John Collison, co-founder of Stripe, speaking    during the  Web Summit at the RDS in  November. Photograph: Barbara Lindberg

With recovery underway, this was a year for comebacks as well as encouraging success for a new breed of entrepreneurs

Shane Ormsby: “GUS  has a relationship with London Academy of Trading. We are looking to create a live trading floor at our Temple Bar campus and offer their trading programmes as an optional add-on to our MBA students.”

Director of Temple Bar-based college says agreement will ‘significantly widen market’

Seagate’s spending put it in 126th place out of the top 2,500 companies in the world in the annual survey by the European Commission. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Data storage company Seagate Technology spent most on R&D at €889m

Win Butler of Arcade Fire: Conor Murphy got to know the singer while he was working in Haiti on business and humanitarian projects. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Kerry man Conor Murphy persuaded Win Butler to support new brand RaRa

Anglo’s former headquarters: special liquidators have completed 70 loan portfolio sales in Ireland, the UK and the US, repaying €13 billion to the State. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Face value of IBRC’s book shrinks from €23bn to €500m in two years

Dillingers Restaurant Ranelagh.Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

Dublin venue will feature dishes from across John Farrell’s outlets

Palo Alto: the city’s chief information officer Jonathan Reichental said: “The start-up acquires timely feedback from government staff that ensures their product meets market needs, and cities get to shape a solution more quickly that works for them.”

Company’s data visualisation tool allows residents to monitor planning news

Sunday Independent journalists bid farewell to editor Anne Harris lastnight. Photograph: David Conachy

Journalist praised as ‘publishing phenomenon’ as her contract as editor is not renewed

Independent House on Talbot Street, Dublin. Some journalists at three INM titles feel overworked and complain of bullying.

Some staff feel overworked and union believes cuts are taking their toll

Copenhagen, Denmark. The country is number one on Forbes list.

State loses top spot in ‘Forbes’ annual list but still ranks sixth for ‘investor protection’

“There is an awful lot of legal information out there like judgments, laws, administrative decisions and commentary. We want to put it all in one place so it is properly systemised and presented”

Gavin Sheridan says Vizlegal is initially targeting market for legal information in EU

Development Securities’ plans for Burlington House

British property fund acquires Donnybrook House and the Charlemont Clinic

National Sports Campus Development Authority irked at judge’s comments as it failed to get security for costs in €10m action

Samples of standardised or plain packaging of tobacco products.

Ireland is 18th best country for protecting property rights in the world

Derek Quinlan:  His biggest remaining debt relates to his shareholding in the Irish Glass Bottle site, which Nama is expected to sell next year as development land prices in Dublin rally. Photograph  Alan Weller/Bloomberg

Rivals look at strategies to get control of properties

 Peter Rossiter, a chartered accountant who was a banker in Citibank until 2009 has been appointed senior investigator on an interim basis. The position, when  filled,will attract an annual salary of €172,710.

Peter Rossiter appointed senior investigator

The Irish-start-up  which has developed “finger-printing software” that is used by banks and online retailers launched its new service called Trustev for Publishers at the start of the week.

New software will identify abusers

The unfinished building on North Wall Quay that was to be the headquarters of Anglo Irish Bank. Photograph: David Sleator

Anticipated payout to investors drives value of bonds from 12 to 35 cent

Pierre Omidyar: his wealth was valued at €6.9 billion by Forbes in 2013

Pierre Omidyar plans to invest $250m in ‘original independent journalism’

Michael Fingleton: the book has a fascinating series of case studies from Fás to Michael Fingleton’s Irish Nationwide Building Society

New book concludes INBS was a corporate governance ‘debacle’ and identifies seven key lessons to be learned

In London Marks & Spencer lost 3 per cent amid signs that the retailer’s recently overhauled online service has been struggling to cope with Christmas demand

US stocks fluctuate as advance of biotechnology shares offsets continued selling in energy producers

Developer Michael O’Flynn who leads the O’Flynn Construction Group

Battle over payments to secured creditor Blackstone on hold until January 31st

Greenore is strategically located next to the Dublin-Belfast economic corridor, so it is capable of servicing both cities

First major port to be 100% privately owned in State

Dermot Desmond: owns 26 per cent of MCB Finance. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

International Personal Finance makes cash offer for loan provider

The Central Bank of Ireland’s  former headquarters on Dame Street: The main building requires repairs costing millions to make it suitable for a new tenant. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Temple Bar building expected to fetch as much as €30 million

Seamus FitzPatrick,  chief executive of Capvest, warned that “unprecedented changes” in Irish healthcare meant there was huge “logic for consolidation” in a letter to the owners of the Hermitage clinic on October 22nd

Plan for “major new force in Irish private healthcare” advanced by Capvest in October

