The Retail Excellence eCommerce Conference is on Wednesday at Crown Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

This week in business: Nike’s results, Retail Excellence, and a whistleblowers’ conference

Women  embrace at a Mass given by Fr David Gimenez near a collapsed building after an earthquake earlier this week in Mexico City, Mexico. Photograph: Henry Romero/Reuters

With death toll nearing 300 on Friday night, community looks to encourage donations

Jean Moran spins yarn from raw fleece, watched by Hans Constable Herriott,  in Smithfield in Dublin as Culture Night gets under way. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Culture Night thrives as crowds throng Dublin streets soaking up free entertainment

The former Supreme Court Judge Catherine McGuinness: ‘The outright ban on such people seeking employment leaves them deprived of the self-respect.’ Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Former Supreme Court judge Catherine McGuinness to address right to work event

Elizabeth Byrne with her daughters Mary Ellen  (8) and  Kerrie Ann (3).

Kerrie Ann Byrne (3), Mary Ellen Byrne (8) and their aunt Barbara Doyle (20) died in Kilcock

Insurance Ireland says the XL Group’s decision validates the country’s position as an international insurance hub

CEO Mike McGavick says decision will help it ‘provide certainty and consistency’

In the second quarter of 2017 SME credit lines fell by 0.8 per cent to €27.5 billion, an annual decrease of 7.5 per cent. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Property-related lending to SMEs represents 41% of Irish banks’ loan book

The EU’s Luxembourg-based court on Tuesday ruled for the European Commission which had complained that the Irish tax authorities were in effect restricting the ability of foreign car hire companies to provide services in the Irish market and discriminating in favour of domestic providers.

EC had complained Ireland restricted foreign car hire firms’ ability to service Irish market

Dr Jesus Frias, academic leader, Environmental Sustainability and Health Institute, DIT (left), with Minister of State at the Department of Education with special responsibility for Higher Education Mary Mitchell-O’Connor; Aidan Crowe, operations director at Diageo’s St James’s Gate Brewery, and Tommy Keane, production director at Irish Distillers (right),  at the launch of the  BSc in Brewing and Distilling at DIT Grangegorman. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

New BSc course syllabus designed with partners Diageo and Irish Distillers

Doctors have warned that Nerf guns  can lead to serious eye injuries. File photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

Doctors recommend protective eyewear for children using toys that shoot foam darts

A dog outside a  shop on Dublin’s Dame Street in Dublin. File photograph: Frank Miller

Study finds ‘caregiver burden’ also applies to animal owners

 Robert Watt, secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. He will be a speaker at the Great Place to Work Ireland Conference 2017. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sun shining on Green Reit and what exactly constitutes a ‘great place to work’?

Changes imposed by the Irish Aviation Authority in line with European law means Ryanair must bring staff holidays in line with the calendar year from January. Photograph: Andreas Arnold/AFP/Getty Images

Airline blames increased holiday leave requirements, and denies it has shortage of pilots

Among Ryanair’s cancellations yesterday and today were 17 flights in and out of Dublin Airport. Photograph: Andreas Arnold/AFP/Getty Images

Cancellations to last six weeks as airline works to improve ‘system-wide punctuality’

Ratings by companies such as Moody’s are used by investors as a guide to a country’s economic health and stability. File photograph: Getty Images

Paschal Donohoe says move is an acknowledgement of economic improvement

Gardaí have arrested a man in connection with an alleged sexual offence. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Male suspect in his 40s was apprehended in a Garda operation on Thursday afternoon

Kany Kazadi’s screaming red and green hair braids have jumped off her Twitter page and rustled up a stor. Photograph: Kany Kazadi/Twitter

Kany Kazadi’s red and green hair has jumped off her Twitter page and rustled up a storm

Clonbrien Hero has tested positive for a prohibited substance related to cocaine use. File photograph: ThinkStock

Irish Laurels winner Clonbrien Hero found to have traces of a metabolite of cocaine

A ‘Team Hutch’ T-shirt. Photograph: Craic Clothing

Craic Clothing apologises for selling the items, saying it was a ‘stupid idea’

Dublin Fire Brigade officers at the scene of the derailment in Dublin. Photograph: @RichardDonelan/@GDoherty90 via Dublin Fire Brigade

Derailment near Dun Laoghaire on southbound line disrupts thousands of passengers

AIB has notified the Data Protection Commissioner after records belonging to around 500 staff were mislaid. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Bank notifies Data Protection Commissioner and customers after details are mislaid

Bob Etchingham, CEO of  Applegreen; the company is expected to post strong results this week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

For your Diary: Applegreen results; UK unemployment stats; German inflation; Photonics conference

