The Garda is the only State organisation allowed to intercept communications for investigations. File photograph: Getty Images

Electronic surveillance vital in battle against corrosive crime, says commission chief

 Kate O’Connell TD, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Amazon Web Service Ireland country manager Mike Beary and Martin Shanahan  at the opening of the AWS new office in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Caveat: We shouldn’t forget painful memories of dark times when there were no jobs

Brendan Smith, whose fine in carpet bid-rigging case was increased. Photograph:  Collins Courts.

Former carpet company manager Brendan Smith has fine of €7,500 raised to €45,000

Maximum Media founder Niall McGarry is aiming is to build a “€100 million business”.

Digital media group behind Her.ie and Joe.ie secures up to €6 million from BMS Finance

Ian Kehoe stepping down as editor of the ‘Sunday Business Post’ and as a director of the company that owns the newspaper, Sunrise Media.

He will stay on until replacement is named

CRH is heavily invested in region, particularly in Poland and also Ukraine, which sits to the south of Belarus. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Belarus government has tried to woo investment from the Irish building materials group in the past

Conor McGregor’s company, McGregor Sports and Entertainment, has filed for a raft of intellectual property marks with EUIPO over the last year.  Photograph: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

MMA fighter seeks intellectual property rights for a number of personal brands

One Central Plaza,  which was previously the headquarters for the State’s financial regulators, will be WeWork’s third shared office space in Dublin

Workspaces will be let to freelancers in creative and tech

Although Irish businesses apparently have experienced cybercrime more often than companies surveyed internationally, local businesses do more to combat fraud

PwC finds almost half of companies surveyed experienced crime over the last two years

Made in China. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Market report: The escalating trade spat also sent UK and European stocks tumbling

Amatech develops security technology used in bank cards, passports and other identification cards. Photograph: Getty

Firm with 600 staff and annual sales of €11m intends to take Amatech products global

Clint Eastwood in ‘The Outlaw Josey Wales’. Ireland still struggles with its financial “Wild West” tag. Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

Caveat: It doesn’t matter if the State is a ‘tax haven’, only that it looks like one

Irish Continental Group, the owner of Irish Ferries, suffered a second day of falls

Trading volumes brisk in Dublin as ICG falls

Dublin’s IFSC. A new study estimates that foreign multinationals shifted $106 billion   of corporate profits to Ireland in 2015. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Study claims State shelters more multinational profits than the entire Caribbean

Martin Shanahan, the chief executive of the IDA, estimated that “in excess of 40” companies have chosen to invest in Ireland as a direct result of Britain’s impending exit from the EU

Agency reports ‘very strong’ pipeline of new jobs

Analysts had expected the tax to be introduced at the beginning of January 2019. It has been confirmed, however, that the tax is to come in three months earlier, on October 1st this year, affecting Paddy Power’s Sportsbet operation. Photograph: PA

Earlier than expected introduction of tax likely to wipe 1.4% from firm’s earnings

Bitcoin is the most popular cryptocurrency among 25-34 year old millennials, at 44 per cent. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Research suggests number of Irish cryptocurrency users quadrupled in four years

Oath is the media division of Verizon that includes AOL and the remnants of Yahoo. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Declarations underline fading of State from role as a linchpin in Yahoo’s global tax plan

Southgate, which is anchored by Dunnes Stores, lies on the southern edge of Drogheda, the Dublin side of the growing commuter town

Rockmill, run by developer Phil Reilly, refinanced project with help from lending house ECB

Ryanair: the airline fell 2.6 per cent to €16.13 following downgrades by Deutsche Bank and Exane BNP. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

Mixed performance for Irish banks with AIB up 0.7% and Bank of Ireland down over 0.3%

An FBI raid on offices in the US. In April Leo Varadkar promised  that the Government would “beef up the role of the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement” to make it a “a sort of Irish FBI, if one likes, when it comes to white-collar crime”. Photograph: Getty Images

ODCE has barely 40 people to investigate all white-collar crime in the State

Emmett O’Neill was already Lovin’s largest investor with more than 50 per cent. Photograph: Fennell Photography

Emmet O’Neill takes control of group, which is eyeing expansion at home and abroad

Creevy Pier in Donegal Bay. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Fáilte Ireland says such visitors can drive up to 10 times the revenue of an average visitor

Sigmar, which in February said it would expand following investment from French group Adéquat, has already developed a niche around sourcing web developers from central and eastern European countries or the IT industry.

