Mount Charles Group founder and chairman Trevor Annon. The group recently signed a franchise deal   Freshly Chopped that sees MCG opening at least six outlets in the North.

Support services group won over €10m in contracts at its operations in the Republic

Irish brands command 6 per cent of the total US whiskey market

New figures show Irish whiskey sales rose 13.5% last year to 4.65m cases

Waterways Ireland and Fáilte Ireland are looking to assess the potential of Dublin’s canals as tourist destinations. Photograph: Eric Luke

Dublin City Canals Greenway could join Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East

An artist’s impression of the new Salesforce Tower in Dublin’s Spencer Dock, which is being developed by Johnny Ronan and US investment group Colony Capital

Tech giant downplays housing issue concerns as it unveils new Silicon Docks campus

Of the 11.2 million who visited Ireland in 2018, 4.7 million came from Britain.

Tourism Ireland says opportunities to entice visitors from Britain persist despite Brexit

Vodafone said the agreement would help speed up the adoption of cloud technologies

Companies announce a joint venture which will also see them creating new solutions

Cubic Telecom chief executive Barry Napier

Company’s technology is installed in 1.5m cars in 40 countries

Overall, global app downloads across iOS, Android and third-party stores in China, reached 194 billion last year

Spending in mobile app stores surpassed $100bn last year with China the big spenders

Brendan Hannigan, co-founder of Sonraí Security,  has worked for a number of well-known corporates including Q1 Labs and IBM

New York-based cybersecurity firm co-founded by Dublin tech veteran in 2017

Energia  paid €18m in dividends to its parent during the 12 months to the end of March 2018, as against €30m in the prior year

Energy provider sees jump in revenues due to increase in residential customers

Retailers and manufacturers have been advised to carry out detailed reviews of their supply chains to ensure “day one readiness” for Brexit can be achieved.

‘Radical recalibration’ of business models may be required

Gran Platja beach and Badia de Tossa bay on the Costa Brava. Ryanair Holidays offered holiday packages for Spain and  other countries

Ryanair’s packaged holidays service has been discontinued after just two years

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

Overall investment in Europe and North America by China fell to six-year low last year

The 2018 deal values were skewered by the €54 billion approach by Japan’s Takeda Pharmaceutical for Dublin-headquartered Shire

Figures from Mergermarket show the value of transactions jumped 370% in 2018

The Teeling Distillery and visitor centre in Dublin 8

Number of visitor centres expected to rise to 21 with eight more opening in 2019

US research company Cybersecurity Ventures recently forecast that cybercrime damages will cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021. Photograph: iStock

Senior executives don’t believe they have sufficient safeguards to deal with attacks

Eurofins currently employs about 775 people in the Republic

Three Ireland announces 30 jobs to bring workforce at Limerick operation to 300

Purchasing activity rose at the fastest pace in nine months in December

Optimism among Irish construction firms picks up from a 64-month low last month

In the UK Debenhams stock tumble  following the removal of the retailer’s  chief executive by Mike Ashley. Photograph: Reuters/Simon Dawson/File Photo

Market report: In Dublin Aryzta and Kerry Group lead market into negative territory

LearnUpon co-founders Des Anderson (L) and Brendan Noud

Dublin-based elearning specialists named Irish tech company of the year

IT consulting and managed-services company Arkphire reported a rise in revenues to €90.1 million for the year ending June 30th, 2018. Photograph: iStock

New accounts show boost for Arkphire and Data Solutions, but Ammeon records loss

Michael Carvill: “In 2018 Kenmare achieved production guidance for a third consecutive year, and total shipments of all products also set new annual record levels.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Dublin-listed company says it received higher average prices for all products last year

The number of long-term claimants on the register last month was 79,542, down 18.8 per cent compared to the same month a year earlier

The total number of people on the register stood at 199,669 in December

Tesco went into the Christmas period ranked the Republic’s third largest supermarket chain

Irish arm of Tesco reports flat like-for-like sales over the 19 weeks ending January 5th

Talent Garden’s new “VC in Residence” Brian Caulfield warned start-ups need to thing longer term about funding

Tech veteran and VC partner warns entrepreneurs to think more deeply about funding

Consumer spending on IoT is predicted to reach $108 billion this year.