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin:  said that Brexit now threatened “genuinely historic damage”.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Micheál Martin warns Ireland and UK in danger of losing gains from Belfast Agreement

Firefighters battle a blaze in Harold’s Cross, Dublin. Photograph: Dublin Fire Brigade

Dublin Fire Brigade dispatches several units after fire breaks out in Harold’s Cross

The Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis,   over Lake Thingvellir National Park in Iceland. It is only clearly visible over Ireland about once every 10 years. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Sensational Aurora Borealis light show can only be seen about once a decade in Ireland

Derek Leinster, born in the Bethany Home in 1938 and chairman of the Bethany Home Survivors’ Group, with Lorraine Jackson, who was brought to the home and adopted after nine months, attending an annual remembrance at Mount Jerome cemetery for children who lost their lives at the home. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ceremony at Mount Jerome cemetery for young who died at mother and child home

Enterprise Ireland chief executive Julie Sinnamon: “The Brexit impact on Ireland is the most significant change for Irish business that we have probably ever seen.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Enterprise Ireland chief says changing landscape for businesses ‘not a blip’

An internal garda report has found 1.5 million tests were wrongfully claimed over a seven-year period -  500,000 more than  previously known.

Discovery of extra 500,000 bogus Garda breath tests ‘deeply disturbing’

Niamh Boyle  (33) at the Sepsis conference in  Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Co Louth woman lost toes and fingers through sepsis and now has a robotic hand

Simon Harris: The pay difference between agency staff and people working directly for the HSE is ‘quite unfair’

Minister warns against patients becoming ‘pawns’ in dispute over agency doctors’ pay

Minister for Health Simon Harris: Sepsis is an extraordinary killer. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

More than 14,000 cases of condition recorded in 2016 in 67% rise on 2015

Ibec’s CEO Danny McCoy to speak at the Convenience Retailer Summit. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

For Your Diary: Exchequer returns; Dalata results; Dell results; ECB rate decision

Health insurance cover has been rising for two straight years. Photograph: iStock

Health policy numbers perk up significantly as sector reaches for its 2008 heyday

Used car imports for the month of August increased by 31 per cent to 8,451 while for the year to date, the increase has come in at 40 per cent (62,161). Photograph: iStock

Used car imports rose 31% to 8,451 in August and by 40% to 62,161 for the year

Figures  show 2,157,000 people covered to the end of June 2017. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Number of people with insurance is now approaching pre-recession peak of 2.3m in 2008

Roderick Campbell (centre) from Uplift photographed outside the RCSI HQ before delivering a petition to the RCSI Hospitals over parking fees. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Group including Beaumont, Cavan and Connolly seen as among least ‘progressive’

Brendan O’Dea of the National Teaching Council said about 16,000 teachers working in the system  still had to have vetting applications processed. File photograph: Getty Images

Move follows end-year deadline when all in such a position must have completed vetting

The bank has said the move is part of an ongoing upgrading of machines and was prompted by a blatant lack of interest in the service - less than one per cent of customers select the Irish language user option. File photograph: Getty Images.

Bank that ‘came cap in hand’ to taxpayers now refusing to service Irish speakers - Ó Cuív

  No arrests were made but gardaí say they are following a number of lines of inquiry.

Victim rushed to hospital but her injuries are not thought to be life threatening

Incident occurred near Knocknagoshel on N21 Castleisland to Abbeyfeale Road

Trees lining the roadway at Fairview park, which were earmarked for felling by Dublin City Council to make way for a cycle path. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Just 10 of 64 trees which were originally planned to be felled will now go, group says

Minister of State for the Diaspora Ciarán Cannon said the Government was committed to facilitate Irish people living abroad who wish to return to live in Ireland.  Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Department of Foreign Affairs to research obstacles facing those returning to Ireland

Eoghan Murphy published the ‘Framework for Enhancing Fire Safety in Dwellings’ on Friday.Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Cllr Cian O’Callaghan says ‘no learning has been taken’ from Kildare housing estate fire

Grafton Group CEO Gavin Slark: shareholders will be looking forward to the details of Grafton Group’s first-half performance this week following very positive indications. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

First-half results at IFG have been preceded by a profit warning issued in late July

Mary McAleese: ‘Brexit is like pulling a tooth with 10,000 roots’.File photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Former president is worried power sharing will not return to North any time soon

A collapsed road at Quigley’s Point in Co Donegal, after torrential rain and floods left a trail of destruction. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Kevin Moran calls for ‘substantial’ increase in funds following northwest floods

Beaumont Hospital in Dublin. A man is in a serious condition in the hospital after falling from a teleporter. File photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

An 11-year-old boy was also injured in the incident at a house in Cangort, Co Offaly

Luas Cross City archaeologists uncover the skeletons of up to 1,700 cholera victims buried in two  trench graves near Grangegorman, in 2015.

