Denis Desmond of concer promoter MCD.  Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill / THE IRISH TIMES

MCD has been bought out in full by a UK-based company that is a 50/50 joint venture between Live Nation and Desmond’s Gaiety Inves(...)

Lidl: being encouraged by some local authorities to pursue more mixed-use developments to maximise site usage. Photograph:  Rui Vieira/PA

Outlet on site of old Belgard Inn will feature ancillary units as part of mixed-use drive

Shares of Italy’s Atlantia, which owns Autostrade, fell 5.4%  after a large section of the Morandi viaduct upon which the A10 motorway runs collapsed in Genoa. At least 22 people are believed to have died. Photograph: Flavio Lo Scalzo/EPA

In Dublin the two big banks fall and Aryzta’s share price continues its yoyo performance

Australian home-improvement company Wesfarmers purchased the Homebase chain for £340m in 2016, but the business lost more than £600m over two years. Photograph: Getty Images

Store also plans to cut 1,500 jobs as struggling home-improvement chain seeks to shore up performance

The Project Scariff sale is expected to be the last big portfolio sale undertaken by Ulster Bank, which has been restructuring its Irish assets for almost a decade.

More than half of the portfolio includes buy-to-lets with average arrears of €32,000

The record overall value of M&A was skewed by the €67.1 billion deal agreed in May between Japanese drugmaker Takeda and Shire. Photograph: Kim Kyung Hoon/Reuters

First half of year sees 76 deals worth €70.9bn involving Irish-based companies

Ryanair accused Expedia of “mimicking” real-life customers. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Budget airline has fought legal cases against alleged screen-scrapers in European courts for years

Businessman Denis O’Brien owns close to a third of INM yet no longer has any board representation. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Caveat: Story has gained so much attention because businessman’s name is attached

The Hendersons said they would buy the ‘best and remaining’ Poundworld stores in Britain. Photograph: Reuters

Hendersons will buy between 35 and 50 of failed retail chain’s stores

 Independent House, Talbot Street, home to the ‘Irish Independent’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Outside contractors searched company system for information about individuals

Danish jewellery maker Pandora, sank 24.2% to a four-year low after cutting its sales and profit margin guidance  and announcing  400 job cuts

Markets report: European shares rise while in New York tech and financial stocks lead

 Domino’s reported group-wide revenues of £616m across its 1,200 stores to the beginning of July, up 12.8%. Photograph: Reuters

Market remains ‘highly profitable‘ for UK-listed group, which recently opened 50th Irish store

“Sunday Business Post”: final sign-off on the due diligence part of the purchase transaction could come this week. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Businessman advised by Declan Dooley as director of entity used for paper purchase

An Aoife stove by Waterford Stanley

Middleby restructures loss-making stove brand, outsourcing almost all manufacturing

M1 between Dublin and Belfast:  A growing number of SMEs in Ireland are planning for the impact of Brexit. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Intertrade reports one-fifth of Irish SMEs having put formal Brexit strategy in place

Vanessa Byrne of Mason Hayes & Curran: “Quotas can be controversial, particularly among high achievers”

More than half of female lawyers surveyed support gender quotas to combat inequality

The 9% VAT rate was the “right rate for the sector”, according to the Irish Hotels Federation

Increase in the tax rate would be ‘absolutely incredible’, says Irish Hotels Federation

Marian and Gregory O’ Gorman pictured before their dispute

Greg O’Gorman had instigated court proceedings against his mother Marian O’Gorman

Robert Finnegan of Three  Ireland: says 5G could “play a part” in delivering internet services to rural homes. Photograph: David Sleator

Contract customer numbers and cost control push ebitda to €94m in half-year to end June

Temple Bar area: Irish Tourist Industry Confederation fears a  “no deal” Brexit could cost Irish tourism up to €260 million in 2019.

