Leslie Buckley: Will step down from the  board of Independent News & Media following shareholders’ egm on March 1st. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Denis O’Brien nominee Paul Connolly considered a leading candidate to replace him

Allsop-Space  gained prominence during the property crash as a clearing house for residential and commercial properties. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Expanded BidX1 business poised to be second in Irish-UK ranking for auctioneers

 FBD chief executive Fiona Muldoon: doubled her pay packet to just under €900,000. Yet FBD’s share price only rose by 4.4 per cent over the period for which that pay packet applied.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Caveat: Executive paychecks a multiple of average ‘because they are worth it’

Rupert Murdoch, owner of Wireless, which would be a logical buyer for Newstalk. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

Rebekah Brooks tells Dublin meeting ‘never say never’ on purchase of Denis O’Brien station

The Pep&Co rollout is Dealz’s first foray into clothing in the Irish market.

Discount retailer to roll out its Pep&Co clothing sister brand in 30 Irish locations

CRH chief executive Albert Manifold: he  is the highest paid executive among Irish listed companies

Study by Ictu shows average CEO pay for listed Irish companies was €2.1m in 2016

Alan Barry, Lidl Ireland’s property director, says around two-thirds of Lidl’s applications are opposed by its rivals

Aldi and Lidl are accusing Tesco and SuperValu of blocking their expansion plans

Richard Branson arrives by Tesla at Powerscourt Estate, having taken a helicopter to the Co Wicklow venue from Dublin city centre. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Caveat: Former rugby player embodies spirit of evangelical celebration of business values

Businesswoman Jo Malone at the Pendulum Summit in Dublin on Thursday, where she said leaving her fragrance brand was “the greatest mistake of my life”. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Mark Zuckerberg’s sister reveals her frustration over male-dominated Silicon Valley

Michelle Mone, founder of Ultimo.

Pendulum Summit hears Dunnes boss was among first to stock Michelle Mone’s line

AIB has scaled back its use of the hawkish “summary judgment” debt recovery tactic, but remains, by far, the Irish lender most likely to sue its customers in the High Court, according to an analysis of official records by The Irish Times. Photograph: Paul McErlane / Reuters

Analysis of High Court cases shows Irish banks have scaled back on seeking debt rulings

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary is seeking to agree a pay deal with the airline’s Dublin-based pilots. Photograph: Alan Betson

Airline has written to the pilots and given them until January 17th to accept its offer

Over the last four years, Aldi has submitted 33 planning applications for new stores. These applications have sparked about 35 formal objections from commercial rivals. Photograph: Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett

Retailer says rivals have repeatedly objected to its planning applications nationwide

Monitors display stock market information on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, on Monday, January  8th. U.S. stocks were mixed, with the S&P 500 Index on track for its first decline of the year,  while the dollar strengthened after three straight weekly declines. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Paddy Power Betfair falls by almost 0.7 per cent on chief executive Peter Jackson’s first day in the job

Ion Solutions chief executive John Roche and directors Kevin Moore, Graham Lowen and Ciarán Moen.

Dublin-based media technology group targets expansion abroad

 Shane MacSweeney, Annette Hughes  and Mike McKerr: acquisition of DKM is in line with EY’s global and Irish strategy to integrate the full range of economic advisory services. Photograph:  Naoise Culhane

Brendan Dowling, Annette Hughes and John Lawlor to profit most from sale

The rate at which businesses are going bust continues to decline, with corporate insolvencies down 15 per cent in 2017, according to research from Deloitte.

