The euro zone budget will be this big, explains French president Emmanuel Macron. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke / Reuters.

Planet Business: Hellish job applications and John Flannery’s need of a lightbulb moment

Contractor review at RTÉ’s Montrose campus in Donnybrook. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

New policy promised after report finds ‘inconsistencies’ in hiring practices

How it works: All self-respecting modern newsroom keyboards are equipped with special “news” buttons that automatically generate popular stories. Image: iStock.

Confusion abounds about newsroom practices, but then again, why wouldn’t it?

In a note to staff the company said: ‘The Irish Times looks forward to meeting and working with all staff and their representatives to discuss the acquisition.’

Ministerial approval was final necessary regulatory clearance

An attendee at the CeBIT tech fair in Hanover, Germany, buries himself in a ball pit at the IBM stand. Photograph: Kriztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Planet Business: The time has come to bury yourself in balls

Core chief digital officer Aisling Blake: “Influencer marketing hasn’t quite been a free-for-all, but it hasn’t been regulated the way that other messaging has been regulated.”

Advertising group brings in formal system for now ‘mainstream’ marketing practice

Only 28% of Irish people understand how Facebook determines which news stories to show users. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

‘Concerning’ digital literacy levels prove need for lifelong media education, event hears

Changes to Facebook’s algorithms that saw the platform give lower priority to news content in its users’ news feeds is a main reason for the decline, the Reuters Institute says.

Rising use of Snapchat and WhatsApp for news, particularly among younger groups

The inquiry into defunct lender Irish Nationwide Building Society continues. Photograph: Alan Betson

Stan Purcell did not read minutes of society’s key credit committee, inquiry hears

People take a picture front of a banner Zabivaka, the official mascot for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, in Saransk. Photograph:Juan Barreto/Getty Images

China comes to the rescue of Russia 2018, as queue shortens for pitch-side ‘wallpaper’

RTÉ’s new group head of drama and comedy Shane Murphy, who will take up the role in August.

Broadcaster hires London-based executive Shane Murphy for newly-created role

Guaranteed Irish chief executive Bríd O’Connell said people have a “nostalgic feeling” for the symbol. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Comeback plotted for symbol once synonymous with well-known Irish brands

A protester in  a pill-shaped costume demonstrates against Bayer’s takeover of Monsanto by German chemicals firm Bayer outside the World Conference Centre  in Bonn. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

Planet Business: The week in hashtags, numbers, lists and robot pics

Mike Bloomberg at Bloomberg on  Harcourt Street in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Interview: Former New York mayor on preaching and paying for health and climate action

To boldly go: a clapperboard for the CBS series ‘Star Trek: Discovery’, shown on Netflix outside the US and Canada. PwC expects sharp growth in video-on-demand subscription revenue. Photograph: Jan Thijs/CBS

‘Pace of change will only accelerate’ and digital ‘tipping point’ is imminent, says PwC

“Fearless Girl”, an award-winning 2017 advertisement for State Street, which was later accused of hypocrisy after its equal pay record emerged. Photograph: William Volcov/Getty Images

Peak ‘pink’ has passed, but advertisers remain proud sponsors of gender stereotypes

Something in my AI: L’Oréal’s robot zooms in with some mascara at the VivaTech trade fair in Paris. Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty

Planet Business: In other news, Papua New Guinea takes Facebook break we all deserve

Working at marriage. Photograph: iStock.

CSO analysis gives new meaning to the phrase ‘married to the job’

Uncertain times: the loss-making Sky News. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

What will happen to everyone’s favourite rolling news channel amid takeover wars?

The GAA and AIB has signed a deal “that everybody is happy with”, says the bank’s chief marketing officer, Tom Kinsella. Photograph: Sam Barnes/SportsFile

Bank agrees ‘deal that everybody is happy with’ and says it won’t ‘get in the way’ of fans

The #MeToo movement has prompted the rise of the hashtag #PayMeToo. Photograph: iStock

Mercer study finds companies are yet to conduct pay audits ahead of reporting law

Savills’ Skyline Survey estimates developers want to add  12 million square feet of  office space in the capital by the end of 2021, enough space for 120,000 workers.

