Damien Bastiat, who is bringing a touch of Gallic flaire to the luxury five-star Ballyfin resort in Co Laois. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

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 Damien Bastiat, general manger of Ballyfin Hotel in Co Laois. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Clooneys and Kardashians have stayed but it’s first-name service for guests at Ballyfin

A photograph of the launch of Norwegian Air’s transatlantic services from Shannon Airport in 2017. These are to be axed in September.

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Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has much to ponder as he frames Budget 2020. Photograph: Tom Honan.

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 Sir Richard Branson, founder of the  Virgin Group with UFC Fighter Conor McGregor and MC Alan Shortt on the main stage of the Pendulum Summit in Dublin in  2018. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography.

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The six stores, in Kilkenny, Clonmel, Balbriggan, Maynooth, Arklow and Ennis,  are currently operated by existing franchisees David Power and Tony Flanagan. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Acquisitions expected to add €5m to retailer’s annual turnover and boost profitability

An Aer Lingus plane taxis before take off at Dublin airport. The airline says facilities at the airport can be expanded while also cutting  passenger charges.  Photograph: REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

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First-round bids for the O’Connell Street shop are due on August 14th with a price of €24.5m being sought by real estate agent Bannon. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish retailer records after-tax profit of €4m last year, largely due to property valuations

Pearse Doherty: ‘It’s a very clever argument by Brian Hayes and that’s why he’s been recruited into the position as the spokesperson for bankers.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Pay restrictions on AIB, BoI and PTSB could be lifted if tests are met, says Brian Hayes

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister of State Michael D’Arcy. Photograph: Tom Honan

Report by consultants recommending changes given to Minister a month ago

Daniel Mackey and Peter Coppinger of Teamwork.com, overall winners of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in 2018. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Entrepreneur relief sees capital gains tax charged at 10% on profits from the disposal of business assets up to a lifetime limit o(...)

Brendan Burgess addressing a Bank of Ireland AGM in UCD. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

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Derville Rowland, director general of financial conduct at the Central Bank. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Central Bank’s final report reveals huge impact of the issue on families who lost their homes

Food being prepared at the Chapter One restaurant in Dublin, where an pre-theatre menu is available to value-conscious diners.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

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Brian Hayes, CEO of Banking and Payments Federation Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

New BPFI chief wants banks to speak out on housing and the economy

David Hall, director and co-founder of the Irish Mortgage Holders Organisation.  Photograph: Collins Courts

Mortgage advocate says level of repossession would be driven by vulture funds who are buying up distressed loans from banks

Legendary Dublin-born retailer Arthur Ryan, the driving force behind the global expansion of Irish fashion group Penneys/Primark, who died on Monday at 83.

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Arthur Ryan, second from left,  and Alma Carroll at the opening of Primark’s store in Boston in 2015, alongside Mayor Martin Walsh and  Primark chief executive Paul Marchant. Photograph: Josh Reynolds

Dublin man established Penneys and Primark as a major global fashion brand

People sleeping rough in Dublin’s city centre. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

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Dublin Simon provides services to more than 6,200 adults and children impacted by homelessness. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Homeless charity sets up fund through which it would lease homes from benefactors for up to 15 years

C&C: Not deterred by Brexit as it shifts listing to “much bigger” London market. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Cantillon: Drinks firm follows Greencore, DCC and United Drug in leaving ISE

Pat Kiely, managing director of Virgin Media TV, believes RTÉ should look to achieve efficiencies rather than seeking additional income from the licence fee. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Pat Kiely wants the Government to review RTÉ’s hybrid model before making any changes to the licence fee or funding

Finance Ireland chief executive Billy Kane, who is selling a pool of mortgages to investors to help fund new lending. Photograph: Bryan James Brophy for The Irish Times

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Matt Ryan: ‘We’ve always just focused on being really good at what we do in our business and long may that continue to be our motto.’

Interview: Matt Ryan - ‘I was born to do business. Love doing business. Still get that kick’

Solvotrin Therapeutics   executive chairman Peter Caldini and chief executive Pat O’Flynn.

