Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May during the European Union leaders informal summit in Salzburg. Photograph: Lisi Niesner/Reuters

Business Week: also in the news – Budget 2019; a Denis O’Brien bid; and Ryanair’s agm

File photograph showing  Sarah Louise Mulligan (foreground) and fellow presidential hopeful Gemma O’Doherty.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

South Dublin County Council votes not to nominate any candidate for election

The Irish Kidney Association confirmed the spike following the broadcast of Orla Tinsley: Warrior on RTE One on Monday.

Public response to programme ‘not seen in a decade’, says kidney association

Workers deal with a fallen tree on Finglass Road by Glasnevin Cemetary, Dublin after Storm Ali. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Luas disrupted until Friday and 25,000 without power while Storm Bronagh to impact tonight

EU regulations set out common basic standards for aviation security in the EU. Photograph: Brian Tietz/AP

Umbrella group says services would be ‘highly degraded’ all over continent

The scene near Clifden, Co Galway, where a woman died after her caravan was blown off a cliff during  Storm Ali. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Storm Ali moves away from Irish coast after leaving almost 200,000 without power

A number of people get together, often with two not very expensive cars, and crash them into each other before all claiming injury. There are a number of rings engaged in this type of thing in Cork, Donegal, Dublin, and Galway.”  Photograph: Alan Betson

Head of Axa’s special investigation unit says fraudsters crashing into each other

Michael D’Arcy, Heather Humphreys and commission chairman  Nicholas Kearns present the findings of the final report of the Personal Injuries Commission. Photograph: Iain White/Fennell Photography

Former High Court president Nicholas Kearns says system is ripe for abuse

Nicholas Kearns: report points out that “exaggerated and fraudulent claims” have an “adverse impact” on overall claims costs. Photograph: Alan Betson

Average compensation for whiplash about 4.4 times higher in Ireland than in Britain

A new report revealed the average compensation award for whiplash injuries is approximately 4.4 times higher than in Britain. Photograph: iStock

Major new report from the Personal Injuries Commission calls for ‘rebalancing’ of awards

Conor McGregor’s Eire Born Spirits has announced the launch of ‘Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey’.

Mixed martial arts fighter scrapped idea to call product ‘Notorious’ after trademark row

Statsports has 500 clients, including leading European soccer clubs such as Barcelona. Photograph: Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images

Sports company has 500 clients including many leading European football clubs

Australia’s ambassador, Richard Andrews, HealthKit EMEA team lead Michael Malone and HealthKit chief executive Alison Hardacre. Photograph: Gerard MCCarthy

New facility will help growth and create 10 ‘high-level’ jobs over the next nine months

The portfolio comprises six buildings totalling 237,000 sq ft located at Eastpoint Business Park.

New York-based private equity firm acquires Google and Oracle buildings in north Dublin

British prime minister Theresa May  with former Brexit secretary David Davis and former foreign secretary (and would-be challenger) Boris Johnson. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/AFP/Getty Images

Business Week: also in the news was Ryanair woes; corporates; and economic indicators

RCSI students Onuche Ochai, Caitlyn Joy Loo Yang Xim, Hazel Walshe and Taylor Cunningham outside its offices. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

Almost 15,000 cases of sepsis were diagnosed in Ireland in 2016, resulting in 2,735 deaths

Michele Puckhaber, the helpline’s executive director, said the increase was likely down the #MeToo movement and other awareness campaigns.

Crime Victims Helpline published its 2017 annual report on Thursday

Vicky Phelan leaving Government buildings this afternoon. Photo: Nick Bradshaw

Patient representatives want Scally recommendations implemented immediately

 Dr Gabriel Scally and Stephen Teap - who lost his wife Irene Teap to cervical cancer during the launch of the Scally Report into the CervicalCheck screening programme in  Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Scally report reveals ‘disturbing’ manner of disclosure of scandal to affected women

A new survey found  one-quarter of people on repeat prescriptions pay more than €50 each time they go to a GP for a renewal. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA

Patients are paying ‘more than €50’ each time they go to a doctor to renew a prescription

Cllr John O’Donnell from Donegal filmed in a meeting with an undercover RTÉ reporter. Image: RTÉ

John O’Donnell’s barrister also says line was blurred between private and public roles

Former taoiseach John Bruton was critical of Minister for Health Simon Harris’ speech to the Dáil following the result of the referendum. File photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Former taoiseach believes asking physicians who oppose terminations to refer patients is unnecessary

The development authority proposed by Fianna Fáil aims to build on a 2017 report by Kieran Mulvey.

