An Bórd Pleanála has given the green light to fast-track plans for 576 homes in Athlone.

€182m scheme in Westmeath will see the delivery of 174 social housing units

Michael O’Leary with jockey Davy Russel.  File photograph: PA

Permission given to wind farm developers to retain and increase height of met mast

Katie Taylor in action against Miriam Gutierrez last  year. The Irish boxer’s accounts note that her online store continued to operate throughout the pandemic. Photograph: Mark Robinson/©INPHO

KT Sports invests in three properties worth €750,000 and retains ‘healthy’ cash balance

A spokesperson for the Agha Khan raised the prospect that  he would relocate stallions and mares to France, hitting local employment. Photograph:  Dominique Faget/AFP via Getty

Plan to extract 3m tonnes of sand gravel received more than 200 objections

Kilkenny Group chief executive Evelyn Moynihan: “Footfall in shopping centres is ahead of the reopening last summer.”

Revenue tops €34m as reopenings see footfall rise

DIY SOS: The Big Build Ireland, presented by Baz Ashmawy, was one of the strong performers on RTÉ One in 2020.

Broadcaster now has two years to catch up on spending after Covid-19 disruption

Henry de Bromhead  at his Co Waterford yard. Photograph: Inpho

Trainer’s partnership with jockey Rachel Blackmore has been lucrative

The number of complaints against Ryanair totalled 2,188, while 1,194 complaints were made against Aer Lingus. Photograph: iStock

Commission for Aviation Regulation received 4,543 complaints

The Goatstown development will accommodate 698 students.

Bord Pleanála grants permission despite local opposition

Derek, Ross and Tom Keogh, at Keogh’s potato crisps factory at Keogh’s potato farm, Westpalstown, Oldtown, Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sales of smaller ‘impulse’ buys in service stations and cafes ‘completely disappeared’

Dave and Rob Kearney with Jamie Heaslip at the of launch of The Bridge 1859 in Ballsbridge, Dublin in 2014. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Rob Kearney, Dave Kearney, Jamie Heaslip, Sean O’Brien have shares in the Bridge 1859

The Workplace Relations Commission. Photograph: Alan Betson

Workplace Relations Commission orders €4,500 compensation

Harvey Norman has opened three new outlets since last June, taking space in Galway, Sligo and at Blanchardstown in Dublin.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Covid impact on sales not as severe as initially expected

Cathy Jordan and other members of Dervish pictured during a sound check prior to the 2019 RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards in Vicar Street, Dublin.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Owner Harry Crosbie says venue has full year of gigs lined up for when it reopens

A health worker prepares a Covid-19 swab to be sent for tetsing. Medics have reported what they believe to be the first case of Covid-19 reinfection in the State.  Photograph: Manjunath Kiran/AFP via Getty Images.

Healthcare worker diagnosed in April and again in November, Irish Medical Journal reports

The directors are satisfied that the business will remain cash positive. Photograph: iStock

Company ‘expects profitability to grow substantially over coming 12 months’

  Blarney Woollen Mills.

New accounts for the retail, hotel and knitwear group also show that operating profits reduced by 25% as a result of pandemic

The Stag’s Head, pub, Dublin.

Company is continuing to avail of various Government support schemes

Clare County Coroner, Isobel O’Dea said it would be insufficient to bring in anything other than an open verdict in the case. File  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Open verdict recorded in case of Ilie Stangaciu who was discovered in derelict council house

Bewley’s Cafe reopened last August after the company resolved a rental dispute with a company connected to Johnny Ronan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Decision to shut down Grafton Street outlet later reversed

 Former Ivy waitress Julia Marciniak.

Failing to act as employer wanted was main factor in sacking, WRC finds

Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus holds up the Coppa Italia on May 19th, 2019. Forbes recently estimated the Portuguese footballer’s 2020 earnings to be about €86 million. Photograph:  Miguel Medina/AFP via Getty Images

Profits at Gestifute Ireland almost halved as revenue falls by 45% to €32.3m

An artists impression of Johnny Ronan’s proposed Waterfront scheme as seen from the Liffey’s south quays.

Planning board told that scheme represents overdevelopment and is of ‘inadequate design’

The Kennys state they are in the fortunate position of having an active breeding badger sett “within the grounds of our home” for more than 20 years. Photograph: iStick

Bartra proposes mitigation measures for sett at site of planned Bulloch Harbour nursing home

The development involves two apartment blocks ranging in height from four to six storeys. File photograph: Getty

Green light secured by developer for contentious 152-apartment complex in neighbourhood

Architect image of new buildings at O’Devaney Gardens, close to Phoenix Park.  Image: Bartra Capital

Development consists of 1,047 residential units across 10 blocks up to 14 storeys tall

Tony McInerney at Ennis Court.

