The Kremlin’s towers and passersby are seen reflected in the window of a closed McDonald’s restaurant in Moscow. Photograph: Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP

Planet Business: Twitter exits, Walmart woes and a UK minister’s top inflation tips

Bank of America Global Research is ‘confident in a benign impairment outlook’ for the two Irish banks. Photograph: Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg

Bank of America Global Research note reiterates ‘buy’ ratings for the two Irish banks

Strong hiring intentions in wider finance sector is ‘huge vote of confidence’ in Irish economy, says Manpower. Photograph: iStock

Recruitment group finds 42% of employers intend to hire in third quarter

CIPD Ireland director Mary Connaughton with Iarnród Éireann chief executive Jim Meade, a speaker at the organisation’s annual conference in Dublin. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

CIPD Ireland says organisations keener on new ways of working after productivity boost

Ryanair has opened a  5,220sq m aircraft maintenance facility at Shannon Airport. Photograph: Arthur Ellis.

Site is the airline’s first such centre in Ireland and will employ 200 people

Steve Jobs, the late co-founder and chief executive of Apple, launches a range of updated iPod products in San Francisco in 2007, six years after its debut. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

For Apple, the next stop is the metaverse – and it’ll probably give it a clever new name

Game of Thrones, featuring Lena Headey and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, is one of the major projects on which Irish VFX companies have worked. Photograph: Helen Sloan/HBO

Catherine Martin and Screen Ireland launch site to help diaspora find Irish content

The gilded age: Elon Musk and his mother Maye Musk arrive for the 2022 Met Gala in New York on Monday. Photograph: Angela Weiss/AFP

Planet Business: Flash crashes, style slumps and a ‘make-up renaissance’

Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee Brian Stanley: ‘Credit unions want to offer more mortgages to potential homeowners but are severely limited by legislation introduced following the financial crash, a crash caused by commercial banks.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley says existing rules leave credit unions ‘handcuffed’

While one in 20 households said they experienced ‘great difficulty’ in making ends meet, about one in six single-parent households reported the same. Photograph: iStock

One in six households paying rent had difficulties doing so in prior 12 months – CSO

Niamh Boyle, managing director of The Reputations Agency, and Debbie Byrne, managing director of retail for An Post, ahead of the launch of the RepTrak 2022 study. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

RepTrak study finds ‘Covid bounce’ in reputations has subsided

Pay transparency is seen as ‘critical’ to employee retention amid a sharp rise in workforce turnover. Photograph: iStock

CIPD Ireland wants more information from Government ahead of ‘snapshot’ date

Minister for Climate Eamon Ryan and Minister for Media Catherine Martin. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘It is essential that we inform people of the threats posed by climate change’ – Eamon Ryan

Italian quartet Maneskin, who won the Eurovision Song Contest for Italy in 2021, were named on the Forbes list. Photograph: Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/EPA

Nasa mathematician, fashion designer and solar entrepreneur make Forbes list

Irish shoppers are making fewer trips to the supermarket each month than they were a year ago. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Inflation takes toll on consumers as grocery sales plunge 7.2%, says Kantar

Dr Martina Byrne: Covid has made the contribution of PR advice ‘more apparent’ to organisations’ boards. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennells

Communications advice and skills in demand, says PRII, as job vacancies surge

Invitation only: a totally inauthentic stock photograph of ‘friends’ taking a selfie. BeReal is a new app that wants us to share daily images of our unvarnished lives. Photograph: iStock

New social network wants us to show what our lives are really like. What can go wrong?