Hoxton Ventures, which has $40 million  in total venture capital funding, was founded by Hussein Kanji (above), who formerly worked with Accel and Microsoft, and Rob Kniaz

Venture capital firm and Enterprise Ireland to back potential of Irish tech companies

Ann Lenihan  wrote to  Richard Bruton  demanding access to the dossier and any documents held by his department that allege there is evidence her husband held an offshore bank account to avoid paying tax. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ann Lenihan says she ‘has no knowledge of account’ and questions PAC’s actions

Louis  FitzGerald’s Anglo loans were secured against well-known pubs, including The Stag’s Head and Kehoes  as well as the Arlington Hotel in Dublin. Photograph Joe St Leger

Anglo loans secured against well- known Dublin pubs

Charlie McCreevy: he chairs the well known accountancy firm. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Tynan Dillon, chaired by former finance minister Charlie McCreevy, faces action by Aidan Garcia

Barry Napier: chairman and chief executive,Cubic Telecom

Dublin-based mobile connectivity business appoints KPMG to help it raise be new financing

Beacon Hospital  non-executive chairman Colm Doherty. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Private hospital board led by former AIB managing director Colm Doherty

The sale of graham  Harris’s assets with borrowings repaid to Nama means he will be one of the largest single debtors to exit at par from the State agency to date

One of biggest clients to exit State property agency at par so far

John Dennehy (left) chief executive of Zartis, which has  teamed up with Russian technology human resources veteran Artem Zurukin

Recruitment firm sees growing demand for highly skilled software developers

Including annual leave, privilege days, performance days and bank holidays, it is possible for employees of the Central Bank to take more than 40 days’ holidays a year. This is not out of line with many jobs in the public sector.

Staff get at least one extra day off after bank gives itself 88% grade

IBRC Assurance was restructured by management under its then chief executive Mike Aynsley. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

New owner said to be a large European investor

Independent News & Media is set to announce that it is planning to advertise for a new editor of the country’s biggest selling newspaper as its current editor Anne Harris nears the end of her three year contract.

Current editor Anne Harris’s three-year contract is nearing its end began as a gay social network before it pivoted into an e-commerce site selling everyday design products like tables, clocks and posters.

E-commerce site has had a ‘gruelling year’

Adaptive learning is changing the nature of higher education by measuring real-time knowledge growth minute by minute

Venture capital arm of education publisher Folens, leads funding for CCKF

Meath-based property investor Willie Smyth who founded the Fitzwilliam Business Centre in 1995.

Fitzwilliam Business Centre part of a portfolio expected to fetch €80m

Ray Grehan, who went bankrupt in the UK on December 30th, 2011, with a total deficiency of £417 million (€523 million)

Failure to disclose assets and transfers sees UK bankruptcy trustee issue seven-year restriction

University Hospital Galway: one of the Saolta group of hospitals, along with Mayo General Hospital, Sligo Regional Hospital, Roscommon Hospital and Letterkenny General Hospital. Photograph: Eric Luke

Northgate Public Services the only company asked to bid for software contract

Drop will also sell in Harvey Norman, with a price of €99.95

Drop will sell products in Apple stores in US, UK and Canada

Talks have been going on between Johnny Ronan and Nama over his personal and company debts since last March. Photograph: Collins

Colony Capital supported Paddy McKillen in refinancing his loans

Denis O’Brien:  investor in Spritz.   Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Speed-reading technology start-up links with chip giant in eight Asian countries and Australia

Pádraig Harrington, Darren Clarke and Tiger Woods  on the putting green before the afternoon rounds in the jp mcmanus invitational Pro-Am in Adare Manor  in  July 2010 Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Nama took resort off the market at €13 million in January 2013 as economy improving

From Left: Annalisa O’Carroll head of Impact; Elizabeth Waters of the Virtual Community College; Tony Griffin of  Soar; Karen Leigh of special needs charity Sensational Kids; CEO of DCC Tommy Breen; Aoibheann O’Brien and Iseult Ward of FoodCloud, at the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awards. Photograph: Fergal Phillips.

FoodCloud, Virtual Community College and Sensational Kids each win Impact Award of €140,000

A computer-generated view of the seventh-floor  cafe with an outside terrace planned for the new Central Bank headquarters, which will be built on the Dublin docklands site once earmarked as a head office for the former Anglo Irish Bank

Building will include a centre for yoga and pilates and a seventh-floor cafe

Dermot Smurfit: “For Powerflute, it is a big deal. This deal fundamentally doubles our Ebidta (a measure of cashflow) from €20 million to €40 million.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Powerflute chairman closes an €81m acquisition in the paper and packaging sector that still fascinates him

 Aoife Quinn: formerly owned  the Holiday Inn Hotel in Nottingham, control of which was seized by Anglo Irish Bnk in 2011.  Collins Courts

Family says missing documents are key to their proceedings

Dublin Waterworld director John Moriarty: “I wonder how much more of taxpayers’ money is going to be wasted by this quango on ridiculous litigation.”  Photograph:  Domnick Walsh Photography

High Court issues ruling on Campus Stadium Ireland Development's treatment of €10m bill

Illustration: Thinkstock

Tax experts discuss ways to bar corporations from using internal loans

Smurfit Kappa chief executive Gary McGann: “I think we would have to consider it if we could get into the FTSE 100. There is no particular merit to us moving right now.”