Tony McInerney sentenced to 12 years – longest given by Ennis Circuit Court this century

Hugh Wallace. At the end of June last, the Douglas Wallace Architects company had accumulated profits totalled €367,940. Hugh Wallace on The Great House Revival. 2018. RTE PR shot.

Home of the Year judge leads Douglas Wallace Consultants

Joe Duffy is one of RTÉ’s best-paid presenters. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Liveline presenter employed by RTÉ as a contractor via his firm Claddaghgreen Ltd

The judge told Tony McInerney there were ‘people in hospital and in the graveyards of this country because of his actions’.

Tony McInerney (25) was caught ‘red handed’ mixing drugs during Garda raid last year

Swarovski Ireland Ltd recorded a sharp increase in pretax profits after revenues increased by 7.4 per cent from €4.77 million to €5.12 million in 2019.

Revenues at Kildare Village jewellery outlet increased 15% in 2019

The Merrion hotel on Merrion Street in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Loss follows a pre-tax profit of £5.8m in 2019

Losses at the Godolphin stable have narrowed.

Stud operation cites improvement in roster of stallions

Taoiseach Micheál Martin receives his AstraZeneca jab from  Brenda Dillon, assistant director of nursing at HSE vaccination centre in Cork City Hall. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision/PA Wire

Fears of ‘cancer epidemic’ across Europe as screening stalled during pandemic

Asked how many Sundays he has celebrated mass during the current Covid-19 lockdown, Fr Willie Cummins said: ‘The whole time.’ Photograph: iStock

‘There hasn’t been one person who has got Covid’, says Fr Willie Cummins of Ennistymon

The Golden Discs store in Dundrum, Dublin

Pre-tax profits at the group fell 39% from €200,963 to €122,429 in the 12 months to the end of December 2019

An empty Liffey Valley during last year’s Level 5 lockdown. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Consultants for The Square claim plan is based on ‘outdated 1980s-style mall template’

WRC Adjudication Officer found that the legal executive’s claim for discriminatory dismissal was  well founded. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Employer had commented on weight gain and suggested she ‘looked like shite’

So Television Ltd generates the bulk of its revenue from the Graham Norton Show broadcast on BBC and channels around the world.

In addition to television, Norton presents weekend morning shows on Virgin Radio UK

In a decision published on Tuesday, the Press Ombudsman has not upheld Mr Corr’s complaint over an opinion column published in the Irish Daily Mirror on December 11th last. File Photograph: Collins Courts

Opinion column published in Irish Daily Mirror focused on vaccine scepticism

Trinity College Dublin says ambitious redevelopment plans for the Old Library and the Book of Kells Exhibition are factors behind the decision to commission development of the app.

Home of Book of Kells to increase revenue from visitors with free and paid-for content

Dublin City Council planners  say Johnny Ronan’s Waterfront South Central scheme represents overdevelopment. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Impact on sunlight/daylight for residents and road network among reasons listed by DCC

Van Morrison performs on stage during Music For The Marsden 2020 at The O2 Arena on March 3rd last year in London. Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Year to end of April 2020 was affected by Covid-19 for last number of weeks only

Dún Laoghaire harbour, looking towards the seafront. Photograph: iStock

An Bord Pleanála grants permission for 13-storey development on St Michael's Hospital car park site despite objections

Darina Allen during a demonstration at Ballymaloe Cookery School. Photograph: Eric Luke

Co-owner of cooker schools says it is in full compliance with Covid-19 regulations

Teenager who demanded PS4 and cash at house later returned and threw petrol bomb after alleged assault. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Youth had earlier demanded PS4 and cash as ‘payment for a punch’

Last year, air traffic volumes managed by the IAA decreased by almost 60 per cent. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Company’s annual report shows operating profits plunged by 93.5% from €31.88m to €2m

The accounts show that nine directors at Bank of America Europe shared $11 million in pay. Photograph: iStock

Directors note negative conditions linked to Covid-19

The Goat Bar and Grill in Goatstown, Dublin. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Goatstown plan faces widespread opposition over height and massing

The 1,002 apartments planned for the former Ford distribution site at Marquee Road and Centre Park Road are arranged across 12 blocks rising from four to 14 storeys.  Photograph: Getty Images

Apartments will be built at the Live at the Marquee concert site

Orla Kiely in 2013. The administrator has been overseeing Ms Kiely’s main business, Kiely Rowan plc, which collapsed with debts of £7.25m in September 2018. File photograph: The Irish Times

Royalties settlement of £120,000 have been obtained in the most recent reporting period

Netflix series Valhalla, which counts Irish company Metropolitan Films among its producers, is a spin-off from Vikings, above.

