SoundHound’s Katie McMahon: ‘Ireland has some real rock stars in voice.’

Leading voice tech expert says Irish playing big role in developing solutions

Coinbase was last year valued at $8bn

Popular digital currency exchange already employs 40 people in the Republic

New figures show 9.6 per cent of households here have bought a smart speaker

New figures show 9.6% of households have a smart speaker, with adoption rising sharply

Fixed-rate mortgages continue to rise in popularity, accounting for €575 million or 76 per cent of all new agreements in August.

First-time buyers are paying on average €173 per month more than in rest of euro zone

CMS founder and chief executive Frank Salmon

Co-Mayo headquartered company to continue to run business under Avesta brand

Europe leads the way with 29.7 per cent of positions on boards held by women

New study shows Europe lagging in terms of promoting women to managment positions

The service generates a personal address based on the person’s choice of local post office, which will also be their mail collection point.

‘We can’t solve the homeless problem, but ... we can improve access to essential services’

Frontline, which has offices in Dublin and London, was founded in 2012

Irish VC firm seeks to back early-stage business-to-business companies

Data-protection commissioner Helen Dixon said: “The DPC is disappointed that the additional funding allocated is less than one-third of the funding that the DPC requested in its budget submission.”

Watchdog given additional €1.6 million in budget having sought extra €5.9 million

Tech entrepreneur Brian Caulfield, who leads the recently-formed lobby group Scale Ireland

Brian Caulfield criticises lack of change to capital gains tax regime

AA Ireland was highly criticial of the increase in carbon tax

AA Ireland describes carbon tax increase as a “cash-grab dressed up as a green initiative”

Tech veteran Annrai O’Toole, the chief executive and co-founder of Utmost

Utmost has developed a solution to manage workers not directly employed by companies

The decline in consumer sentiment stands in stark contrast to modest monthly improvements in similar confidence indicators in continental Europe, the US, and even the UK

Consumers in Ireland more downbeat about Brexit impact than in UK and Europe

Ibec has called for the reintroduction of an Enterprise Stabilisation Fund in the same vein as was made available during the financial crisis in 2009

Ibec calls for budget to include €1.5 billion three-year support package to help stabilise the economy and protect jobs

Some 333 of the new roles will be based across the firm’s two Dublin offices with a further 136 in Belfast

Headcount to rise to nearly 3,700 people with new roles across a wide number of sectors

NewsWhip founders Paul Quigley and Andrew Mullaney

Social media monitoring company sees losses narrow as it cites continued growth

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, and Danish prime minister Mette Frederiksen pictured in Copenhagen. Photograph: IDA Guldbaek Arentsen/Getty

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar officially opens Enterprise Ireland’s new office in Copenhagen

BP’s incoming chief executive is Listowelnative Bernard Looney.

Kerryman to succeed Bob Dudley when he steps down from oil giant early next year

 Keith Farely, vice president of Aflac Northern Ireland, Alastair Hamilton, chief executive, Invest Northern Ireland and Virgil Miller, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Aflac

Company opening up a new technology and cybersecurity innovation centre in NI

Obstacles in the way of the growth of ‘smart cities,’ according to the study authors, include a gap between the priorities of municipal authorities and those of their citizens

Irish capital comes in 30th out of 102 ‘smart cities’ according to new global ranking

Praveen Madire and the Techfynder team

New portal will make it easier for employers and IT contractors to find each other

Accumulated losses at the Irish unit now stand at €134.3 million for the unit, up from €80.3 million a year earlier

Artisan goods marketplace writes down value of its intellectual property in filings

Established by Brian O’Sullivan in 1998, Zeus employs 185 people in the Republic and 400 in total across 12 countries

Zeus forecasting revenues of €180m this year with a target of €225m in 2020

Number of super rich people increased by 0.8% to 265,490 last year, while their combined wealth fell by 1.7% to $32.3tn.

