational in 2020, will be the company’s largest manufacturing investment in the EU. Photograph: iStock

Medical equipment company plans €80 million investment in new plant

Snow hits Dublin’s O’Connell Street. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

A guide to the changed opening times of big outlets due to the extreme weather

Richie Boucher has joined the board of building materials group CRH as a non-executive director. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Boucher joins board of building materials group as a non-executive director

Retail space rents are to rise 5 per cent this year, according to a survey. Photograph: iStock

Rents in retail sector to increase 6% this year, office rent to rise 5%

Brown Thomas concierge  Jim Kearns puts a sign up in the Dublin city-centre store announcing its temporary closure due to adverse weather. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Retail multiples announce closures or reduced opening hours

Waterstones has three outlets in the Republic including Hodges Figgis on Dublin’s Dawson Street. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Russian-owned chain recorded 29% profit increase in year to April 2017

Takeda first set up operations in Ireland in 1997, manufacturing products for global markets. Photograph: Reuters

Takeda investing €25m in new facility at Grange Castle operation

AIB’s office in Ballsbridge, Dublin, during a cold spell in 2010. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Ulster Bank, Bank of Ireland and PTSB all took early decision to close outlets

Deutsche Börse Group acquired Clearstream in 2014. Photograph: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

Stock exchange group plans to have 600 employees in Cork within two years

The Central Bank of Ireland is one of a number of state institutions that were forced to close on Wednesday however all staff are working from home. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Working remotely and flexibly can offer solution, lobby group advises

While audience figures for TV3’s six nations coverage has increased, viewership for Ireland’s Got Talent has fallen. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Some 647,000 tuned into Ireland-Wales game giving TV3 audience share of 64%

 Airbnb is concerned that the guidelines would restrict families  from renting apartments in the Republic.  Photograph: Gabrielle Lurie/Reuters

Department of Housing planning note creates ‘administrative burden’, Airbnb warns

Old Trafford was found to be the stadium that could generate the most from naming sponsorship in the Premier League. Photograph: iStock

Market rates for stadium naming rights grew to €152.7 million in 2017 from €84m in 2013

The Clarion Hotel, Liffey Valley, Dublin: Dalata owns the Clarion, Clayton and Maldron chains.

Group to pay dividend from 2018 as growth continues

City of London. Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) is planning to establish an investment and distribution business in Dublin following the UK’s decision to leave the EU. Photograph: iStock

New entity, which complements fund manager’s existing presence here, will employ fewer than 20 people

Cherrywood in south Dublin: undeveloped land bank is set to become new town centre.

Government credibility staked on strategic development zones and fast-track planning

David Browne pictured at the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Friday interview: president of the Royal Institute of the Architects in Ireland David Browne

Barclays shares  closed up more than 4 per cent as investors reacted positively to results. Photograph: Reuters

Iseq off by 0.14% on Thursday while pan-European Stoxx 600 down by 0.2%

An artists impression of the ESB headquarters on Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin.

Fitzwilliam 28 will go on the market quoting rent of €57.50 per sq ft

Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Analysts see ‘strong start to year’ for sector with revenues also up outside capital

Fergal McAleavey, head of private equity, ISIF and Jason Kehl, vice president of engineering, Vectra. Photograph: Iain White/Fennell Photography

Vectra plans to create 100 jobs in Dublin over next five years as it eyes new R&D centre

Housing shortage: half of the 480,000 new homes “need to be built in the Greater Dublin Area”. Photograph: iStock

Fewer than 9,500 properties built in 2017, according to Initiative Ireland

Glanbia’s ebitda (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) increased 3.6 per cent in full year 2017 to €283.2 million.

Shares drop as Kilkenny-based food group signals softer-than-expected earnings target

Kerry Group fell 4.6%  to €81.80 on the Irish market as investors had anticipated the group would outperform more than it did. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill

Walmart decline in the US put brakes on S&P and Dow’s winning streak

Cairn chief executive Michael Stanley said the company  was close to agreeing with Irish Water to pay part of the cost of laying about 2km of water mains to  Mariavilla in Maynooth, Co Kildare. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Cairn ‘happy’ to pay for infrastructure if it allowed building of commercially viable homes

A sign on a Dublin city-centre shop on Monday reads: “Temporarily closed due to power cut.” Photograph: Dominic Coyle

