Standard Life International chief executive Nigel Dunne.

Life company is now the second largest in the Republic

Tayto Snacks Managing director Jeff Swan at the company’s facility  near Ashbourne in Co Meath. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Australian Jeff Swan is overseeing €16m plan to fuel Tayto’s growth

East Coast Bakehouse’s Alison Cowzer and Michael Carey. Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography

Brexit Proof: Eastcoast Bakehouse’s Alison Cowzer on bracing for a no-deal Brexit

Jeff Swan, managing director of Tayto Snacks, said the investment will release manufacturing bottlenecks. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Crisp business is ensuring capacity exists in Meath operation to ‘fuel growth agenda’

Connemara Mining has changed its name to Arkle Resources. Photograph: iStock

Name being changed to represent ‘geographical spread’ across Ireland

Gigabit connectivity has been installed in 13 co-working hubs to date now. Photograph: iStock

Locations in Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford the latest to receive 1GB connectivity

Two notable sales took place in Dublin’s docklands in 2018. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Some €1.39bn sold in key urban areas last year, Cushman & Wakefield says

The auto index was boosted by a 5 per cent jump in Fiat Chrysler on Tuesday. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/ Reuters

Iseq underperforms peers and falls 0.21%

Leon was established in 2004 in London. Its menu includes dishes that predominantly draw on Mediterranean food culture, with Moroccan meatballs, grilled halloumi wraps and kefir smoothies available

Popular fast food chain due planning to have 20 restaurants by 2023

Applegreen increased the number of sites it operates in 2018.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Strong growth at forecourt retailer despite tougher economic conditions

The Panama Papers reporting grew out of a trove of files leaked from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. Photograph: Getty Images

Global scope of investigation led to higher rate of reform than in comparable analysis

Ken Bowles with Tony Smurfit, Smurfit Kappa chief executive. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

Ken Bowles, Eamonn Crowley, Les Wood and Marie Joyce are the four contenders

David Walsh, founder and chief executive of Netwatch: merged the group he founded with two US businesses and one UK firm.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

David Walsh, Eddie O’Connor and Peter Jackson won for the last three months

IDA Ireland chief executive Martin Shanahan. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

More than 5,000 jobs have been created as a result of Brexit

Dublin Airport’s tender process includes units in Terminals 1 and 2.

Two contracts for catering services set to go to tender, including one for 21 food and drink units

A Boeing 737 Max plane in flight.

Sources suggest lessors awaiting delivery may look for compensation

Bernie Gray, Coillte’s new chairwoman. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Gray held same role in EirGrid between 2006 and 2013

Coppers is owned by Cathal and Paula Jackson, who have invested heavily in the business.

Nightclub Coppers has become an institution over the years, with writer Paul Howard creating a musical based on the venue

An Post CEO David McRedmond: ‘An Post’s move into a new world of e-commerce and financial services has delivered great results in 2018.’ Photograph: 

Profit at organisation grew to €40m last year with a move to mortgage market planned for 2020

KPMG managing partner Shaun Murphy said demand for the company’s services had grown in all parts of the country. Photograph: Mark McCall

Professional services firm seeking new office space to accommodate growing workforce

Norwegian Air said customers booked on transatlantic routes to and from Ireland serviced by the 737 MAX are to be rebooked on to flights using the 787-9 Dreamliner.

Move comes as aviation authorities suspend flights following second crash in five months

Dublin airport. The move by Norwegian, which uses the Max 8 on its transatlantic routes from Dublin and Shannon airports, meant its flights out of Dublin to Providence, Rhode Island, and Newburgh, New York, were cancelled, discommoding as many as 384 passengers

Concerns over safety of Boeing 737 Max 8 led to grounding of the new aircraft type

Dublin placed 32nd in Mercer’s safety ranking. Photograph: iStock

European cities lead way in quality of living and safety, according to Mercer rankings

Biodegradable plastic bags used to package fruit and vegetables in a Dublin  supermarket. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish more interest in sustainable packaging than global counterparts, PwC survey shows

A Norwegian Boeing 737 Max 8. Photograph: David Creedon/Anzenberger

Norwegian passengers on transatlantic flights have had flights cancelled

A PHP facility on the Navan Road.

