Michael Fingleton snr, former chief executive of Irish Nationwide Building Society, arriving at a Central Bank Inquiry, Black Hall Place.Photograph: Alan Betson

Michael Fingleton jnr, son of the former managing director, made application

Invisible man: Boris Johnson fails to join Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel for a joint press conference. Bettel gestures to an empty podium. Photograph: Joshua Sammer/Getty

Planet Business: When all else fails to impress ... why not hire a clown?

These are fraught times in RTÉ, where morale, if not quite in the toilet, is certainly heading in the direction of the bowl. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

How long can the Government distance itself from the broadcaster’s woes?

Deirdre O’Kane, pictured at a Sky event in Dublin’s Westbury Hotel in February 2019, will front a new stand-up comedy series on Sky One. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Five-part Kite Entertainment show will be filmed at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre

 Pro14 rugby: a good example of a rights-holder that has set up an effective formula in Ireland, where the pay-TV option on Eir Sport is blended with TG4’s free-to-air access. Photograph:  ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

For fans, it’s frustrating. For media companies, it’s expensive and perilous.

Danish prime minister Mette Frederiksen (second from left) has annoyed Donald Trump by refusing to sell him Greenland. Also pictured are Norway’s prime minister Erna Solberg (left),  Iceland’s prime minister Katrin Jakobsdottir and German chancellor Angela Merkel (right). Photograph: Halldor Kolbeins / AFP

Planet Business: No, Greenland is not for sale

‘Atmospheric’ thriller: Killian Scott and Sarah Greene star in crime drama Dublin Murders, a BBC-RTÉ co-production.

Focus on climate change and Sean Quinn in offering from ‘flat broke’ broadcaster

An Amazon ‘fulfilment centre’ in the UK. The ecommerce company pays staff to tweet about working in its warehouses under ‘ambassador’ accounts. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

The ecommerce giant tried too hard – the real danger will be when it becomes subtle

In the woods: Killian Scott and Sarah Greene as detectives Rob and Cassie in the BBC / RTÉ / Starz series Dublin Murders. Image: Euston Films.

Take a trip to Darklands, the OAP B&B, Trinity or the Rotunda over the year ahead

Coca-Cola  product line  at one of its bottling plants. Tens of millions of plastic bottles are manufactured in its Irish operation every year across the Coke range and brands such as Fanta and Sprite

Company says it will further increase use of sustainable materials amid pollution fears

Downing Street cheer: US national security adviser and Brexit-enthusiast John Bolton is greeted by UK chancellor Sajid Javid. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images.

Planet Business: It’s not only Thomas Cook that’s feeling the heat

Naomi Osaka has had the good fortune to come to prominence right as the Olympic cycle warms up for Tokyo 2020. Photograph: Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

No surprise that Nike-backed Naomi Osaka is the second-highest paid female athlete

Irish blood, English heart: “There are an incredible number of estates of deceased Irish people waiting to be claimed from the UK government.” File photograph: Getty

More than 500 estates of Irish people waiting to be claimed from UK authorities

Gary Kennedy, co-chair of the Balance for Better Business review group: ‘The clock is ticking.’   Photograph: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Business equality group says 15 listed companies still have ‘zero female directors’

Harland and Wolff workers listen to union officials on Tuesday. Photograph: Liam McBurney / PA.

Planet Business: It was a forlorn week for the historic Harland and Wolff

A new season of the Premier League commences this Saturday and with it comes some eye-catching changes to how its lucrative fixtures are covered in the media. Photograph:  Getty Images

A rare journalistic poaching spree by the US subscription site has raised eyebrows

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton said: ‘People should not be able to exempt themselves from the proposed charge by arguing they do not consume any RTÉ or TG4 services.’ Photograph: Tom Honan

Details to be decided, but not fair to call it a ‘household charge’ – Richard Bruton

What will the device-independent broadcasting charge look like?  Minister for Communications Richard Bruton says the details haven’t been worked out yet.

