Almost one in six claimed they had less than €280 disposable income each month, behind most developed economies. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish respondents put low prices at top of list of priorities when making buying decisions

Eir headquarters: new ownership regime under French investor Xavier Neil seeks to repair difficult past dealings with Comreg. Photograph: Alan Betson

Eir agrees to allow committee of outsiders to monitor its internal structures for five years

Johnny Ronan, now often to be found in the Ivy restaurant in Dublin, thinks he is back after his Celtic Tiger misadventures. Photograph: Tom McEnaney/McEnaney Media

The former ward of Nama believes he is back. But there are mixed opinions on his financial renewal

David Walsh, founder and CEO of Netwatch at its office in Carlow. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Netwatch says it can light up its fortunes providing security for $15bn US legal cannabis market

Norwegian Air is NOFI’s biggest shareholder. Photograph: iStock

Internet bank part owned by Norwegian Air to apply for Irish banking licence

Former Irish soccer international Niall Quinn  with  ACCA Leinster chair Jason Murphy. Photograph: Justin Mac Innes/Mac Innes Photography

‘I have seen the difference the availability of sports academies can make’

Primark accounts for about half of Associated British Foods’ revenue and profit. Photograph: Bob Collier/Bloomberg News

Irish-run fashion chain is traditionally viewed as most resilient in sector

Like the taxi app Uber and others before it, Deliveroo is engaged in public debates across Europe about whether its riders are genuinely self-employed. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Some people are clearly something in between being employees and self-employed

Niall Anderton: “We have already noticed that sales in the rebranded sites are higher than the ones that have yet to be changed over”

New forecourt on Dublin artery at Kill north will be among busiest in Circle K network

MKC Communications managing director Tim Kinsella, Lorraine Higgins and MKC Communications director, Laurie Mannix. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Lorraine Higgins taking up role of director of strategy and public policy

Christmas tree at the New York Stock Exchange. US stocks plunged, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbling more than 800 points. Photograph: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

European shares dragged down by auto stocks on concerns over longevity of truce

   Roscommon County Council was found to have underdeclared VAT by more than €340,000 after an audit. Photograph: Alan Betson

Latest tax defaulters list details total of €13 million of settlements with 65 taxpayers

The largest single settlement made to Revenue was paid by the Westenra Arms Hotel in Monaghan, whose directors include the well-known GAA manager Seamus “Banty” McEnaney.

Monaghan hotel co-owned by GAA manager ‘Banty’ McEnaney makes €2.5m settlement

The issue of no-shows  has become a hot topic in the trade in the run-up to the busy Christmas period. Photograph: iStock

Legal situation around restaurant bookings currently ‘unclear’, says retired law lecturer

The falling oil price benefitted fuel-dependent travel companies, with Ryanair up 0.52%  to €11.65

Providence Resources down more than 7% following legal challenge by An Taisce

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Facebook Ireland’s revenue rose last year by 48 per cent to €18.7 billion. Photograph: Suzanne Lynch

Facebook made friends with Ireland for good reason: it makes a fortune here

Sunday Business Post. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Former IDA executive could return to journalism as a replacement for Tom Lyons

Adrian Cummins of the Restaurant Association of Ireland said in a radio interview that restaurants could take deposits at the time of booking and levy a charge on customers who did not turn up.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Competition body contacted association earlier this year over concerns

Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo and  his Portuguese agent, Jorge Mendes, after Ronaldo won the trophy for all-time top scorer at Real Madrid  in 2015. Photograph:  Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Super-agent who represents Cristiano Ronaldo controls 95% of Gestifute International

The Morrison Hotel in Dublin: recently invested €250,000 in its Quay 14 bar and Morrison Grill restaurant. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Hotel’s accounts show revenues up almost 10 per cent to €13.4m

Sisk was owed more than €17m by Parsis, but it recently accepted less than €8m in ‘full and final settlement’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Deal sees Sisk take €9m writedown as Parsis takes control of Sutton development

