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Six managers at interior contracting company Ardmac have bought out the business from the owners, the McAnallen family. Consideration for the deal was not disclosed.

'FinTech represents an opportunity for Ireland that has huge potential for growth and employment,' says Anna Scally, partner at KPMG Ireland and head of the firm's Technology, Media and Telecoms practice.

Nominations for the Cork Digital Marketing Awards 2015 will open on August 10.

Permanent TSB and its subsidiary Springboard Mortgages have been ordered to implement a comprehensive redress and compensation programme for 1,372 mortgage customers following an enforcement investigation the Central Bank.

Translation software developers Iconic Translation Machines is to create 15 new jobs at its headquarters in Glasnevin, Dublin over the next year, bringing total employment to 25.

Plans to hire more staff among businesses in Ireland are at a ten-year high but so too are skill shortages among the Irish workforce, according to the findings of PwC's latest CEO Pulse Survey.

US firm Ellucian, which provides software and services to higher education institutions, is to create 50 jobs at its newly opened office in Ballsbridge over the next three years.

Deloitte has announced the acquisition of System Dynamics, one of Ireland's biggest technology consulting businesses which has been serving Irish and UK clients for 40 years.

Europe's leading Startup Acceleration Fund, Seedcamp, is seeking promising Irish startups in Dublin this week, July 16 and 17.

An analysis of solicitors in Ireland by Dublin web design agency Black Swan has found that less than half of solicitor practices in the Republic have a webstie compared with 71% in Northern Ireland.

Compassion and social consciousness apparently come naturally to Irish SMEs, judging by the results of an ISME survey on corporate social responsibility (CSR), published this week.

Angel investments through 2014 totalled €30m in Ireland, according to figures released by the Halo Business Angel Network (HBAN).

Cloud-based learning system provider Absorb Technology is to establish a European operations hub in Dublin city, which will create 12 new jobs.

Ulster Bank has launched a new business package aimed at companies looking to export in 2015.

US software firm Wrike is to establish its European headquarters in Dublin, creating 50 jobs over two years.

A new commercial property estate headed by Sean Gallagher has been snapping up office and commercial space throughout the country over the last year, and is currently raising its first investment round of €25m.

Bitcoin exchange company Bitcove won the Bank of Ireland/Ignite Business of the Year Award 2015, which took place in UCC last night (June 24).

Irish organisations spend an average of €240,000 per year dealing with cybercrime, according to a new survey.

eircom Wholesale has signed a two-year deal worth €20m with Pure Telecom to provide it with wholesale telecoms services.

AIB has announced details about a new €5m equity fund to assist startups in the sustainable technology sector.

A new food and drink area in Dublin Airport's Terminal 1 is due to open at the end of August, which will create around 80 jobs.

UK ophthalmic firm Moss Vision is to establish a manufacturing operation in Roscommon town, creating 50 jobs.

Jobs minister Richard Bruton has announced a €65m kitty for Enterprise Ireland, which is being made available for co-investment in seed funds.

PwC has announced the appointment of eight new Partners in the firm, consisting of two women and six men.

Three Ireland has launched a new loyalty programme for its mobile network users, offering discounts and early access to tickets for music and sports events.

Six IDA-backed companies have announced plans to hire a total of 185 people for their respective firms, which are based in Dublin and Wexford.

Ulster Bank has launched a €1.8m publicity campaign for its mortgage services, aimed at new and existing customers.

Irish technology companies raised €120m in the first quarter of 2015, according to the Irish Venture Capital Association VenturePulse survey which is published in association with William Fry.

Businesses outside the capital are fast closing the gap on their Dublin-based peers in terms of profitability, pricing levels and business optimism, according to a new long-term study published by BDO.

Retail lobby group RGDATA has urged retailers to inform the organisation about spurious personal injury claims that are being encouraged by solicitors.

How healthy is your business? Niall Cribben, Restructuring Senior Manager with Duff and Phelps (formerly RSM Farrell Grant Sparks), highlights some of the problems faced by companies.

An Post is relaunching its mobile service, Post Mobile, with a €750,000 publicity campaign.

Core Media, Ireland's largest media communications group has announced that it is creating 20 new roles as part of a major expansion of its digital and data offering.

eircom has announced plans to expand access to high speed fibre broadband in rural Ireland by extending its fibre footprint from 1.6 million homes and businesses to 1.9 million premises throughout the country.