Skeletons from a cholera epidemic were among the many discoveries over the last four years

Every third-level institution is required to provide a Disability Service or Access Programme for students with disabilities and each has facilities and philosophies centred on student needs. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

Colleges and universities provide broad range of support services for people who need them

 CEO Robert Pitt  (left)  and Leslie Buckley, chairman, at an Independent News & Media egm last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It cannot be said the build up to Independent News & Media’s agm has been dull

‘There is a lot of fear. People don’t know what is going on,’ said Misty Barker

‘There is a lot of fear. People don’t know what is going on,’ says Irish citizen

The IFA has said the  UK must compromise on future trade ambitions with third countries in the area of agricultural and food products. Photograph: iStock

‘It is impossible to see how border checks could be avoided,’ says IFA

Detail of cracking caused by pyrite in a house in Finglas. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Owners believe new classification system will make it harder to secure remediation works

Employers prepare for new data protection rules

Lough Conn in Co Mayo, with Massbrook towards the southwest. File photograph: Google Street View

Man spends four hours in water after two 10-year-olds he was out with make it ashore

File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Eighteen homes evacuated as army called to Ashling Park to deal with device

Pickets will be placed at sites in both Dublin and Wexford on Friday. Photograph:  Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Unite trade union looking for 10% pay increase for the workers

Dublin’s scoring ability was badly hit by its performance in income tax, salaries and affordability. Photograph: iStock

Dublin ranks 23rd of 85 locations, with low rating for income tax and safety

Star Wars owner Disney alters arrangement with Netflix US. Photograph: iStock

New Disney movies to be cut from US service in 2019, but irrelevant to European screens

Sports results generally went against Paddy Power Betfair toward the end of the second quarter, said Davy analyst David Jennings. Photograph: Paddy Power Betfair/PA Wire

This week: Odds go against Paddy Power, while Glanbia looks a sure-fire favourite

Apple is due to report its financial results on Tuesday. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Apple results; Irish unemployment indicator; and UCD seminar on algorithmic consumers

US tax reform plans could have been threat to Irish exports. Photograph: iStock

Tax reform strategy would have hit Irish exports to US and threatened FDI

CSO data showed seasonally adjusted figures for retails sales showed the rose over 7 per cent when car sales are excluded. Photograph: iStock

CSO figures point to weak car sales but strong performance for furniture, lighting and electrical goods

Interest rate used to calculate prize pot on Prize Bonds dropped from  0.85 to 0.5 per cent. Photograph: iStock

NTMA alters interest rate so prize pot is reduced – in line with falling cost of borrowing

UK consumer-confidence index drops 2 points from the previous month. Photograph: iStock

Latest data shows household sentiment dropped to match record post-Brexit low

Irish Air Line Pilots Association  estimates there are about 6,000 unemployed pilots in Europe today

Many pilots will never be hired despite paying enormous fees for training

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (right) speaks to Vincent Browne on Wednesday night. Photograph: Vincent Browne TV3/Twitter

Office of Taoiseach has been ‘steep learning curve’, FG leader tells Vincent Browne

Prof Mark Woolhouse of the University of Edinburgh said prescribing practices needed to change. “We need to start to use antibiotics more wisely before it’s too late.”

‘BMJ’ article says patients put at unnecessary risk when treatment given for longer than necessary

Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan: “robust data informs the operational decisions made by the Garda Síochána in terms of the development of policing strategies and targeting of resources”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Expert group raises concern over accuracy of crime statistics and calls for ongoing audit

Ibrahim Halawa: being prosecuted along with 492 other prisoners following protests in Cairo.

Irish Embassy officials in Egyptian court for latest proceedings in case adjourned 27 times

Mai and Frank Quaid from Baltinglass, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Getting older is no barrier to travel, as Mai and Frank Quaid have discovered

In general, the more mature tourist prefers to avoid the spiralling temperatures of July and August.

In 2016, over-70s made spent 3.4 million nights overseas, according to CSO data

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary: prices are expected to have the biggest overall influence on the airline’s performance. Photograph: Robin van Lonkhuijsen

For your Diary: Ryanair, McDonald’s and the banks to reveal trading figures

In the High Court in 2014, Mr Cullen opposed Danske’s demand he sell his house to satisfy an €8.2 million judgment obtained against him in 2012. Photograph: Eric Luke

Former ‘Apprentice’ host’s spokesman speaks of bank’s ‘typical bullying tactics’

The price of motor insurance policies rose in 2015. Photograph: iStock

Central Bank analysis is third report on market trends this week

“We continue to grow the business, expanding customer numbers across both fixed and mobile,” said Anne O’Leary, chief executive of Vodafone Ireland. Photograph: iStock

Provider gained 20,000 mobile contracts and has 1.25m 4G smartphones on network

Detailed information about every community in Ireland, including how many people cycle to work,  has been published by the CSO. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Small Area Population Statistics cover everything from religion to broadband access

A previous fish kill on the Tolka. People have been urged to take care with what they put into the sewage network. Photograph: Alan Betson

Blocked sewage network overflowed into river, killing trout, stoneloach and minnow

The sum included more than €1.4 million under Proceeds of Crime legislation, €2.1 million collected under Revenue legislation and almost €300,000 recovered in Social Welfare overpayments.