Cork-based medicine development company agrees 20-year deal with Fosun Pharma

‘Things are growing quite strongly at present and there will be a slowdown in the Irish economy,’ says Séamus Coffey, chairman of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council.

Fiscal council chairman Séamus Coffey sees risks not being comparable to those of 2007/2008

John Sisk & Son, which won the contracts to build the accommodation and central buildings at the first Center Parcs in Ireland (above), retained its position as the largest contractor, with revenues of just under €1.2 billion

CIF’s latest ranking of contractors shows strong recovery of industry since downturn

Chief executive Jack Teeling and Stephen Teeling, the company’s sales and marketing director. The whiskey brand was launched in 2012, with the distillery opening three years later

Fáilte Ireland gives Dublin distillery €200,000 grant to further develop facilities

The 120-strong delegation from Ireland visited Hong Kong as part of the annual EY Entrepreneur of the Year CEO Retreat. Photograph: Getty Images

Delegation learned of opportunities and challenges of doing business in the high-growth region

PTSB chief executive Jeremy Masding apologised “unreservedly” to the customers affected by the tracker issue. Photograph: Eric Luke

Analysis: Central Bank says €21 million fine reflects ‘gravity’ of PTSB’s failings

A report from KPMG says the Real Madrid is the world’s most valuable club at €3.2 billion. Photograph: PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images

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Two Solar Street Bins, which are manufactured by PEL Recycling in Co Mayo

PEL Recycling has won a tender to supply 50 bins in city as part of €250,000 contract

Luttrellstown Castle, near Castleknock in Dublin. The owners plan to add eight new bedrooms to the castle as part of a multi-million euro expansion

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Luttrellstown Castle near Castleknock in Dublin, which is set to be upgraded

Hotel and golf resort near Castleknock in Dublin is owned by businessmen JP McManus and John Magnier

Staff at Rye River’s brewery in Celbridge, Co Kildare.

Rye River Brewing has also secured a major contract to supply craft beer to retail chain in Finland

Pat Rigney: ‘When I arrived in Hong Kong the other day, I was hugely proud to see Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin on the shelves, both for ourselves and for Leitrim’

Distillery has signed up importers in Vietnam and Malaysia, among other countries

Chief executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam: ‘Suddenly in the middle of last year we had this trade war and all the figures came down’. Photograph: Richie Stokes

Return of bullish growth predicted as region turns towards more trade with Asian states

Sonia Deasy, cofounder of Irish skincare brand Pestle & Mortar

Naas-based firm has signed deal with Marks & Spencer and Harvey Nichols in Hong Kong

Gayle Killilea, the wife of Irish property developer Sean Dunne, enters the US Federal Court House  in New Haven, Connecticut on May 13th in connection with his civil trial. Photograph: Douglas Healey for The Irish Times

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ATA operates in more than 70 countries, with a network of over 1,400 distributors and five facilities following the addition of Karnasch

Deal will increase ATA’s revenues and grow its total workforce from 310 to 400

Breege O’Donoghue, executive director of  Primark/Penneys at their Dublin offices, dressed in clothes by the brand. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

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Cork developer Michael O’Flynn at his scheme in Lucan, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

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Michael O’Flynn at his development in Lucan, one of four that he has under way in the greater Dublin area. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Kildare site will deliver 251 ‘starter’ houses and apartments, with prices for a three-bedroom house starting at €360,000

Adare Manor and Golf resort. No expense was spared on Adare Manor’s renovation, which cost somewhere between €50 million and €100 million, depending on which report you read Photograph: Murray Consultants

Colm Hannon runs Adare Manor, where no expense was spared by owner JP McManus

Trinity College Dublin is seeking to build on its commercial income to help eliminate its financial deficit as government funding declines. Photograph: Frank Miller

Commercial activities will generate €28m net to help fund TCD’s academic work

At the end of last year, 44,000 people were employed in IFS here, across 430 firms. Some 45% of these roles were located outside Dublin. File photograph: Getty

Government set to implement five-year strategy for sector

Fergal Leamy:  set to join Glen Dimplex as its chief operating officer.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Coillte chief executive to succeed Michael Maher in role at Irish heating and energy group

Siobhan Talbot, group managing director of Glanbia Plc. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

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Boxever chief executive and co-founder Dave O’Flanagan, left,  and Ryanair’s chief technology officer  John Hurley at the signing of their five-year deal . Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

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One Molesworth Street in Dublin, which is one of Green Reit’s prime assets.

