Dublin hotels had been relying on a pick-up in visitors from Britain to salvage some trade over the coming months.  Photograph: Getty Images

Hoteliers that rely on British tourists criticise tough quarantine measures on arrivals

Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Finance and president of the Eurogroup, with  Matthias Corman, head of the OECD,   during the G7 finance ministers meeting in London earlier this month. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Economy commissioner’s speech shows EU could compromise principles further

MacDonagh Junction shopping centre in Kilkenny.

Head of the stockbroker’s real estate division is among those suing store owners

Ryanair matched the index’s rise as the airline finally took possession of its first Boeing 737 Max jet after a delay of more than two years. Photograph: iStock

Nervousness from US traders as they await news of Fed policy tightening

Ship movements from Europe have spiked at Dublin Port following Brexit and the operator of that part of the port terminal can no longer  facilitate trains in the area. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Green Party criticises ending of direct rail route favoured by firms such as Coca Cola

Dublin pub and music venue the Grand Social: It is understood the part of the building that has been taken over houses most of the venue’s toilets. File photograph: The Irish Times

Publican Frank Gleeson confident of resolution before expected full reopening in July

EU economy commissioner Paolo Gentiloni: ‘loopholes and mismatches’ between EU states’ tax systems are leading to ‘aggressive tax planning’ by multinationals. Photograph: Alberto Pezzali - WPA Pool/ Getty

Economy commissioner tells Irish audience that he will seek ‘uniform implementation’

 Bronagh Conlon, MD (right) and her daughter Sarah, director of sales at Listoke Distillery and Gin School in Co Louth. Photograph: Alan Betson

Listoke Distillery raises cash for shares using UK-based online raffle service

In addition to a surge in new materials orders, there was also a wave of hiring as sites reopened and builders were allowed back on the job. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Ulster Bank index shows surge in housebuilding activity after lifting of restrictions

The funds incurred no tax charges after recording heavy losses in their accounts due to interest they paid to loan-note holders as part of complex structures designed on behalf of the Goldman Sachs-linked entities. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

Accounts for its three Irish distressed property loan funds show loans valued at €507m

Research by  HRM found an increasing desire among workers for a better work-life balance. Photograph: iStock

Two surveys chime on demand for greater flexibility on where and when to work post-Covid

Westport House, Westport, Co Mayo. Photograph: Johnny Bambury Fennell Photography

Hotel Westport to be redeveloped alongside Westport House and Estate

Travel-related stocks performed well despite increasing uncertainty over summer bookings. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Bank shares suffer as bond yields tighten

Dublin really is the main place to be for major foreign investors who come to the Republic waving attractive jobs in return for the many benefits of this State’s business-friendly regime.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Corporation tax has always been the sexiest beast in the city’s economic armoury

Tourism industry groups say  the proposed resumption of international travel on July 19th will bring back no more than 10 per cent of the leisure market. Photograph: iStock

Tourism trade body calls for aid and claims to face losing 90% of revenue over two years

An Post chief executive David McRedmond said the company had submitted a proposal on this issue to Government and expected to soon enter negotiations with the Irish Postmasters’ Union. Photograph: Maxwell

Fund will plug income gap for independent post office operators over next 18 months

Peninsula of 145 acres acquired from the Lenihan family: purchase includes Horse Island and Robin Island

Yewpoint by Lough Ree purchased by Hodson Bay group is set for tourism development

The Government is play-acting about wanting to join the EU’s green cert travel scheme

The market in the Republic for the flavoured cigarettes was worth up to €250 million before the ban came into force last May. Photograph: iStock

‘Inaction’ causing release of new products to replace banned menthol flavours, says BAT

Shares of US cinema chain AMC Entertainment reversed their sharp gains to fall 22.7% after the company launched its second share issue in three days. Photograph: AFP via Getty

Iseq down by 0.26% as domestic index heavyweights fail to fire on thin volumes

Spending on flights almost tripled in May compared with April. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Difference in vaccination rates among the generations driving tourism expenditure

“Marketing Ireland as a low carbon economy undergoing a significant energy transition could create new foreign direct investment opportunities.”

Advisory firm makes a suite of environmentally-oriented finance suggestions in pre-Budget submission

CRH finished the session down almost 0.9 per cent to €42.57. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Lack of activity from New York and London dampens trading in Irish multinationals

Dingle Skellig Hotel. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

SuperValu shops subsequently benefited from Covid while hotels were hit hard

The extraction lab where coronavirus is extracted and isolated from patient samples at Randox. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Revenues 25% ahead of normal projections on an annual basis, pre-pandemic

The new rules will apply to all goods delivered from outside the European Union after July 1st, even if the transaction occurred online before then.