Revenue figures show Vikings spin-off was among largest Section 481 beneficiaries in 2020

Ennis Circuit Court heard the man was caught ‘red-handed’ during a Garda raid on a garage. File photograph

Court told man had lifestyle not sustainable for someone who did not have income

Chef Richard Corrigan at Virginia Park Lodge in Virginia, Co Cavan. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Business in London restaurant ‘fantastic’, chef says following easing of restrictions

The former Player Wills tobacco factory site on South Circular Road in Dublin, which is set to be redeveloped by Hines for apartments.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Development in Dublin 8 to include four apartment blocks with one reaching 19 storeys in height

Revenues in a number of areas in Trinity College Dublin were negatively impacted by Covid-19, including Book of Kells exhibition receipts. File photograph: Alan Betson

Report finds operating losses at Trinity more than doubled to €16.37m due to pandemic

Hatch Hall in Dublin 2, which Red Carnation Hotels wants to convert into a 60-bedroom hotel. Photograph: Eric Luke

Claim that eight-storey tower would have adverse impact on Dublin 2 streetscape

Wolfwalkers: the animated feature has garnered Cartoon Saloon’s fifth Oscar nomination.

Oscar-nominated Kilkenny animation company saw profits rise 39% in 2019

The western end of Liffey Valley shopping centre.

Go-ahead given despite opposition from operators of The Square in Tallaght

Roche directors said that along with other IPHA members, the company saw continued delays in the reimbursement of medicines by the State. Photograph: Sebastien Bozon/AFP/Getty Images

Company recorded 80 per cent increase in pretax profit to €8.59 million in 2019

A view of the new outdoor amphitheatre at the five-star Powerscourt Hotel in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow.

An Bord Pleanála rules 214-seater wedding venue requires planning permission

Chanelle founder Michael Burke recently moved to an executive chairman role. Photograph: Michael Dillon

Demand for Galway company’s veterinary products recovers from Covid hit

Fokyee Anderson and Eamon Ryan at Ennis District Court.

Suspended three-month prison term imposed on man and woman at Ennis District Court

Titanic Belfast is relying on ‘substantial government assistance’ due to the negative impact on trading of Covid-19. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The attraction had been having ‘a very successful trading year’ before the shutdown

The Citibank logo is displayed  on Park Avenue in New York. Photograph: Craig Warga/Bloomberg

Citibank Europe directors say business has been affected by pandemic trends

 Glenveagh can now enter talks with Dublin City Council on its plan to sell 71 apartments to it for an estimated €33.4m

Dublin City Council in line to buy 71 homes

Models in Magee clothing. Online sales saw ‘positive growth’, the Irish fashion brand said.

Fashion retailer suffered a ‘drastic drop in sales revenue’ after pandemic struck

Saff leaving the Molex plant in Shannon in 2019 as it announced its closure. File photograph: Eamon Ward

Tánaiste says largest annual clawback of grants took place in 2011 when €18.7m recovered

  Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly   stated that of the 263 personal injury claims, 212 relate to clinical care claims brought directly by the service users. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Cian O’Carroll law firm received €5.4m in costs from claims against State last year

Pallas Foods serves the restaurant and hotel sector that has been severely hit by Covid. Photograph: Getty Images

New accounts show that revenues at Pallas Foods Unlimited fell 15% to €326.4m last year

Overall club income at Lahinch Golf Club declined by 61.5 per cent last year, from €3.45 million to €1.33 million. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Drop in overseas visitors contributed to 90% fall in green fee and golf club shop income

Ireland’s forwards coach Paul O’Connell, left, pictured with head coach Andy Farrell at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome ahead of the Six Nations game against Italy. Photograph:   ©INPHO/IRFU/Ryan Bailey

Accounts for rugby legend’s firm continued to flourish after his retirement as a player

The Powercity directors noted that trading for the period ‘continued to be strong’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Pretax profits at firm up by more than 25% – from €6.2m to €7.8m

Company founder James Dyson poses next to the model of an engine  in Paris. Photograph: Christophe Archambault / AFP

Dyson Ireland performance follows 37% rise in pretax profits in 2019

Galway woman Anne Marie Davy says she took the case  to raise awareness about the challenges faced by people with hidden disabilities.