KAL Pro, a division of KAL Group and owned by the Gowan Group, will open a new professional display showroom at its premises in Citywest on June 9.

With the new Companies Act 2014 coming into force on June 1, solicitor Eoghan Doyle of law firm Philip Lee summarizes some of the key changes that may affect Irish business.

Nominations for Ireland's best chefs, restaurants, pubs and staff are being sought in the 2016 YesChef Awards, which will be announced this October.

Iarnród Éireann has launched a new non-stop Cork to Dublin daily morning express service, which will start on May 25.

Domain hosting company Blacknight has introduced a new website builder to its services for small businesses.

Qualtrics is to hire another 100 people in Ireland, bringing its total workforce to 250 by the end of 2016, the company announced today (May 21).

Aer Lingus has announced its winter schedule for 2015/2016, which includes a new daily service between Dublin and Liverpool.

Cork Chamber has announced a variety of speakers for its 2015 Forum, which takes place on June 4 in the Radisson Little Island and will focus on the theme of leadership.

Tour operator Falcon Holidays and Thomson, a member of TUI Group, will operate direct non-stop flights from Dublin to Cancun in Mexico, and to Montego Bay in Jamaica, from June 2016.

Biopharma firm Mallinckrodt is to create 45 full-time jobs in Dublin as part of a €45m investment to expand its facilities.

Sligo-headquartered firm ProTek Medical has been acquired by Molex, a global electronics company with 50 manufacturing locations in 17 countries.

The 2015 eircom Spider Awards are open for nominations, seeking out the most innovative companies and individuals among Ireland's digital business community.

The Central Bank of Ireland has fined Western Union Payment Services Ireland Ltd €1,750,000 and reprimanded the company in relation to breaches of its obligations under money laundering and terrorist financing legislation.

Ulster Bank has launched a €300,000 fund for charities, social enterprises, community groups, state-funded schools and colleges across the island of Ireland.

PwC partnered with youth development organisation Localise recently to host a fundraising event with students from St Laurence O'Toole's school in Dublin 1.

Compass Group Ireland has launched its second annual Idea Works initiative, which supports SMEs in the foodservice, hospitality and facilities management industries.

Accountancy firm EY has named the 24 businesses that have been shortlisted for this year's EY Entrepreneur Of The Year programme. The finalists include Stripe founders, Patrick and John Collison.

A €5m connected health technology centre has been launched in UCD today (May 18), which will promote advances in digital medicine.

The government has refashioned the Seed Capital Scheme tax incentive as SURE, an acronym for StartUp Refunds for Entrepreneurs.

Armfuls of awards were handed out in the Tech Excellence Awards, which were announced in Dublin last night (May 14).

More than half of Dublin business (53%) have grown staff numbers since last year, according to a survey by Dublin Chamber of Commerce.

The government has launched a new €10m funding initiative to support startup businesses across the country.

Tricel, the Killarney-based firm formally known as Killarney Plastics, is creating 100 new jobs as it expands operations, 40 of which will be based in its Kerry headquarters.

A software firm reckons Ireland's hotels and bars are the answer to May's referendum headache.

US software company Slack is to open a European HQ in Dublin, with plans to hire 100 people here in the next two years.

Vodafone and ESB have unveiled SIRO as the new brand for their joint venture fibre broadband network that promises to revolutionise broadband speeds in regional Irish towns.

Pinewood Studios has launched a new full-service production company in Ireland, called Pinewood Productions Ireland Limited.

Applications are now being sought for phase two of the DIT Hothouse/IADT New Frontiers programme, which will be accepted until June 2.

Kristan Burness, who runs the Fiorentina restaurant on Parliament Street in Dublin, has taken charge of the landmark Unicorn restaurant on Merrion Row.

Limerick-based software research centre Lero has received a €133,000 research grant to commercialise a training application designed to facilitate collaboration, communications and productivity across culturally diverse teams.

Ireland 30 years from now will either be a technocratic utopia or nightmare, depending on your perspective - a place of child coders, computer-controlled houses and an ever-escalating battle to protect personal data.

Over two-thirds of employees play fast and loose with IT security, using personal devices for work and sending documents over unsecured networks, according to a new survey.