Sum included more than €1.4m under Proceeds of Crime legislation, report says

Lightning over the cathedral in Galway on Tuesday night. Photograph: Paul Wilson

ESB says 10,000 customers without electricity after storms on Tuesday night

An empty car rolled off large stone steps leading down to the beach at Kilkee, Co Clare on Tuesday afternoon.  Photograph: Tom Hackett/Twitter

Nobody hurt in the incident despite many bathers enjoying the fine weather at Kilkee

Microsoft is due to publish its financial results on Thursday. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Results from Netflix, Novartis and Microsoft and the We Are Human summit in Dublin

Nama has paid out €115.4 million in receivers’ fees since 2011. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Grant Thornton bill amounts to almost €17.3m on list of 76 payments

State pensions cost about €7 billion a year to finance and will rise alongside an ageing population – the proportion of those aged 65 and over rose by 14.5 per cent between 2006 and 2011.

Oireachtas recommends allowing people to keep working and contributing to pensions

Customers and staff of Garryduff XL Stores celebrate with owner Umesh Kumar (left), his wife Rozalia Csemer (centre) and their son (2). Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

The winners of last week’s jackpot have decided to remain anonymous

Supporters and family of the late Tom  Power protest about cardiac services outside the Dáil. The issue of securing 24/7 cardiac services in the southeast has been escalated by his death in an ambulance. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Minister for Health’s move comes in response to ‘medical apartheid’ claims

The body onboard the French-registered vessel was discovered in port in France. It is known to fish off the southwest coast of Ireland.

The presumed mother of the infant was subsequently found to have had two other dead infants stored in freezers

IFA president Joe Healy:  “Fifty per cent of our beef goes to the UK; 45 per cent goes to the EU but half of what goes to the EU travels through the UK to get there.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Budget 2018 submission by farmers urges State to seek assistance over weaker sterling

 Ken Boyne and Brendan Heneghan of Ionic Consulting in Dublin. The company rebranded following a management buyout

Business rebranded as Ionic Consulting as part of separation from UK parent

Minister for Community and Rural Michael Ring TD with Northern and Western Regional Assembly Director David Minton and Joann Hosey, director Bank of Ireland Connacht and Ulster.Western Region Named EU Entrepreneurial Region 2018 at Leeson Centre, Westport, Co. Mayo. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus

Eight counties in northern and western region receive recognition

Residential property price figures for May, released on Tuesday, are expected to continue the story of spiralling prices amidst increasing demand. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Diary of the Week: Property prices; vehicle licences; Abbey results; Irish inflation

Emily Logan, chief commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Emily Logan says unpaid work women do should be rewarded with social supports

Refurbishment has begun at Dublin’s old Central Bank building. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Sam Stephenson structure on Dame Street to get top-floor bar and restaurant

The average price paid per ordinary share bought in Ryanair’s latest buyback was €18.0523. Photograph: iStock

Carrier plans to return €600 million to investors through share purchase

Microsoft declined to put an exact number on the job losses.

Tech firm grew its Irish workforce from 1,200 to 1,800 this year

The cannabis was recovered concealed within the farm machinery following a detailed search. Photograph: Garda Síochána

A man in his 50s was arrested in Co Tipperary after follow up searches

The offices of Insurance Ireland were visited by compliance officers on Tuesday as part of a European Union investigation. Photograph: Collins

Insurance Ireland also subjected to inspection as database access queried

The offices of Insurance Ireland in  Harbourmaster Place in Dublin’s IFSC. Photograph:  Bryan Meade/The Irish Times

EU is concerned ‘companies involved may have engaged in anti-competitive practices’

Michael  and Theresa Kinsella are still looking after their daughter Fiona because there are no suitable residential care places available. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fiona Kinsella is cared for by elderly parents and has been on waiting list for 13 years

Paul Gogarty said he intended to oversee a green and community agenda for the coming year as mayor of South Dublin County Council. Photograph: Eric Luke

Mayor said his tenure would focus on promoting ‘healthy and sustainable’ county

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