Products bought for less than €22 from outside EU will be subject to VAT from July 1st

A Novaerus air purifier in place in a hospitality venue

Fáilte Ireland operating guidelines criticised for not focusing more on technology

Salons are reporting stylist shortages in the wake of multiple lockdowns. Photograph: iStock

Some salons say they are forced to turn away up to 40% of customers

Carriers have warned that they will be forced to redeploy aircraft out of Ireland to avoid our travel restrictions. File photograph: The Irish Times

Relaxed rules for summer may lift mood but it won’t stop what’s coming

The S&P 500 and the Dow rose, helped by economy-linked stocks after  labour data showed fewer weekly jobless claims, bolstering optimism about economic recovery. Photograph: Bloomberg

US shares ahead on positive labour statistics

BWG is a customer of ESB’s Smart Energy Services business unit, which has already delivered energy-saving projects for more than 300 large businesses across Ireland and the UK.

Brexit had ‘minimal impact’, South Africa-owned operator of franchise in Ireland says

A pandemic-fuelled decline in retail and hospitality advertisers helped to more than double the losses last year at the Irish arm of Wireless Radio, whose stations include FM104 and Q102.

Group that owns FM104 and Q102 cuts pay bill by 16% to limit damage

Best known for its sliced ham, Carroll also supplies other cooked meats, ready meals and garlic bread to supermarkets.

Sliced ham maker’s parent Eight Fifty is being bought out by Sofina for £1.2bn

The Clayton Hotel in Ballsbridge. Dalata hotel group, which operates the Maldron and Clayton brands, closed ahead by more than 2.5 per cent to almost €4.30 per share.

Many European bourses shut for holidays, bitcoin regains ground following slump

Cork accountant Dermot Crowley, incoming CEO of Dalata Hotels, at the Clayton Hotel in Ranelagh.  Photograph: Damien Eagers

Interview: Incoming Dalata chief Dermot Crowley hopes to clock up new lease deals in Europe

One of the major problems with Airbnb is that it is not obliged to publicly release detailed data on its listings, such as how many whole-of-property listings are in RPZs. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Accommodation portal ends up in crosshairs whenever housing crisis heats up

The Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Northwestern Wildcats in action. The game could bring some 23,000 visitors to the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Steven Branscombe/Getty Images

Aer Lingus College Football Classic could generate up to €63 million for economy

Oil majors BP and Royal Dutch Shell slid more than 1 per cent each. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP via Getty Images

Iseq in Dublin declines by more than 1.5% with resource stocks faring particularly badly

While Irish companies are clearly buying far less British goods since the new Brexit arrangements kicked in, the impact on Irish exports to Britain is not nearly as pronounced

Latest Central Statistics Office figures show Republic’s trade surplus fell 7% in March

 Shoppers  on Grafton Street in Dublin as stores reopened on Monday. Photograph: Damien Eagers/The Irish Times

Dublin Town’s camera system estimates 140,000 people were on city shopping streets

‘There were queues at 8am outside shops including Zara, Marks & Spencer and TK Maxx,’ said Dundrum Town Centre director. File photograph: iStock

Average transaction values said to be high as shoppers satisfy pent-up demand

The John Rocha-designed property was the first hotel sold by Nama after the crash. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Dublin hotel market springs back to life with two big sales in past ten days

Charlie Chawke: ‘Goatstown is very special to me. I think the development is a beautiful design. There are eight storeys in it. But that’s still beautiful because you’re looking on the Dublin mountains and on Dublin Bay.’ Photograph: Fergal Philips/Business Post

His application to develop a five-acre site beside his Goat pub has sparked controversy

George’s Dock in Dublin, the proposed site for a whitewater rafting facility. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland needs tourism attractions. Pursuing them won’t affect house-building

It is unclear yet whether foreign tourists who enter Britain would be permitted automatic travel to Ireland under the bubble system.

New arrangements expected by end of May or mid-June

Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin is to present to Government a tourism advisory group’s report  aimed at getting the State ready to restart the tourism sector. It also recommends the removal of restrictions on UK visitors, thus effectively also allowing residents of the Republic to travel freely to Britain. Photograph :Gareth Chaney/Collins

Irish citizens could holiday in UK within weeks

Mick and Ciarán Crean of Micksgarage.com. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Ulster Bank backs buyout of some private investors

The warehouse retailing giant has experienced a huge spike in sales in Ireland of outdoor equipment as the country prepares for an ‘outdoors summer’ of domestic tourism. Photograph: Decathlon

French sports retailing giant still planning more Irish investment ‘where it is welcome’

A weak US jobs report alleviated concerns about rising inflation and potentially higher interest rates which would weigh on the valuations of growth companies. Photograph: AFP via Getty

