A statement on behalf of Smyths said it has “entered into a definitive agreement” to buy the tri-country Toys R Us unit, including its head office in Cologne

Mayo family-owned retailing group will almost double in size, adding a further 90 stores to its network

Leslie Buckley, former chairman at  Independent News & Media. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Court papers show consultant was granted free access to premises

Kingspan CEO Gene Murtagh:  “I see our entry into Brazil as the beginnings of us taking on the Latin American market.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Building materials group reports sluggish first-quarter growth due to bad weather

 The Connacht side of the  Shannon outside Athlone. Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands’ evocation of the river within a green love heart is  an especially clever idea

The midlands deserve more than 2% of the budget to develop and market tourism

Denis O’Brien: alleged influence he wielded over INM lies at the heart of the ODCE’s investigation. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

INM controversy involves data, a radio station, ‘success fees’ and possible market abuse

A major shareholder in INM wants the company to draw a line under the legal issues dragging on the stock. Photograph: Alan Betson

Board listened to proposal but did not adopt position on it

Formula 1 has  taken a stake in the  €35m Irish-owned sports and digital gaming company. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

PlayON says it intends to enter the US market in 2018 on the back of the F1 deal

In 2012, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland examined Denis O’Brien’s level of control over INM, after he effectively led a campaign that forced Gavin O’Reilly out as chief executive, and concluded he did not have a controlling interest in the paper. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

His cross-media holdings still likely to be examined as part of overall report for Government

Leslie Buckley: Mr Buckley, then INM chairman, texted Denis O’Brien on January 12th, 2017, after Minister for Communications Denis Naughten officially announced he was referring the takeover to the BAI. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Buckley told O’Brien merger would typically be approved after competition clearance

The Minister for Communications,  Denis Naughten, making a statement in the Dáil on Wednesday

Minister says he ‘acted to the letter of the law’ in his conversation with lobbyist Eoghan Ó Neachtain

Former INM chairman Leslie Buckley forwarded information obtained from Minister for Communications Denis Naughten through a PR consultant to the group’s main shareholder within half an hour, according to documents opened in the High Court this week. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Chronology: the messages that saw Denis Naughten’s plans relayed through two PR consultants to INM’s main shareholder

Denis O’Brien,  The Irish TimesPhotograph; Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

BAI examined extent of O’Brien’s influence over INM in 2012

Minister for Communications Denis Naughton: “I have not seen the alleged contents of the affidavit that you refer to and, as this matter is before the courts, I cannot comment.” Photograph: Collins

Intent relayed to INM’s major shareholder two months before being made public

The statement Denis O’Brien apparently helped “draft” outlined a series of payments to INM pension funds that were apparently sanctioned by shareholders. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Message from then INM chair shows O’Brien participated in drafting, watchdog says

Businessman Denis O’Brien: knew in March 2016, more than 13 hours before other shareholders, that INM’s revenues were up. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Emails between then INM chair and major shareholder raise ‘significant concern’

In New York Netflix shares rose as much as 9.3%  after the video-streaming pioneer smashed analysts’ quarterly subscriber estimates. Photograph: Getty Images

Bank of Ireland rises 0.7% in Dublin ahead of trading update

Journalist Sam Smyth, one of the “INM 19”, arrives at the Four Courts on Monday. Photograph: Collins Courts

INM-ODCE show unfolds as improv in High Court with chorus of lawyers for ‘INM 19’

Zuckerberg’s appearance before US parliamentarians was essential viewing

   Darren McMahon putting the finishing touches to a  rebranded Circle K site at Butterfield Avenue, Rathfarnham, Dublin

Group formerly known as Topaz to begin rebadging of forecourt canopies

Beauty hall overhaul: a  new “beauty hub” promoting niche cosmetics brands is to  be constructed further inside the store

Investment to be pumped into IT and store upgrades, including restaurants overhaul

Leslie Buckley has said he will “robustly defend” his  position against all allegations.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Newspaper publisher writes to so-called INM 19 saying alleged data breach was ‘unauthorised’

Businessman Dermot Desmond indicated ahead of the deal that he planned to back the merger of Mountain Province Diamonds and Kennady Diamonds. Photograph: Joe St Leger

Deal to merge Mountain Province and Kennady on course to close this week

Declan Ganley with his dog Tootsie at his home near Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Interview: The Galway businessman and campaigner seems to revel in his notoriety

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Silicon Valley, California. Facebook has confirmed it plans to create hundreds of new jobs in Ireland next year. Photograph: Suzanne Lynch

Caveat: Ireland’s good name will eventually take a hit for inviting in the tech masters of the universe

The Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare, one of Ireland’s most popular tourist destinations

Itic says revenues from tourists could grow to over €8.1bn by 2025 if ‘correct action’ is taken

Lidl obtained planning permission in January for the development in Ballymun which will includes offices, two cafes, retail space and a 364-bed student accomodation scheme