Dalata hotel group is backing the Chef’s Network charter, which sets out a series of principles such as prioritising work-life balance, encouraging collaboration and treating staff with respect. Photograph: Getty Images

Workplace charter will address negative perceptions of sector and staff shortages

Oil prices fell to their lowest level in more than a year on Friday. Photograph: Getty

Irish banks rise as cautious optimism creeps into sector

The new Lidl store to reopen in Fortunestown Lane, Tallaght, Dublin. The German discounter has complained about rivals in the grocery sector routinely objecting to planning permissions that it seeks for new stores or extensions. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Caveat: Lidl and Aldi say rivals object to up to 80 per cent of planned new stores

AIB rose from almost record lows to finish the session on €3.78 and ahead by 0.8 per cent.

Market close: Iseq keeps pace with European peers

The Kilkenny Group, owned by Marian O’Gorman and her children, is buying the Kilkenny Design Centre in Kilkenny, whose owner Kathleen Moran is retiring after 30 years. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Purchase of Kilkenny Design Centre will reunite original Kilkenny design workshops

Clontarf Castle in Dublin, which is operated by the Tifco hotel chain.

Tifco runs 24 hotels, some owned and many operated under management contracts

 Designer and Dress for Success founder Sonya Lennon was among the other panellists. Photograph:    Marc O’Sullivan

Caveat: As the only man on the panel, I quickly realised there was nothing to worry about

Kerrygold is the second-best selling butter brand in the US, where it grew 21 per cent last year. Photograph:  Clare Keogh

Glanbia has launched Truly Grass Fed in the US initially as a cheese brand

BWG owns retail brands including Spar, Mace and Londis. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Leo Crawford and two others due payment under deal with South African investor

 Former chairman  INM Leslie Buckley has stepped down from CTI after serving 13 years on its board. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

Former INM chief says departure ‘does not relate to any other matter’

Digicel says it remains in “constructive discussions with an ad hoc group of noteholders”. Photograph: Swoan Parker/Reuters

Telco remains in talks to ease strain of $6.7bn debt pile

The world’s largest new diamond mine, Gahcho Kue, in the Canadian tundra

Mountain Province Diamonds said sales were affected by “difficult trading conditions” in the wholesale market

Of those who intend to do their Christmas shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, about one-third will spend more than they did last year, a survey has found. Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

However majority of Irish shoppers expect to do bulk of their shopping in stores – survey

As the Christmas shopping season kicks off in earnest, the reality of the behavioural shift will become more apparent than ever before. For many retailers and their customers, it will be, at least partially, a digital Christmas and a cyber New Year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

About 50% of Irish consumers shop online, according to Retail Ireland, compared with 80% in the UK

Dublin. Ever since Google first sashayed into the Irish capital in 2003, effortlessly cosmopolitan and dripping Californian chic, the State has appeared smitten

Ireland had no idea of the awesome power for which it gleefully threw back the duvet all those years ago

Centric Health co-founder Dr Maurice Cox. In the year to the end of June 2016, the most recent period for which accounts are available, the Centric group had sales of €43 million. Photograph: Eric Luk

Funding deal comes following investment in group earlier this year by Rothschild

Claudia Marshall, Ikea’s market manager for Ireland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ikea’s Irish website recorded sales in the first 10 months after launch of €17.3 million

The Clayton Hotel Burlington, in Dublin, which is owned by Dalata. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irish hotel group in deal with consortium of six banks, with UK’s HSBC and Spain’s Banco de Sabadell new lenders

Brindley Manor near Convoy in Donegal: Brindley now operates eight residential nursing homes.

Brindley purchase of Kilminchy Lodge part of €25m expansion plan

Cumberland House in Dublin was redeveloped by Hibernia Reit at a cost of €36 million. Flynn Management & Contractors worked on this project.

Dublin-based building fit-out specialist plans to increase staff numbers to over 200 by 2021

Apple’s shares tumbled nearly 7 per cent, taking its market value below $1 trillion. Photograph: Eric Thayer/Getty Images

Market report: European markets mixed, but the Iseq finishes ahead of most of its peers

INM declined to comment on the departure of the two executives.