New study reveals over 420 ultra-wealthy individuals per million adults in the State

Twitter said it employed 173 people at the Irish subsidiary last year with staff costs totalling €20.06 million

Company slips into red after booking €22.5m impairment charge as revenues rise 42%

Ludgate Hub in Skibbereen

New study suggestes that over 1,000 businesses could be created by the move

S&P said a key reason for the high rating for Irish issuers is due to the fact that close to 80 per cent of them are publicly or state owned

Nearly two-thirds of Irish issuers are rated investment grade, says ratings agency S&P

Ocrex founder and chief executive Brendan Woods

London-listed group has acquired Dublin-based Ocrex, which trades as AutoEntry

The company’s aim is to redefine workflow between developers and designers by creating a better design tool

Modulz has designed visual editor to build products that does not require writing code

The move would extend Virgin’s reach by a third overnight. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Partnership would be a serious threat to Eir, which dominates regional markets

Verizon Ireland had net assets of €37.2 million at the end of 2018

Telecoms group reversed a near €1m loss in 2017 to record a €3.1m pre-tax profit last year

Dublin docklands: the State ranks particularly highly in the ‘future readiness’ category

State moves up one place to 19th out of 63 economies in new IMD rankings

StatSports co-founder and COO Sean O’Connor

Company’s technology is being used by 12 out of 20 sides in the Rugby World Cup in Japan

SAP is the largest software company in Europe, with more than 437,000 customers in more than 180 countries

Turnover at Galway-based unit rises to €180.4m as profits climb to almost €18m

Private-equity buyouts have accounted for 19.8 per cent of all M&A deals in Ireland so far this year, the highest percentage recorded since the financial crisis.

New figures show private-equity buyouts rising with 21 deals this year, worth €1.9bn

Deposify founders Jon Bayle and Dave Brennan. The agreement with Assurant allows Deposify to make further inroads in the US security deposit market.

Financial services start-up gets extra investment and appoints tech veteran Colm Grealy

Outside Dublin, the standardised average rent reached €903 in the second quarter compared with €839 a year earlier.

Mortgage approvals total 4,355 in August, up 4.1 per cent compared with a year ago

From Tralee to Croke Park, summit season gets into full swing over the coming weeks

Ryanair was one of the few to stay in positive territory, closing up 1.5 per cent as it and other low-fare airlines continued to benefit from the the fallout from Thomas Cook

Markets report: Ryanair one of only gainers as Iseq closes lower with most stocks in red

Eni and Mainstream will make a joint bid in the fourth round of Britain’s offshore wind-leasing tenders

Two companies to work together, firstly in the UK, then in Africa and southeast Asia

Scale Ireland chairman Brian Caulfield said backing start-ups was particularly critical right now given global economic uncertainty. Photograph: David Sleator

Scale Ireland and Dublin Chamber urge Government to introduce better incentives

Ian Talbot of Chambers Ireland, which has called for revenues from carbon tax to be invested in green infrastructure

Budget 2020: Greater incentives for Irish businesses needed says Dublin Chamber

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Irish embassy in Kampala

Minister for trade Amelia Kyambadde leads delegation of over 40 Ugandan companies

Vodafone recently renewed its sponsorship deal with IRFU

Vodafone recently signed on as main rugby team sponsor again for a further four years

Rivals VHI and Irish Life Health have also increased prices this year

Health insurer says 1.7% increase will add an average €25 to healthcare plans

Huawei mobile services, known as Huawei ID in some markets, allow users to access the company’s specially designed smartphone apps and to store personal information. Photograph: Matthias Schrader/AP Photo

Mobile software services unit turnover increase largely offset by rise in cost of sales

Terry Clune, TransferMate; Richard Walsh,  BPFI; David Dalton,  Deloitte; Sinead Fitzmaurice, TransferMate; Joe Duffy,  BNY Mellon. Photograph: Shane O’Neill

Other winners include Fexco, Xtremepush, AQMetrics, Fenergo and Ulster Bank

Pretax profits fell to €791,000 from, €1.48 million a year earlier

Mondelez Ireland Production Limited reported revenues of €184.6m last year

Stripe co-founders John and Patrick Collison are estimated to be worth about $2.1 billion  each, according to Forbes

Online payments company was founded by Limerick-born brothers in 2010

The announcement came as the company announced the official opening of its new EMEA headquarters in Dublin.

Company creating 70 new jobs as it opens new EMEA headquarters in the capital

Huckletree already has a co-working space in the Academy building on Pearse Street that is home to 40 organisations

Co-working space provider co-founded by Irishman Andrew Lynch in 2015

Colin Henehan of the HBAN medtech syndicate, and Bluedrop Medical founders Simon Kiersey and Chris Murphy.