Development to include supermarket, 364-bed scheme, offices and cafes

Mobile operator Three Ireland has reversed the effects of an outflow of contract customers that was caused by price increases last summer, and which contributed to an 8 per cent decline in revenues for 2017

State’s second-largest mobile operator had revenues of €603m for 2017

President Donald  Trump and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: many children and grandchildren of Irish emigrants tend to row in behind the Republican Party. Photograph: Chris Kleponis

Caveat: Hiberno-US attitudes, Johnny Ronan’s legal bill and kitchen staff

The new four-storey development at the IDA National Technology Park in Plassey, 6km from Limerick city centre, will take 12 months to construct

Irish-Singaporean commercial property vehicle also developing scheme in Galway

Pat Crean, chief executive of Marlet Property Group. The site on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, a prime spot in the city’s special development zone, was assembled by forerunner to Marlet, New Generation Homes

Company claimed firm linked to developer Johnny Ronan was holding up development

Stella theatre in Rathmines, Dublin. Press Up Entertainment operates about 30 businesses including the Dean Hotel in Dublin, the Wowburger franchise and the Stella. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Irish pub, hotel and restaurant company has hired Goodbody Stockbrokers to assess its funding options

Traders  at the New York Stock Exchange on March 12th. Stocks gave up early gains  as uncertainty over the prospect of tariffs undid some of the market’s recent  gains. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

In Dublin the Iseq is flat, while GKN drags the FTSE 100 into the red

 Des and Stephen Buckley at FX Buckley restaurant on Pembroke Street. The father and son are planning to expand the group’s footprint in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Family-owned restaurants to open new bar and a food hall

Mark Nolan, managing director at Dromoland Castle. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Five-star Clare estate is spending €20m on a tune-up as US customers flock in

“Out of the 60-something students that were in my year, only about 20 are still chefs currently. This is because of work conditions, and the quality of life as a chef is just terrible.” Photograph: Getty Images

Industry has problems linked to working conditions that defy short-term fixes

Pearse Lyons in his distillery in the Liberties. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Entrepreneur was born in Dundalk and built Irish-US animal nutrition empire

Independent News & Media has been passing through a turbulent period. Photograph: Fran Veale

Deputy chairman of Telegraph Media group among four new non-executives at INM

About 84 per cent of restaurants reported difficulties hiring chefs.

Restaurant association boss says Shane Ross is ‘letting the industry down’

Adare Manor.

Government accused of ‘talking out of both sides of its mouth’

Niall Dorrian, chief executive of Linked Finance with Kieran Murphy, founder of Dingle, Co Kerry-based Murphy’s Ice Cream. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Firm says 72% of the SMEs that have used it to raise cash have grown staff numbers

Aryzta bakery: the company alleges that contractor negligence in the US forced it to withdraw a product

Gottstein metal-chip ‘negligence’ cost food company $650,000 at US plant, says filing

Declan Ganley: alleged  bidding process was “stitched up”.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Irishman’s telecoms business lost out to Mexican-led Altan consortium

Moves at Morgan McKinley:  Shane Doherty, chief financial officer; executive chairman, Pat Fitzgerald; new group chief executive, Aldagh McDonogh. Photograph: Conor Healy Photography

Founder Pat Fitzgerald steps back from day-to-day running of the group

Stefan Gerlach, former deputy governor of the Central Bank. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Stefan Gerlach says they do not recognise the risk in €100bn cash influx since 2007

Paschal Donohoe: no commitment to policy changes at this time. Photograph: Collins

Banking union opposes reintroduction of bonus plan for key executives at AIB

The Dow industrials fell more than 1 per cent for a fourth straight day on mounting fears of a global trade war following Donald Trump’s promise to impose import tariffs on steel and aluminium. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Market report: Irish stock market remains closed but rest of Europe slumps on fears of trade war

The proposed Chicago Spire: The 1,200-unit scheme was designed by renowned Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava, while actor Liam Neeson was recruited to help with the pre-construction sales launch.

Irish developer Garrett Kelleher launches action against State agency in Illinois courts

‘Moral panic over vulture funds is only delaying the end of the arrears crisis.’