Just half of office construction due by end of 2021 likely to be delivered, says Savills report

People sit out in  the warm weather in Dublin’s Merrion Square  last week. It should  be a good summer for the economy (if not weather-wise), Bank of Ireland forecasts. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Housing, inflation and Brexit create the biggest clouds in otherwise upbeat outlook

Stripe founders Patrick and John Collison. Lobbying returns for January-April show John Collison met Taoiseach Leo Varadkar “to discuss technology policy”. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Planning processes and digital education on tech companies’ minds, register shows

Trade hiccups: EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström speaks with Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation Heather Humphreys at a Brussels meeting on Tuesday. Photograph: John Thys/AFP

Planet Business: The rise of Stacey Cunningham, the fall of Aussie house prices

Press ombudsman  Peter Feeney and Seán Donlon, chairman of the Press Council. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Vital that governments and EU act on unaccountable power of tech giants, says Donlon

Be One Inspire One event attendees cited unconscious bias and failure to be credited for work done among their concerns in relation to equality in the workplace.

Unusual passions and unconscious bias on the menu of topics at ‘Irish Times’ breakfast

Mick Jagger during the Rolling Stones gig at Croke Park: Musicians can’t always get what they want when it comes to political use of their songs. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

No track is safe from appropriation by political campaigns

Image of the week:  A performer in the Russian World Cup host city of Saransk uses traditional bast shoes to show photographers how football would once have been played. Photograph: Mladen Antonov / AFP / Getty

Planet Business: A billionaire’s sailing dispute and the ads censured for risky driving

Former INBS managing director Michael Fingleton, who is representing himself at the inquiry. Photograph: Alan Betson

Central Bank inquiry into alleged lending breaches continues

TV3 Group managing director Pat Kiely  said the station was “not looking for handouts” and did not need them. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Virgin-owned broadcaster calls for more transparency and industry collaboration

Carrie (Claire Danes) from ‘Homeland’, which costs US network Showtime a reported $3 million (€2.5 million) per episode to make and which is shown on RTÉ2 for €5,000 an hour.

Here are more ‘differentials’ for the Public Accounts Committee to consider

RTÉ2 shows such as “Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope” may soon be shown on a +1 channel

Regulator is reviewing addition of RTÉ2 +1 to broadcaster’s line-up

Image of the week: May Day in Jakarta. Jakarta was one of the cities around the world to mark May 1st with a protest for workers’ rights. Photograph: Darren Whiteside/Reuters.

Planet Business: in May Day week, some people are ‘in the money’, others not so much

The State-owned broadcaster sold 8.64 acres of its Montrose campus to Cairn Homes for a gross figure of €107.5m in a deal completed last July. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Broadcaster’s net gain will be ‘significantly less’ than €107.5m price tag

Governments have failed to address challenges facing newspapers, broadcasting and digital media, the NUJ says. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

‘Political courage’ needed as industry suffers from ‘multi-dimensional’ crisis, union says

Newstalk and TV3 current affairs presenter Pat Kenny. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Newstalk and TV3 presenter’s pay from company down 50% on previous year

Helen Boaden’s report outlines how RTÉ’s orchestras have been constrained and left ‘demoralised’ by budget cuts. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Helen Boaden’s report reveals treatment of orchestras that is counter-productive

Lisa McGee, creator and writer of Channel 4 hit ‘Derry Girls’ was recognised as a rising star at a television industry dinner at the Irish embassy in London.

