The eye of Hurricane Arthur is seen over the Atlantic in this photo from the International Space Station.

Steering group will be established in the coming weeks to oversee its development

Breedon Group operates the UK’s largest cement plant.

UK’s largest independent construction materials company said no agreement reached yet

 Aidan Heavey, then-CEO of Tullow Oil, and Graham Martin at the company’s AGM in 2015. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Appointee has also worked with Kenmare Resources and Tullow Oil

Grafton chief executive Gavin Slark said the acquisition was a ’unique opportunity’.

Acquired firm is London’s largest independent specialist decorators’ merchant

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has insisted there can be no return to direct rule for Northern Ireland.

Mary Lou McDonald to meet Theresa May and Leo Varadkar in separate talks next week

British  foreign secretary Boris Johnson delivering his much anticipated Brexit speech at the Policy Exchange think tank in London on Wednesday

Business Week: also in the news were major capital infrastructure, housing and jobs

The report examines the recovery of the pub sector since the financial crisis.

New report by AIB on pub sector says Brexit threat ‘not excessive’ as matters ‘stabilised’

Customs official Olivia O’Connor, with dog Harvey, during a customs search at Dublin Port. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Facility will apply for planning permission to put new infrastructure in place for next year

Enterprise Ireland invested €31 million in 181 Irish start-ups last year.

More than 600 companies and investors attend Enterprise Ireland event at Croke Park

Dr Mary Aiken and Prof Barry O’Sullivan after they addressed the Oireachtas Committee. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Experts tell legislators of the myriad ways vulnerable children are being targeted

Piyanuch Chanphet pictured at the launch of the St Patrick’s Festival in Patrick’s Park, Patrick Street, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Programme of events involving hundreds of performers launched in Dublin on Tuesday

McCann FitzGerald managing partner Barry Devereux (right) said Brendan Slattery (left) would bring ‘vast experience’.

Brendan Slattery joins law firm after roles on the Corrib gas project and the Aviva Stadium

Michael Walsh (left) and Michael Fingleton at the Irish Nationwide Building Sociaty AGM in 2008. Photograph: Eric Luke

Michael Walsh agrees to three-year disqualification and a fine of €20,000

A visual representation of the digital cryptocurrency Bitcoin.

Research finds boom in cryptography not matched by efficiencies in technology

US president Donald Trump speaks with reporters aboard Air Force One: turbulent week on the markets. Photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

Business Week: Barnier’s quest for Brexit answers, GDP growth and tracker payout

‘It will in time connect to a more extensive cycling network’. Photograph: istock

Fingal County Council has lodged papers with An Bord Pleanála for the 1.8km scheme

The Meath Hunt on St. Stephens Day 2017, in Kells, Co Meath. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Motorists avoided striking hounds from Meath Hunt by pulling in

Snow filled clouds loom over Mount Errigal, Donegal’s highest peak, as a motorist makes his way along the Letterkenny to Dunlewey road. Photograph: Declan Doherty.

Met Éireann has issued a nationwide status yellow warning for snow and ice

Cher replied: “#HellToTheYeah” and retweeted the call to action to her more than 3.5 million followers.

Bill to ban issuing of exploration licences voted on by the Dáil on Thursday

US president Donald Trump has accused the mainstream media of engaging in a ‘fake news’ campaign against him.

Trust in traditional journalism has rebounded while faith in social media platforms has fallen

The Government introduced several measures to remedy the shortage in its November budget.

Major report by S&P Global highlights cost of building and planning impediments

Minister for Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe delivered a speech entitled ‘The new, new economy’.

Paschal Donohoe has welcomed new measure to counter ‘leprechaun economics’

DCC chief executive Donal Murphy (left) said he was “excited” to enter the US market.

Company also announced that third quarter operating profit was in line with expectations

Smurfit Kappa chief financial officer Ken Bowles with chief executive Tony Smurfit. Photograph: Maxwells

Once-off charges cut 12% from 2017 profits while revenue rose 5% to €8.5 billion

 Patrick Coveney, Greencore CEO.