Food businesses could have lost up to €2,500, restaurants association estimates

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath, who says there is a “real gap in consumer protection currently because those making the decisions are beyond the reach of the Central Bank”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Opposition party to introduce Bill in ‘next two weeks’ proposing regulation of vulture funds

Cairn Homes chief executive Michael Stanley. Cairn is Dublin-centred and almost half of its investment has been on sites within the M50. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland’s largest housebuilder Cairn issues warning to Government over housing output

Plans for a large-scale development of more than 400 homes by Ireland’s largest housebuilder in Maynooth, Co Kildare, could be jeopardised by Irish Water’s lack of supply capacity. File photograph: Getty Images

Utility can only supply water for a fraction of the homes in planned Maynooth development

Retail sales on the whole, however, were “very strong in 2017” up by 7 per cent, a report has found. Photograph: iStock

Retail sales on the whole rise 7% to €40bn despite cautious spending in first half of year

One-fifth of export-focused SMEs in the Republic are plotting ways to reduce their exposure to the UK market, according to AIB. Photograph: iStock

Only 6% of small businesses in the Republic have a formal Brexit plan in place

Hibernia Reit plans construction of a 3.5m extension with a glazed facade at Marine House on Clanwilliam Place in Dublin 2.

Extension to Marine House building to add more than 11,000sq ft of floor space

Work in progress on Molesworth Street, Dublin 2 .Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Opinion is divided over whether the capital’s office space party is beginning to come to an end

Ireland is heading towards a ‘major talent crisis’, EY and Sigmar have said. Photograph: iStock

Increases ‘likely to be considerably more than the rate of inflation’, recuiter says

Icon’s headquarters at Leopardstown in Dublin: the company is a global provider of drug development solutions and services

Trump’s tax repatriation drive caused clinical trials group non-recurring expense of $7.4m

Consumer goods  prices on average were 0.2 per cent higher in January compared with January 2017, with notable changes in housing, electricity and gas prices, which rose by 3.7 per cent.

Prices rose 0.2 per cent year on year but fell 0.7 per cent compared with December

Botswana Diamonds said Tuesday it is commencing work on a joint venture with Sunland Minerals. Photograph: iStock

Irish exploration group to follow up on 15 previously identified drill targets

Housebuilder Victoria Homes lodged an appeal with An Bord Pleanála in May 2017 for a site in Foxrock. Photograph: iStock

Development would ‘depreciate the value of property’, local authority says

Aircraft refurbishment specialist UJet has merged with a US company and plans to create 28 jobs in Shannon over the next two years. Photograph: iStock

UJet has merged with US company STS Component Solutions to expand its operation

The highest commercial property vacancy rate in the fourth quarter of last year was in Sligo. Photograph: iStock

National commercial property vacancy rate 13.3% in fourth quarter of 2017, GeoView report finds

Danish telecoms company TDC saw shares end up 13.39% . Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Ireland’s Iseq overall index closed up 1.31% with a good performance from Bank of Ireland

The Chase development in Sandyford, Dublin: Google will take up space there alongside pre-existing tenants

Tech giant has signed 52,900sq ft lease in Sandyford office owned by Kennedy Wilson

Work on the Knocknacran quarry  is set to continue until June this year, and 44 jobs will be created during the working period.  Photograph: iStock

Gyproc will invest the money as part of the development at Knocknacran, Co Monaghan

Gary McGann, chairman and Kevin Toland, CEO Aryzta. Photograph: Alan Betson

Swiss-Irish bakery facing ‘massive structural headwinds’, analyst says

Bank of Ireland has been upgraded to “outperform” by Exane

Investment company suggests Bank of Ireland now has ‘clear capital path’

The Central Bank of Ireland, New Wapping Street, North Wall Quay. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Brexit is still expected to have negative effect on Irish economy depending on trade arrangement

Permanent TSB. Photograph: Alan Betson

The deal with the IMHO and iCare requires customers to qualify for social housing

The biggest percentage gain was in Dublin airport, where 6 per cent more commercial flights took off per day on average.