Court-appointed liquidations rise to 63 from 18 in the previous year

Joe Gilmore, chief executive  of  Ireland West Airport Knock: “We are delighted to have had a record year in 2017.” Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Knock airport had busiest year ever in 2017 as passenger numbers rose 2% to 750,000

Arnotts’ winter sale. Ibec predicts that consumer spending over Christmas will come in 2.6 per cent ahead of the previous year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Employers’ group forecasts growth rate in excess of 4% for 2018

The two German-owned rivals  are renowned for having the best entry-level hourly pay rates in the industry. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Discount supermarkets to pay the €11.70 an hour living wage to entry-level workers

 Bobby Kerr in his office on St Stephen’s Green, Dublin.  “I’ve sold out of Insomnia, but I won’t be sitting out at my home in Dún Laoghaire looking out into the sea. I’m going to be doing stuff.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

‘I might do some investing ... consultancy or voluntary work’

Grafton Street, Dublin: Waterstones MD James Daunt points out that online retailers don’t pay commercial rates because they don’t have shops, but VAT is meant to be charged on all purchases. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Online retailers don’t pay commercial rates but VAT shares the burden across all retailers

Francesca McDonagh: the former  HSBC banker was only in the door of Bank of Ireland when the industry-wide tracker mortgage scandal exploded. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Only one thing is certain – some will get big opportunities, others will face major challenges

Mayor Martin Walsh of Boston Center and chief executive Paul Marchant cut a ceremonial ribbon watched by Alma Ryan and husband Arthur Ryan, founder of Penney’s, at the opening of the first Primark store in the US. Photograph: Josh Reynolds

Shares in parent company Associated British Foods down 15% as lack of a digital model criticised

Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange  on Thursday. Photograph: Reuters

Providence Resources stands out on Iseq as INM falls after ‘potential data breach’

Cyclists on the Waterford Greenway: Itic wants the Government to allocate more capital to tourism projects.

Group wants State to triple capital funds to drive up inwards tourism 50% by 2025

Leslie Buckley says Mizak recommended the appointment of a “specialist IT company” for the “cost reduction exercise”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Watchdog wants to know who authorised access to the publisher’s internal IT systems

Independent News & Media chairman Leslie Buckley: The case before the High Court is between the ODCE and Mr Buckley and does not involve INM. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Leslie Buckley asked to explain who gave UK company access to publisher’s IT system

David Harrison is  chief executive of Dermot Desmond’s e-learning company, Intuition Publishing. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

David Harrison informed company of departure on Friday

Anne O’Leary of Vodafone. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Mobile operator said the cuts to mobile termination rates cost it more than €19m

Niall Anderton, managing director of Topaz. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

After a change in ownership, Niall Anderton is overseeing fuel group’s rebrand to Circle K

“Monty Python’s Life of Brian”. Seriously, who can look at Dáil politics without thinking of the People’s Front of Judea and the Judean People’s Front?

Caveat: The Double Irish reinforced the global stereotype of us as whiskey-swilling loons

Micksgarage founders Mick and Ciaran Crean. “We are trialling a fitting network. Some of our customers fit their own accessories, but others are DIFM [do it for me] customers.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Company is trialling service that connects motoring customers with nearby mechanics

INM chairman Leslie Buckley, who is claiming legal privilege to prevent the ODCE from accessing 11 documents, 10 of which are communications with Derek Mizak. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Security consultants figure in documents being sought from INM chairman Leslie Buckley

Leslie Buckley, chairman aof Independent News & Media. Photogra

Buckley’s stance is over dealings with cyber security specialist as Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement looks at ‘data(...)

It was only a matter of time before the pressure told. Facebook is just the first to jump. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

What direct effect will this week’s announcement have on the company’s Irish operation?

Each Sunday, Renatus produces a lengthy “synopsis” of the business news of the three Sunday broadsheets. Photograph: Getty Images Secretary Adam Lerrick: eight months on from his nomination, he has yet to receive even a date for his Senate hearing

Renatus to ‘change format’ of its ‘synopsis’ following social media dispute

St Stephen’s Green. The  9 Below  is pitched as a different concept in the Dublin bar scene

Group behind House are opening 9 Below, a high-end reservation-only bar

S&P has confirmed it plans to open a Dublin unit by December 2018 to ensure it meets EU regulations for ratings agencies. Photograph: Alan Betson