Business Week: broadband, emissions, and food companies also in the newsfeed

O’Leary International: gardaí were sent to the haulage company in New Ross after some of the workers threatened to set themselves on fire

Garda twice called over ‘industrial dispute’ at O’Leary International in Co Wexford

The report argues that the separation of a prisoner from others should not be permitted for reasons of punishment, but only for reasons of safety.

Irish Penal Reform Trust wants a minimum of eight hours ‘out-of-cell’ time per day

Bus Éireann has announced a number of senior management appointments.

Company has endured a difficult period of reform to get finances back on track

Aryzta includes the brands Otis Spunkmeyer and Cuisine De France under its umbrella. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Company’s North American revenue has been drained by the Illinois-based asset

Just Eat managing director Amanda Roche Kelly.

Company has added a number of new restaurants to its platform

Traffic rose across all the geographical markets served by the airport last month.

Volumes to and from eastern Europe had the biggest increase, up 13.4% year-on-year

The research suggests the dynamic behind the propensity to switch providers is changing. Photograph: Getty Images/OJO Images

Major research from sector’s regulator finds trends are changing with the economy

According to the latest seasonally adjusted figures from the CSO, there was a monthly decrease of 3,000 people, representing the lowest level since August 2008. Photograph: Frank Miller /	The Irish Times

January figures from the Central Statistics Office show a monthly decrease of 3,000

Additional funding of €30 million has been made available following a deal with the European Investment Fund.

State-backed not-for-profit firm offers loan funding up to €25,000 to small businesses

Gardaí at the scene of a shooting  at James Larkin House on the North Strand, Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins

Victim who was shot in North Strand area had been warned by the Garda his life was at risk

There was an annual increase of 4.5%   in the value of retail sales during the month of December

Retail Excellence insists ‘a degree of vulnerability continues to exist’ in the sector

Central Bank  headquarters: credit unions need to invest in new technologies in order to compete with challenging new entrants to the market, according to the bank. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Registrar of credit unions also warns against rushing into mortgage lending

US president Donald Trump on his arrival to address the World Economic Forum  in Davos, Switzerland. Photograph: Getty Images

Business Week: also in the news were a new mortgage scheme, office space and the banks

Shooting: gardaí outside the National Stadium, in Dublin, on Friday night. Photograph: Alan Betson

Gardaí believe attack is linked to ongoing Kinahan-Hutch feud

The stretch of road was closed to facilitate an examination by Garda forensic collision investigators.

Gardaí are investigating the matter, which occurred at Ards Beg, Gortahork

Dutch police confirmed in the past hour via its official Twitter account that the shooting occurred in the Grote Wittenburgerstraat (general view above) and Centrum Oost area. File photograph: Google Street View

Police have sealed off area in Grote Wittenburgerstraat and Centrum Oost district

 Ross Hanlon was on an Erasmus programme in the city. He had been to the Flex nightclub in the Augartenbrucke district of Vienna before he became separated from his two friends. Photograph: Facebook.

Ross Hanlon was last seen at 2am on January 19th near a canal that flows into the Danube

Chips are down: EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager announcing an anti-trust fine against Qualcomm Photograph: Getty

EU competition commissioner has meted out €7bn in fines for cartel activity since 2014

Coca-Cola Ireland is a subsidiary of the Coca-Cola Company and is responsible for marketing 20 brands across Ireland.

Coca-Cola Ireland employed 306 people for the year, up from 300 the year before

Davy: ‘The nascent recovery in the homebuilding sector in Ireland is now feeding through to strengthening retail data’ Photograph: iStock

Industrial and retail sectors also up despite attention on office and residential sectors

Amryt Pharma focuses on rare and orphan diseases.

Derval O’Carroll has more than 25 years experience in pharmaceutical industry

JD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin was heavily critical of a number of institutions for their Brexit stance.

Tim Martin criticises ‘misleading and incorrect’ statements on UK’s exit from EU

Ulster Bank chief executive Gerry Mallon said his decision to accept the position as head of Tesco Bank in the UK had been an “enormously difficult one”.

Bank has been heavily criticised over progress in dealing with tracker scandal

Richard Segal (right), former chairman, and Feargal Mooney, chief executive. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Firm has published a pre-close trading update ahead of its preliminary results

The first quarter of the year is the most popular for people looking for a change of scenery at work.

