Taxi drivers affiliated to the Free Now app gathered outside the company’s Dublin office on Friday. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Irish taxi drivers worried after payment deadline missed for second week in a row

Stopped in our tracks: the threads that bind society and the economy will fray if we don’t look beyond Covid-19 every once in a while, and seek out ways to get things done. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Caveat: New Zealand’s lockdown relapse shows there is no easy way to avoid living with Covid-19

The Henry Street entrance to Jervis shopping centre in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fields, Schuh, New Look and Topman among retailers being sued by Paddy McKillen entity

Harvey Norman’s digital sales grew almost 40 per cent in the 12 months to the end of June last year, its accounts note. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Apartment fitouts new revenue stream for furniture chain amid Covid-19 uncertainty

Swiss-Irish food group Aryzta was among the market’s best performers, finishing 13.5 per cent up on the day. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Markets report: European stocks hit a near three-week high, S&P 500 closes in on peak

The bar of Cafe en Seine, on Dawson Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin superpub owner Mercantile Group still open to expansion despite hit from virus

 Killarney is filled with domestic tourists paying prices tailored for Americans.  Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

Caveat: A 17-county road trip reveals an industry battling fear, as well as its own old failings

Sonya Lennon: ‘How we work, as women and men, is ripe for change.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Advocacy group’s report on gender inequality suggests ways to improve fairness

Three Ireland added 100,000 customers in the first six months of 2020. Photograph: iStock

Additional customers offset decline in mobile operator’s average revenue figure per user

The Central Bank wants insurance companies to pay the “reasonable costs” of customers in a limited number of ongoing test cases over pandemic-related business interruption cover, even if they win. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Reuters

Regulator instructs insurers to accept responsibility for publicans ‘reasonable’ legal costs even if they win

Light traffic in Dublin city centre last month. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Claims have been lower than normal due to lockdown traffic slump

Artists Richard Levins (left) and Paul Cooke begin work on the exterior of Mulligans pub on Poolbeg Street which, like all other pubs that don’t serve food, has to remain closed now until August 10th. Photograph : Laura Hutton / The Irish Times

Caveat: House parties have emerged as a potential problem, not pub parties

McDonalds on O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Fast-food chain reopens 27 of its Irish stores for dine-in for first time since shutdown

Taoiseach Michéal Martin arrives for a session of the Dáil at the Convetion Centre Dublin. Chambers Ireland is calling for the Government to go beyond ‘half measures’ to save the economy. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Business lobby group calling for subsidy extension and rates waiver

Travel stocks continue to be hit hard, with Irish Ferries owner Irish Continental Group down 5.5 per cent to €3.40.

Iseq remains flat on reduced trading volumes

Dermot Desmond: the businessman has been an investor in Canadian diamond mining for more than two decades. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Mountain Province Diamonds is in talks with the businessman to secure new facilities

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar: the changes will ‘bring our offering into line with similar schemes across Europe’. Photograph: PA

Portfolio cap lifted on loan guarantee scheme for pandemic-hit SMEs

A consumer is seen at the Harvey Norman outlet at the Airside Retail Park in Co Dublin. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Australian furniture chain set to expand here amid boom in sales during lockdown

Horse Island, off Schull in west Cork,  was extensively upgraded by the Fitzgibbons since they bought it at the height of the Celtic Tiger in 2007. It has its own pier and helipad

‘Ultra high net worth’ European buys Horse Island and its seven properties and helipad

Norwegian employs about 80 administrative staff in Ireland. Photograph: Reuters

Norwegian Air International has been hit with two High Court debt summary judgment applications by Newrest

A view of office workers using computers in an open-plan environment.

Firm says its research shows three quarters of those slashing IT plan cuts more than 20%

The HSE said it was investigating  complaints after some brands appeared to be targeting the €250 million market for menthol smokers even after the ban.

Sales data shows Japanese company’s replacement brands had increased share here by mid-June

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, left, and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Lenders under pressure to waive interest on coronavirus-related payment breaks

The grounds of the  32-bedroom Powerscourt Springs hotel which will open on July 20th in Coolakay, a picturesque area not far from Powerscourt waterfall

Wicklow businesswoman Lorraine Sweeney has teamed up with her daughter Adrienne Stewart in the €2.5m investment

 Marian O’Gorman of Kilkenny Design Centre: ‘The lack of tourists has taken 30 per cent straight out of the business.’  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

With quarantine in place for foreign visitors, tourists are unlikely to return in 2020

Dublin Airport: If the last Government was so adamant that nobody must fly, why did it let airlines continue to sell tickets? Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

From the lack of targeted supports to the fiasco over quarantine, it has been sold short

The House of Ireland shop on Grafton Street. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Five companies linked to Grafton Street giftware group to go into liquidation

Leo Crawford, BWG chief executive:  “There is a potential pot of gold there for whoever cracks it. We are looking at all options.”