Sigmar Recruitment planning remote working unit in Tralee, employing up to 100

A Donnybrook Fair store. A potential deal for the chain would represent the most ambitious strategic move yet by Dunnes to build its presence into the upscale food retailing sector. Photograph: Frank Miller

Group is in advanced talks about potential acquisition of the chain

The papers the Central Bank is seeking include the ODCE’s concerns that INM’s former chairman, Leslie Buckley, may have shared “inside information” with its biggest shareholder, Denis O’Brien. Photograph: Alan Betson

Publisher sought to block State watchdog’s application to appoint inspectors

Web Summit CEO Paddy Cosgrave: becoming more and more like Michael O’Leary by the day. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Caveat: Housing policy a hot topic for tech sector. Also: INM fights back; rickshaw row

Johannesburg-listed Spar South Africa, which owns an 80 per cent stake in BWG, referred briefly to the deal in its interim financial results yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dutch lender Rabobank joins the retail group’s lending consortium

The West Indies cricket team sponsorship was among the highest-profile in Digicel’s stable, which has also included deals with Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt and Shelly Ann Pryce. Photograph: Timothy Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Sponsorship likely to have been costing Denis O’Brien’s firm over $5m annually

Storm Emma shut down Ireland for several days in March. Photograph: Alan Betson

BWG reports ‘significant turnover growth’ in March

It is understood Liam McCaffrey and QIH, which declined to comment, aim to force Facebook to take down the page.

Case involves social media page purportedly run by supporters of Sean Quinn

Smurfit Kappa fell back more than 2 per cent to €35.86, coming off the record highs on Monday in the midst of the pursuit of the company by US giant International Paper.

Banking stocks worst affected on Iseq

Terry Buckley had indicated to INM’s board in April his intention to resign.

Clear Channel managing director’s exit is latest in raft of departures

Emerald Living said it had decided not to go ahead with the proposed deal in Chicago because of “findings of our [due] diligence works”. Photograph: iStock

Emerald Living walks away from plan to build an estimated 20,000 lakefront homes

Radiator billionaire  Martin Naughton:   with his family, he  has donated €25 million to a new institute at Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Glen Dimplex businessman earned his riches in days long before Ireland was wealthy

Diarmuid Gavin, with the type of plants that will be for sale in Dunnes. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Caveat: Better value beats them all, but sharper ideas can trump the competition

Stephen Rae: was installed during Leslie Buckley’s  regime but is standing down as editor-in-chief at Independent News & Media. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Senior executive departures leave businessman’s board representation depleted

Independent House, Dublin: Beef magnate Larry Goodman is behind several recent large purchases of INM’s shares. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

INM’s editor-in-chief and Denis O’Brien’s last board nominee are to leave the business

Stephen Rae, who is standing down from the position of editor-in-chief at Independent News & Media. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Paul Connolly departing board after nine years as director

The 234-bedroom, four-star Hyatt Centric hotel will be situated by Fallon’s pub at entrance to the Coombe area.

Hodson Bay Group deal will locate four-star hotel in Coombe near St Patrick’s Cathedral

Ryanair was ahead 2.6 per cent to €16.70, a day after its annual results. An analyst note on Tuesday speculated on the possibility of further share buybacks. File photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

Irish banks ride a wave of positivity that sweep along the European financial sector

It is expected that all 180 staff at the Irish Pandora network will shift to the Danish group. Photograph: Diane Cusack

Danish parent is buying all 24 stores from BJ Fitzpatrick

Musgrave, the retail symbol group that owns brands including SuperValu and Centra, is targeting growth in the foodservice and digital markets. Photograph: Photocall Ireland

Cork-headquartered retail group holds sales steady at €3.7 billion while profits rise 9%

CEO Michael Doorly and INM chairman Murdoch MacLennan during the AGM at the Westbury Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Publishing group’s new chairman oversees AGM at Dublin’s Westbury Hotel

Michael Doorly, the chief executive of INM, addressed shareholders at the agm in relation to a new strategic direction for the company that it has formulated with the help of consultants, EY.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

New chairman Murdoch MacLennan faces shareholders for the first time at agm

Blaine Callard, chief executive of Harvey Norman in Ireland, argues that the dystopian retail apocalypse narrative is an invention of Silicon Valley and an awestruck media. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Caveat: Harvey Norman chief evangelical in defence of bricks-and-mortar stores

Garden designer Diarmuid Gavin: will produce a series of plant collections and garden accessories for Dunnes.   Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Deal with celebrity gardener seen as part of chain’s strategy to bring its brand upmarket

 C&C chief executive Stephen Glancey: revenue and profit fell in the year to the end of February due to severe weather. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

CEO Stephen Glancey signals inquiries from UK firms seeking to retain operations in EU

Dreams:  already has six shops in  Northern Ireland

Retail conference hears call for rules obliging global ecommerce sites to add taxes to cross-border sales

The queue outside Victoria’s Secret on Grafton Street before opening in December

Kildare-born former lingerie group president says she would not have signed lease based on Dublin footfall

The “initial purchase price” to be paid by Smyths for the central European assets of Toys R Us is €64.4 million, plus performance-related and escrow payments that could add another €15 million.

