Shane Morris of  Aurora: “Our cannabis isn’t grown by guys in dreadlocks.”

Aurora’s ‘Peppermint Paddy’ leading Canadian firm’s efforts to open up Irish market

 Dalata’s  non-executive chairman John Hennessy  and chief executive Pat McCann:  claim Dublin needs a 1,000-bedroom superhotel is “the biggest load of rot”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Caveat: Pat McCann slams plan for 1,000-bed hotel as Fáilte considers options for HQ

Amelia-Lily Nwanguma (5) from Rialto, Dublin gives the Minister for Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton and Lidl Ireland managing director JP Scally a hand to launch Lidl’s new in-store recycling stations. Photograph: Maxwells

Customers will be able to offload paper and plastic packaging after paying for goods

Clerys was sold in the early hours of Friday, January 12th, 2015 and put into liquidation later that day. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Court hears KPMG liquidators now accept executives believed store would stay open

Dr Paul Gough, dietician and founder of Nualtra

Accounts for 2018 show pile of losses down to €4.2m and net assets up to €515,000

Debenhams on Henry street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Group, which operates 11 stores in the Republic, has been placed in administration

Cameron O’Reilly said the new venture would be profit-focused and was not intended as an act of philanthropy. File photograph: Megan Lewis/Reuters

Reports say O’Reilly and investor John Fairfax have put up 2m AUD for new venture

Adrian Cummins: he says  a restaurateur should be allowed to write off a portion of the cost of providing accommodation for staff against tax

Government accused of not doing enough to address chronic skills shortage facing the hospitality sector

The OPW is working with tourism officials and Dublin City Council to identify public buildings in the city that could be used to host gala dinners for big international conferences. Photograph: iStock

Venues such as museums may be open to hosting gala dinners for business convention delegates

Donald Trump’s tax cuts, designed to get US multinationals  to repatriate profits,   have ‘pulled €50 billion out of Ireland’, according to the Sunday Times.  Photograph: Al Drago/ The New York Times

Seen & Heard: Spanish power, banker expenses and chasing licence evaders

Johnny Ronan’s proposed 22-storey tower has divided opinions. Photograph: Tony Gavin

Decision to approve what will be highest tower in State ‘a catastrophic error’, says An Taisce

INM chief executive Michael Doorly:  “Discussions are at a preliminary stage and there is no certainty that any offer will be made.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Newspaper group’s stock closes 30.5% up at 9.5 cent, valuing it at €131.7m

AIB whistleblower Eugene McErlean, who exposed overcharging. Photograph: Eric Luke

Caveat: A new book exposes rough treatment of whistleblowers in Irish financial services

According to a schedule of fees on the Sims website, each cycle of IVF starts at €4,600, with egg donor services starting at €7,700. Photograph: iStock

The Australian-listed group also owns the Rotunda IVF clinic

Oakmount confirmed on Wednesday that construction work on the boutique hotel is scheduled to commence ‘immediately’

Paddy McKillen jnr to turn former landmark Dublin nightclub into 52-bedroom hotel

INM’s  chief executive Michael Doorly told members of the Dublin investment community in meetings this week that the media group may end up being sold.

Michael Doorly ‘not aware’ of plans of Denis O’Brien and Dermot Desmond

Temple Bar in Dublin’s city centre. Meitheal, the annual gathering of tourism businesses and international buyers, is  taking place this week at Citywest on the city’s outskirts. Photograph: Edwin Remsberg/Getty Images

Lack of large hotels in capital costing ‘tens of millions’ in lost conferencing business

One of the strongest performances on Dublin’s Iseq was from Applegreen, the forecourts retailer that is targeting further international expansion

Market report: Iseq ends broadly flat with Hostelworld shrugging off dip in reported revenues

DAA International’s other ventures abroad include Terminal 5 at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Aboitiz in accord with DAA to operate Bohol-Panglao and Laguindingan airports

Football Association of Ireland’s John Delaney: FAI board lacks overall independence and many members appear to be too close to the association by dint of time served. Photograph: Tom Honan

Caveat: John Delaney and FAI typify reluctance to have tighter organisational scrutiny

The five-star Powerscourt Hotel originally opened as a Ritz Carlton.