S&P Global Ratings will create ‘number of managerial, analytical and support’ roles

Facebook last year diverted more than €12 billion of global revenues to Ireland. Photograph: PA Wire

Digital giant to stop booking global revenues in Ireland

Facebook stressed the changes will have no jobs impact here, where it employs more than 2,000 workers. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Tech giant will stop booking much of its global sales through Dublin

It is understood that the move will have no direct impact on job numbers at its Irish operations, which employs more than 2,000 in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Tech giant will in future book revenues in the countries in which they were earned - shrinking the firm’s Irish tax bill

By taking such a large payment now, the Dunnes Stores family eliminates future currency risk if sterling, as expected, falls further against the euro as the effects of Brexit sink in.

Retail chain records 2016 revenue of just under £100 million for UK operation

Former Jurys Inn/Amaris executive Cormac Ó Tighearnaigh is CEO of Fine Grain, which is seeking to raise up to €75 million in equity

Former Telecom Éireann chairman now on board of Irish-Singaporean investment company

Weaker pound supported the FTSE 100’s rise. Photograph: Yui Mok

Ryanair fell more than 4% after news that some Dublin pilots have voted to strike

Rivada Networks owner Declan Ganley “We look forward to other states joining New Hampshire in building their own [networks] between now and December 28th.” Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Communications firm vying to convince other US states to follow suit

German businessman Alexander Matuschka Greiffenclau joins Digicel from his role as chief performance officer at Dutch-based telco Veon.

Replacement Alexander Matuschka Greiffenclau joins from Dutch-based telco Veon

With retail sales growing at 4.5 per cent year on year, Fingerlings are this Christmas’s craze toy.

Caveat: Craze for robotic monkey toys a sign we’re beginning to ape boom times

RTÉ producer Moya Doherty at her office on Capel Street: “I’d love to have been a poet but I don’t have the talent.” Photograph: Alan Betson

RTÉ chairwoman and Riverdance co-founder is the first woman awarded the RDS gold medal for enterprise

Our commitment to improving accessibility continues to be a key focus for Ikea in Ireland,” said Claudia Marshall, country manager for Ireland.

Company is believed to be scouting locations for another major Irish store, possibly in Cork

Former offices of Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC). Photograph: Alan Betson

Latest payout by liquidators brings total dividends transferred to State to €560m

 The DAX board  at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, December 6th. Photograph: Reuters

In Dublin, rises for Arytza, Datalex and IN&M while Ryanair slips back on strike warning

Irish businessman Dermot Desmond, who controls a stake of about 25 per cent in Canadian miner Mountain Province Diamonds. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Funds will be used to pay off debts associated with its share of Gahcho Kue diamond mine

Ian Hyland said the near-600 page book is “the first volume . . . of a history and chronology of the entire Irish economy” that he intends to publish.

Communicorp founder makes comments in a new business book by publisher Ian Hyland

The New York Stock Exchange on Friday:  stocks fell and gold spiked higher with treasuries on a report Michael Flynn would say US president Donald Trump directed him to contact Russians. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

In Dublin Tullow Oil continues good run while European shares hit by Trump bombshell

Ryanair says Expedia’s “spider” programme “mimics an actual customer” as its allegedly scrapes its site for flights. Photograph: Eric Gaillard

Airline says Expedia ‘screen scrapes’ flights from its site to sell on to own customers

If Ireland fancies itself as a bastion of the US technology industry in Europe, then we must also accept that Ireland is a bastion of brain-busting technobabble.