Embassy dinner attended by executives from RTÉ, TV3, BBC, Sky and Channel 4

Handshake diplomacy: German chancellor Angela Merkel and Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto hang out with a robot on the IBG Automation stand at Hanover tech fair. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

Planet Business: On the menu this week, a Titanic lunch and the pizza boss going all in

Neal Davies at the offices of BBDO Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

‘Underdog’ Neal Davies leads the agency with clients from Lidl to Diageo to the Referendum Commission

Ryan Tubridy has lost 32,000 listeners over the past year, while Ray D’Arcy has lost 21,000, the latest figures show. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Ivan Yates lifts Newstalk to its highest national share, latest ratings show

Robert Senior, the new chairman of Irish ad agency Boys and Girls, is a co-founder of Cadbury gorilla-creator Fallon London.

Dublin creative agency snags former Saatchi & Saatchi boss for non-executive role

Michael Fingleton arriving at the Irish Nationwide inquiry in February. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Auditors KPMG can’t ‘wash their hands’ of management failures, inquiry hears

Google has revamped Gmail on the web, adding a “snooze” button, “Smart Reply” and a confidential mode. Photograph: Steve Marcus/Reuters

Tech company revamps web version of email service to help people ‘do more’ within inbox

The proposed acquisition of the “Irish Examiner” by The Irish Times DAC has been cleared by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission and will now be referred to the Minister for Communications for approval on media plurality grounds.

Newspaper acquisition’s impact on media plurality due to be considered by Minister

Many UK-based television channels that broadcast into Europe are expected to relocate to Ireland after Brexit. Photograph: iStock

BAI-commissioned report says UK ‘opt-out’ channels taking a huge chunk of ad revenue

The “little lab” set up by former Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer will focus on consumer media and artificial intelligence. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

Ex-Yahoo boss has a ‘little lab’ for a big question: how consumer media can use AI

Flying with Kite: Sky head of entertainment Phil Edgar-Jones.  The broadcaster has chosen Kite Entertainment, makers of Gogglebox Ireland and Ireland’s Got Talent, to develop a show to be broadcast on Sky 1

‘Gogglebox Ireland’ maker Kite sets up writers’ room to develop scripted series

John Feehan also oversaw  four successful British & Irish Lions tours. Photograph: Getty

Dubliner presided over period of strong growth for championship

A bow-tied Bill Gates arrives at a London business banquet, all in the name of his foundation’s bid to eradicate malaria. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Reuters

Planet Business: Martin Sorrell’s golden goodbye and Bill Gates’s hopeful outlook

Shazam for tickets: Paul Simon, who plays the RDS Arena in July, seem performing at the 2011 Glastonbury Festival. Photograph: Ian Gavan / Getty Images

Audio recognition app teams up with music station for mobile-led campaign

 US Open champion Sloane Stephens pictured en route to her victory in the women’s singles in New York last September. Photograph: Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images.

Fans in Ireland and UK will need Prime Video subscription to watch tournament

Aimée Madden of Clinishift, winner of the 2018 Bolton Trust / PwC Innovation Awards, pictured with PwC managing partner Feargal O’Rourke (left), Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Bolton Trust chairman John Lauder.

Company behind hospital software that allocates overtime shifts receives €10,000 prize

Carbery said it was able to pay a leading milk price to its supplier shareholders during 2017. Photograph: iStock

Cork-based firm says growth achieved across dairy, nutrition and taste platforms

'INM can either sit back and wait for the stranglehold of Big Tech to implode, or it can start chasing consumers for subscription income.' Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Special circumstances have applied to the group since 2012 due to its largest shareholder

Crime novelist Jo Spain is writing ‘Taken Down’, an RTÉ drama produced by Suzanne McAuley’s Spiral Pictures.

Six-part series ‘Taken Down’ by novelist Jo Spain has been awarded BAI funding

A tie-wearing Mark Zuckerberg gets the press horde treatment on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday. Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters

Planet Business: A week of more Brexit ‘b******s’ enlivened by Zuck’s trip to Capitol Hill

Brand amplification: 3Arena chief executive Mike Adamson with Three Ireland chief executive Robert Finnegan and chief commercial officer Elaine Carey. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

Telecoms group says it will turn Live Nation music venue ‘smart’ under new 10-year deal