Ireland should have listened to Bill Clinton and tackled the problem years ago

The Apache Pizza outlet on Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Robert Pendleton, who co-founded Apache in 1996 along with his wife Emily Gore Grimes,  will stay on as managing director of the group. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Irish franchise holder for Burger King takes minority share, as Apache plans UK expansion

Leslie Buckley who stood down as INM chairman during the group’s egm at the Alex Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Veteran departs with INM finances bolstered and corporate governance reputation damaged

Leslie Buckley who stood down as INM chairman photographed during the INM egm. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Four non-executive directors appointed at meeting as media group overhauls its board

The French courts have told Orange it can lodge the cash awarded this week with the state-owned investment group Caisse des Dépôts, pending any further appeals. Photograph: Getty Images

French court orders compensation for alleged anti-competitive practices

Newry-based solicitor Kevin Neary. He confirmed he had been retained by a “private individual” in the Republic who is funding the reward. Photograph: Frank Miller

Advertisement placed by solicitor whose 1995 ad led to planning tribunals

Britain’s blue chip FTSE 100 index closed down 0.11 per cent . A number of big, earnings-driven falls weighed on the blue chips

Britain’s FTSE 100 index closed down 0.11 per cent as a number of earnings-driven falls weighed on the blue chips

Norah Casey pictured this week receiving an award. Several facts used to promote her Planet Woman initiative are wrong or have been largely discredited.

Former magazine publisher launches her Planet Woman Academy initiative with promotional video quoting statistics to suit her narra(...)

Ryanair  accuses Expedia of using an automated bot or ‘spider’ programme

Airline alleges in Seattle court that online travel agent ‘screen scrapes’ its website

  Zara  store, Dublin. Photograph: David Sleator

Inditex in line for €4 million windfall from Dublin-based ITX Fashion which handles online sales

The bank says it has decided to withdraw from the Irish market after 13 years following “moves by our parent, the Rabobank Group, to simplify its business model across the world and reduce costs”.

Move will affect 90,000 Irish customers with €3bn of savings

CJ Fallon is among a handful of publishers that supply both primary and secondary schools across the State. File photograph: Eric Luke

Total of €12.2m from loans given by Bank of Ireland to be forwarded to Isle of Man firm

Dr Paul Gough, dietician and founder of Nualtra: “We expect this to be a €20 million-a-year business by 2020.” Photograph: iStock

Company entered profitability for the first time last year as its sales rose to close to €10m

Amaris chief executive John Brennan at the Hilton Garden Inn on Custom House Quay. The hotel has  been sold by Lone Star to LRC Group. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times.

Hilton Garden Inn on Custom House Quay among hotels sold to LRC Group

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, when stocks repeatedly swung from gains to losses and back again. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Wall Street turns positive on Friday, but European shares close down as jitters prevail

A view of the Stocks app on an iPhone against the London Stock Exchange sign in the City of London. Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire

European shares fell, while there was a rollercoaster finish to the week in the US

Niall McGrath and Tom Gannon, co-founders of Fulfil Nutrition. The company is backed by Barry Connolly’s Richmond Marketing.  Photograph: Conor McCabe

Founders of successful healthy snack food company fall out with backer over ambitious plan

AIB Bankcentre at Ballsbridge: 450,000sq ft of space may lure US multinationals in Dublin seeking to expand. Photograph: Eric Luke

AIB relocation from Bankcentre HQ makes vast site an attractive rental for tech giants

Conor McGregor speaks to the media while holding up his Notorious’ brand of whiskey after losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr  in their super welterweight bout in Las Vegas, Nevada, last August. Photograph: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Caveat: Conor McGregor is finding out that he can’t just punch his way to commercial success but his footwork may yet pay off

Life Style Sports-sponsored Connacht rugby squad members: the Stafford group, owner of Life Style Sports, employs the equivalent of close to 600 full-time staff. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Profits at family-owned retailer rise nearly 70% to €6.4m, latest accounts show

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday. It followed a day of huge stock market falls on Monday, with US markets experiencing their biggest one-day decline since August 2011. Photograph:  Spencer Platt/Getty Images

US treasury secretary Mnuchin calls volatile trading ‘normal market correction, although large’

 Traders signal offers  on Tuesday at the Cboe Global Markets exchange  in Chicago, Illinois, US. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Just five Dublin-listed shares finish the session in positive territory

Traders signal offers in the VIX pit at the Cboe Global Markets,  exchange in Chicago, Illinois. Photograph: Getty

Extreme fluctuations in US trading blight markets in Europe, though panic recedes

Ney York stock exchange. Equity indices climbed higher after a rocky start on Tuesday.

European bourses begin to bounce back but volatility remains

Irish MMA world champion Conor McGregor is slugging it out with a number of consumer brands in various trademark disputes. Photograph: David Sleator

MMA fighter involved in trademark battles with German, Dutch, English and US brands

The Vintage Cocktail Club, owned by Paddy McKillen Jr’s Press Up Entertainment group

It looked like last orders for the capital’s pubs, but the bar scene is booming once again

Lois Fitzgerald is back in the pub acquisition trail

Gondola pub was ‘on the market late last year for a price in the region of €800,000’

Richard Moat of Eir: “I want to stay around and be a part of Irish business life.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Birmingham-born executive has applied for Irish citizenship

Revenues for the company declined 2 per cent on both a quarterly and six monthly basis to €322 million and €638 million respectively

Revenues decline 2% on both quarterly and half year bases as ebitda up 4% in Q2

John Bateson: has spent almost his entire 30-year career as a qualified accountant working for Dermot Desmond. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh

Caveat: Desmond board nominee non-independent at INM but independent at Datalex

The logo of British mobile phone giant Vodafone outside one of its shops in central London. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Total Produce climbs 6.4% on foot of its €242 million deal to buy a stake in Dole Food Company

As part of its takeover of Kennady, MPD will provide the former it with $10 million in funding to continue its diamond exploration activities.