Caveat: No need for jargon; Barista sector full of beans; Leslie Buckley’s dilemma

Cristiano Ronaldo  with his agent Jorge Mendes, his son Cristiano jnr and his mother Maria Dolores dos Santos AveiroPhotograph:  Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty

Money drawn from Irish arm of Jorge Mendes’ Gestifute football agency, accounts show

INM chairman Leslie Buckley is not using INM’s lawyers in a High Court action taken against him by the State’s corporate watchdog. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

INM’s chairman has turned to A&L Goodbody, eschewing the company’s lawyers

Independent News & Media chairman  Leslie Buckley  at the company’s AGM in Dublin earlier this year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

ODCE stepping up investigation into corporate governance at newspaper publishing group

Three Ireland’s operating profits rose over the year by 170 per cent to €76 million. Photograph:  Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Mobile operator paid €15.4m in State auction for its slice of next-gen 5G spectrum

‘Black Friday’  on Oxford St,  London, on November 24, 2017. Photograph: AFP/ Daniel Leal-Olivas/Getty

By Thanksgiving evening, US shoppers had splurged more than $1.52bn online

Queue outside JD Sports in Dublin on St Stephen’s Day in advance of Christmas sale. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sales exceed €100m in just 12 months at group’s 24 Irish retail outlets

Paschal Donohoe correctly warned of the dangers of political dogma. Photograph: The Irish Times

Ministerial line on glass ceiling cracks, foie gras scarcity and solar gongs

Eileen and Séamus McPartland outside Fallons in Dublin 8. They owned the landmark pub in the Coombe until it was wrenched from their grasp just as the recession was ending. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The McPartlands tell a cautionary tale. The effect on them is undeniable. And it isn’t finished

The Matheson Foundation website says it has supported charities such as the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and the Centre for Talented Youth. Photograph: Eric Luke

Law firm has relinquished charitable status of entities within Matheson Foundation

Stephen Brewer  first made his name in the Irish market running Eircell

The former Digicel executive helped the group raise €750,000 in seed funding

In the moribund Irish print publishing market, Norah Casey is unlikely to have received a jaw-droppingly high price for the six magazine titles Irish Studio is to buy.

Founder Norah Casey to sell bulk of her magazine empire to Irish Studio

US-based Irish Central news site has bought six magazine titles from Norah Casey’s publishing company Harmonia

Deal with publisher of Irish Central includes Irish Tatler and Food & Wine magazine

Under former chief executive Robert Pitt, INM forged an integrated editorial identity centred around the group, subjugating the individual brands of its national titles.

Company is seeking to move on following acrimonious exit of former chief Robert Pitt

Bulmers cider maker C&C has been a consistent supporter of and advocate for minimum unit pricing in Ireland since it was first mooted in 2013. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Caveat: Cider maker wants to look good to society but also to make more profit

Birr Castle, Co Offaly: Mid Ireland promotes some of Irish tourism’s most challenged areas, east Galway, Longford, Westmeath, Offaly, Laois and North Tipperary

Withdrawal of €75,000 annual State funding puts future of Mid Ireland Tourism in doubt

The K Club:  the luxury hotel almost doubled its bedroom stock in 2015 to 134 rooms. Photograph: Eric Luke

Recent accounts for 2015 show losses but performance is likely to have improved since

Dispute: former chief executive Robert Pitt (left) fell out with chairman Leslie Buckley (right) over how much INM should bid for Newstalk. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

ODCE became aware of possible problem after whistleblower complaint

John Murphy with Tim Kinsella, managing director of MKC Communications. Mr Murphy is former secretary general of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

John Murphy served as secretary general in Richard Bruton’s department until retirement in 2016

Donal Murphy succeeded long-time chief executive Tommy Breen earlier this year

Total spend on deals in the current financial year will amount to £550 million

In London, equities closed at nearly six-week lows, dragged down by financial sector shares and ceding earlier gains fuelled by the weak pound. Photograph: PA

Kingspan flags possible slowdown in orders from UK

 Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave: “I love this country as a second home and would never seek to offend the great heroes of Portugal’s past.”

Monument is home to tombs of Portuguese national heroes such as footballer Eusebio

Tycoon Carlos Slim could soon find himself in competition with the Irish businessman in his home country, Mexico. Photograph: Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

Deep Blue Cable is mulling extending its undersea fibre link to Slim’s home country

Christine O’Donovan, a partner in Mason Hayes & Curran and its head of aviation: further work may be needed to ensure diversity is given the priority it deserves in company policies.

