Dundrum Town Centre.

Connor Owens will join the company from the National Asset Management Agency

The national hotel occupancy rate for December – traditionally a busy time  with seasonal functions – is predicted to be just 10%

Industry figures show Irish hotels are faring slightly worse than their European peers

Chief executive Robert Ambrose said he was delighted to finally complete the deal

Company also announces new €200m five-year term loan with syndicate of banks

Groups enjoy some last minute socialising in Dublin’s city centre before level 5 lockdown started at midnight. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/The Irish Times

As of midnight last night, Irish life changed fundamentally for the following six weeks

The RSA said people should only attend scheduled driving test appointments provided they are an essential worker.

Restrictions to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic have moved to Level 5

Rachel Ní Bhraonáin of Fidget Feet during the Covid-19-adapted announcement of the Business to Arts Awards. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Businesses encouraged to show how they are supporting the arts in the context of Covid-19

Ryanair finished the day up 4.9% but was lagging somewhat across the sector. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty

Brexit worries remain but hopes of trade deal rise

Brightwind predominately specialises in the provision of energy resource assessments

Everoze purchases 49.9% stake in Brightwind to boost capacity for energy analyses

Retailers argue that losing at this time will seriously curtail the Christmas shopping season.

Shops warn of permanent damage to the sector with tens of thousands of jobs at stake

Icon will develop new space imaging technology to work in tandem with cloud-based applications.

Icon Group will use satelite technology to monitor environmetal damage across EU

The Central Bank has a phone line for consumers to contact them about the firms involved.

It is a criminal offence for an unauthorised firm or person to provide financial services

Blueface has announced the appointment of Gavan Smyth as chief executive officer.

Gavan Smyth to take up the role as Alan Foy steps down to focus on venture capital firm

The mulling of a wind-down of Ulster Bank in the Republic comes as Covid-19 has added to the problems of the lender.

Financial Services Union says it has written to Ulster Bank parent Natwest over plans

Invest Northern Ireland chief executive Kevin Holland  with Shane Braniff, owner of Echlinville Distillery

Company aims to increase production capacity and grow export sales tenfold

Monthly trade volumes have been comparatively strong, culminating in growth of 1.2% in the third quarter. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

After nine months, volumes are down 6.9% compared with the same period last year

Groups of protesters and counter-protesters clashed in Dublin on Saturday at an anti-lockdown demonstration. Photograph:  Paul Faith/ AFP

Up to 100 gardaí involved in operation as protesters and counter-protesters gathered on Saturday afternoon

 A discarded face mask on Baggot Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Impact of Covid-19 laid bare with worst spots in Dublin’s north inner city and Limerick

Gardaí watch a counter protest group as an anti lockdown protest takes place outside Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Protest by anti-mask, anti-lockdown groups, including right-wing National Party took place outside Leinster House

The ‘Nollaig Shona Duit’ Christmas lights are to return to Grafton St following controversy over their removal last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dublin Town urges early start to festive shopping as social distancing rules will limit access to stores

Kevin Nowlan, chief executive officer, Hibernia Reit at Windmill Lane, Dublin 2. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

On commercial side, company says buildings remain open and it is providing support

UK-based financier and anti-corruption campaigner Bill Browder.

Anti-Putin campaigner says ‘strong evidence’ presented to Garda but nothing happened

Many rural towns, such as  Lahinch, Co Clare, have been hit hard by the collapse in tourism. Photograph: Eamon Ward

People left unemployed by Covid-19 can retrain in areas with employment potential

Other sectors that were lower included professional, scientific and technical activities.

However, value of monthly services output was down 8.7% year-on-year, figures show

David Butler, chief executive, Seraph Aviation Group, said the new brand and identity was an exciting milestone for the company.  Photograph: Chris Bellew/ Fennell Photography

Dublin-headquartered aviation asset manager says change will take place immediately

Total activity was weighed down by a renewed fall in incoming new business in September.

