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US investment banking giant, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, has applied to the High Court for permission to merge one of its UK based subsidiaries with a related Irish firm due to Brexit.
Sunshine, shorts, sweat and suncream have been the order of the day for almost three weeks now and as I write there is no change in sight.
One of Canada's largest department stores is no longer selling Ivanka Trump's fashion line.
The International Monetary Fund warned that escalating and sustained trade conflicts are increasingly likely, threatening to derail economic recovery and depress medium-term growth prospects.
I have always been fascinated by the Co Meath placename Staholmog, I know it probably means ‘the house of Holmog’ but it sounds like a name given to a snowbound Swedish settlement.
Barchester Healthcare, one of Britain's biggest care home groups, is to be put up for sale in a deal that could net its owners north of £2.5bn.
The terms and conditions of Liberty Insurance's 400 Irish employees will not be affected by a proposed cross-border merger with a related Spanish entity, the Commercial Court heard.
The European Union has told Airbnb to bring its terms and conditions into line with the bloc’s consumer rules or face action by national consumer agencies, after a review of the short-term rental platform found some violations.
A FRESH emphasis on the organised crime and travelling gangs responsible for the nationwide burglary spree of the past few years has been a major factor in a 10-fold increase in the value of seizures by the Criminal Assets Bureau.
IKEA will be removing all of its single-use plastic straws from both its product range - and its restaurants - from this autumn.
A vet found guilty of professional misconduct over letting his official stamp be used to certify some cattle as fit for export to Morocco when they were not has had his registration cancelled by the High Court.
Ireland is famed worldwide for its rugged and seemingly untouched landscape.
A British expat who helped with the rescue of 12 schoolboys trapped in a cave in Thailand is considering legal action against billionaire Elon Musk for a tweet apparently labelling him a paedophile.
Farmers hailed long-overdue rainfall across Ireland as the heatwave ended but Irish Water warned that at least four weeks rainfall is now required to replenish streams, rivers, lake and reservoirs.
Glanbia Cheese, the Joint Venture business between Glanbia plc and Leprino Foods today announces plans to build a new mozzarella cheese manufacturing facility in Portlaoise.
Kerry Group base price for June milk supplies is unchanged at 31 cpl vat inclusive.
Not many would travel the length of the country by foot these days, especially during a heatwave, but that’s exactly what one Meath pig farm manager recently did.
Farm Safety Week takes place nationwide this week aiming to reduce the number of accidents on farms and bring about a change in culture that makes unsafe practices socially unacceptable.
A farmer in the Mayglass area is appealing to people to be careful with fire and dried foliage following what could have been a catastrophic incident on the railway line just a few yards from his land.
European companies are urging the European Union to accelerate trade negotiations with South America’s Mercosur bloc, in a sign of concern that the 20-year talks could once again fall dormant if they do not reach an accord this week.
Strong industrials and pharma stocks helped European shares make hesitant gains on Monday while data showing slowing economic growth from China kept a lid on the market's progress.
China's economy expanded at a slower pace in the second quarter as Beijing's efforts to contain debt hurt activity, while June factory output growth weakened to a two-year low in a worrying sign for investment and exporters as a trade war with the United States intensified.
Boeing said today it has won an order for fourteen 777 freighter planes for a value of $4.7bn (€4bn), firing the opening salvo against rival Airbus in a contest for business on day one of the Farnborough Airshow in the UK.
The dollar eased a bit against most major currencies on positive trade talks between China and the European Union although softer economic data from China and Beijing's escalating trade war with the United States tempered the enthusiasm.
First Derivatives has won a contract to delivery an electricity information exchange for Fingrid, the transmission system operator for Finland.
Our lambs had an average weight of 30kg at weaning on June the 19 with no major differences evident between the different breeds, though this is something I will look at in more detail in the coming weeks.
THE countdown is on for this year's Tullamore Show on August 12 which is expected to draw over 65,000 visitors for what is now well established as the country's largest one-day agricultural show.
The Government has been accused of exacerbating the country's housing crisis by buying private sector homes rather than building social housing to address the supply shortage.
