Cherrywood in south Dublin: undeveloped land bank is set to become new town centre.

Government credibility staked on strategic development zones and fast-track planning

David Browne pictured at the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Friday interview: president of the Royal Institute of the Architects in Ireland David Browne

Barclays shares  closed up more than 4 per cent as investors reacted positively to results. Photograph: Reuters

Iseq off by 0.14% on Thursday while pan-European Stoxx 600 down by 0.2%

An artists impression of the ESB headquarters on Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin.

Fitzwilliam 28 will go on the market quoting rent of €57.50 per sq ft

Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Analysts see ‘strong start to year’ for sector with revenues also up outside capital

Fergal McAleavey, head of private equity, ISIF and Jason Kehl, vice president of engineering, Vectra. Photograph: Iain White/Fennell Photography

Vectra plans to create 100 jobs in Dublin over next five years as it eyes new R&D centre

Housing shortage: half of the 480,000 new homes “need to be built in the Greater Dublin Area”. Photograph: iStock

Fewer than 9,500 properties built in 2017, according to Initiative Ireland

Glanbia’s ebitda (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) increased 3.6 per cent in full year 2017 to €283.2 million.

Shares drop as Kilkenny-based food group signals softer-than-expected earnings target

Kerry Group fell 4.6%  to €81.80 on the Irish market as investors had anticipated the group would outperform more than it did. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill

Walmart decline in the US put brakes on S&P and Dow’s winning streak

Cairn chief executive Michael Stanley said the company  was close to agreeing with Irish Water to pay part of the cost of laying about 2km of water mains to  Mariavilla in Maynooth, Co Kildare. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Cairn ‘happy’ to pay for infrastructure if it allowed building of commercially viable homes

A sign on a Dublin city-centre shop on Monday reads: “Temporarily closed due to power cut.” Photograph: Dominic Coyle

Food businesses could have lost up to €2,500, restaurants association estimates

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath, who says there is a “real gap in consumer protection currently because those making the decisions are beyond the reach of the Central Bank”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Opposition party to introduce Bill in ‘next two weeks’ proposing regulation of vulture funds

Plans for a large-scale development of more than 400 homes by Ireland’s largest housebuilder in Maynooth, Co Kildare, could be jeopardised by Irish Water’s lack of supply capacity. File photograph: Getty Images

Utility can only supply water for a fraction of the homes in planned Maynooth development

Cairn Homes chief executive Michael Stanley. Cairn is Dublin-centred and almost half of its investment has been on sites within the M50. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland’s largest housebuilder Cairn issues warning to Government over housing output

Retail sales on the whole, however, were “very strong in 2017” up by 7 per cent, a report has found. Photograph: iStock

Retail sales on the whole rise 7% to €40bn despite cautious spending in first half of year

One-fifth of export-focused SMEs in the Republic are plotting ways to reduce their exposure to the UK market, according to AIB. Photograph: iStock

Only 6% of small businesses in the Republic have a formal Brexit plan in place

Hibernia Reit plans construction of a 3.5m extension with a glazed facade at Marine House on Clanwilliam Place in Dublin 2.

Extension to Marine House building to add more than 11,000sq ft of floor space

Work in progress on Molesworth Street, Dublin 2 .Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Opinion is divided over whether the capital’s office space party is beginning to come to an end

Ireland is heading towards a ‘major talent crisis’, EY and Sigmar have said. Photograph: iStock

Increases ‘likely to be considerably more than the rate of inflation’, recuiter says

Icon’s headquarters at Leopardstown in Dublin: the company is a global provider of drug development solutions and services

Trump’s tax repatriation drive caused clinical trials group non-recurring expense of $7.4m

Consumer goods  prices on average were 0.2 per cent higher in January compared with January 2017, with notable changes in housing, electricity and gas prices, which rose by 3.7 per cent.