Vladimir Putin presenting flowers to Margarita Simonyan, editor-in-chief of State broadcaster RT, in 2019. Photograph: Evgenia Novozhenina/AFP

‘News and information chaos’ is on the rise, warns Reporters without Borders

Emmanuel Macron greets residents at the Saint-Christophe market square in Cergy, Paris, on his first outing after re-election. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP

Planet Business: A fresh Boeing plunge, the end of CNN Plus and Musk’s quotes

Serial entrepreneur Elon Musk could be a trillionaire-in-waiting or on the cusp of losing more money than anyone has ever lost. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Influential though it may be in political and media circles, it doesn’t make any money

Seamus Hand, managing partner of KPMG. The firm’s headcount has crossed 4,000 since the end of 2021. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Professional services firm is preparing to move to new Dublin headquarters

Paul Coulson, chairman of Ardagh Group, majority owner of Ardagh Metal Packaging. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Persistently high’ energy costs in Europe a headwind for maker of drink cans

TG4’s outgoing chairwoman Siún Ní Raghallaigh (centre) with exiting board members Michelle Ní Chróinín (left), Des Geraghty, Micheál Seoighe and Mairéad Ní Cheoinín. Photograph: Seán Ó Mainnín

Siún Ní Raghallaigh departs after serving two terms as chair of the broadcaster

Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel) has no trouble reaching the end of Lady Whistledown’s scandal sheets in Bridgerton, made for Netflix by Shonda Rhimes’s company Shondaland. Photograph: Liam Daniel/Netflix

Less may still be too much for the overloaded media consumer

Screen Ireland said it would launch pilot schemes to help productions lower their carbon emissions. Photograph: iStock

State agency aims to be net-zero carbon by 2025 as it flags review of industry’s impact

A Parisian walks past graffiti of a political slogan meaning Neither Le Pen nor Macron ahead of a climate change protest by the group Extinction Rebellion. Photograph: Julien De Rosa/AFP

Planet Business: Netflix slippage, US trade union fights and smart homes go dumb

The EY Future Consumer Index is a quarterly global survey of 18,000 people. Photograph: Tomas Cuesta/AFP/Getty Images

One-fifth of people already seeking cheaper alternatives on food, global study by EY finds

RTÉ’s GAA presenters Darren Frehill, Jacqui Hurley, Des Cahill and Joanne Cantwell. ‘Our rights portfolio is now at a greater level than it has been at any point since the 2008 crash,’ says group head of sport Declan McBennett. Photograph: Andres Poveda

July calendar ‘particularly acute’ as sports vie for eyeballs, says boss Declan McBennett

Extra mile: Chocolatier Donna Oluban adds the finishing touches to the Easter-themed chocolate creation at Cadbury World in Birmingham. Photograph: Jacob King/PA Wire

Planet Business: Depp v Heard, the strike at Etsy and Shanghai shutdowns

Ireland will be represented by Derry’s Brooke Scullion. Photograph: Paul Bergen/ANP/AFP

Social media video app will livestream Eurovision finals next month alongside ‘behind the scenes’ content and playlists of entrant(...)

The variable-rate mortgage market is ‘currently volatile’, the Central Bank  said. Photograph: Alan Betson

Central Bank figures show average interest rate of 2.76% for new February agreements

Ireland v Italy at Musgrave Park in Cork: TikTok this year became the first title sponsor of the Women’s Six Nations. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

‘Exceptionally bright start’ to 2022 for deals, Onside finds

Elon Musk, Twitter’s largest shareholder, has decided not to join its board. ‘Is Twitter dying?’ he asked on Saturday. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP

‘Distractions’ loom as billionaire opts to stay off board and asks if app is ‘dying’

Planet Business: Musk’s poll, Amazon’s chat app and Australia’s newest billionaires

The Central Bank said  it expected unemployment would average at 5.8 per cent this year. Photograph: iStock

Seasonally adjusted number of people unemployed last month was 146,400

The State’s employment wage subsidy scheme  will end for most businesses on April 30th. Photograph: iStock

End of State pandemic supports this month coincides with inflationary pressures

Brothers Patrick Collison (left) and John Collison whose wealth shot up to $9.5bn  each after a fundraising round that saw the valuation of Stripe almost triple in less than a year. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Stripe founders’ gains recognised on Forbes list of 2,668 people in ‘three comma club’

Spanish utility giant Iberdrola entered the Irish domestic energy market in 2019. Photograph: iStock

Electricity prices will rise 24% and gas will go up 11% from May 5th

Dublin’s Capel Street: Sentiment declined sharply among services businesses in March, despite the ongoing post-Covid recovery. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Inflationary pressures surging to record highs, AIB survey finds