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David Cronin, newly appointed as president and chief executive of the Ireland Funds America.

Cronin to take up role in June having filled a similar position with the UL Foundation

A giant throne is seen installed at Rockefeller Center in New York last week to promote the red carpet premiere for the eighth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. The popular show will air on 14ht April in the US. Photograph: EPA/Justin lane

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Tanaiste Simon Coveney and Port of Cork Chairman John Mullins at the launch of the Port of Cork’s €80 million container terminal development in Ringaskiddy. Some ferry services to the UK could be moved from Dublin to Cork for a short period to ease congestion in the event ofa no-deal Brexit.

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Ulster Bank’s deputy chief executive said the error emerged when it undertook a trawl of its home loans book as part of the industry-wide tracker mortgage examination ordered by the Central Bank. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Bank will reimburse customers who drew down loans between 2001 and 2008

Denis O’Brien’s Digicel telecoms company.

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Deliveroo is planning a major expansion in Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

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Eason on O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish retailer’s 220 shareholders are expected to share a windfall of €60m

The Hodges Figgis bookstore on Dawson Street in Dublin. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh / THE IRISH TIMES

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Dundrum town centre. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

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Richard Yu, chief executive of Huawei Consumer Business Group, presenting the new Mate X mobile at the Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona. Photograph: EPA/Andreu Dalmau

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Bank of Ireland’s Brexit fund is the latest in a number of initiatives it has undertaken to support customers affected by Brexit

British industry body warns of impact of a no-deal Brexit on Northern Ireland’s exports

Aer Lingus and related airlines in Spain will have six months to sort out ownership issues with the EU in a no-deal Brexit scenario. Otherwise, they could lose their rights to fly between EU member states.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern smiles as she attends the World Economic Forum in Davos last month. Her government has announced plans to tax revenue earned by tech giants like Google, Facebook and Amazon. Photograph: REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo

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Irish retail sales were up but footfall was down in the final quarter of last year, according to data from Retail Ireland. Photograph: AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

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EU campaigners waving the EU and UK flags outside parliament in London last month. Photograph: EPA/ANDY RAIN

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An Post’s new branding will be rolled out over three years, across staff uniforms, delivery trucks and shop fascias

State-owned company adopts a new bright green and updated symbols for branding

East Coast Bakehouse co-founders Alison Cowzer and Michael Carey. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Irish biscuit maker stockpiles ingredients as contingency measure against no-deal Brexit

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary has committed to the airline for another five years but will  take on a new group role as part of a restructuring of its operations.  Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

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 Capital Dock on  Sir John Rogerson’s Quay: Spread over 22 floors and 700,000sq ft, the block occupies a prime corner of Dublin’s south docklands. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

US developer expects 60% of units will be let to foreign nationals working in docklands

Sinn Fein’s finance spokesman  Pearse Doherty has drafted a bill that would prevent banks here from selling a mortgage without the borrower’s consent.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

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Mason Hayes & Curran managing partner Declan Black. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Dublin-based firm returned to growth and warns Brexit is major risk for Irish economy

Siobhan Talbot, chief executive   Glanbia Plc. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

UK accounts for 3% of firm’s revenues and big slice of dairy, cheese joint ventures

Nama  was established in  2009 to take toxic property loans off the balance sheets of domestic banks. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Agency due to wind down by 2021, but State will be left with ‘residual loan portfolio’

Al Gore, former US vice president and Climate Reality Project Chairman, naturalist Sir David Attenborough, and New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Tuesday. Photograph: REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

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An armed member of the Swiss police watches from the snow-covered roof of the Hotel Davos ahead of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland  on Monday. World leaders, influential executives, bankers and policy makers are attending the 49th annual WEF meeting, which runs until January 25th.  Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