Mountain Province Diamonds to acquire Kennedy Diamonds by way of all-share deal

Jerry Conlan:  one of the  “Maple 10” developers who tried to save Anglo Irish Bank in a secret share-buying scheme, he has joined the NolaClan board.

Alan Clancy’s NolaClan is main hospitality rival to Paddy McKillen’s Press Up group

Spar, Londis and Mace are operated by BWG in Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Deal gives BWG a foot in door of the 220-strong Gala convenience group

Alone service user Tony McCarthy and volunteer Kathleen Foster with publican Deirdre Devitt. Dublin publicans raised over €200,000 to mark the bicentenary of the Licensed Vintners Association  for Alone’s befriending services. Photograph: Julien Behal/Maxwells

Caveat: Friends indeed as bicentenary worth of funding goes to help Alone

The Sunday Business Post has annual revenues of more than €7 million and is profitable

Liam Lynch last year led buyout of most of Norah Casey’s Harmonia magazine stable

The new scheme for 1,800 houses near Bray is one of the largest proposed residential schemes south of Dublin. Photograph: David Sleator

Property developer brothers hope to overturn decision to refuse planning

Leslie Buckley, chairman of Independent News & Media. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Outgoing chairman Leslie Buckley claims legal privilege over papers sought by ODCE

Traders working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Paddy Power Betfair fell more than 2 per cent in London, as fears of a UK government clampdown weighed on gambling sector

Leslie Buckley: Will step down from the  board of Independent News & Media following shareholders’ egm on March 1st. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Denis O’Brien nominee Paul Connolly considered a leading candidate to replace him

Allsop-Space  gained prominence during the property crash as a clearing house for residential and commercial properties. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Expanded BidX1 business poised to be second in Irish-UK ranking for auctioneers

 FBD chief executive Fiona Muldoon: doubled her pay packet to just under €900,000. Yet FBD’s share price only rose by 4.4 per cent over the period for which that pay packet applied.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Caveat: Executive paychecks a multiple of average ‘because they are worth it’

Rupert Murdoch, owner of Wireless, which would be a logical buyer for Newstalk. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

Rebekah Brooks tells Dublin meeting ‘never say never’ on purchase of Denis O’Brien station

The Pep&Co rollout is Dealz’s first foray into clothing in the Irish market.

Discount retailer to roll out its Pep&Co clothing sister brand in 30 Irish locations

CRH chief executive Albert Manifold: he  is the highest paid executive among Irish listed companies

Study by Ictu shows average CEO pay for listed Irish companies was €2.1m in 2016

Alan Barry, Lidl Ireland’s property director, says around two-thirds of Lidl’s applications are opposed by its rivals

Aldi and Lidl are accusing Tesco and SuperValu of blocking their expansion plans

Richard Branson arrives by Tesla at Powerscourt Estate, having taken a helicopter to the Co Wicklow venue from Dublin city centre. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Caveat: Former rugby player embodies spirit of evangelical celebration of business values

Businesswoman Jo Malone at the Pendulum Summit in Dublin on Thursday, where she said leaving her fragrance brand was “the greatest mistake of my life”. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Mark Zuckerberg’s sister reveals her frustration over male-dominated Silicon Valley

Michelle Mone, founder of Ultimo.

Pendulum Summit hears Dunnes boss was among first to stock Michelle Mone’s line

AIB has scaled back its use of the hawkish “summary judgment” debt recovery tactic, but remains, by far, the Irish lender most likely to sue its customers in the High Court, according to an analysis of official records by The Irish Times. Photograph: Paul McErlane / Reuters

Analysis of High Court cases shows Irish banks have scaled back on seeking debt rulings

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary is seeking to agree a pay deal with the airline’s Dublin-based pilots. Photograph: Alan Betson

Airline has written to the pilots and given them until January 17th to accept its offer

Over the last four years, Aldi has submitted 33 planning applications for new stores. These applications have sparked about 35 formal objections from commercial rivals. Photograph: Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett

Retailer says rivals have repeatedly objected to its planning applications nationwide

Monitors display stock market information on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, on Monday, January  8th. U.S. stocks were mixed, with the S&P 500 Index on track for its first decline of the year,  while the dollar strengthened after three straight weekly declines. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Paddy Power Betfair falls by almost 0.7 per cent on chief executive Peter Jackson’s first day in the job

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