If someone wanted a barometer to measure how the world has changed, especially in the last 60 or 70 years, international tourism might be a good place to start.
Facebook may be subject to an investigation by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) after it was advised to explore how the social network targets its two billion-plus users.
Frustrated with Opec's inability to help him, US President Donald Trump may have inadvertently found a way of bringing down petrol prices - step up the trade war to cut oil consumption. The snag is that it may not work in time for the US midterm elections.
British Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday appealed to warring Tory MPs to back her controversial blueprint for Brexit and avoid a disorderly withdrawal from the EU that would damage Britain's interests.
More than 500 full-time customs and veterinary inspectors will be taken on by the State in preparation for the worst-case scenario on Brexit.
The euro has been moving in lockstep with the pound for months amid a dominant strong-dollar theme. That may be about to change.
Cerberus's appetite for soured Irish home loans has come under scrutiny after the US private equity giant withdrew recently from Permanent TSB's €2.2bn portfolio of non-performing residential mortgages.
US doughnut chain Krispy Kreme has launched a recruitment drive for 150 jobs based at its first Irish outlet in Dublin's Blanchardstown.
Business and employer lobby group Ibec has issued a stark warning about Ireland's eroding competitiveness and urged the Government to arrest the decline by providing greater support to local industries, as well as injecting €250m into higher education.
The Cabinet will this week sign off on a dramatic plan to remove all of Ireland's oil reserves from the UK as the Government ramps up its contingency plans for Brexit.
The Cabinet will this week sign off on a dramatic plan to remove all of Ireland's oil reserves from the UK as the Government ramps ups its contingency plans for Brexit.
Unresolved long-term industrial relations issues between Ryanair management and its Irish pilots could ultimately hit future expansion by the airline here, a senior manager at the airline has indicated.
The European Commission has proposed ways to resolve the Trump administration's concerns over the functioning of the World Trade Organisation, in a bid to avert a looming crisis that could undermine the WTO's ability to arbitrate trade disputes.
When the temperature is touching 30 degrees and the sun is beaming down what could be more refreshing than a cool drink? Throw in a World Cup and 2018 has been the kind of summer drinks manufacturers dream about.
Private individuals poured close to €20m into the €97m refinancing of regional hotel group iNua Hospitality, according to Cork-based investment firm Blackbee.
Irish fintech Chasing Returns closed a €600,000 funding round last week, securing funding from Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan as well as a number of Irish tech entrepreneurs.
I lost 120 Twitter followers overnight last week. US President Donald Trump lost 340,000, the New York Times 732,000, former US President Barack Obama three million or so. Even Twitter's CEO, Jack Dorsey, lost 200,000 in his company's much-hyped crackdown on dubious accounts.
When a business is founded at the kitchen table, decisions and actions are taken usually by the one or two founders. There is no doubt about who does what because roles and responsibilities are clear-cut. As the business grows to more than a handful of people, ambiguity can seep in.
If ever you wanted to meet a truly inspiring entrepreneur then you need look no further than the subject of this week's article. Having grown up on a small farm in the west of Ireland and having left school early, Sean Brett's determination has seen him grow his business, Steeltech Sheds, into the country's leading manufacturer of steel buildings. Set up in 1994 and now employing 170 staff, his company will reach annual revenues of more than €20m by the end of this year.
The coming months and year could become even more expensive for Irish consumers as Brexit and the prospect of a global trade war threaten to push up prices. Consumers could be hundreds - if not thousands - of euro a year worse off as result.
More than 150 financial services firms have applied for authorisations from the Central Bank to operate in Ireland and license new products here in the wake of Brexit.
Sharon Mannion is an actress, comedian and writer best known for her role as Concepta in the RTE2 hit comedy Bridget & Eamon.
As the CEO and co-founder of world-leading digital storytelling business Framestore, it would be difficult to find names more well known than those who feature in William Sargent's own story. He's also busy defining the multi-award-winning company's own storyline for the next 20 years, navigating China, AI, mixed reality (MR), acquisitions, working with tech giants and businesses in other industries who want its advice and solutions for data visualisation.
