Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath pictured at the event in Dublin Castle

National Economic Dialogue hears of multiple threats to economic prosperity

In Dublin, residential property prices fell by 0.8 per cent in the second quarter, and annual inflation is now at 1.2 per cent, its lowest level since early 2016

Average house price in second quarter was €263,000, new figures show

SMEs often face difficulties accessing finance for the purchase of products or may be unable to obtain or agree credit terms with suppliers

Product is aimed at SMES looking to buy goods for resale from within Ireland or overseas

The former Bemis plants have been sold by Australian packaging giant Amcor, which agreed to divest the properties in order to receive European Commission clearance for its $6.8 billion merger with Bemis

Packaging giant Amcor divests plants to get approval for $6.8bn merger with Bemis

The BAI has submitted a proposal to Government in which it seeks to be given extra powers to supervise content shared online. Photograph: iStock

Broadcast authority does not have instincts to perform task, says Simon McGarr

Some 42 million passenger journeys were recorded on the Luas last year across both lines. Photograph: David Costello

Transdev has operated the Luas since 2004, while Alstom had the maintenance contract

Marco Giardina, Stefano Francavilla and Paul van Bommel of Geowox, a property tech start-up  that produces automated property valuation solutions

Backers include Enterprise Ireland and Killian O’Higgins, outgoing MD of WK Nowlan

Gin volumes were up 31.8 per cent in 2018 to 324,000 nine-litre cases

Overall spirit sales rose 6.5% last year with flavoured gins the main driver of growth

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has applied to regulate online video content posted on social media platforms. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Broadcasting authority says it will need additional resources it it is to regulate social media

Vodafone’s new ‘Business Invent’ platform enables developers to quickly create IoT-focused apps for industry

Move comes as recent figures show huge surge in IoT connectivity in the Republic

Locksmith Dave O’Toole (centre) with employees Aaron Whelan and Stephen Murphy. Photograph: James Forde

Locksmith launching €1 million crowdfunding drive to commercialise smart lock

Locksmith Dave O’Toole in his shop on Amiens Street in Dublin. Photograph: James Forde

Dave O’Toole aims for big-time with smart lock developed for people with disabilities

In New York, the S&P 500 hit a new all-time high in early trading on Friday. Photograph: Reuters

Dublin market closes lower with Flutter, Smurfit, Kerry and Bank of Ireland down

The Irish beef and veal sector is hugely dependent on exports with five of every six tonnes of produce exported and about half of this going to the UK. Photograph: iStock

Market uncertainty arising from Brexit has hit beef farmers hard with profits slumping

IDA chief Martin Shanahan:  he said while the immediate outlook looked positive there were “significant downside risks to FDI in the medium term”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

IDA attracts 140 foreign direct investment projects in the first six months of 2019

LinkedIn has 630 million members globally, including two million in the Republic

Social network to take Irish headcount to 2,000 by middle of next year with new hires

US assistant attorney general John Demers pictured in Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Assistant attorney general John Demers issues warning on 5G during Dublin visit

Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sanders pictured in the new Netflix film Murder Mystery

Streaming services hiking prices by up to 14.5% in Republic and other parts of Europe

PatSnap founder and chief executive Jeffrey Tiong: ‘We’ve had talks with State agencies in Ireland and are looking at opening an office in Dublin in the next 12 months.’

Software company has developed IP platform used by 8,000 organisations globally

Phorest founder Ronan Perceval: the start-up was founded in 2003 and now employs 200 people in Dublin, Cologne and Philadelphia

Company named most successful business financed by early stage investors

When start-ups with one or more women founders do secure funding, they tend to receive a third less

Start-ups founded by women much less likely to receive funding than those led by men

This was the second successive month in which RevPar declined, having slipped 2.7 per cent in April

Decline comes as the local market has expanded by 1,000 rooms in the past 12 months

Zego, which entered the Irish market last September, offers commercial insurance options for those working in the so-called ‘gig economy’. Photograph: Tom Honan

Company provides commercial insurance options for those working in gig economy

Swoop co-founders Andrea Reynolds and Ciaran Burke. The company currently has more than 1,000 funding providers on its database

Start-up is one of five fintechs to be given a combined €25m from programme

Founded in 1998, Zenith employs some 300 people in Ireland and more than 500 people overseas.