Digital gains: IAB Ireland chief executive Suzanne McElligott (left) with IAB chairman Shane Nolan and PwC partner Dervla McCormack. Photograph: Lensmen Photography

Despite slowing growth, online’s fortunes remain on separate path to traditional media

A group of BBC journalists attend a hearing into gender pay, in support of Carrie Gracie, who resigned  as BBC China editor in January. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas

This type of transparency legislation, like any other, should be welcomed by journalists

Get them out to vote: the first stage of the campaign will focus on asking people to visit the website and to add their names to the register. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Your vote means everything,’ Referendum Commission tells public

Trading hit: Spotify makes its debut on the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Planet Business: This week we’re in a New York state of mind

Strategem founder Keith Lee with Connelly Partners managing partner Courtney Doyle. Mr Lee said the new roles would be across advertising, client services, data, technology, content and shopper marketing.

Boston-based Connelly Partners will rebrand its digital-focused Dublin acquisition

Licence fee reform takes even longer than the dramatic pauses on ‘Dancing with the Stars’, made for RTÉ by Shinawil. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irish public service media is in ‘deep trouble’, and yet a rate increase is never considered

Mocha mountain: paper coffee cups wait to be recycled at James Cropper’s specialist recycling plant in Kendal, UK. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Planet Business: Meet the lottery winner who chose weekly pay over a lump sum

Communicorp Media welcomed the finding that no compliance issues had arisen from the ban in the context of its contracts with the BAI. Photograph: The Irish Times

Broadcasting regulator to introduce plurality policy and revise ownership and control policy

Hugh Bonneville on location in Israel for the RTÉ co-produced documentary ‘Countdown to Calvary’

Hugh Bonneville’s ‘Countdown to Calvary’ will air around the world this weekend

What’s another stream? Today XM is one of three new listening options inside the Today FM mobile app.

Difference between Today XM and TXFM says a lot about where Irish radio finds itself

BoI’s latest Economic Pulse survey detects “tentative signs” that uncertainty posed by the UK’s decision to leave the EU is becoming “less of a drag” for businesses. Photograph: Reuters/Russell Cheyne

Economic mood has improved despite dent from severe weather – Bank of Ireland survey

Tourists take a selfie  at one of the Guinness gate’s in Dublin. Photograph:   Brian Lawless/PA Wire chief warns of mounting risk that demand for workers will outstrip supply

Popular platform: Queen Elizabeth (Claire Foy) and Prince Philip (Matt Smith) share an intimate moment in Netflix’s “The Crown”.

Two in five told Comreg they accessed the TV streaming service

The action by the ODCE against INM marks a serious escalation of its investigation into its affairs. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónail

Discovering circumstances of suspected ‘data breach’ at crux of ODCE’s investigation

Dublin 15 was the postcode with the largest number of sales last  year with 1,640 transactions. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

D15 is busiest postcode, says, as it calls for better public transport

Robert Pitt, former INM chief executive, and Leslie Buckley, former chairman (back to camera). Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Investigation into news publisher centres on abandoned plan to acquire Newstalk and potential ‘data breach’

Economic tale: The flagship Eason bookshop on Dublin’s O’Connell Street. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

No happy endings guaranteed, but bookselling in Ireland is ‘in good health’ - report

The poster-adorned offices of Cambridge Analytica. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty

Planet Business: Busy week at the offices of Cambridge Analytica

The logo for Today FM’s new 1990s-themed service, which will play artists such as Oasis, Britney Spears and the Cranberries, and is one of four new online radio services launched by a rebranded Communicorp Media.

Rebranded radio group will step up video and podcast activity in multi-media fightback

Ann-Marie Power has been appointed as RTÉ’s first group head of arts and culture.

