The Energia Huntstown facility where Huntstown Power operates one of two plants. File photograph: Conor McCabe

Privately backed group of companies sells electricity and gas to customers around Ireland

ACI, whose members include Cork and Dublin Airports, has joined with other groups to call on EU member states to end conflicting rules. Photgraph: Brian Lawless/ PA Wire

Government travel ban leaves passenger numbers trailing

Irish Cement said the health, wellbeing and safety of staff and contractors is the firm’s top priority. Photograph: Laura Hutton

CRH subsidiary pleads guilty after worker hurt when lorry he was driving turned over

The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite slid more than 4.5%. Photograph: Getty

Shares in all but four Dublin-listed firms dip – heavyweights Kingspan, Ryanair, CRH fall

Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen:  “I have already raised issues with the regulator that I think need to be investigated by the authorities that are there to do so,” he said. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

State company rejects allegations that it profited from electricity supply squeeze

 ESB’s power plant in Aghada, Co Cork was one of its three plants that   earned profits of €2.3 million on July 15th and €4 million on September 9th.   Photograph: David Creedon/Anzenberger

State energy firm says allegations ‘appear based on limited understanding’ of market

Ryanair is in the process of taking delivery of 67new Boeing 737 Max jets that are part of an overall order of 210. File photograph: Bloomberg

Airline says post-coronavirus incentive package key to plans for flights to 120 destinations

Long-haul air travel’s recovery could take off this year. Photograph: Getty

Aircraft lessor cautions that recovery will be uneven

Mary Considine, chief executive of Shannon Group, David McInerney, director Jada Projects and Gerry Dillon, Shannon Group property director, at the site of a planned €4 million development. Photograph: Arthur Ellis

State company overhauling two buildings for offices and light engineering

Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

DPC’s €225m fine on WhatsApp was second-highest in Europe, according to survey

Energy companies are beginning to instal battery systems that can store electricity to help ensure steady supplies from renewable generators.

Stored power can provide electricity when there is not enough wind or solar energy

Most of Dublin’s leading stocks suffered on Friday, dragging down the Iseq index of Irish shares. Photograph: iStock

Kingspan under pressure as buyer of stock moves on

Once built and operating, the plants will be capable of generating enough electricity to power more than 144,000 homes. Photograph: iStock

Plants being built in England, Scotland and Wales

Conor McCarthy, chief executive of Emerald Airlines, with Aer Lingus CEO Lynne Embleton at the announcement last month of the recommencement of Aer Lingus Regional flights. Photograph: Fran Veale/Julien Behal Photography

Aer Lingus Regional operator plans routes to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Exeter

Two out of three of those who passed through Dublin Airport last year  did so in the four months from the beginning of August to the end of November. Photograph: iStock

Total is one-quarter of 2019 record of 32.9m

Aer Lingus and American Airlines are launching a codeshare deal allowing passengers to book seats on each other’s flights on one ticket. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

Agreement opens new US and European destinations to travellers

Chief executive Michael Stanley said Cairn had met all its objectives in 2021, despite Covid-19 lockdowns. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Housebuilder upgrades forecasts for 2022 following €58m operating profit in 2021

The State’s Environmental Protection Agency confirmed that it issued the ESB with a licence for the Corduff plant in November, while it is working to ensure Poolbeg and Ringsend get their permits this year. Photograph: iStock

State company says it shelved proposed projects over environmental licensing delays

Dómhnal Slattery, Avolon chief executive, said vaccines and easing government Covid-19 curbs drove a rebound in flying during 2021.

Irish aircraft lessor says challenges ahead this year but market fundamentally strong

Donegal Airport’s runway. Emerald will fly the Dublin-Donegal route under the Aer Lingus brand and flight numbers and its schedule will allow passengers to connect with the larger carrier’s network. Photograph: Owen Clarke

Carrier to begin flying twice daily each way next month

US stock indices swung between gains and losses after Federal Reserve minutes struck a hawkish note on Thursday. Photograph: Angela Weiss/AFP

Leading names sold off on Irish market as investors cautious about construction sector

CBRE said tenants leased 60 individual offices, totalling 90,000sq m, in the three months ended December 31st, 2021. Photograph: iStock

Property dealer CBRE says easing curbs boosted demand for commercial buildings

Irish Water chief Niall Gleeson  and Ervia chairman Tony Keohane

Managing director takes on new post as utility heads for independence from Ervia

Lenders and borrowers must use the new form from January 1st, according to the regulator. Photograph: iStock

Official figures show some 24,000 homeowners are in serious mortgage arrears

Ryanair operated more than 62,200 flights last month. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