But chief executive Leo Crawford warns costs must be borne and ‘nobody has cracked it’

Martin Kelleher, MD of Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland, with Brid O’Connell, CEO of Guaranteed Irish. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Veteran leaves Cork-based Musgrave group after 10 years running retail division

Columbia Sportswear: 120sq m shop on Trinity Street will open as a partnership with Irish-owned retailer Great Outdoors which will run the business.

Irish-American company patriarch Tim Boyle calls Trump a ‘conman’

Irene Molodtsov, UK and Ireland chief executive of Sia: “We started looking for an acquisition about one year ago and we came across Pathfinder in the third quarter of last year.”

Sia plans to double size of Irish business in next three years, adding up to 60 staff

The restaurants group argued that a VAT cut on pub drink from 23 to 9% was unrealistic, given the cost, and said lobbying should be focused elsewhere.  Photograph: Tom Honan

Industry groups are split over a drive for a near €700m cut to VAT on pub alcohol sales

Average spend in hairdressers and barbers was triple a normal pre-virus Monday.

Pent up demand drives spending 25% ahead of normal Monday business

 Clifden in Connemara.

Sector wants Fáilte Ireland to administer grants

Brothers Mick and Ciaran Crean of were down on the warehouse floor packing orders during the lockdown. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The car parts sellers who started flogging frisbees, the gin makers who switched to sanitiser

Philip Morris said: “The phrase ‘menthol blend’ should not have been used in the advert because the product does not contain any menthol.” Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Ad to retailers for new brand ‘should not have run’, Irish head of tobacco giant says

Saoirse McHugh is now a pin-up for the restless wing of the Green Party. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Caveat: Radical wing pretends economic degrowth will not cause considerable pain

Dundrum shopping centre reopens. Photograph: Tom Honan

Ability of companies to split into trading and property entities may be restricted also

Beer garden of the Queen’s in Dalkey: Its car park makes it an attractive development site. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Landmark bar owned by former AIB CEO Tom Mulcahy may be sold for redevelopment

Damien Bastiat, general manager of Ballyfin Hotel in Co Laois. “Time and space are the ultimate luxuries. There will be a maximum of 24 guests in a 40,000 sq ft hotel.” Photograph: Alan Betson

With wealthy Americans a no-show for now, luxury Irish hotels must pivot towards the domestic market for business

A mobile Covid-19 testing booth in Israel: the country reopened much of its economy and its schools at around the first week of May. It recorded a mini surge of cases over the last two weeks; 1,700 in a fortnight compared to 1,200 for the month before. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images

Caveat: Bespoke closures and rapid test and trace systems can handle a resurgence

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation has predicted a near $450 billion (€398 billion) decline this year in tourism’s $1.5 trillion global revenues,

Top 1000: Few industries have suffered the blow of Covid-19 as much as travel

Former INM chairman Leslie Buckley. ODCE head Ian Drennan’s affidavit contained a series of allegations about the 2014 data leak, including that it was secretly engineered by Mr Buckley, who chaired the board as a representative of its then major shareholder, Denis O’Brien.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Journalist Sam Smyth among seven preparing to sue company and former chairman

The Health Service Executive is investigating if some tobacco companies are breaching a recent ban on menthol cigarettes. Photograph: iStock

Big retailers ask manufacturers if substitute products are legal after menthol ban

Stay-at-home stocks such as video conferencing platform Zoom Video Communications fell in value after surging during lockdowns. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Markets report: Losses in technology and healthcare stocks halt a recent rally

Des Mulreany from Finglas and Lisa Leddy from Ballyfermot,  on Monday ahead of the first domestic passenger sailing since the outbreak of Covid-19.