Woman left ‘humiliated’ by treatment of security staff at Paul Weller gig in Trinity

Bottling of Tullamore Dew at the company’s bottling facility in Clonmel, Co Tipperary. Photograph:   John D Kelly

Group has implemented actions to preserve cash and manage expenditure

Image of the proposed development at Stocking Lane in Ballyboden. Source: Digital Dimensions

Developer failed to publish particular newspaper planning notice

Minister for Tourism and Culture  Catherine Martin said the density and height of proposed development were in excess of what is permitted in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown development plan. File photograph: Gareth Chaney

Catherine Martin and Josepha Madigan make submissions to An Bord Pleanála

The Central Bank offices in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Revenue and Central Bank paid €59m in legal and accounting fees over three years

A previous roller coaster proposed for Tayto Park was refused planning permission in July 2019. Photograph: iStock

Planning battle for the theme park attraction has lasted more than two years

Developer Johnny Ronan plans to build two 40-plus storey towers in the zone in his Waterfront South Central project and Dublin City Council planners have voiced their opposition to the plan. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Council sought amendments to Grand Canal Docks planning scheme

The pub, popular with GAA fans, was previously owned by businessman Seán Quinn but had more recently been run on behalf of the liquidators of the collapsed Anglo Irish Bank. Photograph: iStock

Developer seeking to build five-storey apartment scheme

Ned Doherty, outside Ennis Court, was given a  one-month prison term  for a public order breach

Judge says such breaches of Covid-19 rules allow pandemic to continue

Judge Patrick Durcan remanded Patrick  Ballard in custody to appear before Gort District Court next week

Patrick Ballard remanded in custody over death of Sharon Bennett

An artist’s impression of the proposed Project Waterfront scheme as seen from the south quays.

An Taisce describes scheme as ‘overblown’ and unlikely to help with housing crisis

 Red Carnation Hotels   has secured permission for the conversion and extension of   Hatch Hall (pictured) on Hatch Street Lower, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ex-university student residence near St Stephen’s Green to be converted into 60-bed hotel

The Five Guys outlet on South Great George’s Street, Dublin. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Desmond brothers’ Anart Restaurants warns of Covid impact as it lodges accounts

IDA Ireland chief executive Martin Shanahan: The agency is seeking an Israel-based business development consultant. Photograph Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

Agency intends to appoint a business development consultant based in country

Luas operator Transdev said the ticket inspector was dismissed on the grounds of bringing the employer into disrepute. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Transdev employee’s claim for unfair dismissal is rejected by commission

The  22-story Aqua Vetro tower will be on the corner of Tara  Street and George’s Quay.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Alterations still provided appropriate mix and level of development – An Bord Pleanála

Paul Mescal in Normal People: wore his O’Neills shorts for a GQ photoshoot last autumn.  Photograph: Enda Bowe

Sportswear brand says Normal People star made GAA shorts a sought-after fashion item

Copper Face Jacks: ‘Country people love coming up to a place that they associate with a country disco and there is a Dublin following as well,’ says Cathal Jackson

Nightclub owner Cathal Jackson says he will be taking back seat in business in the future

Pat Kenny and his wife lodged an objection to the application for a nursing home by Bartra. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Broadcaster and neighbours objected to Bartra five-storey care home

Paschal Donohoe said that according to the banks’ 2019 financial statements, Bank of Ireland, AIB and PTSB incurred current year corporation tax charges in the State totalling €70 million. Photograph: PA Wire

Donohoe describes reliefs as ‘standard feature’ of most OECD tax systems

The National Virus Reference Laboratory was last year paid €11.95 million for its central role in the testing regime, HSE figures show. Photograph: iStock

‘Test and trace’ system cost HSE €280.5m in 2020

Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport. The DAA proposed  that the new paid drop-off and pick-up zones would operate in front of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.    Photograph : Matt Kavanagh

Fingal County Council rules aspect of proposal would pose a safety risk

Paul Reid’s basic pay of €370,000 is substantially higher than the current salary of €211,742 for the office of An Taoiseach. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Chief executive was best paid non-medical HSE member last year by some distance

Vermillion, as a consequence of the Shell Ireland deal, increased its stake in Corrib gas field to 20%.

Company records decline due to sharp reduction in price of gas arising from pandemic

Kennedy Wilson  has lodged plans to demolish the existing five- to seven-storey block and replace it with a four- to eight-storey building and provide 32,101sq m of office space.

Byrne Wallace says Kennedy Wilson plan ‘potentially jeopardises’ privacy of clients

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