There has been a big jump in the number of slot machine licences issued by the Revenue Commissioners following a tax crackdown.
I was at a party recently where I was introduced to a former international broadcaster. A nice-looking chap who had apparently specialised in covering the entertainment and music biz, he told me how he had delved into media training. "I hated it", he said. "Really?" I asked, surprised. "What bothered you?" "The people. They were so stupid and unable. I wanted to wring their necks."
Ireland is set to play a central role in policing material on YouTube under an updated EU directive on broadcasting. EU-wide rules, which will be finalised later this year, have been extended to cover video-sharing platforms.
Query: AS the co-founder of a relatively new but growing SME I have become increasingly aware of hints of gender disparity at the more senior levels. My experience over the last few years has suggested that more men are reaching senior management and board positions, and while one of the primary reasons for that is simply that more have applied for these roles, I am very cognisant of the fact that I have a responsibility to ensure equal opportunity for my employees. As the business grows I want to look into what we can do to bring more of our female workforce through to senior level?
Chris is a transgender 15-year-old who was born female but is now growing up as a male. Recalling tales of bullying and being shoved into lockers at school, his story is touchingly told in a social video, created by agency Boys + Girls, which tells the viewer that help and support was at hand to help him get through the many day-to-day challenges he would face.
Some are surprised to learn that Enterprise Ireland is one of the largest and most successful fintech investors in the world.
Another week, another hand-out from the technology sector to the media industry. This time it's Google, as it so often is, which is supporting the media. Or Google's YouTube, to be exact. The video platform is going to spend $25m to build 'a better news experience on YouTube, together.' Presumably the word 'together' was added by some PR whizz to indicate a joint effort between YouTube and publishers, who might be wary of the dreaded pivot to video. So how joint will the effort be?
RTE and the Department of Communications are locked in discussions about how the broadcaster spends its windfall from the €107.5m sale of land at its Donnybrook site.
Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network (Dwen) is to bring a global funding event to Ireland next year after a survey found Dublin ranked relatively poorly for female entrepreneurs.
The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation is to pay the OECD €300,000 for a 20-page SME "policy roadmap", new figures have revealed.
Long lines due to processing times at foreign airports and other border entry points are the big bugbear of any well-travelled executive.
When Skout Secure Intelligence, an international cyber-security firm, chose Portlaoise as its European headquarters last week it highlighted an existing pool of talent as one of the reasons for picking Ireland as a base.
Thought GoogleTown was the summit of Dublin's tech takeover? Nope. Last week saw a 'big bang' in tech expansion planning that could make the Grand Canal Docks look like an early settlement.
The Kilkenny-based DataEgg has been asked by Volkswagen (VW) to develop a proof of concept project in a German factory, bringing the Irish startup a step closer to a €150m deal with the carmaker.
Stock market gains since the depths of the global financial crisis in 2009 have been remarkable. While any number of positive economic and corporate factors suggest further gains should be expected from stock markets, two long-held principles of investing need to be remembered.
BlackRock and Schroders are the front-runners to oversee about £109bn (€123bn) for Lloyds Banking Group, one of the biggest mandates of its kind, people with the knowledge of the process have said.
Former aviation entrepreneur Pat Moloughney has moved to further expand his plans for a housing development in Finglas in Dublin 11.
It doesn't seem that long since I wrote about the IMF coming to Ireland but, sacre bleu, that was a year ago and they've been again and recently published their report. They welcomed Ireland's continued strong economic growth which they say lead to a rapid reduction in unemployment and strengthened public and private balance sheets.
Query: My husband and I bought a small derelict cottage as a holiday home in 1982 and spent about €75,000 between the purchase price and renovation. We are now selling it for €135,000 and buying another holiday home closer to our primary residence. As it was never our intention to sell, we did not retain the vast majority of the relevant receipts and we are now wondering how our Capital Gains Tax (CGT) liability would be calculated. Any advice would be gratefully appreciated. Mary, Douglas, Co Cork
Predictably, there has been a backlash against the whiplash claim made by Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell. The Dublin Fingal politician was awarded €2,500 in damages following a collision with a rental van that left him with "very minor" injuries, according to the judge.