New IDC forecast predicts 15.4 per cent increase in spend this year to €652 billion

The value of meat and livestock exports from Ireland rose 1 per cent to just under €4 billion in 2018

Bord Bia reports a 2% rise in the volume of exports but value declines 4% versus 2017

Ergo co-founder and chief executive John Purdy

Irish company is guiding revenues in excess of €74m as it nears €100m milestone

Cork-based company to use funds to invest in its tech platform and staff numbers

EI chief executive Julie Sinnamon said the agency remains on target to achieve 60,000 new jobs by the end of 2020. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

State agency says 85% of client companies have taken Brexit-proofing steps

Taoglas, an Irish company which designs and makes high-tech antennae, has acquired US rival ThinkWireless for an undisclosed sum

Taoglas, which is working on 5G and sat-nav antenna, reveals ThinkWireless deal at CES

Keywords Studios chief executive Andrew Day. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Upgrade comes despite Keywords recently predicting below-consensus full-year revenue

Company predicts revenue growth of between 5.2% and 9% for full-year 2019

Employment in the construction sector rose 13.9 per cent in the third quarter

Figures show youth unemployment rate still declining, dropping to 12.2% last month

Innovo is a neuromuscular electrical stimulation device that treats urinary and faecal incontinence in a non-invasive manner

Backers include LSP, Andera, Atlantic Bridge Ventures, Seroba Lifesciences and Earlybird

Stephen Vernon is to join the Staycity board after taking a 5 per cent stake in the company

Green Reit co-founder is to join board of fast-growing aparthotel group

EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards judge Anne Heraty and EY partner Kevin McLoughlin at the launch of the 2019 programme.

This year’s awards will see 24 companies selected to compete across three categories

EnteraSense co-founder Donal Devery: “We want to improve patient outcomes and drive cost down for the health system,” he says.

Irish company seeking regulatory approval for its diagnostics tool by mid-2020

Google received authorisation from the Central Bank on Christmas Eve.

Regulator grants authorisation for tech giant as a payment institution in the Republic

The divestment, which was worth a combined €68 million, involved the fund selling off its shares in companies involved in oil, gas and other fossil fuels

Ireland Strategic Investment Fund divests from 38 companies, raising €68m

The rise in mortgage loans comes as total loans to households fell 1.1 per cent in the year to the end of November

New figures show net mortgage lending rose by €964m or 1.3% in the year to November

Some €90 million has been invested in Irish start-ups associated with HBAN since 2007

Halo Business Angel Network aims to get investors to make extra €15m available

Chris McClelland, Jonny Campbell, Ali Sisk and Kieran Graham, the co-founders and creators of Brewbot, in the company’s workshop in Portadown, Co Armagh. Photograph: Paulo Nunes dos Santos for The New York Times

Chris McClelland to manage programmes for tech-focused start-ups that is based in Belfast

Approximately two-thirds of SMES surveyed said they favour a statutory 30-day payments regime with no opt-outs

Rise in the number of multinationals delaying payments, but SMEs found to be worse

Dublin City Council agreed to buy the homes in Hampton Wood in Finglas at an average cost of more than €380,000 each for use as social housing

Group on the rebound since exiting Nama with turnover jumping to almost €50m

Nama has said it has delivered 2,475 social housing units since 2010, providing homes for an estimated 8,000 people

State agency has provided funding for 9,700 residential units, with more on the way

GreenLight is focused on bringing novel cannabinoid medicines to market for the treatment of conditions such as multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, arthritis, epilepsy and cancer

Canadian investment company takes punt on Irish biopharmaceutical GreenLight

US stocks looked to pare declines after a shaky start. Photograph: Bloomberg

Subdued trading in Dublin with Kingspan, Total Produce and Dalata among gainers

Martin Fitzgerald and Dave Ronayne of Clashrock Capital with Tatsiana Skrabatun and Alex Chernenko of Translit. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Cork-based company provides translation and other language services

A worker at the Andor Technology factory. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker

Digital camera manufacturer reports a big drop in full-year profits and revenues

The battle for talent continues to be the most vexing issue for Irish businesses

New Dublin Chamber survey shows accommodation crisis also proving challenging

Irish whiskey producers have sought assistance from Bord Bia to help tap markets in Asia, where Irish brown spirits are currently small players.