Property to be added to group that includes the Westin and Intercontinental hotels

An ABP plant in  Co Tipperary. Following the Goodman deal, Chinese consumers will now have additional access to Irish beef, including new products. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg has 302m active users and Goodman family has courted the Chinese market for years

Among the biggest fallers on the European index was Bayer, which was down 2.9 per cent. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

Europe suffers fourth day of losses as global growth worries are compounded by Brexit

  Ecocem Materials had total assets of €46 million and liabilities of €6.5 million at the end of December. Photograph:    David Sleator

Irish cement manufacturer proposes to restructure capital to allow for dividends payout

Last summer, as Eir was in talks with its customer care outsourced providers, its poor standards of customer care rose to prominence in the media

Row relates to telco’s decision to shut down ‘community forum’ section of its website

Clerys workers picket outside the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Kildare street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Caveat: Four years after collapse, €785,000 offer comes with strings

Three’s market share rose from 34 to 35 per cent last year. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Telecoms group plans 5G rollout to compete with fixed wireless broadband providers

 A Perrigo  facility in  Michigan, US.  Perrigo bought Elan eight months after the Tysabri deal in a  so-called “inversion” deal. Photograph: Getty Images

Perrigo has repeatedly argued it will defend its position in the tax case, and denies Elan underpaid tax on the Tysabri deal

The Clerys Clock on O’Connell Street, Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Consortium offers reimbursement in exchange for gagging orders

BooHoo founder Carol Kane with the company’s new CEO, Offaly native John Lyttle,  in Dublin.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New chief executive John Lyttle will earn up to £1.5m a year in salary and bonuses

Hands across the water: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets US president Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday. Photograph: Reuters/Jim Young

Caveat: State and business dance to the same tune in a week filled with carefully curated craic

The accounts of Larry Goodman’s ABP Foods Group in Ireland are shielded from public view under its unlimited status.

Combined assets of both companies grew by more than €160 million in year

The Caldwell family from Northern Ireland will retain majority control of Shorecal, which operates almost 30 Domino’s outlets on the island. Photograph: Alan Betson

Domino Pizza Group wants to increase Irish franchised outlets from 50 to about 75

Digicel said it had “filed a motion to dismiss as we believe the claims are without merit”.

Denis O’Brien’s telecoms company says the claims made against it are ’without merit’

Dublin-born accountant Ronan Dunne, former CEO of O2 UK, allegedly met with Phones 4U to pull phones from retailer

Telecom executives alleged to have made pact to put UK retailer out of business

In New York, a plunge in Boeing shares set the Dow Jones Industrial index for a sharp fall at the open on Monday. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Iseq 20 index rises almost 0.6 per cent

The Market Bar on Fade Street, Dublin. Friday’s a deal was reached on the steps of the High Court with the bar’s owner, led by financier Niall McFadden. Photograph: Alan Betson

Launceston Property Finance understood to be owed some €900,000 by Mercroft Taverns

Acme Whistles owner and chief executive Simon Topman: “No matter the scenario, British business people will find a way.” Photograph: Simon Hadley

Britain’s second city is highly exposed but many are of the opinion business people ‘will find a way’

Ben Dunne at one of his gyms,  Westpoint, in Blanchardstown, Co Dublin. However, his place in Irish society was built on his time running the family retail business, Dunnes Stores. Photograph: Eric Luke

Caveat: The businessman transformed industries and lifted the lid on links between corporates and politicians

Diageo formally launched Rockshore Apple Cider on Thursday.

Cider will be available in bottles, cans and on draught

The total value of Irish M&A deals fell sharply to €7 billion in 2018, according to the research from William Fry in conjunction with Mergermarket.

Volume of deals rises year on year but value falls by 57 per cent

Solicitor John Doyle, former  Sunday Business Post journalist Tom Lyons, former Sunday Business Post editor Ian Keogh, and  Sunday Business Post CEO Siobhán Lennon leaving the Four Courts on Friday. Photograph: Collins Courts

Tension racheted up in Courtroom 25 as those on both sides waited for jury’s verdict

Former Sunday Business Post journalist Tom Lyons with the paper’s former  editor, Ian Kehoe and the paper’s chief executive Siobhán Lennon pictured outside the Four Courts on Friday. Photograph: Collins Courts

Review of defamation laws underway, Leo Varadkar says, in wake of Denis O’Brien case

The Penneys/Primark group has embraced its customers’ view of shopping as a recreational event. But for how much longer can it eschew their shift to online?

Caveat: Retail juggernaut plans to further expand, but shun ecommerce

Diageo has tried to challenge the hegemony of Bulmers in the Irish market on a couple of occasions previously, without success. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

Drinks giant to launch Rockshore Cider soon, according to industry sources

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

UK parliamentary committee says messages would assist Irish data watchdog’s work

Irish-run retailer Primark was sued in the US for allegedly discriminating against the visually-impaired with the design of its consumer website. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Claim that firm’s website discriminated against blind people

Tim Quigley, RSM’s corporate finance partner and John Glennon, the firm’s managing partner. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Irish accounting firm opens new Dublin office as part of expansion of consultancy business

PwC’s study found 85 per cent of survey respondents say attracting and retaining the best staff is their biggest challenge for the year ahead

Some 75% of survey respondents say their company is facing ‘talent constraints’

Gene Murtagh, chief executive of Kingspan, which rose just over 1% to €39.40. Photograph: Alan Betson

Europe’s main benchmarks rose marginally but company results drove big stock swings

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg: Mohammad Dahlan, the former leader of the Gaza division of Palestinian group Fatah, has filed a case against Facebook Ireland.