Galway-based medtech start-up has secured €3.7 million in investment so far this year

FedEx shares were on course for their sharpest one-day percentage drop since the financial crisis.

Dublin closes lower with banks weak and Cairn Homes among the few to stay positive

Revolut, founded in July 2015 by Nikolay Storonsky,  has raised $340 million in funding to date

Joe Heneghan to lead operations as fintech seeks e-money licence from Central Bank

Larry Ellison,  chairman and co-founder of Oracle, which employs more than 1,400 people in Ireland

Technology giant sold IP rights for €198m to another group company earlier this month

Companies in the property sector accounting for 36 per cent of drawdowns in the second quarter

Wholesale/retail trade and agriculture account for 12% each of €1.4bn in loans

PHP’s Irish assets represent approximately 6 per cent of its total portfolio of 484 properties

Company says proceeds to be used to repay BoI loan facility and invest in Irish portfolio

Century Business Park is a modern industrial development comprising a total site area of 4.57 hectares

Century Business Park went on the market in May with a guide price of €5.35m

Jijay Shen: “Huawei will continue to invest in Ireland and to co-operate with operators to provide the best technology for broadband and mobile.”  Photograph: Jason Clarke

Chief executive Jijay Shen says €70m investment plan shows tech giant's commitment to Ireland

Huawei mobile services allow users to access the company’s  smartphone apps and to store personal information, including payment details, in the cloud. Photograph: Reuters

CEO says Ireland will become very important option for Chinese companies post-Brexit

Huawei co-chairman Guo Ping: “Ireland is a very open country and has a very sound environment for investment as well as outstanding talent.”

Investment focus will be on video, cloud computing and artificial intelligence

Skellig six18 founders Patrick Cooney, June O’Connell and Patrick Sugrue. Photograph: Paul McCarthy Photography

Skellig six18 distillery to be located in former Wilson Socks factory in Cahersiveen

Conor O’Driscoll, master distiller and distillery manager at Heaven Hill

Wild Geese: Conor O’Driscoll heads up one of the biggest bourbon distilleries in the world

Some 1,545 bars closed in the Republic from 2005 to last year, figures show. Photograph: iStock

New figures show nearly 20% of rural pubs have shut up shop since 2005

‘Dublin’s talent and its tech ecosystem make it the perfect place for our first European office,’ said ActiveCampaign founder Jason VandeBoom

Company says initial hires will be in support, sales, customer service and marketing

The new ‘off-Facebook activity’ tool will allow users to control data gathered by Facebook from other apps and websites. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

Critics of social media giant say it is ‘hard to take anything company does at face value’

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte. Political instability in Italy affected  some  heavyweight firms in London and Europe. Photograph:   EPA/Ettore Ferrari

Dalata and Ryanair are biggest fallers in Dublin as Iseq slips into negative territory

Trinity Biotech develops, manufactures and markets diagnostic systems for the point-of-care and clinical laboratory segments of the diagnostic market

Second-quarter sales totalled $22.5m, down 10% versus the $25m reported a year earlier

Chinese FDI into the State experienced a record year in 2016 with investment totalling almost $3 billion

First-half deal activity in the State up to $142m, from just under $80m a year ago

Deeptech Seed Fund founder Pearse Coyle has been a key figure in 11 tech ventures, six of which have gone on to scale and/or a successful exit.

Deeptech Seed Fund aims to link cutting-edge lab research with industry

The banking sector will account for roughly 30 per cent of total blockchain spending between 2018 and 2023

Research company IDC forecasts spending will jump by over 80% this year alone

Macy’s was down 15.2 per cent after it cut its full-year profit forecast as it discounted heavily to clear excess spring season inventory. Photograph: Reuters

CBOE Volatility index, also known as Wall Street’s ‘fear gauge’, rises 4.08 points

Moody’s is forecasting GDP growth of 4% for the Republic this year, which it expects to slow to 3% in 2020. Photograph: iStock

Ratings agency expects State to attract additional FDI in a no-deal Brexit

Established in 2006, Opus is a privately-owned full-service global fund administrator

Fund administration business established operations in Dublin just two months ago

5G technology brings faster mobile speeds, as well as lower latency, increased security and reliability

After much hype, 5G has finally arrived as Vodafone Ireland goes live in five cities

Arrow is one of the largest meat processors in the State

Irish meat processor is owned by the Queally brothers, who also own Dawn Meats

The Central Bank did not initially say how much longer businesses would be given to comply with the new rules

Banking sector welcomes deadline extension for roll-out of online payments changes

According to CSO, the most notable price declines in the year to July were for telephone services and for household-related goods and services.