The body that oversees UK takeovers raised the minimum price that the Walt Disney Company must pay for British pay-TV company Sky Plc as Disney battles Comcast Corporation for control of Rupert Murdoch's media empire.
Olympic showjumping medallist Cian O'Connor is planning to develop an indoor equestrian arena as part of his booming Co Meath business.
Paschal Donohoe has been warning about the dangers of a no-deal Brexit, saying around 40,000 Irish jobs would go. His dark warnings are grounded in various studies conducted since that awful day in June 2016 when the Brexit referendum was passed in the UK.
Just like an ill wind, the drought has brought some good for one businessman - Emmet O'Brien of waterless car-washing company, No-H20.
What an unusual growing season this year has been, a long wet and cold winter followed by little or no spring and straight into summer. This meant the crops this year were stressed most of the growing season, for one reason or another.
Farmers old enough to remember previous droughts say that the ferocity of this year’s heatwave is unprecedented, writes Siobhán English.
The demonisation of dairy produce has gone on too long, according to Dr Marianne Walsh, Senior Nutritionist with the National Dairy Council. The nutritionist pointed to recent research that debunks claims that dairy products are harmful, particularly because of their high saturated-fat content.
Dairy farmers that produce fresh milk have hit out at unsustainable discounting of milk by Iceland and Aldi in the recent weeks.
Kevin Comiskey was delighted with the quality of the hay he was baling at his home farm in north Leitrim last week. It was the best he had seen since 1995 and the heatwave of 1976.
The North Cork parish of Boherbue, located about 8km from Kanturk, is home to two impressive residential farms on the market by private treaty.
Theresa May has survived the week but her leadership remains under threat following the resignations of Boris Johnson and David Davis. As Eurosceptic Tory MPs weigh up their next move, Steven Swinford assesses who is in pole position.
Q: I'm going on holidays and was thinking of buying a digital camera, but I only want it for casual use and everyone says that the latest phones are just as good for photos as a 'point and shoot' camera that I'd be looking for. Is this true? I was going to upgrade my phone anyway, so is it worth spending a few extra quid to get the best camera option on a new phone? If so, should I go for the best iPhone or is there another model that's better?
As a landless young man buying his first pure-bred Hereford, Peter Casey seemed unlikely to have his name carved in the annals of pedigree breeding history.
I drove a Ferguson 35 for the first time in nearly 40 years last week. The machine was the little workhorse of Irish agriculture in the '60s and '70s and was a joy to drive, bringing back many memories.
I was in South Tipperary last week to see the lovely Landscape Stud on 91ac near the magical village of Kilsheelan. The property is coming to auction with a guide of €1.3m, writes Jim O’Brien.
Farmers could unknowingly be killing tens of thousands of bees by spraying pesticides, according to the Federation of Irish Beekeepers' Associations (FIBA).
Ireland is liable to become a high-temperature hotspot over the next number of years and droughts may become more common, says Dr Conor Murphy from the Department of Geography at NUI Maynooth.
The physicality of farming is a phrase that's regularly voiced in agriculture circles these days. Lifting, pulling and dragging, knocks and kicks are just some of the ordeals that farmers endure on a daily basis, but what if you're a farmer with a chronic disease? How do you cope?
Thornbrook is a 41ac compact estate at Raheens, Kilmeaden, Co Waterford. On the private treaty market, it is guided by Savills at €495,000.
Derville Rowland's first jury trial as a junior barrister in London was defending an alleged car thief.
The company behind McGargle's craft beer has received a fresh €2m from investors and has restructured its balance sheet.
China's monthly trade surplus with the US rose to a record high in June, underlining the imbalance at the heart of an escalating trade war between the world's two largest economies.
Ryanair and rival airline Lufthansa have clashed over Laudamotion, the Austrian carrier in which Ryanair has just received approval to take a 75pc stake.
Shares in Irish conglomerate DCC rose 3.7pc in yesterday's trading after it announced two acquisitions and said operating profits were ahead of last year in the first quarter.