Nasdaq-listed IT consultancy snaps up Ringaskiddy-headquartered company

CPL Resources CEO Anne Heraty said Ireland should look at how the Finnish education system works to get ideas on how our own education sector could be improved. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Anne Heraty calls for overhaul of education system and increased spending at third level

 Mecca founder Jo Horgan was representing Australia at the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year awards

Jo Horgan, the woman behind Australian cosmetics retailing giant, expects such products to ‘take off’

US tech veteran Brad Keywell has been named EY World Entrepreneur of the Year for 2019. Photograph: Daniel Candaux

Brad Keywell, who previously co-founded Groupon, wins for latest venture Uptake Technologies

Sales of Jameson rose 11%  to 235,400  cases, giving the brand a 40.5% market share domestically. Photograph:  iStock

Jameson retains market leader slot in image flip from a ‘dad drink’ to a younger profile

Teamwork founders Daniel Mackey and Peter Coppinger are representing Ireland at the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year awards in Monaco this week. Photograph: Tom Honan

Company’s founders are representing Ireland at EY World Entrepreneur of Year awards

The Step card is linked to the Step mobile app which enables users to send and receive money instantly, shop online or in-store and use digital wallet platforms.

Step aims to teach ‘pre-banked’ generation financial literacy through app

Strencom chief executive Tim Murphy,  of and Baker Security and Networks founder Robert Baker.

Dublin-based technology solutions provider has more than 100 clients including OPW

The Samsung Galaxy Watch. Sales of wearable devices soared in the first quarter, new figures show.

Trade tensions help drag shipments of smartphones lower but rebound forecast

Shares in Arytza, which owns the Cuisine de France brand, fell 13.3 per cent on Tuesday

Stocks linked to money manager Neil Woodford slump after fund holds back cash

Richard Morton, manager, Equity Investment Unit, AIB, left, Minister Heather Humphreys, Donnchadh Cullinan, manager, Growth Capital, Enterprise Ireland and Paul Finnerty, chairman of Yield Lab Europe, at the announcement of a new ’agtech fund’

Enterprise Ireland and AIB invest in fund for firms improving sustainability in food

Daniel Mackey and Peter Coppinger of Teamwork, pictured after winning at the  EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Dublin in October. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Peter Coppinger and Dan Mackey out to represent Ireland in Monaco this week

UCD Smurfit Executive Development ranks 43rd in the world for its open enrolment programmes, having climbed five places this year

Financial Times executive education rankings assess business schools worldwide

Turnover climbed to €28.9 million from €26.3 million

Newly filed accounts detail events turnover for the first time

A scene from Sex Education,  one of a number of British programmes backed by Netflix in recent years

Streaming service says it is to increase prices as it invests more in original content

Dara Deering was recently among the contenders to replace Wim Verbraeken as chief executive of KBC’s Irish unit

KBC Bank Ireland senior executive is the first chief executive of the State-backed body

Paschal Donohoe said the Government “fully supports the development and adoption of new technologies like blockchain”

Irish banking industry announces new blockchain-based education platform

Nama said it generated €3.27 billion in cash in 2018, of which €3.14 billion was from the sale of loans and properties

Agency raises surplus guidance from €3.5bn as it announces 65% rise in after-tax profits

Deem’s suite of cloud-based travel booking and management tools are currently used by more than 50,000 corporate customers and travel management companies in 61 countries

Software company owned by car rental giant Enterprise to open innovation centre locally

Matt Henderson, the new head of global engineering for EMEA at

Online payments firm increasingly focused on European opportunities driven by SCA

Prof Ronan Farrell, inside the specially constructed anechoic chamber of the new National 5G Test Centre at Maynooth University. Photograph: Maxwells Dublin

RadioSpace provides range of services to developers of next-gen wireless technologies

Ambisense chief executive Stephen McNulty: the spin-out from Dublin City University   designs low-cost instruments to monitor quality levels of gas and air. Photograph: Lensmen Photographic Agency

Early-stage VC firm teams up with Atlantic Bridge to invest €1.1m in DCU spin-out

IDA Ireland chief executive Martin Shanahan: “These rankings are constantly changing, and Ireland has to be constantly improving its product if we are to continue to win investment”

The survey of 63 countries sees the Republic reverse a decline last year when it slipped out of the top 10 primarily due to Brexit

John Teeling: All I can offer my fellow shareholders is hope, hope that at long last some genuine opportunities will be open to our company”

Entrepreneur’s AIM-listed explorer announces another year of no revenues

Excluding DRAM and NAND, the overall semiconductor market rose by 8 per cent year-over-year

IDC said sales to fall from $474m to $440m due to oversupply, will bounce back in 2020

Salesforce Ventures introduced its first $100 million investment fund in Europe in 2015 and since then has backed 50 start-ups in 13 countries. Photograph: iStock

Irish companies such as SalesOptimize have previously been backed the corporate VC

Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) rides  Drogon towards Euron Greyjoy’s fleet in season eight of Game of Thrones.  The animator who headed the team that created the dragons is coming to Dublin for a free animation masterclass.