Eircom today (May 11) held a series of events in Mayo to launch its proposed solution to the National Broadband Plan and to demonstrate the impact of high-speed broadband in rural areas.

Tesco and SuperValu are neck and neck in supermarket share, according to data from Kantar Worldpanel Ireland relating to the 12 weeks ending April 26.

US biopharma firm Alexion Pharmaceuticals is to construct a €450m manufacturing facility in Blanchardstown, which will create 200 jobs in the firm, bringing its total workforce in Ireland to almost 500 employees.

Davy Private Clients UK, the Northern Ireland-based wealth management and financial planning division of the Davy Group, is to acquire Graham Corry Cheevers, a financial advisory and investment firm based in Belfast.

The Irish retail sector struggled to take off during the first three months of 2015, as consumers remained price-conscious and competition bit.

Businesses in Cork showed renewed confidence and better trading through the first quarter of 2015, although access to credit remained a problem, according to Cork Chamber.

UPC Ireland's subscriptions have grown to over 1.1 million, while its acquisition of Bitbuzz last year contributed to an 8% growth in revenues, according to the firm's Q1 2015 review.

Irish fintech firm Sentenial has launched a non-bank alternative for business payment processing.

Limerick law firms Connolly Sellors Geraghty and Keating & Keogh have announced a merger to create Keating Connolly Sellors, the first legal merger of its size outside Dublin.

Google has been named the most reputable organisation in Ireland, and Irish Water the worst, in the annual Ireland RepTrak 2015 study by The Reputations Agency.

Regus is to open a seventh centre in Ireland, this time in the Ormond Building on Dublin's North Quay.

Business conditions continued to improve in early 2015. Although the pace of output growth eased marginally through Q1, employment growth picked up as firms see further increases in activity in the next three months.

Six early-stage ventures have been selected to take part in a new startup programme for UCD undergraduate students.

Self-storage company Need More Space has announced a rebrand to NESTA as filed accounts for disclose buoyant trading.

French superfood company Passion Spiruline is to open a European hub in Dublin, creating 13 jobs in the process.

A new Irish-developed app that helps organisations identify and track their cloud computing costs has been launched today (May 5).

RTE Radio 1 remains the market leader by a long stretch in the Dublin radio market, with an all-adults market share of 32.3% based on daytime share of listening

Irish law firms, legal practitioners and in-house legal teams picked up prizes at the fourth annual AIB Private Banking Irish Law Awards, announced last night (April 30).

Average annual pay for 1,364 staff at the Central Bank of Ireland amounted to €91,500 in 104, according to the bank's annual report.

Irish startup is hoping to bring a new dynamic to the media sector - it claims to be the first web-based billboard space, bridging the gap between outdoor, digital, online and mobile advertising.

Friends First's Magnet range of funds has turned five and the company is highlighting its continued strong performance across each of the constituent funds.

The Public Relations Institute of Ireland has warned of a possible 'chilling effect' following the introduction of the Register of Lobbying Activities by Labour minister Brendan Howlin.

Telecoms software firm Amartus, based in Sandyford, has booked an €86,000 loss for the year to end September 2014, bringing accumulated losses to €1.83m.

HKC has launched a new Irish language intruder alarm system that is suitable for both residential and commercial applications.

Xtra-vision is expanding its Xpress DVD vending machines business with new Xtra-vision Xpress machines installed in over 100 Centra and SuperValu stores throughout Ireland.

Medical company Bausch + Lomb is to create new 125 jobs in Waterford by 2017, as part of a €75m, IDA-backed expansion of its manufacturing capacity.

Tesco Ireland and Bord Bia have launched their newly rebranded annual supplier development programme, called Taste Bud.

Cork startups are being invited to participate in an it@cork initiative that pairs them with multinationals for insights and business opportunities.

While the government's Spring Statement is light on detail regarding future tax changes, it does provide a useful indication of the government's current thinking on tax policy.

Dundalk-based tech startup PlayerTek has secured a €476,000 investment for its wearable sports tracker, ahead of the product's imminent launch in Ireland.

In 2012, telecoms tycoon Denis O'Brien bought Siteserv, a lame duck plc, from IBRC. How was the deal funded and how has Siteserv been performing since O'Brien took over?

The Institute of Investing & Financial Trading is organising its second investment and trading summit this year on May 16 in the Stillorgan Park Hotel.