Spotify and chill: an increasing share of streaming users ‘are not really music fans’, an industry insider told Music Business Worldwide. Photograph: iStock

When media companies rely too heavily on hardcore users, it can suggest a problem

The Dyson invasion of London has begun. Photograph: Matt Alexander/PA

Planet Business: Fake Wonka bars, seized superyachts and an NFT-beating Picasso

 Rothco | Accenture Interactive’s Róisín Monk and Laura Cassidy were selected to represent  Ireland in the media category at Cannes Young Lions.    Photograph: Patrick Bolger

IAPI announces entrants for global competition aimed at young creative talent

Some 28% of people use radio to lift their mood when working from home. Photograph: iStock

Almost half use radio as companion, and one in five say it makes them more productive

Sian Heder, accompanied by a sign language interpreter, celebrates winning best adapted screenplay. CODA went on to beat The Power of the Dog to best picture. Photograph: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

CODA’s best picture triumph was a historic victory for the biggest company in the world

UK chancellor Rishi Sunak leaving 11 Downing Street before delivering his spring statement to parliament. Photograph: Daniel Leal/AFP

Planet Business: ‘Decacorns’, the P&O boss’s admission and an actual rise in CD sales

Stephen Garvey, chief executive and co-founder of Glenveagh Properties, was paid a €445,500 bonus for 2021. Photograph: Fennell Photography

Chief executive Stephen Garvey was paid €988,213, up 82% on previous year

The refund process will take Three Ireland six months to complete. Photograph: Anthony Wallace/AFP

Mobile company kept post-cancellation charges as credits on inactive accounts

Name That Tune: Band leader Randy Jackson and host Jane Krakowski. Photograph: FAE/BiggerStage

BiggerStage co-produced Fox revival filmed at RDS in Dublin

BNY Mellon ‘minimised the nature of some of the breaches’ and told the regulator it had completed remedial actions when it had not. Photograph: iStock

Central Bank cites ‘aggravating factor’ over failure to take remedial action when breaches identified

Fianna Fáil TD Niamh Smyth pressed the Tánaiste on Tuesday about when the Future of Media Commission report would be published. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Media committee chair Niamh Smyth says members and BAI are working ‘in a vacuum’

Vico Films, the makers of The Young Offenders starring Chris Walley, Hilary Rose and Alex Murphy, are making a drama for Virgin Media Television. Photograph: Miki Barlok/Vico Films

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland awards €6.4m in licence fee funding to 74 projects

In January and February 2022 combined, the tally of housing starts is still below that seen in 2020. Photograph: iStock

Rolling 12-month total for housing starts crosses 33,000 mark, highest since Celtic Tiger

AMC, the biggest cinema operator in the world, has gained ‘expertise’ from its status as a meme stock. Photograph: Valerie Macon/AFP

Silver screen? Silver mining is the new big thing for owner of Odeon chain

Wolfgang Digital managing director Brendan Almack, right, and head of growth Beth Quigley. Photograph: Wolfgang Digital

Two-thirds of Irish iPhone users do not allow apps to track them, Wolfgang Digital finds

Protesters in London occupy 5 Belgrave Square, said to belong to the family of oligarch Oleg Deripaska, on Monday. Four were later arrested. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Getty Images

Planet Business: Wartime fallout from caviar sanctions to a Kyiv app’s grim new uses

Peter Vandermeersch will become chief executive of Mediahuis Ireland in August. Photograph: Steve Humphreys

Former editor of De Standaard will become boss of Irish Independent company in August

Irish-produced knitwear modelled at Slane Castle ahead of QVC’s St Patrick’s Day show. Photograph: Enterprise Ireland

‘Made in Ireland’ show will be broadcast live from Slane Castle in ‘incredible opportunity’

Vancouver’s Bloedel Conservatory taking part in the 2020 St Patrick’s Day Global Greening. Photograph: Tourism Ireland.

Laura Slattery: Lighting up landmarks in green is a brilliant idea – just not when there’s a war in Europe

Tullamore Distillery: the Tullamore Dew manufacturer now offers visitor experience tours on site.