Q&A: It’s hard to see the ‘device independent broadcasting charge’ being anything other than a household fee

Brexit stand-off: UK prime minister Boris Johnson  meets some new friends on a farm near Newport, Wales. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/Getty Images

Planet Business: A week in which things went quite well for Apple, at least

Licence renewal: Q102 holds the contract for a Dublin music service aimed at 35 to 55-year-olds.

Media matters: New contract for Wireless Group music station will not be fast-tracked

Ivan Yates now has 183,000 listeners on Newstalk, up 30,000 over the past year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

2fm has ‘soft’ quarter amid revamp, while Muireann O’Connell gains listeners at Today FM

Licence renewal: Spirit Radio has been on air since 2010 and its current licence expires at the end of 2020.

Sole application for Christian service ‘made in good faith’, says regulator

Today FM’s new lunchtime host Mairéad Ronan with Dancing with the Stars  partner John Nolan. Photograph: RTÉ.

Ed Smith promoted to weekday evening slot, as two presenters depart station

Have we been here before? Love Island’s Irish star Maura Higgins with fellow contestant Curtis Pritchard. Photograph: ITV.

ITV has a repeat hit but does it risk getting burned by reality series overkill?

New clown in town: An anti-Brexit protester marks the start of the Boris Johnson era. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Planet Business: A brief history of failing upwards, Westminster style

James Frecheville (left) and Hugo Weaving in Black 47, the Irish famine film directed by Lance Daly, which opened the Dublin International Film Festival in storm-hit 2018.

Box office suffered as snow led to cancellation of screenings on four of its 10 days

Public Relations Institute of Ireland chief executive Martina Byrne said there was varied and well-paid work in PR.

Two-thirds report a healthy work-life balance, PRII census finds

The Irish economy was ranked highly in a global index for tech exports and foreign direct investment. Photograph: Getty Images

Republic drops two places in global study, while Switzerland retains top spot

Limerick plan: Mark Tiernan, development director of Tiernan Properties, pictured at the existing Arthur’s Quay centre. Photograph: Brian Arthur

Retail complex will be redeveloped in €60m plan by Tiernan Properties

Ireland must transpose the EU’s revised audio-visual media services directive into law by September 2020.

Laura Slattery: Most film and TV revenues go overseas. Why not ask for something back?

The accounts for The Irish Times DAC include trading from the Irish Examiner and other media assets acquired from Landmark Media Investments, from July 10th, 2018. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Figures include first contribution from acquisition of Landmark Media

Open skies: Bobby Coote in the Frank Shouldice-directed Loosehorse documentary The Man Who Wanted to Fly.

Demand for documentary skyrocketing, says Loosehorse producer of Frank Shouldice film

James Hickey, who will step down as chief executive of Screen Ireland at the end of July. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Outgoing chief James Hickey says big media firms could help fund Irish film and TV

Hot beverage sales have risen 3.4 per cent in value year-on-year. May was an especially good month, with sales up 4.1 per cent. Photograph: iStock

Hot beverages, headphones and health stores among the strong performers

Cadbury’s moon landing recreation: one small step for chocolate-makers, one sweet treat for mankind. Photograph: Jacob King/PA

Planet Business: There’s a job going at IMF

Risks facing the Irish Daily Mail publisher are ‘those typical of the newspaper publication sector’, its directors say.

Associated Newspapers (Ireland) has made staff cutbacks since end of financial year

Just checking for Brexit developments. Photograph: iStock.

Laura Slattery: Sunny weather is not the only disruptive influence on news routines

 Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab visiting a butcher’s shop in Oxshott, Surrey. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Planet Business: The battle ‘for the very existence of Britain’ continues

‘Blood’ and ‘Line of Duty’ actor Adrian Dunbar will be a judge in the new Virgin Media Discovers scheme for upcoming film talent. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

Winning entry will have its work made and shown on television

The Chinese arthouse market stretches to some 2,000 cinemas. Photograph: iStock

Even a limited release in China is ‘massive’, says Kilkenny’s Cartoon Saloon

RTÉ director-general Dee Forbes said there had been “no substantial response” from Government on future funding.