Total in line with prediction made days before Christmas

Most fast-track housing schemes proposed by developers last year breached local or county development plans, according to figures collated by FP Logue Solicitors. Photograph: Alan Betson

All but five of 116 Strategic Housing Initiative projects involve ‘material contravention’

Average asking prices for homes rose 9.7 per cent across the Republic last year to €290,000, according to the latest assessment from property website MyHome.ie and stockbrokers Davy, including an “uncharacteristically sharp” 1.2 per cent increase “during the normally quiet winter months”. Photograph: iStock

Average house prices rose 9.7% last year, to €290,000, says property website

From early January through to September 2021, electricity market overseers issued eight amber alerts warning that demand had stretched the system close to its limit. Photograph: Alan Betson

Weather, international tensions and gas supply problems combine to increase risk in grid

The Republic lost 183,000 flights last year compared to 2019, a 62% decline in traffic. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Ryanair does best of all European airlines in December, but Ireland still lags European average

There are grounds for believing that Omicron is less likely to stall recovery than the variants that emerged at the end of 2020. Photograph: iStock

Uncertainty continues to be the dominant concern for airlines and passengers

La Touche House: an impression of the redevelopment

Building is predicted to offer ‘near-perfect’ indoor climate once work is completed

The lab at the RocDoc Rapid Covid test centre in Dublin Airport. Photograph: Alan Betson

With half of tests positive, senior official says focus should shift to ‘individual actions’

Aer Lingus and Ryanair both said advance bookings for Christmas were good in the weeks before Covid’s Omicron strain emerged.  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Airline says it is providing alternative options to cancelled flights on same day

The matter had come before the High Court earlier this year. Photograph: iStock

Rory Mason will now leave the company

Ryanair cut its December passenger forecast to a range of nine to 9.5 million, from 10 to 11 million. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP

Airline to cut capacity by 33% in January as flight bookings slide due to Covid uncertainty

Geothermal heat is a constantly available source of energy generated by rocks beneath the Earth’s surface. Illustration: iStock

Both firms agree to co-operate on projects in memo of understanding

Barry Cowen: ‘The note details steps taken by the ESB which had the effect of market foreclosure.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

State firm sought just €46,150 per MW for new power plants in Eirgrid tender process

Moneypoint power station. Separately, power companies won contracts for 1,239MW of electricity for new generators through auctions run since 2018. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Eirgrid have run auctions to attract firms to build new plants to meet growing demand

  Aer Lingus chief executive  Lynne Embleton with Emerald Airlines CEO Conor McCarthy. Photograph: Fran Veale/Julien Behal Photography

St Patrick’s Day launch will see airline restoring services to Edinburgh and elsewhere

The EU plans to tax aviation fuel and change carbon prices in a bid to cut greenhouse gas emissions from air travel. Photograph: Getty

Charging airlines €100 a tonne for carbon by 2030 could cut emissions by 14.8%

Pre-Covid passenger numbers will determine each airport’s share and so Dublin will receive €79.6m of the total budget. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Cash will allow airports offer discounts to airlines to restore routes

Tetrarch bought the Killashee Hotel in 2014 for €13 million. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Prospective sale of four-star property close to Naas is understood to be at an early stage

Following Budget 2022, Minister for Transpor Eamon Ryan said the Government would continue spending on rail improvements, including allocating more cash to the Dublin-Cork line

Target is to shorten journey times by 10 minutes

Cork Airport is asking passengers to arrive at least 90 minutes before takeoff time

Number is just 60% of those who travelled over the same period pre-Covid

A rapid Covid test centre at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Alan Betson

Airlines barred people from boarding flights to Ireland last week due to rule change

Iarnród Éireann chief executive Jim Meade and global chief executive of Alstom Henri Poupart-Lafarge. Photograph: Jason Clarke

French group Alstom will supply 95 carriages initially at a cost of €318m

Passengers boarding a Ryanair flight at Ireland West Airport Knock. Photograph: Keith Heneghan / Phocus

Route is third new service Ryanair has announced from Knock this year

 The Ulster Bank construction purchasing managers’ index returned an overall reading of 56.3 for November. Any figure above 50 means construction expanded on the previous month. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Index figures show continuation of strong growth through middle of the fourth quarter

Eamon Ryan: he  recently confirmed that building new gas-fired electricity plants was a ‘national priority’. Photograph: Getty Images

Minister declared a moratorium on LNG projects in May pending the outcome of an energy security review

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Data Protection Commissioner says critics are ‘misinformed’ and challenges numbers

Energy business Mercury Renewables plans to invest €200 million in a combined wind power and hydrogen project that it hopes will begin production by 2025

Company to supply transport sector from Co Mayo facility

Ultimately the cost of wholesale electricity is passed on to customers. As that has been rising, suppliers have increased their costs.