Company’s 100-capacity touring vessel sets sail with capacity restricted to 40 people a trip

Craig McKinney, who has died after a long illness. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Scottish-born businessman had long career in Irish finance

Ikea said it would reopen with a number of anti-virus safety measures in place. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Marks and Spencer will also reopen, but Penneys to stay closed

Shopping: for those who can afford to, get out there in coming weeks and show the concern for local businesses that seems absent in the halls of Leinster House. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

If Government won’t speed things up to help SMEs, people must do it

Penneys has confirmed that it will not be reopening its 37 Irish stores next week, despite an expected move by the Government to accelerate the easing of restrictions to allow larger retailers trade from Monday

Retailer said it would not trade until it was safe for staff and customers to do so

The taskforce   recommends staggered mid-term breaks to “facilitate families wishing to holiday in Ireland” by spreading out demand

Government’s tourism group also recommends that hospitality businesses be allowed to implement one-metre social distancing

Providence’s Barryroe asset was valued at about €65 million in the accounts after a €23.8 million writedown. Photograph:  Finbarr O’Rourke

Former CEO Tony O’Reilly jnr received exit payment of almost €450,000

Local management of Brown Thomas and Arnotts confirmed that staff had been informed of the reopening schedule, but insisted it would at all times adhere to the Government’s schedule. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ground floors to open doors earlier than anticipated as individual units in compliance with lockdown easing plan

Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Menthol market was estimated at up to 18% of total cigarettes market here before ban

Colm Brophy: said  the economic damage to the economy “and to the wellbeing of many individuals and businesses will be deep and possibly prolonged”. Photograph: Tom Honan

Mothers returning to work from maternity leave now eligible for State’s coronavirus pandemic wage subsidy

Mothers returning to work from maternity leave are now eligible for scheme in which the wages of certain workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic are subsidised by the State.

Revenue to implement it and will be backdated to March 26th

 Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan speaking during a press conference at the Department of Health. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

The glacial pace of economic reopening may satisfy the scientists but will spur hardship

US stocks rose to a 12-week high as data showed the economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic was less severe than anticipated. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Drugmakers strong as investors seek progress on coronavirus vaccine

Providence’s Barryroe well. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Payment of £200,000 from SpotOn had been due a week ago

 The doors close on Brown Thomas, Grafton Street, Dublin, on March 18th. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Returned goods to be quarantined, make-up to be ‘virtually’ tested, restaurants and toilets will be closed initially

Harry Hughes, managing director of Portwest, said PPE sales normally represent 6 per cent of its annual sales, but this has jumped to 40 per cent in the midst of the global coronavirus epidemic. Photograph: Richie Stokes

Six containers of safety equipment seized in March

Brody Sweeney says that Camile Thai Kitchen, which incorporates Thai fast food aimed at health-conscious consumers, has been ‘thriving through the coronavirus pandemic’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Brody Sweeney is targeting venues that could be converted into ‘cloud kitchens’

A closed shop on Grafton Street, Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Lobby group argues for rethink of plan for larger shops and shopping centre outlets

Business organisations such as retail groups have advised their members recently that customers will demand stringent safety practices to combat the spread of coronavirus. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Study shows businesses that invest in workplace safety 20% more likely to ‘go under’

The industry survey predicts in-store revenues will be down by an average of 65 per cent across the retail sector next month. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

New survey adds pressure on the Government to revisit the reopening plan

An empty Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

If we don’t manage virus risks sensibly, our economy will rot in the ground

Businesses in Wexford are   positioning the county for tourism once travel restrictions are relaxed in July.

Gateway to sunny southeast plans to capitalise on post-Covid lockdown business

To avail of the discounts and other supports, SMEs must register for the An Post Advantage card scheme.

Supports include €1,000 of direct mail marketing for 1,000 businesses

The World Economic Forum suggests  “there is an opportunity to embed greater societal equality and sustainability into the recovery, which would unleash a new era of prosperity”.  Photograph: Getty Images

World Economic Forum study finds prolonged global recession considered the greatest threat

Wall Street surged on encouraging early data about  a potential coronavirus vaccine, with investors also counting on more stimulus to rescue the US economy. Photograph: Getty Images

Ryanair shares surge 15.8%, with Dalata ahead by more than 14%

Digicel, the Caribbean telco owned by Denis O’Brien, has extended until midnight on Wednesday the deadline for holdout bondholders to accept a debt restructuring that will wipe out about $1.6 billion of its $7 billion debt pile. Photograph: Swoan Parker/Reuters

Company has sweetened restructuring terms as it looks to wipe out quarter of its debt

Isme chief executive Neil McDonnell: 'Cutting back on roads for rail would make sense, but the truth is we only have a couple of economically viable rail routes'. Photograph: Siobhán Taylor

The party’s policies represent both opportunities and threats for Irish business

The widespread national unity of the early stages of lockdown appears to be splintering as special interest groups and those with grievances find their voice.