Food firm KC Peaches has secured €55,000 in loans through Grid Finance, an Irish P2P lending agency that was set up in 2013.

Corporate law firm William Fry has been named Irish Law Firm of the Year 2015 at the Chambers Europe Awards, which were announced in Amsterdam last Friday (April 24).

EY is partnering with BioInnovate Ireland, a medical device innovation training programme based in NUI Galway, to help early-stage medical device startups develop their business.

Agora Publishing has announced plans to establish a multilingual contact centre a technological services centre in Waterford, creating 100 jobs over the next three years.

Dublin City Council has granted planning permission for a €450m development comprising 18,000 sq. m. of office space and 100 apartments at 5 Hanover Quay, Dublin 2.

Miagen, a global forecasting, planning and analysis consultancy headquartered in Ireland, announced plans to add 40 staff between Dublin and its new office in Abu Dhabi over the next five years.

Dell is to create 100 new innovation R&D roles at its Limerick campus, following the creation of 60 roles in Dublin late last year.

Everything is rosy in the capital, according to the first Dublin Economic Monitor, a joint initiative of the four Dublin local authorities that assesses the city through 15 key economic indicators.

Eircom has chosen telecoms equipment provider Huawei as its technology partner and equipment supplier for the first of a multi-phased rollout of fibre to the home (FTTH) technology across Ireland.

Online fashion platform Zalando SE has opened a new 'fashion insights centre' in Dublin's Silicon Docks and announced plans to hire 200 people in Ireland over the next three years.

Online takeaway and ordering service Just Eat is expanding its business with the addition of a lunchtime service.

The RDS has booted up for The Smart Business Show, a busy two-day event running in the venue today (April 22) and tomorrow.

A series of measures aimed at relieving the tax burden on the self-employed and improving access to credit for SMEs is being brought forward by Fianna Fáil this week.

KBC Great Music in Irish Houses, Ireland's longest-running chamber music festival has been launched for 2015, taking place from June 9 to 14.

Mediaworks secured top laurels by winning the 'Best Use of Media' awards in the medium/large category in the 2015 Media Awards, which were announced recently.

Food delivery startup Deliveroo has launched its services in Dublin, saying that it will deliver local restaurant meals to customers' doors in less than 32 minutes.

Microsoft today is to become an official European partner for the CoderDojo Foundation and movement, which now has 650 dojos in 57 countries worldwide.

Law firm ByrneWallace has made two high-profile appointments to its staff as it further expands its financial services and tax practices.

Penneys has opened its renovated store on Sligo town's O'Connell Street following a nine-week renovation. The store also added 17 new staff, bringing the total employed there to 103.

Global Shares, a Cork-based software firm, is undertaking a three-year expansion plan that will see it more than double the 60-strong workforce at its Clonakilty headquarters.

UPC landed four titles in the 2015 Switcher Broadband Awards, which were announced at a ceremony in Dublin last night (April 15).

Danske Bank has agreed a new five-year contract with An Post for the continued provision of cash and cheque lodgement services to Danske's corporate and institutional (C&I) clients.

PR agency Thinkhouse has become the first Irish agency selected to appear in 'The World's Leading Independent Agencies,' a prestigious global publication for the industry.

Dublin-based technology, design and marketing firm Net Affinity has announced a partnership with a Europe-wide hotel group that will see more than 500 hotels integrate with the firm's booking platform and design and marketing services.

Payback Loyalty, the market leader in digital consumer engagement technology in Ireland, plans to double its workforce with the creation of 28 new jobs in Limerick's National Technology Park.

LG Electronics has announced an exclusive partnership with Aertv, Ireland's leading platform for streaming TV on-the-go.

Hays Recruitment is creating 60 new jobs for its Irish offices, which will bring total headcount at the recruitment firm to 160.

Professional job opportunities in the Irish market rose by 27% in Q1 2015 when compared with the same period last year, according to Morgan McKinley's latest Irish Employment Monitor.

Shareholders and new investors including the Irish taxpayer have invested €38m in Movidius, which booked a loss of €7.5m in 2013 and had retained losses of €35m. The investment is one of the largest VC investments ever in Ireland for a technology company.

Sage has unveiled a new version of Sage 200 ERP suite which the company says can enable small and medium-sized firms to run their entire business through a single, business-wide platform.