Fianna Fáil says there is cross-party support for new body with powers to regenerate area

FirstLight members Tomás Fay (left) and Tatiana da Silva Souza with baby Lily. The couple lost their daughter, Lorena,in August 2016. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sabina Higgins lends support to organisation helping families who have lost a child suddenly

In muscular dystrophy, abnormal genes, or mutations, interfere with the production of proteins needed to form healthy muscle.

Charity wins award for its work improving lives of patients

Hardline Brexiteers Nigel Farage and Jacob Rees-Mogg: getting to grips with the details of exit. Photograph: Dan Kitwood

Business Week: also in the news were house prices, the economy, Ryanair and INM

Glass Lewis has called on Ryanair shareholders not to re-elect chairman David Bonderman over his links to chief executive Michael O’Leary (above).

European crew threaten to strike as pilots’ deal averts transfer of up to 300 Irish jobs

Fears of a no-deal Brexit have been fuelled in recent weeks following the rejection of UK prime minister Theresa May’s Chequers proposals.

A new report from Davy issues stark warning, but suggests a fudge will be found

Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan drowned in the bath of a London hotel room last January. File Photograph: Bruno Bebert/AP

In the UK, just under 4% of all accidental drownings last year occurred in a bath

 Raise the Roof Rally for Housing initiative launch. Pictured  Fr Peter McVerry and Congress president Sheila Nunan  Photograph: PHOTOCALL IRELAND

Campaigner also warns of Brexit influx and puts number in ‘serious distress’ at 500,000

NUI Galway president Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh said promotion of the Irish language was ‘a core value’ of the university.

Scheme is designed to ‘improve and broaden Irish language services’ at the university

Bullsmouth NS is under the patronage of Archbishop of Tuam Dr Michael Neary. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Parents ‘devastated’ about situation but decline to publicly divulge their reasons

The study authors, based at Aarhus University Hospital, said it was time to “acknowledge potential health risks” of diclofenac.

Study links active component in Difene to increased risk of heart attack and stroke

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan. File photograph: Collins

Flanagan ‘disappointed’ vote will not take place, but women’s council welcomes delay

Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar; John Higgins, president and chief commericial officer of Avolon; and Dómhnal Slattery, chief executive of Avolon, pictured at the opening. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Aircraft-leasing company says facility will house most of its 250 global workforce

Ryanair chief operations officer Peter Bellew said Ryanair and Stansted were “clearly being discriminated against”.

Air traffic controller provider says it ‘cannot be blamed’ for airline’s performance

McAvoy Group managing director Eugene Lynch (left) said the company is expanding capacity.

Dungannon-based company has said it can reduce programme times by at least half

IAG chief executive Willie Walsh. The firm has been added to Davy’s list of “top picks”. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

Stockbroker says network airline ‘likely’ to pursue a deal for Norwegian Air Shuttle

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar welcomed figures showing more Irish emigrants returning than leaving: “Right track my arse” was one tweeted response.

Business Week: also in the news were Denis O’Brien companies, windfalls and Trump

Barry Jones with daughters Molly (L), Cara (C), Elsie (R), and his father Frank with their homemade scarecrow.

‘If we get the four in a row, I’ve to run out and paint the number four around Sam,’ says Lisa

Shire’s offices stand at the Citywest Business Campus in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley / BLOOMBERG

Sale proceeds are expected to enable pharma giant to further reduce its leverage

There was an increase of 3.6 per cent in average weekly earnings in the private sector, rising from €659.48 to €683.12.

Latest figures from the Central Statistics Office show wages are climbing in all sectors

The figure of 1,160,500 tourists indicated an overall increase of 129,000 compared to twelve months earlier.

Figures follow warning that Dublin faces shortfall of 1,100 hotel rooms by 2020

Dalata operates Ireland’s two largest hotel brands, the Clayton and the Maldron Hotels across Ireland and the UK.

Rival Prem Group opens first venture in Belgium with Premier Suites in Antwerp

Cardinal John Dew, who is the Archbishop of Wellington, New Zealand, has said Pope Francis did “extremely well” in his handling of the clerical abuse issue.

Senior cleric coy on whether allowing priests to marry might solve shortage of priests

Food and live animals made up 33 per cent of all Northern Ireland’s goods exports to the Republic. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Republic is comfortably North’s largest marketplace, outstripping the rest of the EU

M&C Saatchi described Limerick as “a city region that is undergoing an exciting transformation”.

Efforts underway to win more investment and attract greater numbers of visitors

Operating conditions in the Dublin hotel market remained “very strong” in 2017, but sector is set to fall short of demand.