Irish Tourist Industry Confederation seeks annual allocation of €164m in face of Brexit

Chinese tourists capturing the stature of Oscar Wilde on Merrion Square. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Caveat: The industry is currently booming but we all know that booms never last

Canning Fok, group managing director of Hutchison Whampoa Limited with Robert Finnegan CEO of Three Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Jump in contract customer numbers helps mobile operator increase earnings 22%

Business conditions remain strong for Smurfit Kappa. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

‘We can deliver value,’ says Ken Bowles as company reports 5% rise in revenues

The Crowe survey for 2017 found record profit levels, occupancy and average room rates in all regions.

Hotels booming but food sales face slowdown as alternative wedding venues eat their lunch

Tourists at the Molly Malone statue in St Andrew’s Street in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Department of Finance says rate has cost €2.6bn since its introduction during recession

Adrian Cummins of the Restaurant Association of Ireland: In a radio interview, the association’s chief executive  suggested €20 might be a fair charge for a no-show. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Association accuses watchdog of ‘losing the run of itself’ by targeting SME group

The family’s patriarch, Ray Henderson, founded Poundworld, an entirely separate business to the UK group, in the Republic in 1984. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Henderson family plan bid for insolvent British discount retailer

Camile Thai founder Brody Sweeney said future growth in Ireland would come from franchised outlets.

Founder Brody Sweeney reveals another outlet in London for thriving restaurant chain

Seán Gallagher reacts as Martin McGuinness brings up the subject of a cheque on RTÉ’s The Frontline in 2011. Photograph: RTÉ

Caveat: Proviso of pitch for office is that business success precludes need for money

Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s latest album, ‘Everything is Love’, has shot to the top of the pirate download charts.

Imposition of ‘graduated response’ policy on copyright infringement to be sought

Kerrygold is the second-best-selling butter brand in the US, where it grew 21% last year.

Class-action suit filed in California alleges ‘false advertising’ by firm

The Sheep’s Head peninsula in West Cork: Irish tourism sources more than a third of overseas visitors from Britain. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Umbrella group due to meet Government to discuss worries over UK exit from EU

Gains in UBS boosted the banks sector. Photograph: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg

Irish banks advance on positive sentiment driven by strong performance from UBS

Lorraine Higgins, REI’s chief executive, suggested the fall in coffee sales is “wholly attributable to the heatwave”.

Coffee sales fall for first time in five years while garden centre sales are in full bloom

A selection of Irish Times newspapers. Photograph: Frank Miller

Report for Minister laid out media plurality imperative for approving takeover

Tony O’Reilly jnr, CEO of Providence Resources. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tony O’Reilly jnr company also in talks with Chinese investor to develop Irish oilfield

Tony O’Reilly jnr in his Providence Resources office in Dublin. “I’m proud that we’re a little Irish company punching above its weight. We physically operated last year the deepest well that’s ever been drilled in the north Atlantic.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Interview: Businessman believes the hunt for Irish oil is finally going to gush more than hype and start pumping 'black gold'

Willowbrook remains the owner of Pearl & Dean, which is one of the largest players in the UK cinema advertising sector. It sells ads at several major British cinema multiplex groups.

Mike Ormonde is believed to have taken control of Pearl & Dean

Two upcoming legal battles between the family of Seán Quinn, above, and Irish Bank Resolution Corporation will now be accelerated.   File photograph: Alan Betson

DPP was concerned that material likely to be aired could have affected the criminal cases

US stocks struggled for direction as investors assessed the unclear strategy toward Chinese trade. Photograph: Reuters

US stocks struggle for direction as emerging markets remain miserable

The cross-border nature of many car rentals leaves customers vulnerable to abuse from afar. Yet the European Commission has done precious little to bring car rental companies to heel in recent years

Each summer the consumer pages of newspapers fill with tales of unscrupulous practices by some car hire operators

Statistics released  by the Central Bank showed the total value of Irish-registered special purpose vehicles (SPVs) fell by €58.6 billion to €674.5 billion in the first quarter of 2018

Regulator attributes decline to the decision of funds to exit their so-called ‘section 110 status’

CarTrawler said it “has informed Green Motion that their UK network is subject to the same disciplinary procedures as any other suppliers”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irish customers had claimed credit cards charged for fictitious damage to rental cars

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

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