Charles Hurst Group, Northern Ireland's largest car retailer, has opened a new division at Kingswood Interchange in Dublin, bringing the total number employed by the firm in the greater Dublin area to over 50.

FoodConnect, organised by the Lovin Dublin website, will take place from 2pm on Tuesday, April 21st in The Button Factory, Temple Bar. The aim is to give food and drink entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from experts and connect with potential business partners.

One third of Irish people believe that now is a good time to save, according to the findings of the latest Nationwide UK (Ireland)/ESRI Savings Index, which measures overall consumer sentiment towards savings.

Irish nanotech firm Surface Power Hone has secured a contract to build low-cost 'daylight'-fuelled homes in a German government social housing project worth €10m in its first phase.

InterTrade Ireland's Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition for 2015 is now open for entries, which will be accepted until May 29.

A third of Irish consumers are still burdened by Christmas debts, four months after the festive splurge, according to research carried out by One4All.

Carlow Brewing Company, which booked a net profit of €640,000 in the year to March 2014, plans to add 12 new jobs to bring the employee headcount to 50 people.

Ireland's economy will continue to outperform the rest of Europe, growing by 5.4% this year, according to IBEC's first-quarter economic outlook.

Nutritional supplement firm Pillar Healthcare has signed a new distribution deal with Cress UK Ltd, which will see its fertility supplement distributed to pharmacies and health food stores right across Britain.

Rathmines restaurant and bar Copan is reaping the benefits of embracing the mobile age, having recently hired to design a responsive website for it.

Smurfit Kappa Group has moved to downplay weekend press reports about a takeover approach from US rival International Paper. The reports follow a surge in the company share price in recent weeks.

AIB is committing €15m to a venture capital fund aimed at supporting companies in the life sciences sector in Ireland.

Electro-mechanical component manufacturer SMK Corporation is to establish its European headquarters in Dublin, creating seven jobs initially.

An Irish startup has developed a food ordering app that works on the Apple Watch, as well as other iOS and Android devices.

Sports crowdfunding site has raised equity investment of over €80,000 to fund its expansion plans.

The deadline for entries to An Post's Smart Marketing Awards is this Friday (April 10), which will reward the most innovative and creative marketing campaigns in multiple categories.

Continued growth in revenue, profitability and headcount, a sharp focus on technology and less restructuring are key findings in the PwC 2015 Chief Finance Officers' Survey.

Eight digital companies joined the Dublin-based Digital Hub enterprise cluster since the start of 2015, bringing to nearly 90 the total number of growing tech firms housed there.

International Financial Data Services is to create 75 jobs in Dublin before the end of 2015, comprising roles in financial technology, project/change management and administration.

Ten financial services providers picked up awards at the second annual Irish Brokers Association Life Pensions and Investment Awards for Brokers, which were held in Dublin recently.

Global property firm Kennedy Wilson has announced details of its joint venture with the NAMA for an extensive development on Sir John Rogerson's Quay in Dublin 2. Planning for the development was submitted today (April 2).

The four winners of the first Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) competition have been announced, each of which will receive €25,000 towards developing smart solutions for charging electric vehicles.

Pointy, a 2014 startup based in Dublin, is already charming investors in AIB and Frontline Ventures, who announced today (April 2) that they have invested in the company.

US-based testing company Prometric has announced a three-year research partnership with DCU, which will help create 40 new jobs in Dundalk.

Carlyle Cardinal Ireland has finalised the terms of its investment in Carroll Cuisine, backing a management buy-out of the company from Aryzta AG.

The government has announced a number of rule changes governing Microfinance Ireland in a bid to boost take-up of loans by business.

Over €900m worth of Irish investment property was sold in the first quarter of 2015, with 95% of the transactions for Dublin assets, according to JLL.

Tickets have gone on sale for Taste of Dublin in the Iveagh Gardens taking place over the four days Thursday June 11 to Sunday June 15. Corporate Hospitality tickets are priced at €95 plus VAT.

Corporate insolvencies in the first quarter of 2015 rose by 13% compared with the previous quarter, according to statistics released by Deloitte.

Waterford tech company nearForm will create 100 new jobs at its newly opened headquarters in the county over the coming year.