Prices rose 0.2 per cent year on year but fell 0.7 per cent compared with December

Botswana Diamonds said Tuesday it is commencing work on a joint venture with Sunland Minerals. Photograph: iStock

Irish exploration group to follow up on 15 previously identified drill targets

Housebuilder Victoria Homes lodged an appeal with An Bord Pleanála in May 2017 for a site in Foxrock. Photograph: iStock

Development would ‘depreciate the value of property’, local authority says

Aircraft refurbishment specialist UJet has merged with a US company and plans to create 28 jobs in Shannon over the next two years. Photograph: iStock

UJet has merged with US company STS Component Solutions to expand its operation

The highest commercial property vacancy rate in the fourth quarter of last year was in Sligo. Photograph: iStock

National commercial property vacancy rate 13.3% in fourth quarter of 2017, GeoView report finds

Danish telecoms company TDC saw shares end up 13.39% . Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Ireland’s Iseq overall index closed up 1.31% with a good performance from Bank of Ireland

The Chase development in Sandyford, Dublin: Google will take up space there alongside pre-existing tenants

Tech giant has signed 52,900sq ft lease in Sandyford office owned by Kennedy Wilson

Work on the Knocknacran quarry  is set to continue until June this year, and 44 jobs will be created during the working period.  Photograph: iStock

Gyproc will invest the money as part of the development at Knocknacran, Co Monaghan

Gary McGann, chairman and Kevin Toland, CEO Aryzta. Photograph: Alan Betson

Swiss-Irish bakery facing ‘massive structural headwinds’, analyst says

Bank of Ireland has been upgraded to “outperform” by Exane

Investment company suggests Bank of Ireland now has ‘clear capital path’

The Central Bank of Ireland, New Wapping Street, North Wall Quay. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Brexit is still expected to have negative effect on Irish economy depending on trade arrangement

Permanent TSB. Photograph: Alan Betson

The deal with the IMHO and iCare requires customers to qualify for social housing

The biggest percentage gain was in Dublin airport, where 6 per cent more commercial flights took off per day on average.

Airport records 6 per cent growth in January this year compared to 2017

 Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange  on February 8th.  Photograph:  Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Dow Jones plunges more than 1,000 points as the S&P sheds 3.7 per cent

On Wall Street, trading volumes were 50 per cent higher than average. Photograph: Bloomberg

Iseq down 1.58 per cent as European markets weaken

Twitter performed well on Thursday after reporting its first quarterly net profit. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

Iseq falls 1.58% in line with European markets, and FTSE is worst performing Euro stock

A 2011 judgment led to a higher rate of mortgage defaults in Ireland, a Central Bank economic letter suggests. Photograph: iStock

Default rate increased 0.5% per quarter after decision, Central Bank letter finds

Enterprise Ireland chief executive Julie Sinnamon with Northern Powerhouse director Henri Murison and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys at the launch of Enterprise Ireland’s Northern Powerhouse report. Photograph: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Report from State agency encourages Irish businesses to develop ties in north of England

Some 33 customers of KBC Bank lost a property as a result of being denied a tracker mortgage. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Move comes following tracker scandal after which at least 97 customers lost a property

Guinness, owned by Diageo, is one of a number of Irish companies with a significant presence in Ghana. Photograph: iStock

Bilateral trade amounted to €43m in 2016

London listed HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking groups by assets. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg

London-headquartered bank is looking to bolster its services in the Republic

This year, the EU commission estimates Irish GDP growth to moderate to 4.4 per cent. Photograph: iStock

Headline growth last year is estimated to have been 7.3% - EU Commission

Traders signal offers in the S&P options pit at the Cboe Global Markets exchange yesterday.

Dow opened higher while S&P index was down slightly

The Centra brand was repositioned in 2016 as part of the “continued shift by consumers for healthier options”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Convenience retailer is planning to add 400 jobs by the end of the year

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

European bourses begin to bounce back but volatility remains

Leslie Buckley: outgoing chairman at Independent News & Media. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Four new board members will be proposed to shareholders at the company’s March egm

Passengers boarding a Ryanair flight at Stanstead Airport in London. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Dublin-based budget airline plans to buy back up to €750m worth of shares

The site of the Apple data centre in Athenry. Gerry Keane’s can see the site from his doorstep but can’t access high speed broadband.

