From left: John Griffin, head of Ericsson Ireland; and David Hennessy, chief technology officer, Three Ireland.

315 sites go live to give network 5G coverage at sites in every county

Solar panels being installed at Kinsale Community School, one of the first schools involved in the Microsoft/SSE Airtricity project.

Primary and secondary schools to reducing carbon footprint and costs under initiative

Jim Doyle, managing director of Entegro. Photograph:  Dylan Vaughan

Telecommunications firm will also create 20 jobs at planned Poland hub

Withings ScanWatch: has a traditional watchface and long battery life and adds some new sensors and a rechargeable battery.

Tech Review: Device looks good, has long battery life and flags At Fib and sleep apnoea

We’ll be watching movies at home for the forseeable, so we need the right gear

New iPad Air: new colours, new features

Tech tools: Fingerprint sensor in power button replaces FaceID

The Ryzen 3 powered device comes with 4GB of RAM, a 14-inch screen and a solid state drive, wrapped up in a brushed metal effect case.

The Avita Pura proves budget devices don’t have to look cheap

Residential gas demand was strong in August, finishing up 4 per cent higher year on year.  Photograph: iStock

Demand from hotels up almost 13% in August

Nearform’s contact tracing app has now been used in a number of countries.

Second US state uses Waterford company’s technology

Origin Enterprises was hit by unseasonable weather in its financial year 2020.

Company names new executive team and sees strong cash generation despite headwinds

The card is already available in Germany, the UK and the US; it also launches on Wednesday in Austria, France, Italy and Spain.

Tie-in with Mastercard gives traders easier access to funds

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Financial controller Caroline Sherry to take up role as Kelly moves to Origin Enterprises

Ger Rabbette, chief executive of Uniphar. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Strategic deal for Diligent Health Solutions will boost Uniphar’s US presence

In data cited by Facebook, more than half of operational SMEs on the platform in Ireland said they expected cash flow to be a challenge in the coming months.

Programme includes cash and advertising credits

Open Orphan executive chairman Cathal Friel: The Paris office has “allowed us to continue to grow the business by winning large, long-term contracts”.

Paris subsidiary Venn Life Sciences to work with oncology study enrolling 750 subjects

Isme is taking action against measure that only applies to private pensions. Photograph: iStock

Case against Standard Fund Threshold ‘an equity issue’, say small and medium enterprises

COmpany specialises in helping organisations with digital transformation

Three Ireland has teamed up with payments provider Mi-Pay and Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa to give its prepay customers a way of topping up their accounts with a simple voice command.

Service will be supported by payments provider Mi-Pay

The Playstation 5 will hit the market in November

November launch will put PS5, Xbox in head to head battle

The Avengers is among the titles Keywords Studios acquisition target Heavy Iron has worked on.

Revenue, profit rises at Dublin-headquartered firm despite Covid impact

Beechfield Manor nursing home in Shankill, Co Dublin, one of five nursing homes owned by the Beechfield Care Group

Company now has five nursing homes operated by Beechfield Care Group

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3

The new crop of wearables monitor everything from heart rate to blood oxygen

The real power of these multifunctional headphones is in the app, which tracks your sleep patterns and has guided programmes to he(...)

Google has  more than a million square feet of office space in the State, and two new buildings are under development. Photograph: AFP via Getty

Search giant pulled out of deal for Sorting Office in docklands

Nick Leeder, new Google Ireland boss. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Nick Leeder says despite exiting Sorting Office deal, ‘We still believe in buildings’

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More US states are set to follow in the near future

Apple’s chief operating officer Jeff Williams unveils Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE. Photograph: Handout/Apple

iPad also updated with new A12 Bionic chip, making it 40% faster central processing unit

Huawei Ireland’s new chief executive  Tony Yangxu: honoured to help contribute to Ireland’s recovery at a challenging time.

Tony Yangxu to take over Irish operations at a time of global uncertainty for the company

Kingspan chief financial officer Geoff Doherty: ‘The pricing is a testament to Kingspan’s planet passionate strategy.’  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Deal will leave company with €2bn in cash and undrawn facilities

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Covid support fund drives growth as HBFI loan approvals rise to €340m

The Swiss-Irish baked goods group, which owns the Cuisine de France and Otis Spunkmeyer labels, has been struggling to halt a decline in earnings, particularly in the US. Photograph: iStock

Andreas Schmid’s appointment was set to be challenged by dissident shareholders at egm

Tech Tools: Active noise cancellation and improved battery life give these buds an edge

Xbox Series S

Device expected to have 4K streaming, 4K upscaling and 512GB storage

TEKenable chief technology officer Peter Rose and managing director Nick Connors. Photograph: Paul Sharp/Maura Hickey

Deal will allow TEKenable to enter new markets

Niamh Sterling, HBAN, and Aonghus Shortt, co-founder and chief executive of FoodMarble, which has developed a digestive breath analyser

Funding will also support start-up’s research and development

Newly appointed Ervia chief executive, Cathal Marley, and chair of the Ervia Board, Tony Keohane

Cathal Marley joined Ervia in 2016 as chief financial officer

From left: David Leydon, Ifac Head of Food & Agribusiness and Minister for Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue

Optimism falls to three-year low as sector battles Covid-19

David and Sandra Whelan of VR Education Holdings. Photograph:  Patrick Browne

Pandemic has sparked increased use of platform for virtual events and meetings

 Online school class at home

Laptops, printers, smartphones and headphones should be chosen with care

Withings Scan Watch: Your steps and other data is displayed in a small screen set into the watch face.