Primary Health Properties acquired another unit in Ireland for €10.9m

An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. Photograph: EPA/STR

The relatively new aircraft type involved in the Ethiopian Airlines crash is popular with Irish lessors

The K Club in Co Kildare is on the market for €80 million. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Most new rooms in Dublin, as capital to see uptick in hotel sales to overseas investors

Data-protection commissioner Helen Dixon at the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland’s inaugural US Ireland business conference.

Process-outsourcing company looking at establishing fourth US office by 2020

Voxpro founders Dan and Linda Kiely at the opening of their  Dublin offices.

Company looking at establishing fourth US office by 2020

Data protection commissioner Helen Dixon who spoke at the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland’s US-Ireland business conference. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Office has enhanced role under GDPR as main regulator in EU for tech giants like Facebook

 An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the launch of the 2019 US Ireland Business Report. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography.

EIB vice president tells conference it is ‘difficult to mortgage an algorithm’

John Armitage has reported wealth of $1.3 billion (€1.15 billion), placing him 1,717th on the Forbes list . Photograph: Geoff Caddick/PA Wire

John Armitage is chief investment officer of Egerton Capital, based in London

John Armitage, co-founder of Egerton Capital. Photograph: Geoff Caddick/PA Wire

Remain supporter and donor to Britain’s Conservatives, John Armitage is a new entry

Tom O’Mahony, Origin Enterprises chief executive. Photograph: Eric Luke

Agri-services business posts revenue increase of almost 20% for first half

Chinese premier Li Keqiang cut the government’s 2019 growth target on Tuesday. Photograph: Andy Wong/AP

Iseq rose 0.34%, helped by banks and property names

The London-listed explorer holds interests in 37 licenses. Photograph: iStock

Gold and zinc explorer will use funding to complement existing working capital

Deliveroo wants to work with over 85,000 restaurants in Europe by the end of 2019. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Food delivery service intends to grow restaurant count by about 66% this year

Noreen Grogan, Intertrust Ireland share plan services manager, Imelda Shine, Intertrust Ireland’s managing director and Lelia O’Hea, director of the company’s corporate business unit. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography.

Financial administration specialist looking to attract medium-sized companies

Permanent TSB said its net profit fell to €3 million last year from €40 million previously.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Business week: Eir’s customer service comes under fire, decreasing appetite for luxury homes and foldable phones

Revenue has contacted more than 80,000 businesses that it expects will most likely be significantly affected by Brexit. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Just more than half of UK-exposed businesses have prepared for a key customs designation

According to AIB’s PMI, stocks have risen in 11 of the past 12 months as the manufacturing sector attempts to mitigate potential supply disruption from Brexit. Photograph: iStock

Concerns over potential supply disruption dampen sentiment in sector

Earnings from one of the Iseq’s most significant component companies boosted the index by 0.76 per cent on Thursday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Iseq rose 0.76%, buoyed by financials and CRH, outperforming peers

Conroy Gold chairman Richard Conroy. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Exploration company raised €556,545 from shareholders in the period

Aer Lingus has been investing in new Airbus A321LR aircraft that would enable it to travel longer ranges. Photograph: Frank Grealish

Irish airline recorded record operating profit of €305m in 2018

“Brexit could bring speed bumps but if you look at the size of the UK markets I’d see it only as a speed bump,” said Gavin Slark. Photograph: iStock

Builders’ merchant revenues grew 9% to €3.45bn in 2018, with pretax profit up 20%

Neither currency nor equity markets have priced in a hard Brexit, sources close to the Central Bank have said. File photograph: iStock

Sources report that financial markets have yet to price in a hard or no-deal Brexit

Irish employee recognition group Globoforce is changing its name to Workhuman

Fintech company in Meath and engineering group in Cavan also expanding their workforces