New report by Fáilte Ireland says the State will miss out on tens of millions of euro

Britain’s Brexit secretary Dominic Raab and EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier hold a joint news conference. Barnier said both sides needed to “de-dramatise” the backstop. Photograph: Reuters

Business Week: Also in the news were trade wars, Budget 2019, high pay and housing

Flags on sale on a street stall marking the visit of Pope Francis in Dublin EPA/WILL OLIVER

Vatican spokesman says Pope Francis will address ‘cultural problem’ of abuse during Irish visit

Pope Francis will visit the Republic this weekend for the World Meeting of Families.

Imam at the Islamic Centre of Ireland says Christians should be proud of Pope Francis

Businessman Sean Gallagher waves to photographers after voting in the 2011 presidential election.

Local authorities will meet next month to hear presentations from candidates

The Midland Regional Hospital was ‘not fully aligned’ to the current hospital group governance structure.

CPE was described in October as the biggest threat of its kind facing the health service

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe speaking at the Dublin Economics Workshop in 2017.

All-Ireland economy also to be discussed at Dublin Economics Workshop next month

Accountancy, banking and finance jobs have shown a 45 per cent increase since 2016.

Cpl Employment Market Monitor looks at roles advertised in FDI sectors

Grafton Group chief executive Gavin Slark. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Grafton Group chief executive Gavin Slark says ‘massive spikes’ were not sustainable

The occupancy rate of rooms in the capital was down 0.6 per cent to 90.1 per cent in July. Photograph: Eric Luke

Latest figures from hotel data company STR show cost of room in Dublin now €160

Paul McDonnell, head of property finance, Bank of Ireland Corporate Banking, and Aaron Bailey, GSA’s development director UK & Ireland. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Bank has now provided €70m to the Global Student Accommodation Group in past year

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

Latest deal is Keywords’ eighth transaction in 2018 and brings overall spend to €53m

Journalist sought release of all communications between then-minister for justice Frances Fitzgerald and a named individual and company.

Department considered it inappropriate to ask former minister about Gmail account

Former president Mary McAleese has said it has been an “appalling week” following further abuse revelations. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Former president describes reading reports from Pennsylvania as ‘like a horror show’

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Donald Trump: Turkish lira is falling casualty to a deepening economic crisis sparked by a spat with the US.

Business Week: Vulture funds, housing and corporate struggles fill the headlines

The company appointed Joe Purcell (centre) as chief executive officer in 2015, replacing Kevin Barry.

Company appointed Joe Purcell as chief executive officer in 2015, replacing Kevin Barry

Bank of Ireland chief executive Francesca McDonagh described the company’s first half performance as strong.

Stockbroker increases bank’s share price target to more than 30% of current price

PayPoint entered the Irish market in 2003 when it signed an agreement with the ESB.

Company is used by 450 retailers in the Republic

Fexco’s is the largest independent FX operator in the UK where it holds 12 per cent of the growing £9 billion market.

Deal strengthens Fexco’s position as the largest independent FX operator in the UK

The company has appointed John Vaudin as managing director of its Irish operation, which will be based in Dublin 2.

Global firm to deploy capital in build-to-rent and student accommodation sectors

The Department of Social Protection said plans for a no-deal Brexit had been stepped up in recent weeks. Photograph: iStock

Government aims to maintain status quo in event of no-deal Brexit

Sigmar Recruitment chief executive Adrian McGennis (left) said the hub in Co Kerry would be a “key element” of the company’s international growth.

Company seeking international recruiters to fill all of its vacant positions

CEO of FBD Insurance Fiona Muldoon: cleared of an internal allegation made against her. Photo Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Report says CEO has ‘full confidence and support of the chairman and the board’

Mincon chief executive Joe Purcell said the goal of the company was to deliver “sustainable earnings”.

Irish engineering group’s half-year revenue climbs 19 per cent to €55.7 million

Sterling sank to a nine-month low against the euro this week on fears of a “no deal” Brexit.

Business Week: also in the news were Iran sanctions and a raft of corporate news

Central Bank data shows a decrease in standard variable rates for new mortgage drawdowns on private homes.

Central Bank figures show rate in June stood at 3.23% compared to 1.78% across euro bloc

 Edmond Scanlon, chief executive and Brian Mehigan outgoing CEO of the Kerry Group  at the agm in Dublin on Thursday. Photo: James Forde/The Irish Times

Dairy giant’s profits grew to €340m during the first six months of the year

Glanbia managing director Siobhán Talbot said the company “delivered in line with expectations”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Food group warns trade tariffs across the world could cause disruption to dairy prices

KBC Bank Ireland chief executive Wim Verbraeken said the bank had also added more than 40,000 new customer accounts.