Market capitalisation would have to increase from £3bn to £3.5-£4bn for inclusion

North Dublin docks site once earmarked for the former Anglo Irish Bank will be one of the largest construction jobs begun since  2008. Photograph: David Sleator

Central Bank expected to have picked preferred contractor by December 19th

GenCell, founded  by Kieran Curran, has developed technology that allows labs to analyse DNA more quickly and cheaply than competitors. Photograph:    Brian Gavin/Press 22

Acquisition of GenCell will allow Becton Dickinson ‘to meet unmet needs’

CRH fell 0.89 per cent to €17.85 yesterday. Stockbroker Davy said it expected the groups’s next interim management to be “in line” with previous guidance. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Pessimism over economic growth and loan demand in Europe hit banking stocks

Independent News & Media (INM) has confirmed it is “reviewing” its location in Dublin’s North inner city on Talbot Street Dublin 1.

Media group is considering a move out of its current Talbot St offices

Liam Casey, Founder, PCH, waits to go on the centre stage at the Web Summit. Photograph: Naoise Culhane/Sportsfile

We have put sensors on 40 bikes in Dublin and right now they are feeding back to us data about pollution, traffic congestion, you (...)

The secret 
toy reviewer, who posts under the name of Coolpinsky and are known to their fans as 
Arcadius Kul and Sammie
, have 
more than 278,000 individual subscribers or fans

YouTube videos by Arcadius Kul and Sammie have been viewed 297 million times

Founder and chief executve of Storyful Mark Little: “The concept of having a market for global ideas is enormous. I am backing the jockey as well as the horse here.” Photograph: Sam Boal /Photocall Ireland

New non-profit marketplace connects proven ideas with individuals and teams hoping to improve local communities

Marius Smyth, AdRoll’s Managing Director of EMEA, said: “We’ve been growing at break-neck speed. We had hoped to have 100 by the end of this year but we are already there.

Online advertising platform Adroll has hired Dublin-born Patrick Mee as new vice president

IDA chief Martin Shanahan’s interview by CNBC “Squawk Box” presenter Joe Kernan.

Irish Times first spotted the video of IDA chief on Youtube

John Sculley, former CEO of  Apple (left) talks to David Carr of the New York Times on the Centre Stage of the Web Summit

Former Apple boss John Sculley says Ireland needs to retain measures like the double-Irish tax avoidance measure

Looking on at the web summit. Technology firm Nitro, which announced plans to set up a Dublin office at last year’s web summit, has said it plans to also open a multimillion data centre in Ireland and accelerate its hiring plans here.

Technology firm to accelerate its hiring plans

Qstream now has 100,000 people using its products and has raised $4.25 million to date

PCH’s Liam Casey says if US companies  put more resources in Ireland, people become more qualified and skilled.

Tax incentive a ‘long- term play’, says supply-chain firm founder

Flying high: Aer Lingus finished up 3.14 per cent at €1.48, while Ryanair surged 7.66 per cent to €8.18. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Mixed fortunes for US stocks due to growth in economy and a drop in oil prices

IDA Ireland’s Martin Shanahan

CNBC: You have pounds anyway don’t you still? It is sort of the same, same island isn’t it? It is just too confusing...

Davy is set to appoint a senior Central Bank executive as its new chief risk officer

Grellan O’Kelly to become Davy’s new chief risk officer

Limerick brothers John (left) and Patrick Collison, co-founders of Stripe, outside their offices in Palo Alto, California. Stripe has teamed up with Irish-founded software company Intercom.

New integration aims to give businesses a better understanding of their customers

Michael O’Flynn: his group faces further repayment deadlines but the next date for a large repayment is believed not to be until 2018. Photograph: Collins

Amount is €175m above sum Irish group was due to repay to US investor by end of year

AMCS Group  chief executive Jimmy Martin (left),  Tony Zappala partner at Highland Capital Partners Europe and John Dolan, partner at Investec Ventures. Photo: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Limerick firm has bought Transvision adding €8 million to turnover

Eagle Alpha has raised $1.2 million (€942,000) in its second fundraising round. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Company led by former investment banker has raised $2.7m in 2014

Owner Dheikh Fahad Al Thani shows his delight after Elm Park won the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster last weekend.