Caveat: Facebook and law, Eir’s enraged customers, and no smiley face from Fatah

Maximum Media founder Niall McGarry at the company’s office in Fumbally Lane in Dublin.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fitness fanatic Niall McGarry has invested heavily to grow owner in the UK

British Gas-owner Centrica dropped 11.7 per cent after warning that a national price cap on energy bills would hit its 2019 results. Photograph: Reuters

Datalex regains some ground in Dublin while in London Centrica hits a near 16-year low

A customer walks past a KFC store. Photograph: REUTERS/Aly Song

Irish property investors in legal row with Scottish millionaires over KFC outlet

Mattel shares dropped 3.3%  – company said demand for its iconic Barbie doll was slowing.

In Dublin Datalex dips after new CFO quits and Kerry falls as Brexit stockpiling revealed

Brendan Smith, who was convicted in 2017 of bid-rigging in contracts won for the company he worked for, Aston Carpets & Flooring. Photograph: Collins Courts

Aston Carpets & Flooring and its director were convicted after co-conspirator turned

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring in the Italian Serie A football match against Frosinone last Friday. Photograph: Marco Bertorello / AFP

Italian football club has spent heavily on players including Cristiano Ronaldo

Avoca managing director Tara O’Neill  in  the company’s new Ballsbridge foodie venture. Photograph:  Alan Betson

Outlet strikes a new note for Avoca as retailer nudges its food offering further upmarket

Amazon is one of the companies that Data Scape, which is backed by US and Irish investors, is suing.

Company taking multiple actions suing corporate giants for alleged patent breach

Ornua didn’t send Glanbia a Valentine, but it did send it a message: the Kerrygold owner launched a massive new digital advertising campaign reinforcing its “grass-fed” marketing claims.

Little love lost between Kerrygold producer Ornua and 25 per cent shareholder

In his letter, Kevin O’Connell complains he has become ‘the personification’ of all that went wrong, and suggests he is not wholly to blame. Photograph: Collins Courts

Kevin O’Connell asks for public hearing in 10-page letter to Oireachtas committee

A US citizen initiated a case against Ornua over its claims that Kerrygold is made from the milk of cows that are fed on grass.

US citizen had challenged claim that Kerrygold made with milk from cows fed on grass

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

Iseq in Dublin rose 1.2%, helped by good performances from some of its heavy hitters

Technicians at Intel’s manufacturing facility in Leixlip, Co Kildare. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Planning document says firm would add 1,600 jobs to workforce if facility goes ahead

New Airbnb global head of transportation, Fred Reid, who most recently worked at the flying car company Kitty Hawk

Company cites ‘tremendous opportunities’ to make travel more enjoyable

The only one who seemed well-prepared and asked a succession of erudite, intelligent questions – and who seemed genuinely interested in the answers – was Sinn Féin senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn (pictured, with microphone, in 2017). Photograph: Alan Betson

Caveat: Apathy (almost) all-consuming as Oireachtas committee considers the ODCE

Digicel said it had ‘always conducted its business in Haiti consistent with all applicable laws and regulations’.

Telecoms firm denies it is a ‘co-conspirator’ in ruse to divert funds meant for education

Former UK foreign minister on stage at the Pendulum event in Dublin.

Pendulum pays arch-Brexiteer €58,230 for being on stage for about 54 minutes

The proposed new Corporate Enforcement Authority will be able to decide its own staffing needs and hire specialists such as forensic accountants

Investigators will be able to access data in the cloud and on remote servers, say officials

The regulatory environment that surrounds businesses in the on-demand economy is often based upon principles and assumptions that no longer apply. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

State needs broad principles applicable to regulation of on-demand economy

Bryan Cullen’s funeral was held in the Church of the Holy Cross, Dundrum.

Developer had high profile in Dublin residential and commercial property

German grocery retailer Lidl is planning to outsource its home delivery to the gig economy app Buymie. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

German retailer to offer service via app backed by Eamonn Quinn and Unilever

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on January 22nd. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Iseq is up as FTSE 100 posts its worst day in nearly a month amid global slowdown fears

Beijing by night. The immigrant investor scheme is simple. Make the investment, visit Ireland once a year, and you and yours are entitled to an Irish residency permit for five years, renewable – forever.

Chinese citizens account for 97 per cent of all applications for Irish visas under investor programme

Eating in: Flipdish has positioned itself as an alternative to the big online aggregators such as Just Eat and Deliveroo, that dominate online food ordering

The Dublin-based startup repackages its system for each restaurant’s app or website

Dublin-based Compass Informatics, which operates the State’s National Biodiversity Data Centre (above), has been acquired by Aim-listed British company Tracsis.