Largest prices rises linked to higher rents, mortgage interest and energy costs

In the US, where GoContractor is increasingly focused, it counts 11 of the top general contractors as clients.

Initiafy becomes GoContractor as it raises €500,000 and looks to expand in the US

MeetingsBooker.com founder and chief executive Ciaran Delaney.

Company expects to double revenue as booking meetings online becomes the norm

Clear Customs is intended to help industry prepare for the new customs requirements by ensuring they have a detailed understanding of the procedures.

Free training also on offer for businesses as new Brexit-related procedures to come in

Eagle Alpha founder and chief executive Emmet Kilduff

Dublin-based company to use funds to hire additional data scientists and engineers

Established in 2004, Taoglas is focused on next-generation technologies in 5G, the internet of things (IoT), and satellite navigatio

The deal is the Co Wexford tech company’s second acquisition of the year

The headline seasonally adjusted business activity index posted 55.0 in July, down from 56.9 in June

New order growth in sector eases as Brexit uncertainty hits customer demand

Generator operates a hostel in Smithfield, Dublin

Executive uncovered accounting irregularities at the Irish travel software company

Apple slid 4.1 per cent as analysts warned that the newly proposed tariffs may hurt demand for its flagship iPhone

Shares of video-game makers down as Trump blames industry for gun violence

Marie Sherlock of Siptu says seeking assurances from lenders isn’t enough, and moves to return the three main banks to full private ownership should be put on hold

Siptu urges Government to delay re-privatising banks and force them to help SMEs

Most beer is still drunk in bars but off-trade sales rose to 36.5 per cent last year

New report also shows consumption edging up as non-alcoholic beer makes a splash

Glanbia chief executive Siobhán Talbot. The company’s share price was down 8.2% to €10.83 on Thursday.

Glanbia still in negative territory as banks slip back, while FBD and Smurfit Kappa gain

Included in the XVI portfolio were more than 100 apartments at Beechwood Court in Stillorgan.

Overseas buyers the biggest players, accounting for close to 60% of spend, at over €700m

Credit union member savings have risen from €11.8 billion in 2014 to €15 billion currently.

Challenges remain for sector despite reversal of decline in loan-to-asset ratios

Market turns around: Sales of vinyl jump by more than 40 per cent at Golden Discs.

Sales surpass €13m as record shop chain takes outlet count up to 16 with more due

Rodhán Hickey, the Digital Hub’s first technologist-in-residence

Rodhán Hickey takes top tech role at Digital Hub; Liam Cronin is new CEO of RDI Hub

Workhuman co-founder and chief executive Eric Mosley: ‘We’re really just at the tip of the iceberg in terms of how we can grow the business’

Irish software firm growing fast as organisations see benefit of workplace incentives

Final bids for the company were received last Thursday

Group’s market value has jumped by up to 20% to €1.29bn since putting itself on market

INM shareholders last month overwhelmingly backed the Mediahuis buyout

Mediahuis’s €145.6m acquisition of INM was given the green light earlier this week

The new figures are notably worse than Government projections in the summer economic statement published only last month. Photograph: Bloomberg

Medium-term employment outlook keeps getting worse as Boris Johnson talks up prospect of disorderly departure

Keywords Studios chief executive Andrew Day. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill/The Irish Times

Video gaming company reports a 17% rise in first-half group revenues to €146m

Siobhán Talbot: she insisted  the group was sticking to its medium-term target of growing its earnings per share by  5-10%  annually over five years. Photograph: Bloomberg

Earnings in performance nutrition division fall 30% in first half

The jobless rate is nearly three percentage points below the current euro zone average of 7. 5 per cent

New figures show unemployment rate increased by 0.1% this month to 4.6%

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