Airport records 6 per cent growth in January this year compared to 2017

 Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange  on February 8th.  Photograph:  Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Dow Jones plunges more than 1,000 points as the S&P sheds 3.7 per cent

On Wall Street, trading volumes were 50 per cent higher than average. Photograph: Bloomberg

Iseq down 1.58 per cent as European markets weaken

Twitter performed well on Thursday after reporting its first quarterly net profit. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

Iseq falls 1.58% in line with European markets, and FTSE is worst performing Euro stock

A 2011 judgment led to a higher rate of mortgage defaults in Ireland, a Central Bank economic letter suggests. Photograph: iStock

Default rate increased 0.5% per quarter after decision, Central Bank letter finds

Enterprise Ireland chief executive Julie Sinnamon with Northern Powerhouse director Henri Murison and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys at the launch of Enterprise Ireland’s Northern Powerhouse report. Photograph: Sam Boal/

Report from State agency encourages Irish businesses to develop ties in north of England

Some 33 customers of KBC Bank lost a property as a result of being denied a tracker mortgage. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Move comes following tracker scandal after which at least 97 customers lost a property

Guinness, owned by Diageo, is one of a number of Irish companies with a significant presence in Ghana. Photograph: iStock

Bilateral trade amounted to €43m in 2016

London listed HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking groups by assets. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg

London-headquartered bank is looking to bolster its services in the Republic

This year, the EU commission estimates Irish GDP growth to moderate to 4.4 per cent. Photograph: iStock

Headline growth last year is estimated to have been 7.3% - EU Commission

Traders signal offers in the S&P options pit at the Cboe Global Markets exchange yesterday.

Dow opened higher while S&P index was down slightly

The Centra brand was repositioned in 2016 as part of the “continued shift by consumers for healthier options”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Convenience retailer is planning to add 400 jobs by the end of the year

Ney York stock exchange. Equity indices climbed higher after a rocky start on Tuesday.

European bourses begin to bounce back but volatility remains

Leslie Buckley: outgoing chairman at Independent News & Media. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Four new board members will be proposed to shareholders at the company’s March egm

Passengers boarding a Ryanair flight at Stanstead Airport in London. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Dublin-based budget airline plans to buy back up to €750m worth of shares

The site of the Apple data centre in Athenry. Gerry Keane’s can see the site from his doorstep but can’t access high speed broadband.

For many businesses outside Dublin the lack of adequate broadband services is of growing concern

EIB vice-president Andrew McDowell (r) pictured in 2017 signing off on funding for a social housing project in Beaumont with Simon Coveney. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Bank ready to provide more funding for social housing

As of June last year Ulster Bank’s total gross mortgages were €17.5 billion. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Bank says it had paid redress and compensation to 1,000 customers by end of 2017

Tom Toner (Left) , former ICG chairman and  Eamon Rothwell (Right), current chief executive of Irish Ferries with former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and his partner Ms Celia Larkin at the inauguration of  the “Jonathan Swift” ferry. Photograph:Alan Betson

Vessel has been sold to a Spanish company for consideration of €15.5m

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said the State would ensure Setanta third-party claimants were compensated in full through the Insurance Compensation Fund. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Compensation fund to pay 35 per cent shortfall in funding for claimants

UDG Healthcare chairman Peter Gray, chief executive Brendan McAtamney and chief financial officer Alan Ralph at the company’s agm at the Westbury Hotel in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Brexit unlikely to pose significant risk to group, shareholders told at agm

Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland Philip Lane: his panel wanted to publish its findings last March, but was delayed by technical hurdles. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Sovereign bond-backed securities could strengthen the euro area against future shocks

Brands owned by Aryzta include Cuisine De France and Otis Spunkmeyer.

Underlying business, not net debt levels, main cause for concern at Aryzta - Investec

Dr John Daly (left), Dairymaster research and innovation manager; Prof Edmond Harty, Dairymaster chief executive; and Dr Joseph Walsh, Lero researcher and head of the school of Stem at IT Tralee. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

Aim is to make it easier for farmers to manage herds

Bakerdays founder Andrea Guzyova. “We’re not going to close the door on any market”

Ireland accounts for 5% of turnover at Bakerdays

Uniphar chairman Maurice Pratt blamed ‘‘relentless Government cuts and market consolidation’’. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Letter outlines how retail services division struggles to achieve 1% net margin

Gary McGann, chairman of Aryzta, and Kevin Toland, chief executive. Photograph: Alan Betson

Swiss-Irish food group’s share price has declined by almost 28% in past two days

Karol Butler, Bernie Butler, Laura O’Sullivan and Michelle Butler, co-founders of Good4U

Good4U will enter 280 Primark stores across Europe by the end of next week

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