Compass Informatic operates State’s National Biodiversity Data Centre

Ryanair fell more than 2.3 per cent to €10.04, after it appeared to end its “Ryanair Holidays” package travel brand

Market report: Ryanair fell more than 2.3% after it appeared to end its “Ryanair Holidays” package travel brand

Joe Doyle, who sold the Donnybrook Fair group to Musgrave Group last year. Photograph: Eric Luke

Owners were exposed to €6.3m bank guarantees on top of money they were owed by the business

Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar, whom KPMG values at €229 million. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

Study finds Barcelona had highest revenues and Manchester City most valuable squad

A file photograph of a bedroom at the Clonakilty Hotel in Co Cork, which has been bought by the Pu Yuan group.

Group ‘hasn’t decided’ on syndication deal under investment-for-visa scheme

Britain’s Conservative MP and former foreign minister Boris Johnson at the Pendulum Summit in Dublin on January 10th: denies he is “hungering or thirsting” for Britain to exit the EU without a formal withdrawal agreement. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP

Brexiteer tells Pendulum Summit UK risks being ‘held to ransom’ by backstop accord

Gary McGann at the Pendulum Summit. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Gary McGann on being chairman of Aryzta: ‘I like a challenge, but I’m not a masochist’

Pendulum  Summit co-founders Frankie Sheahan, his wife Norma and guest speaker Tory MP and Brexiteer Boris Johnson on the main stage at the event. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography.

Prominent Brexiteer says initial backstop proposal seemed like ‘a convenient fiction’

US speed painter and graffiti artist Erik Wahl with his portrait of U2 singer Bono at the Pendulum Summit at Convention Centre Dublin. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Caveat: Motivational summit is now mainstream entertainment

Leinster rugby coach Stuart  Lancaster addressing the Pendulum Summit at the  Convention Centre, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Arch Brexiteer will address conference on apt topic of ‘opportunity in uncertainty’

Kings Laundry is the main supplier of linen to Irish hotels

Industry sources estimate Kings could sell for between €22.5m and €36m

US graffiti artist Erik Wahl (L) with Pendulum co-founder Frankie Sheahan and Ruby Wax on the main stage of the Pendulum Summit on Wednesday. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Two-day event will hear from Boris Johnson and Ruby Wax

 Irish company Data Scape has accused the various tech giants, including Apple, of violating data patents in eight separate lawsuits

Data Scape appears to have been set up purely to hold intellectual property such as patents

PwC partner Joe Tynan says “some improvements” to Ireland’s system of taxing corporations. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Irish system best in Europe when measured on amount of hours it takes for a company to comply

Digicel launched new services in November in St Lucia, followed by Grenada at the beginning of December and St Vincent and the Grenadines a few weeks later.  Photograph: Ken Cedeno/Getty Images

Company controlled by Liberty Global unhappy at running of 4G licence process

The Foxes Covert pub in Tallaght, which now operates as Molloys Bar & Grill

Revenues at family-owned pub and off-licence company fall by 14% to just over €17m

Accounts filed recently for Vodafone Retail Ireland recorded the drop in sales to €74.6 million in the year to the end of last March. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

Mobile customers are replacing their devices less often

Worldspreads chief financial officer Niall O’Kelly, chairman Lindsay McNeile and chief executive Conor Foley at a group agm in 2009. Photograph: Alan Betson

It was the investors and clients who lost virtually everything in this egregious scandal

Apple’s first sales warning in over a decade sent European shares sliding, with the tech sector particularly badly bruised as chipmakers that supply the iPhone maker fell sharply. Photograph: Getty Images

Iseq falls on thin trading volumes though Kerry Group ahead by 2.4 per cent

The deal buttressed the Irish operations of LNG, whose interests already included Festival Republic, which runs Electric Picnic. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

Consumer body to scrutinise Denis Desmond and Caroline Downey’s sale of promoter

 Vans black and white sneakers shoes. The American company claim Primark have been selling ‘knock-offs” of their product. Photograph:  Edward Berthelot/Getty Images)

Irish company disagrees with allegations and says it will ‘ plan to defend our position’

High Court inspectors are likely to be in place at Independent News & Media for most, if not all, of 2019. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Media group’s annus horribilis will see it under investigation by inspectors this year

Maurice Pratt, ITIC’s chairman, says tourism “the only sector that can provide proper long-term regional balance and deliver jobs and economic growth to all parts of the country”.

ITIC’s Maurice Pratt says growth maintained only if right strategies and policies pursued

Valeo, which owns Batchelors, filed its accounts in recent days with the Companies Registration Office

First set of publicly-filed accounts value group’s assets at end of March at €998 million

Perrigo told shareholders it would  “timely file an appeal” with the Irish Tax Appeals Commission. Photograph: Adam Bird/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Pharma group understood to have filed documents to contest assessment

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