Q&A: ESB is accused of price gouging in Dáil

‘This has been a difficult and expensive period for households and businesses and we would expect that the ESB would do all it can to keep generation costs as low as possible.’ Photograph: iStock

Independent suppliers call on Government and ESB to explain excessive prices for power

 Christmas shoppers on Henry Street: Central Bank figures show “average daily credit/debit card spending rose to €256 million in November, its highest level during the pandemic”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Consumer spending forecast to be 4% above pre-pandemic levels by end of next year

Ryanair closed 3.34 per cent down at €15.21 having slipped to €14.90 at one point and surged to €15.50 at another. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty

‘Yo-yo day’ prevails on Dublin stock market

Businesses will get protection from creditors while they go through the process. Photograph: iStock

New legislation creates system that avoids need for court

A study of world prices by British price comparison website Cable.co.uk shows that, on average, Irish people pay 21.3 US cents (€0.19) for a kilowatt hour (KWh) of electricity.

Comparative study reveals cost of power in State to be lower than that in UK

Castleisland, Co Kerry-based Jurras Ltd, which is now in liquidation, settled for €1.05 million with Revenue for under declaring dividend and  withholding tax.

Fifteen people and businesses pay €2.8m in taxes, interest and penalties

US stocks lost ground in morning trade on Friday, with technology stocks dragging the main indexes lower. Photograph: iStock

Irish heavyweights lose ground on quiet day

The National Transport Authority confirmed on Friday that the State intended ending supports to private bus companies on December 31st. Photograph: Getty

Fears growing in sector that Government planning more Covid curbs

Cork Airport. Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe earmarked €90m in Budget 2022 for airports to offer discounts and incentives to airlines to restore services following almost two years of Covid travel curbs

European Commission confirms plan is in line with EU state aid rules

From left to right: Alan Keogh chief executive  of Cool Planet Group with Stephen Gallagher; director of strategy and  development, SSE energy customer solutions with Sam Alexander, head of demand response at Cool Planet Group.

Cool Planet is recruiting industrial customers that can take pressure off electricity supplies by switching off equipment

The Northern Ireland Executive’s energy strategy aimed to have 40%  of electricity used there generated from renewable sources by 2020. Photograph: iStock

Power consumption meets target set by Northern Ireland Executive

Households and employers paid an extra €250 million for electricity over three months this year as State company ESB earned ‘super-normal profits, according to TD Barry Cowen

Provider earned €250m extra for electricity supplied over three months

Iberdrola plans to increase electricity prices by 9.5 per cent. Photograph: iStock

Households will pay an average €11.55 a month more for electricity and €12.60 for gas

Iarnród Éireann plans to add more than 100 new weekly services as part of a plan that will multiply overall freight journeys on its network by five. Photograph: iStock

State rail company to seek cash from Government and EU to fund plan

Minister for the Environment Eamon Ryan:  Government decided the development of new gas-fired power plants was a national priority. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Government set to build more gas-fired plants to counter expected squeeze on supplies

Coillte and ESB launched a €1 billion joint venture that aims to build enough wind farms to supply 500,000 homes with electricity by 2030.

Futurenergy aims to build between 15-20 wind farms around the Republic

Passengers flown out of Kabul in August on flight cited for “judgment and flying skill”.

Crew flew 823 to safety in difficult circumstances in aircraft designed for just 336

Ryanair Holdings lost more than €2 billion of its value as investors sold shares in travel and leisure businesses, seen as most vulnerable if countries reinstate lockdowns or restrictions. Photograph: iStock

Ryanair, CHR and Paddy Power owner affected after countries move to impose new travel curbs

Dublin Airport. Last month, 821,200 people flew out of the Republic while 73,900 departed by sea. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

CSO figures show 925,500 people arrived into State by air or sea last month

Ryanair made a strong comeback on Thursday. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP

Ryanair benefits from European Commission travel pledge

Patrick Coveney has led Greencore for 14 years. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Executive will take up CEO role at airport caterer SSP

Elgin is building solar-powered electricity generators and batteries in Ireland, Britain and Australia. Photograph: iStock

Firm will use cash to pay for energy projects capable of generating 5,000MW of electricity

Passengers will need valid Covid vaccination certs, proof of negative tests and other documents to fly. Photograph: iStock