Recovery in the sector petered out amid rising virus cases and economic uncertainty

Adrian Cummins of the Restaurant Association of Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

NPHET has called for the whole country to be moved to the highest level of restrictions

EU commissioner designate Mairead McGuinness attends her hearing in Brussels, Belgium.

EU commissioner designate promises to leave green jersey at the door if approved

Summer trading was ‘good’, says Abbey. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Dublin-listed home builder says trading over summer was positive

Peter Walsh is currently the director of capital programme within TII.

Peter Walsh has over 40 years’ experience in civil engineering and replaces Michael Nolan

Future of Media Commission described as a missed opportunity by representative body

Operations in 2020 have taken place against the background of sustained low oil prices.

Irish explorer has published its interim results for the six months ended June 30th

Cranes on Dublin’s skyline: “It remains to be seen what proportion of projects that were paused get restarted,” says SCSI president Micheál Mahon. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland highlights twin threats of Covid-19 and Brexit

Shares in Bank of Ireland rose 6.3% on Monday.

Insulation maker Kingspan up 4% to an all-time high of €76.30, according to traders

Mortgage breaks, introduced in March, were initially offered on a three-month basis, but were later extended to six months.

Borrowers to be dealt with on a case-by-case basis after Government meeting with banks

Statistics for August show a  substantial increase in overseas travel compared to the previous month. Photograph: Kate Geraghty

Latest official statistics also show significant increase in people leaving Ireland in August

Korn Ferry has announced the appointment of Bob Casey as managing director of its Irish operations.

Casey has spent three years as a senior client partner within the company

The Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare, are one of Ireland’s top touristic attractions.

Data published by jobs website Indeed to mark UN World Tourism Day this weekend

“The commission noted that there were significant geographic disparities in the ability to commence and complete the mass testing of staff and residents.”  File photograph: Getty

Mental Health Commission report finds dormitory accommodation spreads the virus

Dr Johan Giesecke gave evidence to the Oireachtas Covid-19 committee on Wednesday.

Dr Johan Giesecke had advocated to an Oireachtas committee for a controlled spread

Some licensed premises are risking the health of their employees, customers and local communities, Deputy Commissioner Twomey said. File photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Gardaí conducted thousands of checks on licensed premises around the State last week

Nearly a quarter of Irish chief executives ranked remote working as their highest-priority business model change

PwC survey gleans the views of nearly 700 business leaders globally on Covid-19 impact

You can ask friends, colleagues, and former employers which soft skills come to mind when they think of you. Photograph: iStock

Soft skills you pick up along the way can help you to be an effective team member

“Starting a first job can be daunting in normal times, let alone while the whole world is in a constant state of flux. Stay flexible and remain helpful”

Tips for remote working: your first day in your new job could be in your own home

Photograph: iStock

Employers will want to know how you deal with obstacles to see how resilient you are

‘Draw on every skill you have from part-time employment, volunteering, societies, hobbies and interests, employability awards.’

The Irish Times spoke to career advisers, educators and recruiters for advice on securing that job

Smile and try to relax: putting your best foot forward in a virtual interview setting

The Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) said on Saturday it will ballot for industrial action

Teachers’ union to ballot for industrial action amid mounting concern over staff safety

David Cook, a founder member of the Alliance Party, cutting turf in Co Donegal.

Tributes paid to David Cook who died aged 76 at Craigavon hospital on Saturday

A waitress  serves customers on a restaurant terrace in Berlin, Germany, this week. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Eamon Ryan says there is a possibility the rest of the country will be moved to Level 3

Dr Paul Kerr, chief executive Fusion Antibodies. “We are leveraging our antigen expertise to create multiple antigens to be used against the Covid-19 pandemic”

Northern Ireland pharma research group offering antigens on a commercial basis

Applegreen’s interim report shows that revenues fell to €1.1bn   in the first six months of this year compared with €1.5bn    last year

Chief executive Bob Etchingham says impact of Covid has affected fuel retailer, but recovery is under way

The company said the reduction in operating profits has been driven primarily by the impact of Covid-19.