Dublin-bound Jonathan Symmonds says creating the three dragons for the series was harder than learning to fly

Last year there were 219 FDI projects reported locally

Capital investment projects to the State rose 32% in 2018 to $10.5bn, new figures show

Poppulo founder and chief executive Andrew O’Shaughnessy with Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys at the company’s offices

Company formerly known as Newsweaver also creating a similar number of jobs in US

Thermo Fisher Scientific says it is to continue to produce APIs for GSK in Cork under a multi-year supply agreement. It also plans to supply similar products to other companies as well.

Site’s 400 staff will transfer to new owners as plant continues to supply British pharma giant

Manna chief executive Bobby Healy says the start-up’s  goal is to build a worldwide drone delivery system that can deliver at “massive volume”.

Start-up expects to get approval to start delivering food by drones in Ireland shortly

Sprout social is a social media management and optimisation platform which integrates with Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Instagram

Company provides social media management platform for more than 25,000 clients

Liam Clements (10)  celebrating Techies4TempleStreet’s fifth birthday

More than 1,600 people expected at Techies4TempleStreet with aim to raise €250k

 Sandra and David Whelan of VR Education.

Irish virtual reality company secures three-year deal worth €210,000

Nextdoor chief executive Sarah Friar pictured at Moneyconf in Dublin last year

Former Square finance chief now leads social network company valued at $2.1bn

Glofox chief executive Conor O’Loughlin

Start-up was founded by former Connacht Rugby scrum-half Conor O’Loughlin

The commission stressed it was not against data pooling arrangements, which it said, can contribute to effective competition

Focus on whether restricting access to database leads to competitive disadvantage

The deal was reportedly worth €1.56 billion. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Acuris is a financial information services that claims 115,000 daily users

Niall  O’Sullivan’s appointment comes during a difficult period for the Dublin-listed company, whose long-standing chief executive Aidan Brogan quit earlier this month

Niall O’Sullivan has also held senior positions with Pearson, Vodafone and Oracle

Nick Read, chief executive of Vodafone. The company said the number of customers using its 4G network rose with over 1.1 million devices now 4G enabled. Photograph: Sergio Perez/File Photo/Reuters

Europe’s biggest telecom carrier slashed its full-year dividend by 40% to 9 cent per share

Creditors’ voluntary liquidations (CVLs) accounted for 142 or 73 per cent of all insolvencies

A total of 195 companies entered insolvency during the first quarter, new figures show

The European airline sector underperformed, with Ryanair closing 2%  lower at  €10.77

Most stocks on Iseq slump as air sector deflates

Pricing for the tests start at about €50 each and usually only require a simple prick of the finger

LetsGetChecked has 30 tests covering sexual health, cancer screening and fertility checks

MyTaxi said cash-only users who incur a charge will be blocked from using the MyTaxi app until fees have been fully paid. Photograph: Alan Betson

Users can cancel rides at any time but may face charges under updated terms

BT said it secured a number of key contracts during the year. Photograph: iStock

Earnings at telecoms giant to fall this year, new chief executive Philip Jansen says

MyDawa, which launched in March 2007, now has over 80,000 registered users. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

MyDawa manufactures generic drugs that it then supplies to customers via its platform

Reddit  is establishing its new office on St Stephen’s Green and intends to hire up to 25 people initially. Photograph:   Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Controversial online forum confirms plans to establish international office in the capital

Patricia Scanlon: ‘If you want world-class companies then you have to invest deeply.’

Leading official reveals details about how commission is shaking up funding options

Trinity Biotech’s clinical revenues were 6 per cent lower at $18.8 million in the first quarter.