Director-general Dee Forbes says licence fee payers ‘deserve more’ from broadcaster

Jessica Hynes in the BBC’s Years and Years, now airing in the US on HBO. Ireland’s Lisa Mulcahy,  Ifta winner for her work on Irish soap Red Rock, directed two episodes. Photograph: Red Productions.

Guild calls for separate drama fund so Ireland can compete in ‘peak TV’ industry

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton: launched the Audiovisual Media Services Directive in March. File photograph: Tom Honan

Regulation of the broadcasting sector has struggled to keep up with its realities

Rising sun: A computer generated image of what Heathrow might look like in  2050, if Earth makes it that far. Photograph: handout via AFP / Getty Images

Planet Business: No shortage of ambition

Facebook’s affidavit  repeated its strongly held corporate position that it is ‘not a publisher of user-generated content’. File photograph: Getty Images

Company has at times appeared unable to handle volume of harmful, unlawful content

At the Coillte Nature launch: Gerry Murphy (left), managing director of Coillte Land Solutions, Minister of State for food, forestry and agriculture Andrew Doyle and Coillte chairwoman Bernie Gray. Photograph: Julien Behal

State forestry company launches Coillte Nature to focus on ‘social dividend’

Social media companies have been removing images that purport to identify the boys convicted of murdering schoolgirl Ana Kriégel from their platforms.

DPP says social media firms responsible for sharing of images of convicted teenagers

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has previously conceded that while Facebook did not ‘produce’ content used on its platform, it was responsible for it.  File image: Luong Thai Linh/EPA

Facebook and Twitter representatives to appear in court over anonymity breach

The two boys were convicted of the murder of Ana Kriégel on Tuesday following a seven-week trial. Photograph courtessy of RTÉ News

Confirmation comes from company after it and Twitter ordered to court over identification of Boy A and Boy B

Communicorp chairwoman Lucy Gaffney. Denis O’Brien’s radio group has objected to ‘heavy-handed’ regulation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Radio groups object to BAI ownership and control policy, citing unfettered online sector

It feels safe to assume a correlation between newspaper consumption and age, then explain it by invoking the truism that people drift rightwards as they get older

In countries with more polarised politics, levels of trust in media are more in flux

Neon Cannes dreams: Rory Hamilton, chief creative officer of the Irish advertising agency Boys + Girls

Dublin creative agency will address global advertising festival on its YouTube hit

Theresa May, still prime minister of the UK, steps into the glare of London Tech Week. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP

Planet Business: Political buccaneers and a reflective billionaire take centre stage

Philip Green, whose debt-stricken clothing empire Arcadia Group has been awarded a “lifeline”. Photograph: Benjamin Norman/New York Times

Retail chain’s chairman has become intertwined with its brand to toxic effect

Irish Times online users are more likely to be left of centre than those who read the ‘traditional’ printed form. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Survey finds 12% pay for news online, with younger readers more likely to do so

Some 59 per cent said Irish media helped them understand the news of the day, which was well above the EU average of 48 per cent

Reuters Institute finds 25-34 age group most likely to pay for online news

Higher Ground: Barack Obama and Michelle Obama want to ‘foster productive dialogue’ through their Spotify podcasts. Photograph: Jim Young/AFP

Exclusive deal with Barack and Michelle Obama points to fragmented audio future

Niamh (Orla Fitzgerald) and Jen (Lynn Rafferty) in RTÉ’s flagship drama commission for 2018, Taken Down, produced by Spiral Pictures. Photograph: Bernard Walsh

One in six TV pitches are commissioned, but spending has only nudged up in recent times

USA soccer player Carli Lloyd (centre) is seen in foosball figurine form, surrounded by representations of her teammates ahead of the Fifa Women’s World Cup. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP

Planet Business: It’s all kicking off in France today

Non-alcoholic drink intervention: Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland chief executive Orla Twomey

Non-alcoholic product variants should not target children, watchdog rules dictate

A 1980 advertisement for the Employment Equality Agency, set up in 1977 and led by the late Sylvia Meehan. Before then, it was legal for employers to bar women or men from jobs.