Bord Bia and Compass Group Ireland have partnered to create a new initiative to help SMEs get their products listed in the foodservice market.

The deadline for this year's Digital Boost initiative from eircom Business Solutions has been extended to April 30.

Heineken is launching a new cider brand in Ireland on May 1, though the name has not yet been released. The company says it intends to spend €20m over the next five years to establish the brand.

Dublin-based e-learning startup KnowledgeBase has launched a new online learning resource that provides professionals with detailed information on a range of important legal, regulatory and business subjects.

The volume of retail sales in February (ex-motor) was up by 0.7% on the previous month and 4.8% compared with the same month last year, according to the CSO.

A plan to develop what will be the biggest city centre real estate project outside of Dublin for the next decade received the green light today (March 27).

Front-line managers spend as little as 25% of their time effectively managing, according to an extensive study carried out by the BearingPoint Institute.

Cortechs, a Dublin-based health tech startup that measures brain activity, has been named as the winner of the FutureHealth programme, announced at a function in the NDRC.

Preparations are ramping up for the introduction of Eircode, the new postcode system for Ireland, which will be operational by the end of summer 2015.

Recruitment plans by privately owned businesses in Ireland will continue apace through 2015, with 81% of firms planning to increase headcount, according to a survey carried out by KPMG.

The sale of Realex Payments to Global Payments for €115m has minted over a dozen millionaires at the online payments processor

The Residential Property Price Index for February from the CSO shows that Irish residential property prices fell by 0.4% from January, the second successive monthly fall in the index.

Ad agency ICAN picked up two significant campaign wins recently for its digital media services.

Former TV presenter Bill O'Herlihy is to merge his PR company O'Herlihy Communications with Insight Consultants led by Michael Parker.

Education publisher CJ Fallon has been sold by UK private equity house Lonsdale Capital Partners to Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm.

Finance minister Michael Noonan has nominated six people to the board of the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland. But what does the SBCI actually do?

Cork-based e-book distribution firm ePubDirect has secured €840,000 in a new tranche of funding from EII investors, following a €676,000 EII cash injection raised in December 2013.

Conor Rhatigan, 25, son of property developer Francis Rhatigan, runs the uber-cool menswear shop, Castle & Drury, situated on Castle Market Street in Dublin. Here's the story of how he opened the store.

MiWadi, Ireland's number one dilute brand, has introduced a sugar-free product with the promises that each glass contains five calories or less.

eircom Business Solutions has become an official sponsor of the 2015 Irish Open, which takes place in Royal County Down Golf Club from May 28 to 31.

Maximum Media, the firm behind websites, and, has launched into the UK with

Ethiopian Airlines will be the first operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Dublin Airport. Its new route will operate Addis Ababa-Dublin-Los Angeles three days a week.

BDO has appointed former Ryanair deputy CEO and CFO, Howard Millar, as an independent non-executive chairman.

IT security firm IDT911 is to set up a base for its European operations in Galway, where it plans to hire an additional 60 staff over the next five years.

Irish Dragons' Den star Peter Casey has launched an online interviewing company which he claims will change how the recruitment sector operates.

Funds of more than €150,000 have been awarded to 17 Irish companies in the first round of eircom Business Solutions Digital Boost seed fund.

Eleven tech startups have made it through to the Lab353 fund and accelerator programme, following a day-long competitive pitching process held in eircom's Dublin headquarters.

Irish web software firm TerminalFour has secured €1m in funding as it continues to expand its North American operations.

CheckVentory, a 2013 startup that has developed a real-time audit system for banks and finance houses, has won top prize in the PwC 2015 Docklands Innovation Awards.

eircom Business Solutions has launched new telecoms packages called Advantage Bundles that have been built especially with small businesses in mind.

Independent News & Media will clear all its debt with the proceeds from the €115m sale of its stake in APN, the Australia and New Zealand media company.

Irish search engine firm SeeSearch has agreed a partnership with a Middle East learning company to provide it with search and discovery services for customers.

Mobile payments company Payleven has launched its services for SMEs in Ireland, which allows business owners to handle card payments without fixed costs, contractual obligations or minimum sales through a chip and PIN reader.

A new top-level domain, dot Irish, now makes it possible to put the word 'Irish' after the dot in a web address in the same way .com or .ie are used.