Z Capital Partners dissatisfied with process because of limited financial information

Investment bank Lazard is reviewing the bids for Quinn Glass which is based in Derrylin, Co Fermanagh and Cheshire, England. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Bidders expected to invest further in glass manufacturing facilities

Beatrice Healy, who invested in property deals assembled by Derek Quinlan, has begun legal action against the financier, alleging negligence, breach of contract and deceit among other matters. Photograph: Reuters.

Woman claims financier invested her money in high-risk commercial property

Convention Centre Dublin. Operational revenue for the 10 months to December 2013 was €19.6 million

Some €9m of increased profit due to favourable changes in interest rates on centre’s debt

Ben Bradlee: the legendary executive editor of the Washington Post who famously steered its coverage of Watergate. Photograph: AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Anthony O’Reilly invited Bradlee to join advisory board of INM in 1995 as its chairman

Sinn Féin finance spokesman Pearse Doherty said he was “disappointed” at Carb’s decision. Photograph: Alan Betson

Investigation not to begin before banking inquiry ends

Last year, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan increased the “imputed or notional distribution of assets”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Plan ‘is to reduce the risk that owners will outlive their retirement funds’

Traders are pictured at their desks in front of the DAX board at the Frankfurt stock exchange yesterday.The  DAX Index climbed 0.3 per cent. Photograph: Reuters

Bank of Ireland rises 1.27 per cent to 32 cent, AIB climbs 7.14 per cent to 12 cent

Lazard, the international investment bank, is handling the sale of Quinn Glass which was renamed Encirc at the start of the year. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Encirc employs 1,000 people and has annual revenues of more than €300m

 Alan Byrne, editor and chief executive of The Racing Post, at the launch of the Irish Racing Post with Rory McIlroy and Ruby Walsh in 2010. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Move secures future of racing bible

Coolmore Australia principal Tom Magnier: led campaign against proposed coalmine. Photograph: Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images

Magnier family stud wins three-year battle against proposed development

Brian Lenihan: correspondence with former Anglo Irish Bank chairman relates to late January 2009 and early February 2009. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Family of bankrupt ex-billionaire wants Drumm email password broken

The loans being put on the block were originally taken out by customers of Bank of Scotland Ireland during the boom before it became a unit of Lloyds.

Oaktree Capital, Goldman Sachs and Kildare Partners already active in Irish market

Eason’s acquisition of two retail units in Cork brings its total footprint there to six outlets. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Acquisition will add about €5m in turnover to book and stationary retailer

Developer Bernard McNamara: to oversee €20 million expansion of the K Club. Photograph: Collins

Businessman advising Mulryan on recovery

The list includes two retired judges, lawyers who have worked on state investigations into child abuse, a retired financial regulator from Jersey and a banker formerly based in Hong Kong. From left: Justice Daniel O’Keeffe, Martin Moloney, Ita Mangan and Judge Clare Leonard. Photograph: The Irish Times

Central Bank names 13 members of high powered panel to investigate allegedly rogue banks and bankers

The inquiry has the power to fine regulated corporations up to €10 million or 10 per cent of turnover depending on certain factors. Individuals can be fined up to €1 million provided this will not bankrupt them.

Irish Nationwide, whose collapse cost €5.4bn, expected to be first up

Gerry Barrett, a former maths teacher turned developer, is one of the largest remaining clients of Nama.

Loans secured against 10 assets including G Hotel in Galway

Seán Quinn: in 2004 he trumped Tony Mullins’s €70million bid to take Barlo private with an €84 million offer. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Investment group headed by Tony Mullins buys company from Aventas for €25m

Gencell Biosystems, a privately-owned Irish company, had raised €6 million to date from backers including Enterprise Ireland and global investors.

Gencell Biosystems sold to BD after raising €6 million from investors

Graffiti pictured along Creighton St and Windmill Lane, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Rock band gets control of building in Dublin’s Hanover Quay

The debts of the ‘Racing Post’ are being sold by KPMG which is the special liquidator of IBRC, formerly Anglo Irish Bank.

Process intended to yield value for taxpayer, says Anglo liquidator

Star Fantasy Leagues’s users mainly follow baseball, basketball, ice hockey and American football. Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

IIU invests in Star Fantasy Leagues for ‘significant’ sum

Deutsche Bank has engaged with potential investors in Permanent TSB with the goal of trying to return the maximum capital possible to the taxpayer while ensuring stability for its borrowers

Permanent TSB has asked Deutsche Bank to test capital markets for interest

Derek Quinlan: has held talks  about raising cash to get back into business.

Former financier in talks with AGC Equity Partners on raising cash for investment

Developer John Flynn: “[Nama is] an evil empire, a cancer on the economy and on the country.” Photograph: Collins

Developer in talks with ‘evil empire’ about legal actions in Dublin and New York

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