Iseq up by 0.4% as some of its heaviest weighted stocks tread water

Mairéad McGuinness, the European commissioner for financial stability and financial services. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Commissioner expresses ‘concern’ over likely loan defaults after pandemic

People drink take away pints along the Grand Canal in Portobello, Dublin. Photograph: Damien Eagers

Overall spending down with falls in supermarkets, electrical goods and furniture

Tourists in Dublin: Covid-19 has caused a fear of other people, as ‘outsiders are all seen as potential carrier of illness and death’.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Time will come later in summer when it is safe and sensible to open up to outsiders

Boohoo chief executive John Lyttle is in line to receive shares worth up to £50 million (€57.9 million) in March 2024 if the online fashion retailer hits share-price targets set when he joined from Primark/Penneys just over two years ago.

Online retailer’s share price falls 2% even though annual revenues rise 41%

Smurfit Kappa Group was ahead by almost 3.7 per cent to €43.93.

Dublin market ahead by 3.6 per cent as globally-focused heavy hitters in vogue

Bob Hughes, Local Ireland’s executive director

Local radio stations recently received €2.58m in funding from the BAI

‘Henry Street was always going to be vulnerable to the trends exacerbated by the pandemic.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Survival of retail core north of the Liffey is ‘in doubt’, says local traders’ group

 Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/RollingMews.ie

Carphone Warehouse’s parent would have been pilloried if it hadn’t repaid Irish taxpayers after axing almost 500 jobs

No date has been set for the resumption of wider indoor dining apart from within hotels. Photograph: iStock

RAI calls on Government to allow hotels and gastropubs to open alongside hotels

Dalata Hotel Group co-founder and outgoing chief executive Pat McCann: ‘Our teams are itching to get back.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ireland’s biggest hotel chain said it had a 14% Dublin occupancy level in first three months

Shares in Facebook rose 1.4% ahead of results, which are due after the US markets close on Wednesday. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP via Getty

European bank stocks rise on positive trading updates

Sales across the Currys PC World side of the business were up 11 per cent in the second half of the parent group’s fiscal year. Photograph: iStock

Dixon Carphone also owns Currys PC World, which is booming in the pandemic

‘We are pleased to report a significant increase in our leasing activity,” says AerCap’s chief executive Aengus Kelly. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

NYSE-listed lessor’s Q1 revenues down 12% but it sees ‘pent up demand’ for travel

 “Gaz” Smith at Michael’s seafood restaurant in Mount Merrion,  Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Mount Merrion restaurateur on his appetite for expanding his business

Revenue is a priority creditor under insolvency law

Minister says business community will be happy with proposals in front of Cabinet

 Carphone Warehouse on Grafton Street in Dublin: The retailer’s closure resulted in the loss of almost 500 jobs, many of them perfect for younger people learning the value of work. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

With almost 60% of young people out of work, this State faces a long-term crisis unless action is taken now

 Prof Luke O’Neill: “We can’t live in this grey zone forever.” Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Trinity professor also tells industry body that he supports antigen testing for events

AIB was ahead by more than 1.3%  to €2.29, while Bank of Ireland rose almost 0.6%  to €4.26 per share

Juventus football club slumps after European Super League fiasco

No-gig economy: the entertainment and hospitality sectors have ‘borne the brunt of the Covid crisis’, says Ibec. File photograph: iStock

Businesses will fail unless Government provides medium-term help, lobby group says

 Peter Mosely, managing director of the Porterhouse Brewing Company, at its brewery in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Production fell 14% last year but buoyant retail sales took some of the sting out of pub closures

The vital six- to eight-week staycation season will make or break many SMEs. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

If tight reopening schedule slips too deep into summer, many SMEs will crumble

Evelyn Moynihan, chief executive of Kilkenny Group. ‘Irish customers have actively sought to support local businesses in the pandemic and three-quarter of our goods are Irish designed and made.’ Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Evelyn Moynihan steps up to lead the luxury goods retailer through pandemic

 With Guinness as one of the anchor brands of the Irish brewing sector, stout is responsible for close to two-thirds of all beer produced here.

Irish beer exports to US fell 45% in 2020 as pandemic hit drinks sector hard

Tara McCarthy, chief executive of Bord Bia: “Many companies have pivoted their operations towards more retail.”

Prepared consumer foods sector under pressure from Brexit and pandemic

Dublin’s docklands: Almost 60 per cent of builders  expect to expand over the next 12 months.