Rivals coming together with aid of Bord Bia to target growth in China and Japan

Glansaol founder Alan Ennis. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Glansaol was established by former Revlon chief executive Alan Ennis in late 2016

The first three measures aimed at eliminating some of the most common corporate tax-avoidance practices used by multinational companies  come into force as of midnight on Monday.

Rules designed to ensure member states implement measures against tax avoidance

Three-quarters of those working in the Irish digital space would consider moving outside of Dublin due to the housing crisis, according to a new survey.

Survey shows more job seekers are looking to relocate due to accommodation issue

The forum said its findings indicate the need for urgent action with concerns that gender bias could enter the coding process, leading to real-world implications. Photograph: Getty Images

New World Economic Forum study shows women account for just 22% of AI workforce

A Gulfstream  G650, the biggest, fastest, and overall best private jet money can buy. The Perrigo tax bill would fund 28 of them.

Money would cover the full cost of the National Children’s Hospital

Yew Grove is primarily focused on office and industrial assets outside Dublin city.

Reit says it has further €16 million available to acquire properties in near term

Biosensia was founded in Dublin in 2009

US company acquired NovaUCD-based biotech firm for an undisclosed sum in July

Andrew Day, chief executive of Keywords Studios pictured at South County Business Park, Leopardstown, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Dublin-based gaming group also announces deal to buy Sunny Side Up for CAD5.9m

Enva said the combined entity will lead to the creation of the second-largest provider of hazardous and specialist waste services in Ireland

Competition regulator identifies several concerns over deal, estimated at up to €45m

Accounts recently filed for Dell Direct show it made the dividend payment ahead of being acquired by fellow group company Dell Products for $18.5 million

Newly-filed accounts show ownership of Dell Direct transferred to another Irish unit

The Republic was previously ranked first in the world to do business back in 2013 but its performance has declined in the years since

Country graded in 11th place out of 161 economies, down from eighth spot last year

Danalto chief executive David McDonald;   Niall McEvoy, HPSU manager at Enterprise Ireland; Tom Farrell, Danalto CTO;  Helen McBreen, investment director, Atlantic Bridge;  Albert Baker, Danalto COO and Neil Gordon, start-up development manager, Trinity College Dublin

IoT-focused company founders previously led the Pervasive Nation initiative

Sixty per cent of Irish fintechs have one or more females represented at senior level

New census shows 17% of fintechs expecting turnover to rise by more than 50%

 Patricia Scanlon, founder of Soapbox Labs, in Dublin. Photograph: Arthur Carron

Patricia Scanlon, founder of SoapBox Labs was last week named among world’s best

The TraceDonate app enables donors to the Irish Red Cross to find out exactily what their donation is being spent on

New TraceDonate app allows donors to find out exactly where their donation is going

Figures published by the Central Statistics Office in November show the value of Irish whiskey exports grew 10.1 per cent during the first eight months of the year

Permission granted on appeal for project covering 12 maturation warehouses

Intercom cofounders Eoghan McCabe, Des Traynor, David Barrett and Ciaran Lee

Tech unicorn targets further growth as turnover climbs from $33.1m to $61.5m

The new credit facility agreement replaces one that was repayable in November 2020

Weighted average maturity of the group’s debt increases from 1.9 years to 5.7 years

NTR has identified the French onshore wind and solar market as a core market for its second sustainable infrastructure fund

Infrastructure company signals intent to expand its presence in French market

The National Competitiveness Council said there is much to be done on the domestic front to improve competitiveness

National Competitiveness Council raises concerns about range of issues facing Irish economy

The move comes just a few months after Q3 subsidiary AMG received CE mark approval for its novel biodegradable biliary and pancreatic stent technology

Holding company is primarily focused on acquiring medical device businesses

Designer Clare O’Connor, retailer Thomas Ennis and Minister of State for the Diaspora Ciaran Cannon at the launch of Back for Business

New Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade initiative seeks to aid entrepreneurs

The Inscribe team: Oisin Moran, Ronan Burke, Conor Burke and James Eggers

San Francisco-headquartered start-up to hire 10 people for new engineering hub in Dublin

UrbanVolt chief executive Kevin Maughan says the recent contract wins were worth a combined seven-figure sum

Company also predicting it will seek additional funding as it ramps up operations

The Christmas market outside Belfast City Hall. While retailers in the Republic have noted an increase in the number of shoppers crossing the Border of late, many say they are not as concerned as in the past