CGI of refurbished former New Ireland building on Dawson Street, Dublin

Former New Ireland Assurance building will get new restaurant and extra office space

The volume of trips by Irish residents abroad in January fell to 536,900. Photograph: iStock

Inbound tourism numbers recorded growth of 11.2% in January

Shares in Bank of Ireland fell as much as 8 per cent to €4.802 on Monday. Photograph: Frantzesco Kangaris/Bloomberg

Bank said profit fell 13% although progress on cost cutting being made

Dalata, which runs the Clayton and Maldron hotel brands, has a pipeline of more than 2,190 rooms, which it plans to deliver between now and 2021.

Hotel group says profit for 2018 rose 13 per cent to €87.3 million

While Belfast’s prices were rising quickly, the average house price is the second lowest in the Zoopla survey at £133,800. Photograph: iStock

Prices advanced 5.8% in the year to the end of January, according to website Zoopla

Avantcard was acquired by Bankinter last year.

Lender sales roles needed to support new An Post partnership and planned growth

The construction industry witnessed an annual increase of 8 per cent to €810.60. Photograph: iStock

Largest rise of 10.5% recorded in administrative and support services sector

SuperValu said it planned to roll out new shopping concepts including vegan and vegetarian zones. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

New openings could create up to 210 jobs, grocery retailer says

Paul Kerr, chief executive of Fusion Antibodies.

Contract research firm says uncertain timing of substantial orders affecting revenues

The price of everyday food items could rise by up to 45 per cent in the event of a no-deal Brexit, industry leaders warned. Photograph: iStock

Business Week: also in the news was UK’s automotive industry, bankers’ pay rises and trite smartphones

Deliveroo plans to launch its “editions” service in the Republic this year.

Service allows restaurants run multiple food offerings from one premises

Bord Gáis Energy’s adjusted operating profit dipped 6 per cent to £44 million (€50 million) last year. Photograph: iStock

Centrica-owned Irish unit increases customer numbers to 691,000

The absolute number of credit unions has fallen from 419 in September 2008 to 254 in September 2018 but overall membership has risen. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Regulator recommends restructuring to grow lending and reduce cost-to-income ratio

Prem Group chief executive Jim Murphy

New brand Trinity Hotel Groups will sell group bookings to smaller hotel operators

Wilsons said the cryptocurrencies will have a fluctuating value of about £300,000. Photograph: iStock

Wilsons Auctions secures contract to sell 315 coins of cryptocurrency

Having surveyed 235 products on the market, Ibec found that sugar intake fell 8 per cent between 2005 and 2017. Photograph: iStock

Ibec research shows marked reduction in sugar intake between 2005 and 2017

Darryl McNally, master distiller at  Dublin Liberties Distillery

Company has enhanced capacity to produce up to 2.1m bottles of whiskey annually

John Teeling of the Great Northern Distillery  with an old still

The whiskey entrepreneur had applied to build 13 whiskey maturation warehouses in the county

Departure gates in Dublin Airport, which has just had its best January in its 79-year history.

Passenger numbers rose by 5 per cent to just under 2.1 million

The volume of people employed in the construction sector grew 7.9 per cent in the quarter. Photograph: iStock

But the rate of labour market growth is starting to slow, CSO figures suggest

Dalata’s planned hotel in Glasgow

McAleer & Rushe developing hotels in Glasgow and Birmingham for Irish group

A computer generated image of Echelon’s planned data centre in Co Wicklow.

New Irish-owned company is also constructing a facility in Clondalkin

Almost half of Irish business leaders believe that artificial intelligence  will have a larger impact on the world than the internet revolution did, a new survey has found. File photograph: Getty Images

PwC survey finds nearly half of Irish business leaders think AI will have a larger impact

At “Anomaly Five” Karelian Diamond  is searching for green diamonds, while at “Riihavaara” the group is pursuing its long-term goal of discovering a major diamond deposit. Photograph: iStock

Karelian Diamonds raised over €569,000 last year to advance exploration

Loganair is interested in operating the Derry to London Stansted route.