Airline to fly three times a-week to the Florida destination in run up to Christmas

The number of those aged 15 to 89 in work grew 221,000 or 9.8% to 2.47 million in the year to the third quarter of 2021. Photograph: iStock

CSO figures show jobs in hospitality, professions and tech all grew in period to end of September

Shut-downs of both Whitegate and one of Energia’s two plants in Huntstown, Co Dublin, contributed to a squeeze on electricity supplies last winter that prompted formal warnings about stretched capacity. Photograph: iStock

New problem at facility identified earlier this month

Incoming IAA chair Rose Hynes was unable to say if she filed a return to the Standards in Public Office Commission recording the call with Mr Varadkar, which would have been required had she been lobbying Mr Varadkar. Photograph: iStock

Incoming IAA chair had learned she wasn’t being reappointed to head Shannon board

Denis Brosnan (L), BHSL executive chairman, described Glan Agua as an excellent fit. Photograph: BHSL

Environmental services group buying wastewater specialist for more than €10m

Boom-era property player Bernard McNamara’s multimillion-euro pension pot is protected from his creditors following an EU court ruling

The builder was declared bankrupt in the UK in 2012

Wicklow County Council cathaoirleach Cllr Shay Cullen with Codling Wind Farm project manager Arno Verbeek at Wicklow Port on Friday.  Photograph: Julien Behal

Energy giants to invest estimated €15m in port in a move that will create 115 jobs

The Lioncor subsidiary sought permission for 404 apartments across seven blocks of up to five storeys in Priorsland, Cherrywood, along with 41 houses, a supermarket, shops and offices, close to the M50 motorway.

Developer case involves planning permission refusal for 445 homes in Cherrywood

The charred remains of cladding  on the outer walls of the burnt-out shell of the Grenfell Tower block in north Kensington. Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/ AFP/ Getty

Housing minister Michael Gove says apartment owners should not face remediation costs

Planning conditions for the new runway, imposed in 2007, limit flights between 11pm and 7am to 65 in total.

Regulator’s draft ruling to offer locals close to airport up to €20,000 to pay for insulation

Aer Lingus flights could be served by sustainable aviation fuel.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Sustainable aviation fuel forms part of plans to cut emissions

Skiathos,Greece - the country  recorded the fastest rebound in US visitor numbers, reaching 61 per cent of pre-pandemic levels. Photograph: iStock

Full recovery not expected before 2024, says tourism marketing body

Swords-based ASL operates freight and passenger airlines in Europe, Africa and Asia. Photograph: iStock

Company teams up with US-British firm with aim of launching zero-emission planes from 2026

Aer Lingus chief executive Lynne Embleton: ‘I’m optimistic that the vast, vast majority of business travel will resume.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

More than 1,000 flew with the airline to US on Monday following lifting of restrictions

CEO and co-founder of Web Summit, Paddy Cosgrave, speaks during the first day of the 2021 Web Summit in Lisbon last week. Photograph: Antonio Cotrim/EPA

Web Summit founder to also defend claims he used company’s resources for own purposes

The Government’s latest Climate Action Plan states that it will review its policies on data centre growth to keep it in line with emissions and renewable energy targets. Image: iStock

Rising demand for electricity could see Moneypoint operate beyond closure date

Businesses emitted the equivalent of 7.9m tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2018. Photograph: iStock

Government warns a ‘dramatic turnaround’ is needed

Conviction for crime could carry fine of up to €150,00 or up to five years in prison. Photograph: iStock

‘Health and wellness’ company focus of surprise searches on Tuesday

Equinor confirmed its decision as the Government was preparing to relaunch its Climate Action Plan, which includes ambitious targets for renewable electricity and emissions cuts. Photograph: iStock

Norwegian group pulling out of joint venture with ESB

Paddy Cosgrave, CEO and co-founder of Web Summit,  speaks during the first day of the 2021 Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal on Monday. Photograph: Antonio Cotrim/EPA

High Court hearing takes place as third day of hi-tech event gets under way in Lisbon

News that Lufthansa had recorded a first profit since last year  benefited airlines overall. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP via Getty

Airlines have a good day after positive update from Lufthansa

Representatives from the private Irish forestry sector protesting over felling licensing delays outside the Dáil on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Lobby group says Department of Agriculture licensing backlog has hit 5,500 applications

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Airline hopes to capitalise on gaps left by Covid-weakened rivals as it eyes ‘exciting opportunities’

Aercap’s chief executive  Aengus Kelly: he  said the deal marked a significant milestone for the company. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Aercap agreed in March to buy rival from US giant General Electric for $30bn in cash and shares

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