Days when only men had ‘initiative’ and only women were ‘friendly’ not really so distant

Norway’s Caroline Hansen  and the  Republic of Ireland’s Denise O’Sullivan in action during the World Cup qualifier at Viking Stadion, Stavanger. Photograph: Andrew Halseid Budd/Inpho

All 52 matches to be broadcast on Irish TV for first time

Outgoing UK prime minister Theresa May has a Brussels catch-up with European Commission president Jean-Clause Juncker. Photograph: Francisco Seco/Pool via Reuters.

Planet Business: Time for one last Brussels get-together for Theresa May

Michael Smiley, lead actor on new RTÉ co-production Dead Still. Photograph: Dave J Hogan / Getty Images.

Six-part international co-production set in 1880s Ireland now filming in Dublin

Chief Justice Frank Clarke (left) with Press Council chairman Seán Donlon and press ombudsman Peter Feeney. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Press Council reiterates dismay in delay to Defamation Act review

Bríd Horan, co-chairwoman of the Balance for Better Business group: changes required are not just ‘a numbers game’. Photograph: Leah Farrell / RollingNews.ie.

Review group urges end to all-male boards, but stops short of calling for gender quotas

Real Madrid’s  Gareth Bale. The Spanish club  and Manchester United are the only clubs with an enterprise value above €3bn. Photograph: Getty Images

Spanish club’s enterprise value rose 10% after Champions League title hat-trick

The press ombudsman, Peter Feeney, made decisions in 30 of 464 complaints in 2018. He upheld 10 of them, double the number in 2017. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Objections to ‘rosarectomy’ cartoon, not upheld, caused surge on previous year

“Few industry people would place bets on this trio of quietly miserable blows to Irish journalism being the last this year.” File photograph: iStockPhoto

Grim backdrop for employment prospects as three newspaper groups make editorial cuts

Leif Johansson: “Sweden and Ireland have many common things to discuss. We are relatively small countries, both of us. We are dependent on the rest of the world to do well.” Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

AstraZeneca chairman Leif Johansson talks free trade, Brexit and pharmaceuticals

It’s Oliver now: A sign on the window of a London outlet informs passersby that Jamie’s Italian has gone into administration. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Planet Biz: Paternity leave; philanthropic billionaire Robert F Smith; facial recognition

From pub to podcast: Jameson whiskey barrel table in Temple Bar, Dublin.

Brand is latest to join audio trend with ‘toe in the water’ history series

New fathers can take 26 weeks paid paternity leave at the Guinness maker in several markets including Ireland. Photograph: Luke MacGregor / Reuters.

Drinks giant signals ‘bold’ move to equal paternity and maternity benefits in many markets

The newspaper was initially launched in September 2015 as a digital-only product. Photograph: iStock

Irish print edition of UK newspaper to cease publication with small number to continue working on digital product

Employment in the State rose 3.7 per cent in the first quarter to just above 2.3 million compared to the same quarter the year before. Photograph: iStock

Numbers in work have ‘never been higher’, says Central Statistics Office

Anything on TV? Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) and Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) from Game of Thrones in happier times. Photograph: HBO

The series would not have gained the same attention if it had been uploaded all at once

Better Balance for Better Business’s Brid Horan and Gary Kennedy: group was established in 2018 when only 18 per cent of directors at top Irish publicly quoted companies were women. Photograph: Leah Farrell

Chambers Ireland lobbying for ‘more business-friendly approach’ to legislation

Irish actors Nora-Jane Noone (left) and Nika McGuigan  in Wildfire, the upcoming debut feature from  Irish director Cathy Brady. Photograph: Great Point Media

Agency announces winners of low-budget feature film scheme for female talent

Playback presenter Ronan Kelly in the Radio 1 studio. Photograph: Kinlan Photography