Saving the London Stansted route could secure future of Derry airport

A computer-generated image of Hines’s planned apartment development in Cherrywood.

US bank has provided credit facility for first stage of Hines apartment development

 Charlie Chawke: is opposing an office block development close to his pub Searson’s by Simplicity Developments.   Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Four-storey block granted permission by Dublin City Council in January

One-third of businesses with more than 50 employees claim they have recruitment problems. Photograph: iStock

InterTrade Ireland survey finds many big firms are struggling to get new staff

Minister for business, enterprise and innovation Heather Humphreys. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Heather Humphreys says Brexit could cause delays for goods supplied through UK

Deirdre Mortell (left) chief executive of Social Innovation Fund Ireland, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Anne Finucane, chairwoman of Bank of America Merrill Lynch Europe. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Social Innovation Fund Ireland to use €1.8m to enhance economic mobility of women

Dublin is in line for a boom in financial services as a result of Brexit. Photograph: iStock

Business week: Bertie Ahern tells it like it is, property prices, and Anglo Irish Bank

S&P opened its Dublin office on Thursday where it employs 20 staff. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Hiring could accelerate in financial services as result of crash-out Brexit

Photograph: Simon Dawson/Reuters

New owners silent on future of the scandal-hit group’s two Dublin outlets

Spending in bricks-and-mortar retail outlets fell 5.3 per cent over the last 12 months. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

E-commerce spending rose 9.8% in the last 12 months

Central Bank of Ireland governor Philip Lane. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Disorderly Brexit would still have immediate disruptive effects

Hibernia Reit chief executive Kevin Nowlan. Photograph: Tom Honan

Demand for Dublin office space ‘remains high’, Hibernia says

Kerrygold Park in Mitchelstown, Co Cork. Photograph: Clare Keogh

Butter brand intends to reach over 36m people with digital expansion drive

Richard Branson with Gay Byrne launching Virgin Express flights from Ireland. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Richard Branson’s brand has little interests here as US expansion becomes the focus

Theratechnologies aims to improve the quality of life for HIV patients. Photograph: iStock

Theratechnologies has appointed Conor Walshe to the role of general manager

CIE International Tours chief executive Elizabeth Crabill: “We are masters of marketing in North America but we do not know how to market in China yet.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Coach tour operator aiming for growth of 15 per cent this year, 20 per cent in 2020

The works to resurface the runway at Knock airport will be conducted at night, outside of operating hours

Lagan Airport Maintenance in joint venture due to begin work in May

Alan Hynes in 2014: this week his membership of Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI) was revoked and costs of €550,000 confirmed against him. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Alan Hynes described as ‘conniving’ after delaying disciplinary process for years

File photograph of Wexford accountant Alan Hynes. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Hynes lost disciplinary appeal and had membership of professional body revoked

Aminex is listed both in Dublin and London. Photograph: iStock

Omani conglomerate subscribes to more than 20% of new shares

US stocks sank on fears that the United States and China would not be able to reach a trade deal with less than a month left in their fragile truce.Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

More than €1.8bn wiped off Irish shares, and FTSE and STOXX have worst day in months

The Bord Gáis Energy Index is now 16 per cent above the same period in 2018 and although the monthly increase was significant, over the last three month period prices have fallen 10 per cent.

Political instability in Venezuela drives increase in oil prices

Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

New store openings and refurbishment of SÓ Hotel Group providing new jobs

File photograph of Wexford accountant Alan Hynes. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Wexford accountant has membership of Chartered Accountants Ireland revoked

Sedgwick Ireland chief executive Malcolm Hughes. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Insurance software provider looking to establish international services hub in Dublin

A  file photograph of Wexford accountant Alan Hynes. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Wexford accountant won a High Court action in March to have the appeal heard

Ireland’s main share index outperformed most of its European peers on Friday with a 1.08 per cent rise led by positive moves in CRH and Ryanair. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Good day for Irish shares with Iseq overall index rising 1.08%

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