Celine Doyle and Gerry Wilde have left newspaper group

On the New York Stock Exchange, the S&P industrial sector rose 1.56 per cent, with Boeing and Caterpillar leading the gains. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Aryzta shares plunge 17 per cent after shareholders back €800m rights issue

Outgoing editor of Waitrose’s food magazine William Sitwell, whose response to a freelance journalist’s pitch made vegans bay for blood when it was made public. Photograph: Dave Benett/Getty Images

Waitrose food magazine editor driven from job by salivating online mob over email

Sky Ireland’s deal with BT Sport means local Sky subscribers will gain access to 180 Premier League games, the Uefa Champions League and Europa League, and the rugby Heineken Cup through their Sky subscription. Photograph: Richard Sellers/PA

Sky ‘open to discussions with other platforms’ about BT Sport availability

Traders work on the floor of  the New York Stock Exchange. Shares of Facebook gained 3.7 per cent. Photograph: Bryan R. Smith/AFP

Tullow Oil, CRH and Glanbia finish strongly in Dublin; UK shares rise to three-week high

At about 11.20pm on Tuesday, a car belonging to the daughter of QIH’s Tony Lunney, who joined the group 35 years ago when it was run by Sean Quinn, was set alight outside his Ballyconnell home

Car set on fire on Tuesday night at home of senior manager of Quinn Industrial Holdings

Chelsea’s English midfielder Ross Barkley, left, celebrates with Spanish striker Alvaro Morata and Brazilian midfielder Willian after scoring during the English Premier League football match between Burnley and Chelsea at Turf Moor in on October 28th. Sky has agreed a deal with BT to offer its sports channel to Sky subscribers in Ireland. Photograph: LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images

New arrangement will be in place ahead of the beginning of the next English football season

The old ferry terminal, Dún Laoghaire. The proposed scheme was expected to be home to companies working across technologies including artificial intelligence, virtual reality, data analytics and blockchain

Philip Gannon pulls plug on plan to convert former ferry terminal into innovation campus

Za Clothing, which operates nine Zara stores here  recorded an 18% increase in sales to €94.8m in the year to the end of January 2018. Photograph: David Sleator

Spanish retailer generated sales last year from its Irish operation of almost €136m

Denis O’Brien’s telco Digicel has, for the third time, extended a deadline for bondholders to sign up to a $3 billion (€2.6 billion) debt swap that it wants to finalise to ease the burden of its debt mountain. Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Denis O’Brien’s telco announced on Tuesday night that the deadline is being extended until November 16th

The Press-Up Entertainment Group owns the Irish franchise for Wagamama

The owner of Garfunkel’s, Chiquito and Frankie & Benny’s snaps up noodle chain

RSA attributed its  performance to better loss ratios, more sophisticated pricing and a better mix of risk in its customer base, and stringent cost control. Photograph: iStock

Firm posts €12.3m profit for 2017 and urges reduction of injury award payouts

 Grafton Street in Dublin.  Our shopping areas are still somewhat less homogenised than in Britain, where almost every street seems to have the same chains and brands

There is a sense building among some in the retail sector that Ireland is overdue a dose of Hell on the High Street

The deal for House of Fraser in Dundrum was concluded on Tuesday.

Mike Ashley’s retailing group concludes transaction with administrators EY

Bulgari Ireland’s use in the brand’s global tax structures has attracted close scrutiny from tax authorities in  Italy. Photograph: iStock

Iconic Italian brand redirects jewellery sales from across the globe to its Dublin unit

Conor McGregor’s lawyers argue the requests are designed to pressure him into settling the case. Photograph: Scott Heavey/PA Wire

Security guard alleging injury by can thrown by fighter seeks details of wealth and income

Paddy Power Betfair fell almost 3.9 per cent to €73.45. Several UK-exposed gambling companies were under pressure after the Financial Times reported that UK Chancellor Philip Hammond was set to increase taxes paid by offshore bookies in his budget later this month.