As the lockdown drags on people’s unity is beginning to crack and the fissures threaten to become chasms

A Huawei shop in Beijing. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty

Wall Street falls back as reignition of US-China trade row threatens tech stocks

The Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme pays up to 85 per cent of an affected employee’s wages up to a weekly cap of €410. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

More than 464,400 workers have had at least one pay cheque supported by the State since the scheme was introduced in March

Small businesses are particularly exposed to the impact of bad reviews, and some customers now appear to use such threats to blackmail them. Photograph: Getty Images

Some entitled soul angrily emailed restaurant five times in three minutes after failing to gain a coveted collection slots

More than 11,000 people who have worked as moderators for Facebook in California, Arizona, Texas and Florida since 2015 will quality for compensation. Photograph: AFP via Getty

Lawyers for litigants say the Dublin legal actions will proceed regardless of US case

 Digicel is the largest mobile  phone company in Haiti.

Lawsuit alleges corruption against politicians and companies

The National College of Ireland in the IFSC in Dublin.

Revenues rise 9.5% as National College of Ireland posts strong financial results

File photo. Photograph: Getty

Law Society wants CRO to outline extent of backlog built up since Covid-19 crisis hit

Joseph Swaine left Enniskerry for  London at the age of 19 and stayed for six decades.

Lives lost to Covid-19: Keen golfer spent decades in England running pubs and off-licences

A massive back-end testing regime will be a crucial part of the State’s strategy to map the virus’s progression through the population. Photograph: iStockphoto

Biopharma companies, big and small, have chipped in to help the State source materials including reagent

An empty Ryanair check-in area at Terminal 1 in Dublin Airport. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

It is in our overall best interests to restore the aviation industry to full health after Covid-19

Caroline Boyle, owner of Salamanca Restaurant, Dublin. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Having being shut for more than a month, restaurant owners have little appetite to reopen only to lose even more money

Insurers’ widespread refusal to pay up for business losses caused by Covid-19 lockdowns has made them the targets of opprobrium from governments, businesses and the general public. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Grab your helmets, insurers. You are going to get stoned, and not in a happy way

The Waterford Greenway. Many tourism businesses are hoping that domestic Irish tourists – themselves prevented from travelling abroad – can be tempted to take holidays at home. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Vouchers could be redeemed against domestic holiday homes

Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe: leading motor coverage providers Allianz, Axa, FBD, RSA and Zurich agreed to pass on ‘appropriate financial supports’ to customers. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Insurance body sought advice from Arthur Cox amid concerns over reliefs for customers

Social distancing at Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

We are being set up as the fall guy for Government failure to meet targets for testing

Digicel  always denied “any wrongdoing” in the case, which was originally filed almost 18 months ago. Photograph: Ken Cedeno/Digital/Corbis via Getty Images

Case taken by Haitian emigrants against O’Brien-owned telco dismissed in New York

Lower-paid workers in Ireland are less satisfied with their benefits packages than higher-paid workers, the survey found.

Proper retirement plan valued most by workers, survey finds

The M50 in Dublin on March 29th.Photograph: Tom Honan

Bank’s Economic Pulse index finds massive fall in business activity, fears over job losses

Savills says 60 per cent of the 475,000sq ft new grade-A warehouse space that had been planned for completion in 2020 has already been reserved or pre-let.

Savills predicts shortfall of a third in new warehouse space between now and end of 2021

ILCU chief executive Ed Farrell: ‘It is disappointing that the regulator is maintaining the status quo in the changed circumstances’

Regulator refused request to defer €22m in State levies and to reduce capital buffers

Grafton Street in Dublin, the 13th most expensive shopping street in the world. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Industry believes up to 40% of stores will go bust without State help

  Keelings broke no rules or guidelines in flying in the seasonal workers from Sofia to pick the strawberry harvest. Photograph: Alan Betson

Company unfairly dragged through a ditch in court of public opinion

A worker checks the temperature of a customer at the entrance of a supermarket,   in Turin, Italy. Photograph: Reuters

‘Surge consumption’ a risk for shops that tempt with cut-price deals, says lobby group

A worker checks the temperature of a customer at the entrance of a supermarket in Turin, Italy. Photograph: Reuters/ Massimo Pinca

‘New normal’ could include ban on shopping baskets, price promotions

Dalata chief executive Pat McCann. Photograph:  Maxwell Photography.

Hotel group plans major ‘staycation’ advertising campaign once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted

The estimated €115 million that the State will pay each month to use 19 private hospitals during the Covid-19 crisis will go to companies owned by religious orders, foreign investors, two billionaires, a vulture fund and private backers.

Denis O’Brien and Larry Goodman are prominent among investors in the sector

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