Tech Tools: Withings Scan Watch comes with heart, oxygen and ECG functions

When you are using an app on the inner screen and need to fold it away, the app will pick up on the front screen and allow you to keep going.

Foldable phone offers multitasking versatility at an eye-watering price

Team the Spark Smart Guitar amp with its app and you’ll have the chords for your fav songs on your smartphone screen.

Tech Tools: Spark Smart Guitar amp may take you closer to jangly or pensive pop

‘Building a financially strong and resilient small business sector that can withstand shocks and have a stable base to grow and support the communities in which they operate will be fundamental to the success of the National Economic Recovery Plan,’ said chair of SME Recovery Ireland, John Moran.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

SME Recovery Ireland is seeking a dedicated Government minister for small business

The trial is aimed at ‘small baskets’, a market Tesco says will be worth £10 billion (€11 billion) in the UK in the coming years.  Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

October test will see groceries being delivered to customers in Oranmore in Co Galway

Swyg’s platform allows candidates to interview each other, while artificial intelligence detects any bias in the process.

Company is aiming to reduce bias in recruitment

Tullow Oil said production was in line with expectations. Photograph: iStock

Company swings to $1.3bn loss due to historic exploration cost writedowns

There is some annoyance at Google’s failure to be more forthcoming in its  reasons for pulling out of the Sorting Office deal. Photograph: Peter Muhly

Tech firms committed to ongoing office plans amid tight supply of high-quality space

Cpl Resources chief executive Anne Heraty. “Our managed solutions division Covalen continues to experience strong, consistent growth...” Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Revenue up 1% as permanent fees are hit by pandemic

Glenveagh chief executive Stephen Garvey and head of health and safety Cathal Mooney. Photograph: Fennells

Group said it closed 123 units in first six months of 2020 despite pandemic

IVCA chairwoman Gillian Buckley said the fall in first-time funding rounds was a major concern but was understandable.

Sharp fall in first-time fundraisings even as overall market jumps 60%

The Jameson distillery visitor attraction on Bow Street, Dublin

Graduates will work at its Midleton distillery in Co Cork, and its bottling operations in Dublin

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2.

How does the folding phone stand up to scrutiny?

“Some commercial landlords seem to be oblivious to fact that Ireland is in an economic crisis.” Photograph: iStock

Restaurants Association of Ireland says landlords need to reduce their commercial rents in line with business turnover

Sky Q HDR: Its improved programme guide is where most people will really feel the benefit.

Multimedia platform offers voice-controlled remote and great user interface

DJI Om 4

This Bluetooth accessory will help you bring your videos to the next level

Facebook and Twitter have been weaponised by those who want to spread a particular agenda, regardless of whether it is the truth or not. Photograph: iStock

It’s getting harder to tell real from fake, which is exactly how the scammers like it

Kokoon Sleep Aid earphones are wireless, so you won’t wake up with a cable tangled all around you.

Kokoon Sleep Aid earphones cancel noise and help you drift off to the land of nod

Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

New markets see strong starts but Irish Distillers silent on performance in key US market

Eir said it saw solid growth in its fibre broadband and postpay mobile customer bases year on year.

Eir tightens cost controls amid ‘challenging environment’

Dalata chief executive Pat McCann: “For 2020 it’s all about survival, and making sure we end up in a very good place with a strong balance sheet”

Hotel group raising €94m in share placing to capitalise on Covid opportunities

Identity verification technology can allow members to sign up for a cuMobile account with their local credit union in a day. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

CuMobile app allows members to access services fully and securely online

The company is set to open a store in Rathnew, Co Wicklow, in October, with Blanchardstown, Dublin set to follow in November. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Supermarket chain has sights set on doubling number of stores in Dublin

Regeneron’s expansion builds on the company’s commitment to Limerick, where it has invested more than $1 billion (€847,193). Photograph: AFP via Getty

US pharma giant ramps up efforts to develop antibody and site will soon employ 1,400

Fruit and veg company Total Produce said the first six months of the year delivered a strong performance for the firm. File photograph: iStock

Coronavirus pandemic hits demand from food service sector but retail offsets losses

Gavin Slark, Grafton Group chief executive

Trading at DIY chain since reopening is up 35% on same period last year

Andrew Day, chief executive of Keywords Studios: ‘We have a healthy pipeline of further acquisition opportunities which we are reviewing and advancing.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Company is broadening its marketing services to clients

Novaerus has developed technology that not only clears the coronavirus from the air but also kills it using a plasma discharge. Photograph: Nexu Science Communication via Reuters

Novaerus has developed technology that kills the virus by shredding its DNA

The Samsung Tab S7+ is priced from €919

Tech Tools: High-end tablet features 12.4-inch Super Amoled display and S Pen

Oblio phone sanitiser and wireless charger: Twenty minutes will leave your phone germ-free, and three hours will give your phone  a full charge.