State-owned company hit with an exceptional impairment charge on British plant

The Vat House pub in Dublin’s city centre, which is boarded upduring the Covid-19 pandemic. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Capital could be moved to Level 3 after NPHET expresses serious concerns

Prof Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Covid-19: 254 more cases as NPHET warns of 1000 per day within weeks

Permanent TSB which finished the day down 6.8%

Euronext Dublin finishes the day up 2%, driven mainly by Paddy Power Betfair owner Flutter Entertainment

Seasonally adjusted goods exports increased €78m (1 per cent) to €13bn in July compared with June

Figures from Central Statistics Office show overall trade surplus of €4.8bn in July

Pictured (from left) are John Hood, director of food and tourism, Invest NI, with Bryan Boggs, general manager, Clandeboye Estate Yoghurt; Lady Dufferin, Clandeboye Estate; Mark Logan, estate manager, Clandeboye Estate, and Mark Bleakney, southern regional manager, Invest NI.

Bangor-based SME has received £470,000 support from Invest NI for a new factory

The two windfarm projects represent a €170 million investment by Bord na Móna into its brown to green strategy

Projects represent 25% of capacity awarded and will power 100,000 homes

Bank of Ireland said there is now more opportunity to spend and less surplus income.

Data from Bank of Ireland shows less people are saving by default as economy reopens

‘Terminate the Help to Buy Scheme,’ says SJI, and use the €75 million saved to invest in homelessness prevention. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Pricing war begins as AIB responds with new loan-to-value fixed rate of 2.25%

Grants of €4,000 will be available to B&Bs that do not pay rates to their local authority. Photograph: Getty Images

Owners who do not pay local authority rates will be able to claim grants of up to €4,000

Greencoat Renewables achieved net cash generation of just over €40 million,  up from €34.8 million the year before

Dublin-listed energy investor operating profit €16.6 million, down from 2019

The operation was supported by the Garda and the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

Arrests made in Essex and Wales in investigation supported by Garda and PSNI

Crowds gather at the Custom House, Dublin, as part of the Yellow Vest protest against wearing facemasks. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Little sign of social distancing at event organised by group called Yellow Vest Ireland

Gardaí are seeking the public’s help in locating Christopher Duff. Photograph: Amanda Duff/Twitter

Gardaí had issued public appeal in bid to trace whereabouts of Christopher Duff

ITOA president Rob Rankin said  the group understands that public health is and must be paramount.

Warning State faces missing out on €800m that international tourists bring to economy

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has been awarded the annual European Business Press Award.

Minister praised for roles in Brexit talks and Ireland winning a UN Security Council seat

There have been 1,500 cases and 31 clusters within meat plants to date with four clusters currently active, unions say.

‘Meat industry generates the perfect vectors for transmission of the virus,’ union spokesman says

The number of infections among older people has almost doubled. File photograph: The Irish Times

Public health officials now warning people living in the capital city to limit family gatherings

Meat processing plants have been among the most vulnerable settings in terms of the spread of the coronavirus in the State. File photograph: David Sleator

Move comes amid increased demand among people with symptoms but tests at facilities due to resume next week

 Sir Declan Morgan Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland said the British government’s comments about the Northern Ireland protocol   enable ‘others to take the view that they can choose which laws apply to them’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Declan Morgan tells BBC government’s stance makes him ‘gravely uncomfortable’

Noeline Blackwell was appointed to the role by Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris.

New UCD appointee Noeline Blackwell says efforts needed in all higher level institutions

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said Britain’s threat to would breach the Brexit treaty was “not an acceptable way to conduct negotiations”. File photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

Martin raises absence of bilateral engagement and serious implications for Northern Ireland

Conference hears  scarring effects of recessions are large and long-lasting for many new entrants and young people.

Analysts warn of bleak long-term employment prospects for young people

The number of jobs fell by 13.5 per cent with all economic sectors experiencing decreases as the Irish economy ground to a halt due to lockdown measures.