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 Eason in O’Connell Street, Dublin. The retailer’s chairman David Dilger said Eason had “delivered” on its financial targets for the year, both in terms of revenues and profits.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish retailer’s chairman David Dilger says migration to online is happening at a ‘faster pace than anticipated’

Eason’s flagship store on O’Connell Street in Dublin, which is being sold by the retailer to fund the development of its retail business and to pay a dividend to shareholders. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

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The St Margaret’s warehousing complex in north Dublin, which Eason has sold for €19m to Irish property fund Iput

First stage in property disposals that will free up €20m

The Intel facility at Leixlip, where Eirgrid is planning a €30 million-plus investment to boost power supply ahead of an expansion of the plant. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

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Barnacles Hostel, Temple Bar, Dublin: the new owners have since signed a 25-year lease with the Irish hotel group Key Collection

Relm Finance has provided €6.5m for MM Capital’s acquisition of Barnacles Hostel

The former Clerys department store changed hands this year. Who are the new owners? Europa Capital-led consortium.

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Bartenders pour blue cocktails through an ice sculpture at CES in Las Vegas on January 7th. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters

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Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy, who has warned of slowing growth in the Irish economy this year due to competitiveness constraints and Brexit uncertainties. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

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The former Clerys department store changed hands this year. Who are the new owners?

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Lisney has offices in Dublin, Cork and Belfast and employs just over 100 staff

Irish estate agent sees turnover rise by €1m but profits fall due to increased costs

The number of accounts in arrears for more than 720 days declined by 199 over the quarter. Photograph: iStock

Central Bank says non-bank entities now hold 10 per cent of owner-occupied arrears

Rosslare and Waterford ports could take spillover traffic from Dublin Port, pictured above, in the event of a no-deal Brexit causing customs delays on goods crossing the Irish Sea. Photograph: Eric Luke.

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Stephen Kavanagh, who is to step down as  Aer Lingus  chief executive at the end of the month. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Stephen Kavanagh to exit airline this month after 31 years with the Irish airline

Aer Lingus chief executive Stephen Kavanagh: “All that will be on offer will be the space and the comfort. We are not going to be reintroducing bespoke catering”.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Airline will operate a business cabin on some of its busiest short-haul routes from second half of 2019

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe pictured at Government Buildings in advance of delivering Budget 2019. The ESRI has concluded that the budget will reduce incomes on average next year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

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Werner Hoyer, president of the European Investment Bank, said Brexit was ‘the most stupid decision since Caligula named his horse a consul’. Photograph: Dursun Aydemir/Getty Images

European Investment Bank announces funds but warns it will be hit hard by Brexit

Former Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane and Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill

FAI finance chief says businessman paid ‘slightly more’ than half of the salaries of senior Irish team’s managers

Taoglas’s tax charge roughly quadrupled last year  to €1.4 million, which had the effect of reducing its after-tax profit by 20 per cent to just under €3 million.

Taoglas turnover up 29 per cent to €45m as operating profit rises 7.7per cent to €4.4m

An image of what the redeveloped Apollo House on Tara Street in Dublin would look like.

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An image of Hibernia Reit’s proposed €100 million office block at Harcourt Square in central Dublin.

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Revenues running at an annual rate of €5 million-€6 million at Bewley’s Cafe on Grafton Street, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish coffee group expects to return to profit in 2018 on strong underlying sales growth

Irishman Mickey O’Rourke pictured at his studio base in Dublin. His company Premier Sports has netted significant rights to show live Scottish cup football in the past week. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

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Livingston’s Steven Lawless vies with Celtic’s Kieran Tierney during a recent Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match. Photograph: Graham Stuart/PA Wire.

Mickey O’Rourke’s Premier Sports secures exclusive rights to Betfred Cup for five years

Gareth Lambe, head of Facebook Ireland: has secured agreement to lease the 14-acre Bankcentre campus in Ballsbridge. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Gareth Lambe, head of Facebook Ireland, talks data breaches, hate speech and EU threats

Gareth Lambe, head of office for Facebook in Ireland: “It’s a great signal of our intent and commitment to Ireland.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Social media giant will quadruple its Dublin office space at AIB’s Bankcentre site

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