Bank has reported a net profit of €115.9m after tax, compared to €173.1 million last year

Mary Whitelaw, AIB Customer Treasury Services; Prof Daire Keogh, deputy president of DCU; and Federico Fabbrini, director of the DCU Brexit Institute.

Bank says deal will bring ‘valuable insights’ from institute in the coming years

The European Commission has proposed new shipping routes between Ireland and mainland Europe after Brexit.

Irish food exporters highly exposed to customs issues at the Channel Tunnel in Dover

Concerns have been raised over queues of up to 20 kilometres in Dover which will be exacerbated by more border checks.

An estimated 53% of Irish export volumes travel to the rest of the EU via the UK

Catholic Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran said the ‘contraceptive mentality’ in society was linked to the ‘surprisingly high number’ of people in favour of same sex marriage. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Simon Harris tweets that religion ‘will not determine’ health policy after Bishop of Elphin says contraceptive ban ‘ignored for to(...)

Catholkic Bishop of Elphin  Kevin Doran said the ‘contraceptive mentality’ in society was linked to the ‘surprisingly high number’ of people in favour of same sex marriage. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran links ‘contraceptive mentality’ to support for gay marriage

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: he  has plenty to ponder ahead of announcing Budget 2019 in October. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Business Week: also in the news were bad loans, soaring profits and record-breaking Apple

Ulster Bank, George’s Quay, Dublin, where profits jumped more than eight fold compared with first half of 2017.

Bank enjoys strong performance during first half of 2018 as operating expenses fall

Ires Reit chief executive Margaret Sweeney said the company had delivered ‘another strong set of results’.

Ireland’s biggest private landlord laments ‘severe shortage’ of accommodation in Republic

At the announcement of Euronext’s acquisition of the ISE Stéphane Boujnah, Euronext CEO, and Deirdre Somers, former head of the ISE

Pan-European stock exchange saw listed revenue rise 20.3% during second quarter

The Investec PMI report for July shows that confidence is highest in the technology sector

Companies raise output prices in response to cost pressures, a move that sees profitability index accelerate at its fastest pace i(...)

Irish Water corporate affairs manager Kate Gannon said conserving water was ‘a new conversation’ for many people.

Survey shows 60% of people are either not washing their car or doing it less frequently

Permanent TSB chief executive Jeremy Masding. About 7,400 of the PTSB loans relate to private homes, and 2,500 of these are deemed “not co-operating”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Paschal Donohoe confident that mortgage holders will have protection of Central Bank

Minister of State for Irish Joe McHugh said Conradh na Gaeilge played a vital role in the development of the language.

Organisation, initially known as the Gaelic League, has celebrated its 125th anniversary

Co-chairs Bríd Horan of FBD Holdings and Gary Kennedy of Greencore outside Government Buildings. Photograph: Leah Farrell /

Group will be headed up by Bríd Horan and Gary Kennedy who will present a report

US president Donald Trump met European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker at the White House, claiming the US and EU “love each other”.

Business Week: also in the news were the banks, Ryanair, Facebook and Kerrygold

Central Bank deputy governor Ed Sibley said he was looking forward to working with Ms McMunn in her new role.

Mary-Elizabeth McMunn will also be responsible for the registry of credit unions

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, on York Street, where the clinical trial was spearheaded by the  RCSI’s Prof Janusz Jankowski. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New treatment could ‘radically alter’ approach to condition

Members of the IGTA during a silent protest outside Garda headquarters. Pictured in the foreground is chairman,David Brennan and Gearoid Barron. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Irish Gun Traders Association stage protest to highlight issues ‘devastating trade’ in Republic

New ESRI study looks at who is most likely to experience five barriers to social inclusion

Minister of State with special responsibility for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly welcomed the approval.

Nursing Homes Ireland chief executive Tadhg Daly says move will make system fairer

Minister for the Environment Denis Naughten: “The cost will be determined by competitive bidding.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Auction system to be used to vary types of energy making up 40% green target for 2020

The new Athlone premises will see the consolidation of three existing warehouses in Mayo, Tipperary and Dublin into the 155,000sq ft facility on 15 acres

Discount variety chain has purchased the former Nexans premises in Athlone

In a tight spot: Theresa May seems increasingly isolated, forced to make significant concessions to hard-line Brexiteers. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Business Week: housing, economy, big tech and bankers high on the list

After Brexit, the UK will no longer be included in the EU-US Open Skies agreement, which revolutionised aviation.

Irish Aviation Authority confirms that UK and EU carriers will lose connectivity in hard Brexit

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