Smyths will initially pay just €64 million for 93 central European stores, documents show

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Monday.  Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Weak financial stocks weigh on European shares after strong run of weekly gains

Arnotts  managing director Donald McDonald and former employee Gerry Nolan, who began working in the Dublin department store in 1947. Photograph: Tom Honan.

Dublin store celebrates 175th birthday as owner Selfridges spends €15m on fresh look

Sean Bolger, founder and chief executive of telecoms group Imagine. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Investment giant Brookfield Asset Management takes major stake in Irish telco

Google says it banned all abortion referendum ads, even domestic ones, to protect “election integrity”. It is not terribly reassuring to think such action could be outsourced to a US company. Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

Caveat: Constitution is for Ireland and is not a multinational’s mission statement

Donald McDonald, MD Arnotts and former employee Gerard Nolan from Clontarf who started work in Arnotts in 1942 at the Arnotts 175 Museum launch. Photorgraph: Tom Honan.

Memorabilia from the great fire of 1894 and when the Beatles played on display

 Wasps rugby club in action. The Premiership club, previously known as London Wasps but now based in Coventry, said on Friday night the “falsification” of material was a “an isolated incident”. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Cash injection by Wasps chairman Derek Richardson wrongly classified as income

Larry Goodman was asked  if he would invest in Liam Gilmore’s farm.  And while Mr Goodman “was helpful and gave advice,” he did not invest. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Bereft farmer pleaded with tycoon’s family not to purchase Louth homestead

The Cayman Islands’ premier said the UK move to open up company directorship registers in overseas territories smacked of “colonial despotism”. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Caveat: Tory rebels’ move will force overseas territories to open up shareholder registers

Central Bank, Dublin. It is expected that the bank will return to court in coming weeks to seek formal access to court papers submitted by the head of the ODCE, Ian Drennan. Photograph: Hufton & Crow

Regulator ‘taking seriously’ claims that possible inside information passed to Denis O’Brien

Fáilte Ireland has had several major successes in recent years, such as the launch of the Wild Atlantic Way.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Tourism industry body Itic wants to ‘reassess effectiveness and efficiency of state agency’

Ryanair was up more than 1.1 per cent to €15.85, after announcing April traffic figures up 9 per cent.

Paddy Power Betfair shares finish session down 5.6 per cent after weak trading update

Mark Goodman, a son of beef baron Larry Goodman,  moved to shield the future finances of his lucrative consultancy business from public view. Photograph: Brendan Fitzsimons

Latest financial statements show profits rose from €600,000 to €2.8m over course of 2017

The aggression the Smyths brothers showed in the chain’s UK expansion indicates they are unlikely to be overawed at the prospect of being catapulted into the heart of the European market.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Caveat: Transformation to pan-European market leader will not be child’s play

DAA chief executive Dalton Philips says restrictions around a new runway would cost 14,700 jobs over 20 years.  Photograph: Peter Houlihan/Fennell Photography

Dalton Philips warns of rough ride and curbed growth unless noise restrictions lifted

DAA wants the Government to relax noise restrictions at Dublin Airport so it can overturn planning conditions attached to  the new runway. Photograph: Kate Geraghty

Dublin Airport’s €320m third runway is ‘most important thing Ireland will build’

Mr Justice Peter Kelly worried aloud that bespoke redactions could make the case so difficult to follow that it could become akin to a “Chinese opera”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Sea of black gowns fills High Court as interested parties seek access to case papers

Ireland is a top destination for rail companies from all across Europe to set up financial operations for tax planning. Photograph: Vincent Kessler

Despite U-turn by Dutch state railway, others from Russia to France use Irish entities

Floor of NYSE on Monday, April 23th. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

In Dublin shares at AIB, Bank of Ireland and Datalex rise on day of solid volumes

Red Flag chairman Gavin O’Reilly: The group now has offices in eight cities globally. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

PR firm buys Singapore-based Bowlah PR, founded by Longford woman Caroline Bowler

Astronaut Chris Hadfield and Frankie Sheahan at the Pendulum Summit in Dublin in 2014. Photograph: Alan Betson

Business and motivational event targeting more than 1,000 attendees

Former INM majority shareholder Sir Anthony O’Reilly and pupils from Belvedere College choir at an event held in his honour at Old Belvedere Rugby Club on Saturday. Photograph: Conor Pope

Corporate law regulator criticised media company’s governance and management

 Toys R Us deal is likely to push the Smyth’s group annual revenues towards €1bn. Photograph: Frank Miller

Deal likely to push the Irish retailer’s annual revenues towards €1bn

Not shopping weather. Photograph: Alan Betson

Garden centres take biggest hit but jewellery, computers and clothing see sales slump

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 double in size

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

The M-YGIG Gulfstream G650 executive jet, sporting silver and black  livery with an Irish tricolour on its tail, landed at Dublin Airport on Saturday

Gulfstream G650 is identical to the one bought by billionaire businessman 2½ years ago

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

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