Whiskey brand ‘cautiously optimistic’ about tourist recovery as it opens site to public

McFlurry of activity: a McDonald’s restaurant in Moscow, still open for business on Wednesday. Photograph: AFP

Planet Business: The threat of a food security crisis and other fallouts from Kremlin’s war

Customers browsed the shelves in Chapters on Dublin’s Parnell Street as the bookshop reopened on Friday. Photograph: Damien Eagers

Sector calls on consumers to support local bookshops amid overseas online competition

Setting sail: Vikings: Valhalla, starring Leo Suter as Harald, was filmed at Ashford Studios and on location in Co Wicklow. Photograph: Bernard Walsh/Netflix

What have the Vikings ever done for us? Boosted Irish screen tourism is latest answer

RTÉ news and current affairs managing director Jon Williams: scheme will double overseas postings from three to six. Photograph: RTÉ

New York and Nairobi postings also planned, with Department of Foreign Affairs funding

‘Consumers are now choosing their preferred way to be educated, entertained and empowered,’ said Core chief executive Aidan Greene. Photograph: iStock

But growth ‘a little slower’ than expected in early months, says marketing group Core

Stuart Ramsay, chief correspondent at Sky News, was hit by a bullet in the lower back as shooting rained down on a car carrying his crew towards Kyiv. Photograph: Sky News/PA Wire

Putin’s information iron curtain is a ‘special operation’ like no other

Cold day in Moscow: Aeroflot’s passengers planes parked at Sheremetyevo airport, outside the Russian capital. Photograph: Pavel Golovkin/AP

Planet Business: A Twitter account plots the busy movements of oligarch’s private jets

Sky Ireland’s chief executive, JD Buckley, says the Vodafone announcement marks a ‘significant milestone’ in the growth of Sky’s business in the Republic. Photograph: Sky

Television and broadband provider ‘excited’ to launch Sky Mobile next year

Dr Susan Liddy (left), who led the Raising Films research, with director  Lenny Abrahamson, producer Macdara Kelleher, writer and actor Jody O’Neill and documentary director Anna Rodgers. Photograph: VMDIFF

Raising Films calls for change as women report losing work after becoming mothers

Irish Congress of Trade Unions general secretary Patricia King: ‘Awful pity’ there as not more engagement on Right to Request Remote Work Bill. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Tánaiste has ‘listening ear’ and consultation conducted in ‘usual way’, says Department

The EU is banning Russian state media RT and Sputnik, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said on Sunday. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Crackdown on Kremlin-backed media steps up in battle against disinformation

Russia’s 2021 Eurovision entry, performed by Manizha. The EBU has suspended Russia from the 2022 contest amid a wave of wider sanctions. Photograph: Dean  Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Events such as Eurovision aspire to swerve politics but politics has a way of gatecrashing

 Al Pacino as Michael Corleone in The Godfather: a 50th anniversary reissue of Francis Ford Coppola’s film is currently showing at the IFI. Photograph: CBS via Getty Images

Museum venue plan has role to play in vibrancy of city’s cultural life, says IFI director

The Flying Kangaroo, a Qantas mascot, welcoming passengers arriving to Sydney on Monday as Australia reopened its borders. Photograph: Saeed Khan/AFP

Planet Business: Meanwhile, in Sydney, Qantas plays a strong mascot game

Russia, barred from the 2022 song contest, was represented at last year’s Eurovision by Manizha Dalerovna Sangin, known as Manizha. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

European Broadcasting Union says its inclusion would bring event ‘into disrepute’

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said he was ‘aware of the difficulties and political sensitivies’ of the EU banking union project. Photograph: Alan Betson

Eurogroup president hails European solidarity at launch of DCU’s Rebuild centre

Mediahuis chief executive Gert Ysebaert and chairman Thomas Leysen in Dublin in 2019, when the Belgian group acquired INM. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Belgian parent company says Independent.ie now has 50,000 digital subscribers

A stormy economic and financial outlook dampened the mood among consumers in February. Photograph: Alan Betson

Drop in confidence contained by long-term trend for ‘defensive’ thinking, says KBC Bank

The value of mortgage approvals has climbed 13.2 per cent year on year. Photograph: Frank Miller.