For many businesses outside Dublin the lack of adequate broadband services is of growing concern

EIB vice-president Andrew McDowell (r) pictured in 2017 signing off on funding for a social housing project in Beaumont with Simon Coveney. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Bank ready to provide more funding for social housing

As of June last year Ulster Bank’s total gross mortgages were €17.5 billion. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Bank says it had paid redress and compensation to 1,000 customers by end of 2017

Tom Toner (Left) , former ICG chairman and  Eamon Rothwell (Right), current chief executive of Irish Ferries with former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and his partner Ms Celia Larkin at the inauguration of  the “Jonathan Swift” ferry. Photograph:Alan Betson

Vessel has been sold to a Spanish company for consideration of €15.5m

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said the State would ensure Setanta third-party claimants were compensated in full through the Insurance Compensation Fund. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Compensation fund to pay 35 per cent shortfall in funding for claimants

UDG Healthcare chairman Peter Gray, chief executive Brendan McAtamney and chief financial officer Alan Ralph at the company’s agm at the Westbury Hotel in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Brexit unlikely to pose significant risk to group, shareholders told at agm

Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland Philip Lane: his panel wanted to publish its findings last March, but was delayed by technical hurdles. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Sovereign bond-backed securities could strengthen the euro area against future shocks

Brands owned by Aryzta include Cuisine De France and Otis Spunkmeyer.

Underlying business, not net debt levels, main cause for concern at Aryzta - Investec

Dr John Daly (left), Dairymaster research and innovation manager; Prof Edmond Harty, Dairymaster chief executive; and Dr Joseph Walsh, Lero researcher and head of the school of Stem at IT Tralee. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

Aim is to make it easier for farmers to manage herds

Bakerdays founder Andrea Guzyova. “We’re not going to close the door on any market”

Ireland accounts for 5% of turnover at Bakerdays

Uniphar chairman Maurice Pratt blamed ‘‘relentless Government cuts and market consolidation’’. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Letter outlines how retail services division struggles to achieve 1% net margin

Gary McGann, chairman of Aryzta, and Kevin Toland, chief executive. Photograph: Alan Betson

Swiss-Irish food group’s share price has declined by almost 28% in past two days

Karol Butler, Bernie Butler, Laura O’Sullivan and Michelle Butler, co-founders of Good4U

Good4U will enter 280 Primark stores across Europe by the end of next week

An artist impression of the T5 data centre in Little Island, Cork.

The first part of the facility will open in the first quarter of 2019

European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi at  a news conference following the governing council’s interest rate decision at the ECB headquarters in Frankfurt. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

The Iseq Overall Index underperformed its peers and closed down by 1.53%

SSE Generation Ireland Limited operates four plants and has a further two sites in the Republic. Photograph: iStock

Revaluation of oil-burning stations contributed to loss of €11.1m

In addition to her new role with RTÉ, Sarah McInerney will continue to present the Sunday show on TV3. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

Richard Crowley, former presenter of the News at One, has left RTÉ

Homebuyers ‘across the board’ are getting parental help, according to one mortgage broker. Photograph: iStock

Mortgage brokers across Ireland suggest majority of first time buyers are getting parental help

 Head of Ikea in Ireland Claudia Marshall: she said  the performance of its  Ballymun store could be compared to those  of New York or Moscow. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Swedish furniture group met Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown council in October 2017

The SCSI suggested the price of development land would increase by 11 per cent this year. Photograph: iStock

Development land prices to rise 11 per cent this year, says Society of Chartered Surveyors

EasyJet shares were the biggest gainers on the FTSE on Tuesday. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Ireland’s benchmark Iseq overall index closed up by 1.17%

Of the 22 markets analysed by Fitch, Ireland is the only one in which property prices are expected to rise in double digits. Photograph: iStock

House prices will rise 10 per cent this year, the ratings agency said

Tesco warned that if the College Green civic plaza plans go ahead as proposed, they could “jeopardise the viability of retailers at this location”. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Retailer outlined health and safety concerns in submission to An Bord Pleanála

Peter O’Brien, the newly appointed head of Wilson Hartnell’s corporate and public affairs practice. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Peter O’Brien will take over from Sheila Gahan who held the role for 8 years

Martin Shanahan of IDA Ireland, Paul Cassidy of N3, and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation of Heather Humphreys: Atlanta-headquartered N3 has its European HQ in Dublin. Photograph: Maxwells

N3 has Microsoft, Cisco and IBM as clients and has 50 cloud technology sales positions

Karelian diamonds has been awarded a licence covering 28.84 hectares. Photograph: iStock

Karelian Diamond Resources has been granted a licence in the Kaavi region of Finland

US Chamber of Commerce chief executive and president Thomas Donohue. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Republic will act as a ‘gateway to Europe’ when UK leaves, US Chamber president says