Broadcaster signals ‘joined up’ approach to area it says has ‘never been more important’

Has anyone seen  this man? Photograph: Stephen Lam/Reuters

Too much quibbling over definitions in the tech giant’s response to major data scandal

GSK’s Dave Barrett, country manager for consumer healthcare in Ireland. “Around Christmas, you could see a spike in painkillers,” he says

Dungarvan is the home of the painkiller, but not a lot of people know it

An artist’s impression of the proposed four-star hotel linked to Dublin Airport’s Terminal 2. Image: DAA

‘Tight planning window’ means winning bidders must reapply for permission

Sign of the times: a protester holds an anti-Trump sign during a protest ahead of a visit by the US president  earlier this week, in San Diego, California.  Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/Bloomberg

This week Trump ventured into the enemy territory – California – while ‘one woke dude’ impressed Vanity Fair

Former INBS managing director Michael Fingleton: has said he was not a member of the credit committee until the end of 2007, but this has been contradicted by several other witnesses to the inquiry. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Witness confirms that recommendations to review credit risk were not implemented

Former chief executive of Irish Nationwide Building Society Michael Fingleton. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Diary used by Michael Fingleton’s PA may contain evidence of his involvement with credit committee

Michael Fingleton, who is representing himself at the inquiry, began a cross-examination of Melody van der Berg and this will continue at a second day of evidence by the former personal assistant on Wednesday.

Michael Fingleton’s personal assistant talks though working day

Press here for the free music buffet: Spotify manifests as a successful example of “freemium”. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Music streaming service may not have made a profit, but its customer base is still enviable

An activist wearing a mask of Forza Italia party leader Silvio Berlusconi poses during a tour, the day after Italy’s parliamentary elections, in Rome. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Planet Business: How Ophelia beat Emma, and Frances McDormand’s ‘inclusion rider’

Irish Independent headquarters on Talbot Street. Photograph: Bryan Meade

Group pays ex-chief Robert Pitt €1.5m severance and takes €12.7m impairment on ‘Belfast Telegraph’

Image from a TV3 marketing campaign for the group in January 2017, when it launched its “three-channel strategy”.

Virgin Media-owned broadcaster defers plan, citing other ‘business priorities’

Jon Woods, general manager of Coca-Cola for Britain and Ireland: “I’ve spent my whole career selling products that I like to consume.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

As sugar tax nears, Coke’s ‘innovation pipeline’ is stocked with tea and other surprises

Irish television broadcasters should collaborate on  a single on-demand player, according to Core Media. Photograph: Thinkstock.

Call for industry to unite for ‘local powerhouse’ is logical, but place no bets on it

Marian Keyes, who won Popular Fiction Book of the Year at the 2017 Irish Book Awards. The event is on the hunt for a new sponsor in its 13th year. Photograph: Alan Betson

High-profile ceremony seeks replacement partner after Bord Gáis Energy bows out

 Dee Forbes, director general of RTÉ: “A properly funded RTÉ can deliver an exciting offering to the Irish public.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

RTÉ director-general Dee Forbes talks about TV in the streaming age, funding and cultural relevance

Ireland’s ‘love affair with radio is very much alive’, but advertisers’ fondness for the medium has waned. Photograph: iStock.

‘Huge concern’ as medium’s popularity is not reflected in its share of advertising market

Complex business: A closed sign hangs on the window of a drive-thru KFC restaurant in Coalville, Britain, on Monday. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Planet Business: US media’s ‘catch and kill’ and a Facebook executive’s tweetstorm

The total number of people who hold subscriptions to The Irish Times across all categories is now 72,000. Photograph: Frank Miller

Digital subscriptions grew, as challenging market for print newspapers continued

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, pictured when he was minister for health in December 2015, at the announcement of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It’s hard to imagine how drinks companies could be defeated by proposed public health rules

Epilepsy Ireland patron Rick O’Shea  with Sarah Martin of Concern Worldwide and John Logue of Suas at the announcement of IAPI’s charity partners for the 2018 Cannes Young Lions initiative. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Scheme organised by ad body IAPI will see 12 creatives represent Ireland at global festival

Sharon Murphy: she joined Wilson Hartnell   in 2000 and has led its consumer practice since 2008

Brian Bell becomes non-executive chairman of Ogilvy & Mather Group, a related group

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