Software security firm Malwarebytes is to base its EMEA headquarters in Cork, creating 50 jobs there over the next three years.

Rent levels for office space in the prime Dublin office market are expected rise by 20% this year and a further 9% in 2016, according to a HWBC office market review.

Supply chain company Cold Move has completed a management buyout in a €4.5m deal structured by Donworth Capital and part funded by Bank of Ireland.

Paddy Cosgrave's Web Summit is branching out into standalone conferences in Ireland, the first two of which will be held in Belfast this June.

Crowdfunding site Linked Finance has secured €2.5m in funding from Frontline Ventures Loans. The cash injection will be used to double Linked Finance's headcount, as well as expand the business and improve its IT.

AIB has partnered with global trade credit insurer Euler Hermes to provide a new export credit insurance product for Irish SMEs.

The Irish Exporters Association has partnered with ABP, AIB, DHL, Euler Hermes, PwC, Enterprise Ireland and Bord Bia to launch a new initiative for exporters.

Technology and data analytics firm LexisNexis will establish a data analytics centre in Dublin, creating 70 new jobs as a result over the next three years.

InterTrade Ireland has launched a new advisory service for SMEs that aims to inform them on new and alternative sources of finance.

Carlyle Cardinal Ireland, the Irish private equity fund founded by Carlyle Group and Cardinal Capital, has agreed to buy Payzone from Duke Street. The change in ownership will have no impact on the day-to-day business operations of Payzone in Ireland.

Over 100 companies from across Ireland have received 'Best Managed' recognition from accountancy firm Deloitte.

Some 85% of Irish businesses were either stable or growing through the last quarter of 2014, according to a survey carried out by InterTrade Ireland.

Growth rates in the Irish construction sector continued to slow sharply during February, evident across activity, new orders and employment, while sentiment eased to the lowest since October 2013.

Inflection Biosciences has raised €725,000 in a second financing round from new and existing private investors. The company announced its first round of financing in June 2013, bringing the total raised thus far to €1.2m.

We read so much in the media these days of cyber attacks and massive data breaches. People often have a misconception that the bad guys are after money. Some are, but most realise that Data is the New Cash.

US financial services firm Northern Trust is planning to create up to 300 jobs in Limerick over the next three years as part of an expansion plan in the county.

Google Ireland is taking 20 startups under its wing for a 90-day programme of mentoring sessions.

Baby products firm Clevamama has won the overall title in the SFA National Small Business Awards 2015. Winners were selected from over 500 applications.

A new service has been launched for SMEs that provides them with practical support and guidance for their responsible and sustainable business practices.

Mergers and acquisitions activity in Ireland through 2014 rose sharply when compared with 2013, with a total of 115 deals completed - a jump of 37%. By contrast, European M&A volume grew by only 9% in 2014.

Microsoft has unveiled plans to build a new campus style building in South County Business Park in Leopardstown to bring the company's 1,200 staff in Ireland under one roof.

Cloud software company LogMeIn has opened its newly extended EMEA headquarters in Dublin, and plans to triple its workforce with the creation of 90 new jobs in the capital over the next three years.

Davy has acquired independent outsourcing firm Trusted Advisor Group, a startup established by Paul Sutton in 2011.

Pepper Asset Servicing has been named as the 'National Public Champion for Ireland' in the 2014/2015 European Business Awards.

Vienna is the city with the world's best quality of living, according to the Mercer 2015 Quality of Living rankings, while Dublin, at 34th, is the highest-ranking city across the UK and Ireland.

Peer-to-peer business support forum Plato is looking for fresh recruits, as 80 owner-managers of small businesses graduate from the programme.

KBC Bank Ireland has launched its Bright Ideas initiative for 2015, through which community groups can secure funding for innovative projects in their localities.

Microfinance Ireland has raised an additional €15m in loan finance to lend to micro-enterprises, which was secured through its parent company, Social Finance Foundation.

Veronica's Snacks has secured €465,000 in equity investment from Enterprise Ireland, AIB Seed Capital, the Boole Investment Syndicate and chartered accountant Brian McGann.

Winners from 25 different categories have been announced at the 2015 Digital Media Awards.

Airbnb has begun hiring for 200 new positions at its Dublin operation. The roles cover customer service, human resources, finance, trust and safety, and IT.