Retailers along Border largely optimistic about prospects despite sterling decline

There was a 23 per cent year-on-year increase in new mortgage agreements  in the 12 months to October

New data show average interest rate locally is 3.06% compared to EU average of 1.77%

Permissions were granted for 4,879 houses, a rise of 29.6 per cent versus the same three-months last year

New figures show permission granted for 8,018 dwelling units in the third quarter

The High Court last month approved payments of more than €20 million out of the Insurance Compensation Fund to meet a 35 per cent shortfall in awards concerning motorists insured by the collapsed Malta-based insurer Setanta Insurance

Danish government not liable to meet claims to collapsed Danish insurer after law change

The Dublin-based subsidiary will be called MJ International Research Company

MJ Holdings basing new subsidiary in Ireland as it targets key markets in Europe

Fixed broadband speeds increased over the year with 86.5 per cent of all subscriptions equal to or greater than 10Mbps

New figures show there are 1.72m active broadband subscriptions in the Republic

Exports of goods and services increased 1.5 per cent during the quarter

New figures show economy grew 0.9% in the third quarter, according to CSO

Bluestone has been operating in the Irish market since 2011

Company has advanced €167m to date, says absolute volumes are up 20% this year

Finalcad has raised over $60 million to date

Dublin-listed VC firm backs French construction mobile platform start-up

Revolut is currently opening between 8,000 and 10,000 current accounts daily and transacting more than $4 billion per month in volumes

Big bank alternative to start offering full banking services early next year

The idea for the new cluster arose following a cybersecurity forum held in Cork by CIT last year

First time the State agency has funded an initiative of this kind

Clanwilliam has combined revenues approaching $100 million with operations in eight countries

Group recently agreed a €300m debt placement with Alcentra for further expansion

Vodafone’s interim CTO Max Gasparroni said the trial would allow the company to look at how it can enhance and extend broadband access to customers in the most rural parts of the country

Company undertaking trial to see if it can operate a rural wireless broadband network

WhiteSwell is pioneering a minimally invasive catheter-based approach to more efficiently remove excess interstitial fluid in patients with acute decompensated heart failure

Whiteswell is developing a minimally invasive catheter-based approach to treat acute decompensated heart failure

NewsWhip founders Paul Quigley and Andrew Mullaney.

Social media monitoring firm reports €3.61 million loss as revenue rises to €4.02 million

Teamwork founders Daniel Mackey and Peter Coppinger. They’re targeting turnover of $50 million by the end of 2021. Photograph: Tom Honan

Having steadily built their business since 2007, Coppinger and Mackey want to hit revenues of $450m a year within a decade

Lucy Ní Mhaoláin (11) plays Trócaire’s new education game ‘Project Honduras’ together with her classmates Mia Ní Raghailligh (12), Harvey Mac Riocard (11) and Brandán Ó Casín (11) from  Gaelscoil  Bharra Cabrach in Dublin. Photograph : Garry Walsh/ Trócaire

Irish charity Trócaire launches new strategy game based on experience of climate activists

The annualised volume of mortgage approvals reached 45,316 in the 12 months to the end of October

New figures show €930m worth of mortgages received approval during the month

Denmark’s state prosecutor last week filed preliminary criminal charges against Danske Bank for alleged violations of the country’s anti-money laundering act in relation to its Estonian branch.

Procurement office ‘closely monitoring’ scandal involving Danske Bank

Coillte and other State-backed companies are heavily reliant on Britain for trade

New report shows forestry service Coillte derives 41% of its revenues from Britain

Laya had a 27 per cent share of the overall health insurance market as of the the end of July, as against VHI’s 52 per cent share and Irish Life Health’s 21 per cent share

State’s second-largest health insurer also reports big rise in turnover to €66.6m

UCD Smurfit School improved its position in the list again this year

UCD Smurfit School also feature in the list, rising one place to 23rd spot overall

Revenues for the company behind Tullamore Dew rose from €30.3 million in 2016 to €37 million last year as the company gained from the huge interest in Irish whiskey globally

Global sales of Tullamore Dew and its variants stands at about one million cases

Glanbia has a 50 per cent stake in Southwest Cheese, a joint venture that began operations in Clovis, New Mexico, in 2004.

US state’s trade development officer highlights success of Glanbia in the city of Clovis

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