Ulster Bank purchasing managers index shows improvement in March over February

Cairn Homes chief executive Michael Stanley. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Shareholders raised concerns over Michael Stanley joining long-term incentive scheme

Passengers wear face masks on a Dublin Bus. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Consumer spending in March was up by 14% compared with same month last year

A passenger is escorted to a bus to be taken to the Crowne Plaza hotel:  The public was tricked into believing quarantine would lead to a loosening of our current exhausting lockdown. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Getty

Depriving people of liberty is not guaranteed to have any huge effect on virus

Dublin hotels are just 11% booked so far for July and 12% for August. File photograph: Getty

Survey shows capital’s hotel bookings for July and August barely half national average

Jim Woulfe, chief executive of the Dairygold Co-Operative Society. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Chief executive Jim Woulfe to retire after 42 years with the company

Ryanair told investors that net losses for 2021 are  expected to be between €800m and €850m, down from previous guidance of between €850m and €950m. Photograph: Getty Images

Cautious optimism among investors over the impact of vaccine rollouts

Jim Woulfe, Dairygold CEO, is to retire at the end of the year.

Jim Woulfe to leave after 12 years leading the business

David Duffy (left), founder and chief executive of the Corporate Governance Institute, with Anthony Quigley, founder and chairman.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Corporate Governance Institute, backed by Enterprise Ireland, is targeting growth abroad

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: innovation by companies and the consumer response bode well for the recovery of the Irish economy.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney

Tax receipts up 1% as spending climbs 14% in first quarter despite lockdown

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said part of the VAT rise was a “base effect” caused by deferment of VAT payments last March as the economy entered crisis mode. Photograph: Alan Betson

Consumers have proven ‘resilient’ to lockdown conditions, Minister for Finance says

‘People want to collaborate. The workplace needs to be about creating social hubs’, Deirdre O’Neill says. Photograph: iStock

Contract caterers to grapple with changed landscape for staff canteens after pandemic

Kerry chief financial officer Marguerite Larkin and chief executive Edmond Scanlon. Photograph: Alan Betson

Chief executive Edmond Scanlon was paid €2.3m last year

 Dublin construction site. Up to €3 billion in construction output is expected to be lost nationally this year due to pandemic restrictions. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The sector argues that if the Government follows the data, it should be let fully operate

A few weeks ago, it seemed certain that infection rates would be low enough to ease restrictions and allow families and businesses room to breathe. Illustration: Paul Scott

Policymakers struggle while the virus stalls and all risks are not being borne equally

The tech-heavy Nasdaq led Wall Street lower on Thursday. Photograph: Angela Weiss /AFP

Tech shares fall on Wall Street, while mining and energy stocks drop in London

CRH rose 1.5 per cent to €37.92, as the Iseq heavyweight traded well a day after it named Jim Mintern as its new finance chief. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

US investors pivot from tech giants and back towards stocks likely to rise post-pandemic

Ireland will have to introduce climate measures almost twice as effective as it had previously thought it would need to meet the Government’s latest target. Photograph: Alan Betson

Lockdowns have left businesses worn down yet barely a dent has been made in emissions

A deserted Grafton Street: the rate of new infections is seemingly stuck at  about  500 cases per day. Photograph: Gareth Chaney

Agenda: Businesses need guidance on return dates as examinership-lite process looms

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar: “fears” the impact of inflation on the Irish economy, especially if it pushes up the cost of borrowing. Photograph: Gareth Chaney

Tánaiste cites danger Irish cities could be ‘hollowed out’ by working from home

BT Group jumped 6.5 per cent, topping the FTSE 100 after its mobile and internet service provider EE won a new 5G spectrum in an auction. Photograph:  Chris J Ratcliffe/AFP via Getty Images

Irish eyes not smiling as Iseq falls 0.4% on anaemic St Patrick’s Day trading

 Revenue HQ, Dublin Castle. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dispute arose over whether Dublin-based mobile handset insurance unit should pay its taxes in Ireland or the Netherlands

SCSI said the increase in costs was attributed to new “nearly zero” energy efficient building standards, as well as a rise in the cost of some materials.

It costs €218k to rebuild the average 3-bed semi in Dublin, surveyors’ guide finds

David McKernan and Hilliard Lombard of BiaVest in background, and Sandra O’Casey and Brian O’Casey of Offbeat Donuts. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Investment firm teams up with grocer Noel Smith to invest in Irish baked foods business

Bernard Byrne, who took over as Davy interim chief executive last week

Interim chief executive urges staff to ‘reflect’ and come forward

CRH chief executive Albert Manifold’s total pay packet last year rose by 20 per cent to €11.2 million, among the highest annual earnings ever awarded to an Irish corporate executive.

About 80% of Albert Manifold’s pay packet performance related

‘Sometimes we simply have to strive for practicality if total fairness is out of reach, otherwise we could go mad.’ Photograph: iStock

Could vaccine passports allow more parts of society and the economy to reopen?

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