Data from Jobs.ie shows a significant spike in searches for employment on January 24th

The Osprey Hotel in Naas, Co Kildare, is owned and operated by PREM Group.

New 10,000 sq ft facility, which will be over two floors, is due to open in May

Shane Curran was named BT Young Scientist of the Year 2017 for his ideas that now make up qCrypt.

Some 300 people listed across 10 categories, including entertainment, finance and technology

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said the guarantee agreement would provide “essential support”    to the scheme

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe announced details of the plan in the last budget

The company brought Currys PC World and Carphone Warehouse into one store.

Company also saw online revenues jump 57% on Black Friday compared with the year before

We profile the richest men in the country

Former Bank of Ireland official Liam McLoughlin can be seen on the left, along with colleagues Lynda Carragher and Richie Boucher.

Liam McLoughlin understood to have applied for role of CEO but lost out to Francesca McDonagh

Mark Walsh will be responsible for devising the firm’s strategic approach and the development of its business.

Mark Walsh, who has been with the firm since 2001, took up the new post in January

The seemingly endless increases in house prices of recent times will have concerned many homeowners ahead of a review of house valuations in November 2019 for the local property tax. Photograph: iStock

Business Week: Also in the news was CEO pay increases, Apple tax, and trackers

Central Bank governor Philip Lane is appearing before the Oireachtas finance committee. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Governor Philip Lane says all main lenders will be subject to enforcement actions

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meeting IFA president Joe Healy at the Irish Farm Centre on Tuesday, where he addressed the association’s agm. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Talks between EU and South American trading bloc ‘significant threat’ to beef sector

Kantar Worldpanel director David Berry said the increase was largely driven by staple items.

Dunnes Stores remained the top Irish supermarket with a market share of 23%

Ryanair has said it wants to reduce delays caused by too many customers arriving at the gate with two carry-on bags.

New system means passengers will have to pay €5 or £5 to bring two bags into the cabin

John Kavanagh, a trainee pilot who was killed when an Aer Lingus training flight crashed in a field in Co Meath  on June 22nd, 1967.

Cause of incident during training flight more than 50 years ago has never been ascertained

Nigel Farage: he  declared the day of the Brexit referendum result as Britain’s “independence day”

Business Week: also in the news were housing, economic health and a warning on corporation tax

Liam Neeson, the star of Taken and Schindler’s List, said he was ‘on the fence’ in relation to some allegations.

Irish actor expresses concern about some allegations of sexual misconduct

Health Committee Chair Roisin Shortall with committee members during the launch of the Future of Healthcare Sláintecare report.

Role likely to involve salary package between €147,000 and €171,000

Motorists have been urged to exercise caution on the roads after fog leads to poor conditions. File image: Alan Betson

Met Éireann issues a national status orange weather warning as conditions worsen

Currently there is a 60 kph speed limit in place between junction nine and junction 10.

Motorist arrested for driving at 141 kph in new 60 kph zone

Graeme Buchanan, managing director of Stobart Air pictured with Warwick Brady, deputy chief executive.

Conor McCarthy is a co-founder of AirAsia, which is now Asia’s largest low-fares airline

Paddy Power Betfair’s new chief executive Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson, appointed to the role on Monday, has already made changes at the top

The Kingfisher well, Block 3A, jointly owned by Tullow Oil and Heritage Oil, sits at the Lake Albert Rift Basin, in Uganda.

Irish oil and gas explorer exceeds forecasts through cost efficiencies and rising oil prices

Icon headquarters at Leopardstown, Dublin.

Dublin-headquartered company expecting ‘another strong year’ in 2018

Itsa bagel co-owner Domini Kemp. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Chef Domini Kemp saw losses increase by a third from €186,307 to €249,208

Brendan O’Leary, John Palmer and John Kinnane of the  Department of Finance, at a press conference on Wednesday to announce the end-year exchequer returns. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Business Week: Property bounce, EU finance reforms, and Irish companies expanding

Cahernane House Hotel in Killarney, Co Kerry: All 26 rooms in the Garden Wing will be refurbished, while the Cellar Bar and lobby will also receive complete makeovers

Property has undergone extensive renovations since purchase by the Prem Group

US president Donald Trump celebrates after congress passed sweeping tax overhaul legislation. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/File Photo/Reuters

Business Week: Central Bank flexes muscles; big changes at Eir; and Ryanair’s woes

The nursing home, which is located at Kilcoole, County Wicklow, was acquired by Salross, a subsidiary of Delsk.