Oblio handily combines fast phone sanitiser with a wireless charger to keep you talking

 Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: Pricey, but one of the best Android handsets around – for now. Photograph: iStock

Tech Tools: Eye-popping display, great camera and plenty of power – this Note’s for you

The Fitbit Sense: features the world’s first electrodermal activity (EDA) sensor on a smartwatch to help manage stress

New device will monitor stress levels and skin temperature

PCH International chief executive Liam Casey.

Rowan will be ‘invaluable’ to PCH, chief executive Liam Casey says

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Package replaces individual investment in projects

In the 18 months since listing on the Alternative Investment Market, Diaceutics has seen its business grow.

Belfast-based company raised money from Silicon Valley Bank

‘It is extremely encouraging to be able to begin seeing the benefits of the field optimisation programmes which started last year,’ said David Sturt, chief executive of Petroneft. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Oil and gas company says production is up almost 8% year on year

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But business chiefs here remain more confident than global counterparts

Devan Huges: ‘This expansion will mean Buymie is available to around 2 million people across 750,000 households in Ireland and the UK.’

Roles created for 50 personal shoppers across Cork City and suburban areas

Google said it would provide free training to 40,000 people, concentrating on digital skills, by the end of 2021. File photograph: Getty

Tech giant providing training, grants and advertising credits to recovering companies

More than 1.72m people have already downloaded Covid Tracker Ireland, making it the most successfully-adopted contact tracing app launch in the world. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Public health authorities in Pennsylvnia working with Waterford-based Nearform

Amazon employs 4,000 people directly in Ireland, with research commissioned by the company estimating there are an additional 9,700 people employed due to its investments, including in wind farms. Photograph: Reuters

The company has pledged to build on its Irish sustainability programme, with water conservation among its priorities

Premier Oil swung to a loss of $672m loss after tax, driven by one-off non-cash charges of $639m

Company proposes long-term refinancing of business ahead of its acquisition of BP assets

The CIF has produced a guidance note in the hope that small and medium sized construction companies will integrate mental wellbeing into their corporate strategy

CIF report finds 68% of companies feel the industry has serious issue with under-reporting of mental health issues

Niall Dawson, Robert Hoban and Philip Farrell of Offr.

Property tech company plans to expand to the UK and Australia

The Pixel 4a does well for a budget-friendly phone

It has an excellent camera, headphone jack, good battery – but why no water resistance?

How fast your broadband works will depend on what technology you are using, and what you are willing to pay for. Photograph: iStock

The pandemic has made plain how essential good broadband is. Here’s what to consider

The Duo has a decent camera, with a single 11 megapixel lens.

Duo can double for work and leisure, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor

A 1 gigabit connection will allow users to download a high definition film in a matter of seconds. Photograph: Getty

Company says it will have the most extensive gigabit-capable network in Ireland

Fusion Antibodies said it is positive about the coming 12 months.

Loss narrows as company expands services and introduces new technology

Activist shareholders have taken issue with statement  from the board of Cuisine de France parent, Aryzta. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Veraison-led group said it offered to submit board candidates for evaluation

Michael Carvill, managing director of Kenmare Resources. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Mining company records strong performance despite 5% fall in revenue

Karelian Diamond Resources chairman Richard Conroy. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Placing of shares brings new investors to the Irish diamond explorer

Outgoing Aryzta chairman Gary McGann (left) with chief executive Kevin Toland. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Company faces opposition from activist shareholders

‘We have crews working at both Mine River and Donegal targeting gold while drilling will commence this month on the Stonepark zinc project,’ said John Teeling, Arkle chief executive. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Company will use money to support exploration campaigns

A total of 9,853 company start-ups were registered in Ireland in first half of 2020, the lowest number since the first half of 2015. Photograph: iStock

Covid-19 pandemic puts brake on start-up growth in State, but signs of recovery in June

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Cuts to focus on countries with rising Covid-19 rates including Spain, France, Sweden

The funds will help the Government deal with the health and economic costs of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nationl Treasury Management Agency plans to raise up to €24bn of long-term funding in 2020

Frequency, established by three Aer Lingus pilots grounded during the Covid crisis, aims to improve decision making and communication transfer during aircraft turnarounds. Photograph: Alexandra Wey

Aviation start-up Frequency raises funds for web-based communication system to overhaul complex legacy messaging

Hairdressing prices rose 7.3% on an annual basis, while personal grooming was 2.6% more expensive. Photograph: iStock

Excluding tobacco, consumer prices declined 0.2% in July and 0.6% in the year

Outgoing Aryzta chairman Gary McGann (left) with chief executive Kevin Toland. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Swiss-Irish food group chief Gary McGann indicated exit if no buyer found by the EGM

 TikTok allows you to create a short 15-second video, usually set to a snippet of music, and then share it with the TikTok community. Photograph:  Drew Angerer/Getty Images

App faces takeover or split in bid to allay concerns over links to Chinese Communist Party

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