New commercial partners sought for Radio 1 round-up and 2fm afternoon show

Paschal Donohoe,  Minister for Finance and Minister for Expenditure and Reform, in advance of delivering Budget 2019.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Entrepreneurs and family-owned companies should be better supported, says accounting firm

Jeremy Masding, group chief executive at  Permanent TSB. Mr Masding said there was “a disconnect” between the “intrinsic value” of Permanent TSB’s shares and the market value

Annual general meeting hears ‘tough decisions’ must be made at lender

BritBox streaming plan: ITV chief executive Carolyn McCall. Photograph: David Levenson/Bloomberg

Broadcaster’s share price has halved since 2015 – will takeover rumours begin again?

The Irish Food Board, which works to make a commercial success of Irish food, drink and horticultural businesses overseas, came first in a study by the Reputations Agency. File photograph: Board Bia

IRFU and Aer Lingus also among the steady climbers in the annual RepTrak ranking

Revenue commissioner Gerry Harrahill, chairman Niall Cody and commissioner Michael Gladney. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Up to half of Irish companies incur ‘unnecessary’ risks by not applying

Veteran trader Peter Tuchman (centre) responds to an opening bell plunge at the New York Stock Exchange on Monday. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Planet Business: Tense and thirsty times, for everybody except Match Group

A ‘lot more edge’ coming into panel debates after three years of ‘new politics’, says Virgin Media presenter Ivan Yates. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Ratings are higher when they ‘get the blood up a bit’, say Virgin Media election hosts

Virgin  added 2,400 broadband subscribers in the first three months, bringing the tally for the category to 378,100, while its 352,300 home telephone subscriptions were unchanged on the previous period.

Company says it is on path of ‘solid progress’

2fm’s Tracy Clifford: Recruited from youth station Spin 1038 in 2015, she is now a stalwart of the weekday schedule.

RTÉ station plans to ‘evolve’ ahead of its 40th birthday, but will younger listeners respond?

Grand Slam reputation: Rolex brand ambassador Roger Federer kisses the Wimbledon trophy in 2017. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP

A reputation expert explains how Netflix and Uber have improved theirs, while Facebook’s and Google’s have slid

Smurfit chief financial officer Ken Bowles and chief executive Tony Smurfit at last year’s annual general meeting.

Tribute paid to retiring chairman Liam O’Mahony at group’s annual meeting

WTO Rules OK! Pro-Brexit graffiti in Leave-voting Thrapston in Northamptonshire, UK. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Planet Business: Taking it to ‘the next level in every respect’

Jenny  Greene, who left 2fm in March, will return to the station with  a new 3pm show from June.

New phone-in show and evening bid to chase younger podcast listeners from June

RTÉ 2fm signals big changes as Today FM toasts breakfast and drivetime gains

Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor, arrives for the world premiere of Avengers: Endgame in Los Angeles last month. Photograph: Valerie Macon/AFP.

‘Not an ordinary movie’: Marvel film is 2019 box office leader after just its first weekend

At Coillte’s results announcement were acting chief executive Gerry Britchfield (left), chairwoman Bernie Gray,  and Fergal Leamy, outgoing chief executive. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Dividend paid to State up 87% to €15m, while the group is now close to being debt free

Chernobyl drama: Irish actor Jessie Buckley portrays Lyudmilla Ignatenko, whose husband Vasily was one of the first firefighters on the scene of the 1986 disaster

Campaigner welcomes hard-hitting Sky and HBO TV series that prompted tears at UN

Conversation is Twitter’s ‘superpower’, the social media company claims. Photograph: Thomas White/Reuters

Company’s pursuit of growth depends on abuse reduction and media content deals

JNLR data: Radio listenership figures in the Irish market are based on a face-to-face survey of about 16,500 people on a rolling 12-month period. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Pen-and-paper ‘aided recall’ still the best system for calculating audiences, it concludes

DMG Media Ireland: Falling newspaper circulation and subdued advertising market prompted staff cutbacks.

Political editor and head of news among the departures

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