Delsk says deal made to ‘protect the investments of 22 international clients’

Other developments have seen the flagship MSL Ballsbridge Motors dealership in Ballsbridge transformed into an exclusive Mercedes-Benz sales centre.

Separately, Mercedes expands Irish operations with three new dealerships

The Central Bank has fined BCP and reprimanded it for the breaches, which were admitted by the firm. Photograph: PA

Company admits to breaches that include a failure to adequately protect some investors

Company noted that Ireland “represents a supportive jurisdiction with large scale historic zinc production”.

Company has also listed on the sub market of the London Stock Exchange

Millennials have necessitated investments in virtual reality technology that allow property viewings to be conducted remotely.

Report says just one in four big companies have contingency plans for post-Brexit trade barriers

Dalata deputy chief executive Dermot Crowley said 2017 had been “another very successful year” for the firm

Largest operator of hotels in the State signs deal for Maldron hotel to be built in Glasgow

Rosheen McGuckian is also a director of the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland and the Social Innovation Fund of Ireland.

Rosheen McGuckian will also be appointed to the firm’s audit committee from January 1st

Smurfit Kappa Group containerboard production.

Carol Fairweather to take up post as independent, non-executive director in new year

Hostelworld chairman Richard Segal (left), and Feargal Mooney, chief executive. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Mari Hurley will leave the firm next year ‘to pursue a new opportunity’

Kevin Nowlan, chief executive officer, Hibernia Reit.

Firm purchased facility together with a 0.05 acre site in May 2014 for €16m

David Davis, the UK Brexit secretary who told the BBC’s Andrew Marr that last week’s deal on the Border was more “a statement of intent” than a legally binding treaty. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA

Business Week: also in the news was Facebook’s taxes, a Ryanair strike, and housing

The Central Bank said the final deal was still subject to complex negotiations, which could swing in different directions.

Despite uncertainty economy set to grow by approximately 5% this year and 4% in 2018

IDA Ireland chief executive Martin Shanahan; he  said Pluralsight was experiencing “impressive growth”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Pluralsight investment also expected to bring €40m to Dublin’s local economy

Former taoiseach Enda Kenny  at the announcement of Indeed’s  jobs and expansion plans earlier this year

Recruitment firm Indeed finds interest in UK work has waned since Brexit vote

Starling Bank chief executive Anne Boden: “This is another important step towards our goal of offering both our retail proposition and our payment solutions to clients across Europe”

UK-based digital lender poised to enter Irish market during first quarter of 2018

Despite a global economic recovery that continues to strengthen, the review highlights a range of risks to the Irish economy and financial system.

Regulator also warns that Brexit remains chief downside risk to Irish economy

Cairn Homes: builders lay bricks at the Marianella site in Dublin. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Housebuilder enters list at expense of travel software firm Datalex

 Martin Schulz, leader of the Social Democratic Party  in Germany. He said Ireland was complicit in allowing companies such as Apple to avoid billions of euro in tax. Photograph:   EPA/Hayoung Jeon

Business Week: State’s corporate tax affairs in the dock (again)

CRH gained on the back of rumours that  Donald Trump is to ramp up infrastructure spending. Photograph; Reuters

Wall Street gains as US employers add more jobs than expected

There is little evidence of any feel-good factor that might suggest the prospect of a spending boom over Christmas.

Consumer sentiment edged lower in November following a rail strike

Ulster Bank’s head of digital and customer innovation David Erixon. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/SON Photography

Face ID on iPhone X provides authentication to allow access to mobile banking services

The acquisition of Kidd Insurance is subject to Central Bank approval. Photograph: Alan Betson

Combined turnover of the two firms is believed to be in the region of €30m

Cadbury built its first Irish factory at Ossory Road, Dublin, in 1933.

Mondelez Ireland has seen its Irish workforce decline dramatically in recent years

Research on bad loans and the State‘s mortgage market by Fergal McCann of the regulator’s Financial Stability Division examined five banks.

Central Bank study shows number of people in mortgage difficulty higher than thought

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