CSO report shows the impact of the pandemic on different sectors of the job market

The licensing figures also show that Volkswagen (902) was the most popular make of new private car licensed.

Latest CSO figures also show numbers opting for electric or hybrid cars continues to rise

Senator Eileen Flynn photographed outside Leinster House. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Further Education: Newly appointed senator says a piece of paper is no proof of anyone’s ability to make a success of themselves

Further Education Colleges seeing greater interest in pandemic-related courses

Valerie Moran, head of operations and client relations, and Noel Moran CEO of Prepaid Financial Services.

The $162m acquisition of Irish-founded Prepaid Financial Services was world’s biggest

Industrial production in manufacturing industries for the quarter was 7.7% lower than in the preceding quarter. Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

However, turnover decreased by 1% compared with June, CSO figures show

A total of 783,485 persons were on the Live Register, received the PUP, or benefitted from the TWSS.

However, numbers in receipt of State support due to Covid-19 continue to drop

NTMA chief executive Conor O’Kelly: he  has warned the level of borrowing has left the State exposed to rising interest rates

State has been forced to up its borrowing to deal with the economic crisis caused by Covid

Irish data analytics company Diaceutics published its interim results on Monday.

Irish data analytics company enjoys strong six months but warns of tough months ahead

“This is a very active and exciting time for Botswana Diamonds,” said company founder John Teeling

Funds to be used on ongoing activities in Botswana and South Africa during the year

Altralife is a “total diet replacement” that is “nutritionally complete” and is intended to replace all food

Altralife will be used in ‘ground-breaking’ programme for people with Type 2 diabetes

Copies of the Irish Daily Star are seen for sale in newsagents in Dublin. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

However, Independent Star warns of ongoing risks posed by the Covid-19 pandemic

Gardaí found customers consuming alcohol, but no evidence of food also being consumed and no evidence of receipts to show that food had been sold.

Inspections carried out from August 24th to August 30th as part of Operation Navigation

State-owned Shannon Foynes Port: it achieved a record profit before tax of €4.9m last year

Turnover and throughput down in 2019 at country’s largest bulk port for non-container freight

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys: ‘All costs directly impacting the reopening of a business can be covered by this grant.’ Photograph: Julien Behal/PA

Industry welcomes clarification from Government on Enterprise Support Grant

Mercer noted that ‘in periods of high volatility, some investors may be ready to be more opportunistic as market dislocations often present an attractive entry point for those prepared to ride out short-term volatility’.

Report from pensions expert Mercer shows schemes still moving to bonds and real assets

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said a €16 million package was being made available for pubs prohibited from reopening.

Drinks Industry Group of Ireland says Government package shows short-term thinking

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney is thought to be the frontrunner to be nominated by the Government for the EU trade commissioner role. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Government said to be increasingly likely to submit just one nominee despite request

Research looked at how children and parents engaged with digital technology during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Just under one-third of children cyberbullied but survey finds no major rise during pandemic

People who hold gatherings in their homes against social distancing guidelines could be liable for damages if someone contracts Covid-19,  according to barrister Tony McGillicuddy. Photograph: iStock

AGSI general secretary says hard for gardaí to practically police private gatherings

Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness: ‘Our name in Europe is being spoken of in ways we would rather it wasn’t’. Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

Fine Gael MEP suggests it would be ‘unwise’ not to put forward male and female candidates

The Skellig Star Hotel in Cahersiveen which has been used as as emergency centre for asylum seekers. Photograph: Alan Landers

Former hotel used as an emergency centre since March had an outbreak of coronavirus

A previous warning sign posted at Balbriggan Beach. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Fingal County Council urges beach-goers to stay out of the water due to bacteria levels

The Central Bank has said many customers are now becoming more digital in their transactions.

Over-the-counter transactions becoming less frequent for the majority of customers

Thermo Fisher employs about 70,000 employees globally and has annual revenues of more than €20 billion.

Company bought its plant in Cork from GlaxoSmithKline for €90m in cash last year

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