Paddy Power Betfair one of many gambling firms knocked by report of tax crackdown

About 650 Dublin-based staff are set for compulsory redundancy at HCL Technologies, the Indian outsourced services group, which has allowed Eir  terminate its contract. Photograph: Maxwells

650 Dublin staff at Indian outsourcer HCL to leave as roles go to Cork, Limerick and Sligo

The markets hit session lows  after US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin (above)  pulled out of a major investment conference in Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

US-focused stocks including Glanbia, Kerry and Smurfit Kappa fall in Dublin

A man walks past a display with portraits of Saudi king Salman bin Abdulazziz (C), his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) and the founder of the kingdom, King Abdulaziz al-Saud, in Riyadh. photograph: Fayez Nureldine /AFP/Getty Images

Caveat: In Irish business community, links to unsavoury regimes are everywhere

Gardaí are investigating a suspected arson attack at the Cavan home of Dara O’Reilly (above right). Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Company says attack is ‘beyond the pale’ and asked for people to ‘speak out’

Western Digital: has accused the Internal Revenue Service of wrongly disallowing its methods used for allocating losses and foreign tax credits in 2008 and 2009.

Tech giant takes case against IRS over bill levied after audit of 2006-2009 tax affairs

David Bonderman: other global business figures pulling out of FII are tycoon Richard Branson, media investor Arianna Huffington, Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi, AOL co-founder Steve Case and a host of bank chiefs led by JPMorgan Chase chief executive Jamie Dimon. Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Reuters

David Bonderman pulls out of ‘Davos in the Desert’ over Jamal Khashoggi disappearance

The portfolio of fully-performing loans, dubbed Project Lee,  represents the last of Nama’s big portfolio sales.Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Portfolio of fully-performing loans connected to O’Callaghan Properties who welcomed deal

Denis O’Brien’s Caribbean telco Digicel has further extended the deadline for bondholders to sign up to a $3 billion (€2.6 billion) debt swap. Photograph: Getty Images

Denis O’Brien telecoms group looking to push out loan repayment by two years

Goldman Sachs affiliate Ennis Property Finance is one of the most active funds in chasing Irish borrowers through the courts. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/File/Reuters

Three Irish affiliates collected over €465m on distressed Irish property loans last year

Eoin O’Shea says Ireland’s track record as a relatively “clean” economy and banking system could attract “bad actors” to target the system here

Eoin O’Shea says Ireland needs to be vigilant about the dangers of dirty money flows

Traders work on the floor of the NYSE  Friday. Photograph: Epa/Justin Lane

Kingspan, Dalata and Green Reit rise in Dublin trading

Ryanair has been suing Expedia for allegedly ‘screenscraping’ its fares.

Web giant wants US court to force airline to allow it resell flights

Tourism in Ireland: the rise in the tourism VAT rate will undoubtedly make life more difficult for some smaller restaurant and hotel operators in certain parts of the country. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Yes there are known unknowns, such as Brexit, but ignore the doomsdayers

The ODCE has about 40 staff. And last year it received an allocation of €5m from Minister for Business Heather Humphreys’ department. File photograph: Getty Images

Minister signals additional funds for specialist investigative staff such as forensic accountants.

Digicel, the mobile phone operator owned by Denis O’Brien, has launched legal action against the telco regulator in the former Dutch colony of Suriname

South American nation’s telecoms regulator switches off ‘illegal’ link to Guyana

Paschal Donohoe, the Minister for Finance, declared that the reduced VAT rate of 9 per cent to help the tourism and hospitality industry has “done its job”.

Budget 2019: Minister says measure will raise €466m for spending and is ‘responsible’

The EIIS scheme which is facing changes provides tax breaks to investors and succeeded the Business Expansion Scheme (BES).

Budget 2019: Financial advisers disappointed over failure to expand third flagship scheme

Leo Crawford, group chief executive of BWG Group, outside the relaunched SPAR Millennium Walkway store in Dublin city centre.

Retailing group to open 45 new stores and will go deeper into the restaurant market with in-store dining

BWG plans to invest €25 million in Spar/Eurpspar store refurbishments.