Industry body also reports year-on-year growth in buy-to-let lending

Limits to remote working bill and employers’ ignoring of right to disconnect code has prompted observation that Government policy is ‘all a bit of a non-event’. Photograph: iStock

Half say they will be ‘partially flexible’ on working from home, finds law firm survey

Ipsos Ireland said 21 per cent of people now have the TikTok app. Photograph: iStock

Irish people more likely to say social media plays positive than negative role, Ipsos finds

Permanent TSB is in hiring mode. Photograph: Alan Betson

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Got it in three: The New York Times has become a magnet for players’ frustrations since buying viral word game Wordle. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA

Misplaced fury at viral game’s new owners is a pandemic side-effect few saw coming

Canadian stand-off: Ottawa residents have staged counter-protests to the anti-government trucker convoy that has brought the city to a standstill. Photograph: Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP

Planet Business: Boldly going deeper into space than anyone has gone in 50 years

Screen Ireland chief executive Désirée Finnegan (centre) at Dublin’s Light House cinema with An Cailín Ciúin writer-director Colm Bairéad and You Are Not My Mother writer-director Kate Dolan. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Contribution to Irish economy reached €500m amid surge in volume of projects

About  53% of card spending took place in-store in 2021, with online shopping continuing to rise in popularity. Photograph: iStock

Figures show more than half of all card payments were contactless last year

Although more consultations are taking place online, PHP does not expect to see any reduction in primary healthcare space requirements. Photograph: iStock

Investor in healthcare facilities already has 20 assets in the Republic

Ed Sibley will step down from his role as deputy governor, prudential regulation, at the Central Bank. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Deputy governor of prudential regulation will leave in autumn to join private sector

Unilever’s Hellmann’s mayonnaise: its Super Bowl ad implores consumers not to waste food. Photograph: Newscast/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Mayonnaise with ‘purpose’ has been mocked, but Hellmann’s Super Bowl ad works for now

Jacob Rees-Mogg arrives at No 10 Downing Street for a cabinet meeting. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Planet Business: Brexiteer’s new gig; crypto crime; and a bitter-sweet subscription

The World Radio Alliance has been launched ahead of Sunday’s World Radio Day. Photograph: iStock

Organisation set up to speak for global industry with collective voice

Ryan Tubridy now has 366,000 listeners on Radio, making his show second only to Morning Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Claire Byrne, Matt Cooper and Pat Kenny among ratings winners

Some 1,813 electric vehicles were licensed in January 2022, more than double the 739 that were licensed in the same month a year earlier, while new plug-in hybrid electric cars grew 82 per cent to 1,507. Photograph: iStock

CSO says electric-only cars accounted for 11.5% of new licences in January

RTÉ director-general Dee Forbes and Virgin Media Television managing director Paul Farrell at the Aviva Stadium: the broadcasters have allied on rugby rights, so what’s next? Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

More pragmatic alliances may soon be needed to cope with streaming competition

Activists in Washington DC campaign for the passing of Build Back Better legislation, which has been held up by the objections of Democratic senator Joe Manchin. Photograph: Stefani Reynolds/AFP

Planet Business: Wordle-buying New York Times mops up subscribers

BBC Three’s re-launch night saw the debut of sketch series Lazy Susan, who are Celeste Dring and Freya Parker. Their Sketch Hotline skit went viral online. Photograph: Tiger Aspect

BBC this week relaunched the youth-targeting linear service after a six-year hiatus

‘Boredom with content’ is the main reason people quit using a social media app, according to a survey by Deloitte. Photograph: iStock

Deloitte survey also finds one in six have cancelled a video streaming subscription

The transport, tourism and leisure sector resumed growing in January, the AIB purchasing managers’ index shows. Photograph: iStock

Outlook among businesses more optimistic as Omicron threat recedes

The term ‘Groundhog Day’, taken from the time-loop film of the same name, is frequently used to describe the tedium of repetitive events that seem to be of no consequence. Photograph: iStock

Journalists love citing this time-loop comedy about terrible reporter assignments

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