Half of survey respondents said less than one-in-10 executive positions filled by women

Google’s European headquarters, Dublin: Google India  said all the back office work was done in Dublin. Photograph: Paul McErlane/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Ruling sparks concern among multinationals with intellectual property in Ireland

Ulster Bank headquarters in Dublin: the bank’s PMI has now expanded for 50 successive months. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Northern Ireland companies reported sharp rise in new business orders, Ulster Bank PMI found

About one-third of Irish households surveyed still do not save at all, and half of savers surveyed said they would like to save more, but cannot

Almost half of Irish households now regular savers, up from 44% a year ago

Currys/PC World has been identified as one of the retailers in Northern Ireland where shoppers from the South can make significant savings on their Christmas shopping. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

There are savings of up 43% on some goods, according to survey by No 1 Currency

Connie Doody, co-founder of Lir Chocolates, with her granddaughter Eimear Hehir (6) from Ballyea, Co Clare. Photograph: Andres Poveda

With Brexit looming, Lir Chocolates seeks at diversify its export sales away from the UK

The Paradise Papers leak revealed that companies and rich people still don’t like paying tax if they can get away with not doing so.

Caveat: no use raging about the rich exploiting tax loopholes – we need clear rules

  Jervis  Shopping Centre:  The six-floor, 33,445sq m (360,000sq ft) of retail space scheme was   the biggest building project in Dublin in the mid-1990s – it is now thought to be worth €400 million. Photograph: Alan Betson

Paradise Papers reveal complex refashioning of jewel in Paddy McKillen’s crown

 Paddy McKillen: has been based outside of Ireland for many years, although he still uses a Foxrock, Dublin, home address on official documents. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Offshore firm ensured Revenue trailed banks in queue for repayment

Aryzta, the Irish-Swiss food group

Troubled bakery group appointed Jürgen Steinemann in August subject to AGM approval

Declan Ganley’s Rivada Networks has deployed two US political heavyweights

Jeb Bush and Martin O’Malley write to US House on behalf of Rivada Networks

Members of  ACT UP DUBLIN, at the Department of Health, calling on government  to address  HIV crisis. Photograph: Eric Luke

Generic versions of Truvada that are 60 per cent cheaper are about to hit Irish market

Former independent senator Mary Ann O’Brien founded Lily O’Brien’s 25 years ago, naming it  after her daughter

Carlyle Cardinal Ireland fund bought chocolate company for €15m three years ago

Net profit at the Morrison hotel in Dublin rose to almost €1.5 million last year from €1.3 million the year before. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Gross profit at Dublin hotel up more than 15 per cent last year as sales reach €12.2 million

Digicom managing director Greg Clarke said the firm may also look to open an office in London, as it seeks further work with Dublin-located multinationals at their bases abroad.  Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Irish office technology supplier is also pondering a move into London market

Comply with me: when it comes to his own board and corporate governance, Michael O’Leary likes to play it differently. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Caveat: You cannot divorce Ryanair’s audacity on corporate governance standards from the operational mess it recently created

Busy people: Meet 10 of the most powerful Irish listed company directors

Aerial View of the Apple data centre site at Athenry, Co Galway.

Taoiseach ‘keen to speak’ to tech giant about the project as it clears final planning hurdle

 The Porterhouse bar in Temple Bar, Dublin.  The Porterhouse group comprises seven bars,  five restaurants, Lillie Bordello nightclub and the brewing business.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Pub, brewing and distillery group to export to North American market

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Friday. Stocks climbed after new figures showed the US economy had grown 3 per cent in the third quarter. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Weak euro and crisis in Catalonia fail to stem rise of markets

Dermot Desmond: Biometric software firm Daon is his masterpiece and perhaps the most significant company the billionaire has ever built. Photograph: Peter Morrison/Inpho

Caveat: Biometrics firm used by banks harvests personal data yet is cloaked in secrecy

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