Group plans to invest €25 million in store refurbishments.

Artist’s impression of the completed development on Newmarket Square in the Liberties.

Site beside Teeling Whiskey Distillery with permission for development up to six storeys

“How could newspapers remain independent of government if they were to become hooked on the methadone of State cash?” Photograph: Robert Alexander/Getty Images

State interference with independence of newspapers would follow State money

The Minister Shane Ross said the tourism industry is “on fire”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Representative body stops short of expressing confidence in the Minister

Seán Quinn. A public supporter of Mr  Quinn is being sued by Quinn Industrial Holdings. File photograph:  Collins

Quinn Industrial Holdings also takes action against public supporter of Seán Quinn

Smurfit Kappa fell more than 2 per cent to €34.20. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

In Dublin, the Iseq trails European peers with 0.4% drop, Smurfit Kappa falling 2%

Quinn Industrial Holdings filed its High Court action against Enda Corrigan from Enniskillen on Thursday. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Quinn Industrial Holdings alleges farmer circulated ‘defamatory’ material about it

 William Keeling, the brother of the Keelings food group chief executive Caroline Keeling, is the family’s “property guy” .  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Family expanding FoodCentral business park on 280-acre site in St Margaret’s

Donnybrook Fair  owner  Joe Doyle with Musgrave chief executive Chris Martin at the company’s Donnybrook store.

Buyout completed early on Friday, six weeks after Dunnes Stores exited sale process

 Donnybrook Fair, which has been acquired by Musgrave.

Gourmet food company had previously held talks with Dunnes Stores

 The number 44  bus passing through Enniskerry, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Tim Butler

Caveat: Transport planners must listen to those driven to distraction by network redesign

Dermot Desmond spent $18.6 million Canadian dollars (€12.3 million) in the last week buying shares in Toronto-listed Mountain Province Diamonds.

Financier’s spends CAD$18.6m buying shares in Mountain Province Diamonds

The site of Green Reit at Molesworth and Dawson Street. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

European shares shuddered then recovered after Beijing hit back with tariffs on US goods

Eir this month announced it is taking back in-house about 950 roles from HCL Technologies, the Indian call centre company that runs the contract.

Dublin staff given choice to accept redundancy or move jobs to Cork, Limerick or Sligo

Musgrave operates or supplies 36 SuperValu stores in the North, as well as 83 Centra outlets. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Musgrave group, including operations in Republic and Spain, has annual sales of €3.7bn

A takeover of Donnybrook Fair by Dunnes would have been seen within the industry as a natural progression for Ireland’s largest indigenous retailer

Opportunity knocks for one of Dunnes Store's rivals

Enda O’Coineen, a serial investor who also founded ‘Afloat’ magazine, said last week he plans to grow the Post’s print and digital offering.

Sunrise Media has made ‘substantial’ loans to Post Publications Limited in recent years

BWG, which also operates the Spar convenience store brand in Ireland, will use the Corrib deal to buttress its growing division that supplies foodservice businesses, such as restaurants and hotels. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Lawless family will continue to run the business for BWG following takeover

 Ryanair boss  Michael O’Leary. Like Mourinho  he  has blazed through his career with an aura of invincibility, mounted on a steed of arrogance while lancing his enemies with gems from his oratorical arsenal. Photograph: PA Wire

What better way for Ryanair to distract from its mounting problems than to ban the media from its agm?

Eir HQ at Heuston South Quarter in Dublin. The majority of those affected will either have to relocate out of Dublin to other facilities, or take redundancy.

650 Dublin staff must relocate to Cork, Limerick and Sligo to keep jobs, company says

An image of the Dinish Island fishing harbour project in Co Cork

RPS says restructuring is a ‘technical move’ undertaken to give company ‘flexibility’ regarding its Irish operation

In New York, Tesla rose 5.7 per cent after analysts said the electric carmaker was on track to be profitable and cash flow positive in the second half of the year. Photograph: Georgios Kefalas/EPA

Shares in AIB and Bank or Ireland rise as optimism sweeps European financial sector

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