AIB closed up by 4.4 per cent, with strong volume traded on Friday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Iseq overall index closes up by almost 1% while Stoxx 600 hits highest level in 10 years

Lisney Limited recorded an almost 29 per cent increase in pretax profit to €775,565 in the year ended March 31st, 2017, despite a 5 per cent dip in revenue to €11.94 million. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Estate agent ‘making conscious decision to go further upmarket’, says managing director

Indeed.com has pre-let space at 100 and 300 Capital Dock. Photograph: Reuters

Cushman & Wakefield forecasts demand from technology companies to continue this year

Debbie Byrne, the newly appointed managing director of An Post retail

Move follows decision to split operation into two units – mails & parcels and retail

House prices in Ireland have now risen nearly 72 per cent since the trough in early 2013. Photograph: iStock

With price inflation of 12%, State comes just behind the Czech Republic year on year

Conn Murray, chief executive of Limerick city and county council; councillor Stephen Keary, mayor of the city and county of Limerick: CEB governor Rolf Wenzel and David Conway chief executive of Limerick 2030 at the Opera Site in Limerick. Photograph: Sean Curtin/True Media

The project has achieved total funding of €170m from two European initiatives

Operations for oil and gas exploration company PetroNeft are focused in Siberia. Photograph: iStock

The loan will be used to finance a potential drilling programme this year

The contribution of Irish citizens to the EU budget on a daily basis is less than half the price of a cost of a cappucino, Politico has found. Photograph: iStock

News website Politico analyses Jean Claude Juncker claim that taxpayers pay the price of a coffee a day for belonging

81A Campshires, a building restored by Denis O’Brien, achieved a rent roll of €72 per square foot.

Rents nearing €65 per square foot despite pick-up in supply levels, Goodbody says

The Velasco building on Grand Canal , Dublin, which was let to Google in 2017.

Google and Facebook already occupy 4% of Dublin’s offices, report finds

Carillion shares were suspended from trading on Monday.  Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Ireland’s benchmark Iseq index bucked the trend to close marginally ahead

The Velasco building on Grand Canal , Dublin, which was let to Google in 2017.

Lisney report shows Google and Facebook already occupy 4% of Dublin’s offices

The Gresham Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The hotel was bought by Riu Hotels in 2016 for €92m

Dublin Airport will replace the Spar shop in its Terminal 2 arrivals area. Photograph: iStock

The airport wants a ‘high quality’ coffee offering for international passengers

Strong results for JPMorgan lifted financial stocks in the US on Friday. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Iseq index closes up 0.6% in Dublin on last day of trading week

People in their 20s and 30s are happy to continue renting as they seek to maintain their existing standard of living, JLL has said. Photograph: iStock

Logistics sector expected to be ‘star performer’ in commercial market this year - JLL

Ibec’s brief argues that the USA v Microsoft case has global implications and that endorsing the US justice department’s position would set a dangerous international precedent. Photograph: David Ryder/Bloomberg

Business lobby group argues the case has global implications

An artist’s impression of the proposed development at Embassy Gardens in London

The loan will be used for an office development in London’s Embassy Gardens

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

A computer generated image of Lidl’s new facility in Newbridge.

The retailer plans to begin construction on the 54,000sq m centre in April

An artists impression of the new staff accommodation being planned for the Europe Hotel and Resort in Killarney, Co Kerry.

The block will accompany the existing accommodation catering for 70 employees

Randi Zuckerberg, entrepreneur and chief executive of Zuckerberg media. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Zuckerberg noted entrepreneurs don’t come up with ideas when they’re ‘glued to their phone’

The chief executive of Iarnród Éireann, David Franks, is leaving the company in the coming months to take up a new senior position in the public transport sector in Australia.

Departure of David Franks overshadowed by threats of industrial action at national operator

Specsavers has more than 1,700 stores across the UK and Ireland. Photograph: iStock

Turnover falls sharply at optical group as partner stores use third parties

Richard Branson with Cool Planet founder Norman Crowley at Powerscourt Estate, Co Wicklow the Virgin  Atlantic founder  cut the ribbon and officially launched the world’s first permanent visitor centre dedicated to climate change. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Cool Planet Experience aimed at showing what planet could look like in 50 years

The Paper Exchange is one of a small number of new office developments  proposed for Belfast.

Lack of new stock in the market is pushing vacancy rates lower

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