Nasdaq-listed company records 15.4 per cent decline in point-of-care revenue to $3.2m

The report noted that FDI inflows plummeted last year due to the impact of US corporate tax cuts in late 2017

State slips one place to 20th in global ranking of top countries for FDI attractiveness

Dublin has slipped three places to 44th in the city sub-index

Authors of global rankings say State should try to bolster support for start-ups in cities outside of Dublin

Hainan Airlines commenced a new, year-round service between Dublin and Shenzhen in February. It also flies between Dublin and Beijing.

Body looking to woo more visitors to Ireland after start of direct flights boosts numbers

Docusign chief executive Dan Springer: “I’m optimistic that we could have 1,000 employees in Dublin in five years’ time.”

US software firm says it will be aggressive in seeking staff in the Republic

Hardware and services investments will account for more than 75 per cent of all spending this year, according to IDC

New forecast from IDC indicates spending will jump by 17.9% to $118tn this year

Kaseya is valued at $1.75 billion following its latest fundraising round.

US technology firm previously secured €19 million from strategic investment fund

Alastair Blair: “There is no way the acquisition thing will stop”

Company has deployed an estimated $5bn in about 90 strategic acquisitions globally

 Gearóid O’Driscoll: he raised concern about the lack of broadband access outside major cities, and about a need to attract more accountancy trainees

CPA Ireland president Gearóid O’Driscoll says rural regeneration fund is too restrictive to maximise its value

Stripe founders John and Patrick Collison

Roles will be based in US, Canada as Dublin hub ‘not mature enough’ to support workers

Paddy Power pointed to a 43% drop in fixed-odds betting terminal revenues in its latest results

Bookie was the worst blue-chip performer in London as it skidded 5.4% on sports results

Dalata chairman  John Hennessy,and chief executive Pat McCann at the group’s agm in Dublin.  Photograph: Maxwell’s

Group has a pipeline of over 2,190 rooms that it plans to open between 2020 and mid-2021

CWSI was set up in 2011 by Ronan Murphy. Photograph: Getty Images

Mobile enterprise specialist now valued at €15 million, a 233% increase in four years

MiddleGame general partner Patrick Pinschmidt said he was impressed by the calibre of fintech companies he had come across in the Republic in recent years. Photograph: Rebecca Drobis

Firm is behind NadiFin accelerator, which takes place in Dublin and Luxembourg

Coinbase has more than 25 million users across 53 countries with more than $150 billion traded on its platform to date

Coinbase Card will allow people to use bitcoin to buy a coffee or get cash from the ATM

Pat Rigney, managing director of The Shed Distillery, pictured filling the first ever bottle of Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin

Leitrim gin maker records accumulated profits of €2.84m

Brian O’Sullivan,  chief executive of Zeus Packaging

Irish-owned packaging group is targeting revenues of €200m by the end of next year

The Huawei P30 Pro. The Chinese mobile maker now has 19% market share

Chinese mobile maker reports 50.3% jump in sales as Apple shipments down 30.2%

Buymie Technologies founder Devan Hughes. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Company backers include Unilever and former dragon Eamonn Quinn

The INM board on Tuesday accepted a €145.6 million bid from Belgian media group Mediahuis

A look back at some of the major events at the media group over the last decade

The youth unemployment rate stood at 12.8 per cent in April, as against 13.5 per cent in the previous month

Figures from Central Statistics Office show there were 129,700 unemployed in April

A computer-generated image of the planned Salesforce Tower.  Johnny Ronan is seeking permission to add two extra storeys to the  office block, which  he is developing in the Dublin’s docklands

Survey conducted by company seeking end to restrictions finds locals are open to the idea

 Butternut Box founders Kevin Glynn and David Nolan

Revenues up 700% last year at Butternut Box co-founded by Irishman Kevin Glynn

The investment is to be supported by Invest Northern Ireland, which is providing £9.95 million in funding to enable research and development in nanophotonics

Data storage company expanding its wafer manufacturing plant in Springtown

First-time buyers accounted for 47.3 per cent of all mortgages drawndown during the first three months of this year

Additional figures show 4,142 mortgages were approved in the month of March

The largest transaction recorded was the off-market sale of Charlemont Exchange.

Investment market sees solid opening to year with turnover of €507m across 29 deals

Patrick and John Collison of Stripe

Solution is intended to help companies implement subscription models quickly

IDC said sales of smart speakers in Europe reached a record 7.5 million units shipped in the fourth quarter of 2018

Prediction that smart speaker ownership will overtake that of tablets globally by 2021

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