Medical diagnostics firm Cirdan Imaging has received a significant investment from Kernel Capital, through the Bank of Ireland Kernel Capital Growth Fund.

Apple is to build an €850m data centre in Athenry, Co. Galway, which will be the company's largest such centre in Europe, providing 300 jobs during its multiple phases.

Vodafone Ireland has extended its 4G coverage to 90% of the population, with Trim becoming the 500th town to be included in its range.

Estimates of labour force participation from the Central Statistics Office indicate that fewer people moved into employment in 2014 than during 2013.

IDA Ireland has launched a new five-year plan with the aim of boosting FDI in Ireland by over 40% and creating 80,000 jobs.

Ireland's four health insurance providers are in the midst of rolling out a new wave of yellow pack health insurance policies ahead of the introduction of age-loading on May 1.

Liffey Valley Shopping Centre is to get a €26m extension, bringing new stores and 450 new jobs to the development.

Ulster Bank is rolling out fingerprint identification technology to allow its customers to log in to its mobile banking app.

Ryanair has announced details of a partnership with Vodafone Ireland, which will see the firm support Ryanair's communications and IT needs across Europe, including its ticketing, check-in, ground crew, inflight crew and pilot systems.

AIB is to cut 2% off its standard variable business loan rate as part of €200m in new funding for Irish SMEs. The new rate - 4.5% per annum variable - was confirmed today (February 19).

Cork-based fuels company Inver Energy has secured €100m in new financing facilities to fund the growth of its fuel import and marketing business in Ireland and the UK.

Netwatch Ireland is to establish operations in Newry, with initial plans to hire 15 staff, which the hopes to grow to 50 over the next three years.

Incidents of commercial crime in Dublin fell by 3.5% in 2014 compared with the previous year, but the capital remains a crime hotspot, according to data furnished by Netwatch.

Irish SMEs raising VC funding enjoyed their most successful year in a decade in 2014, according to the annual Irish Venture Capital Association.

Cork-based life science compliance firm GxP Systems has been acquired by SRCL, a division of Stericycle Inc.

Ged Nash, Minister for Business and Employment, has named the line-up of the new Low Pay Commission which will decide on the appropriate rate of the National Minimum Wage.

The ad agency charged with drumming up SME awareness of the government's Action Plan for Jobs booked a €50,000 net profit in the year to January 2014.

I.T. Alliance Group has announced 100 job vacancies ahead of its attendance at Career Zoo in the Convention Centre, Dublin on February 21.

Enterprise Ireland is to launch a series of new competitive funding initiatives with the aim of generating more enterprise in the regions.

Sixt Leasing has launched a corporate car sharing service in Ireland, which the firm said is the first such service to be offered here.

UCD spin-out Parameter Space has secured an €800,000 contract from the European Space Agency to fund a three-year project addressing big data challenges in space.

Ethiopian Airlines will commence three weekly flights from Dublin to Addis Ababa on June 19, and from Dublin direct to Los Angeles.

Ireland's first home-grown taxi app, Lynk, has been launched in Dublin.

Software firm SolarWinds won top prize at that Cork Company of the Year Awards, which were announced over at Cork Chamber's annual dinner.

Irish renewable energy company BioCore has built its first 'gas to grid' facility near Beccles in Suffolk, UK, which will fuel thousands of local homes with gas made from home-grown crops.

Monaghan-based forklift manufacturer Combilift is to create 200 jobs over the next five years as part of a €40m investment in a new green-field manufacturing site.

Lero, a Limerick-based software research centre, is the sole Irish winner in Google's 2015 RISE Awards competition.

Some €500m is lost to the Irish economy every year in expensive bank currency fees and charges, according to Irish foreign exchange firm Transfermate Global Payments.

The BDO Development Capital Fund has invested €5m in the Lifes2good Group, one of Ireland's fastest growing healthcare companies.

Sales and customer service specialists SalesSense International is to create up to 100 new jobs this year following the opening of its new customer engagement centre in Dundalk.

The recovery of the Irish economy is still heavily dependent on strong export performance, which is likely to slow this this year when compared with 2014, according to the Central Bank.

Management and tech services consultants Accenture is planning to add 250 new staff to its operations across Ireland this year.

IT distributor Data Solutions has signed a deal with US storage vendor Nimble to distribute its solutions to the Irish market.

A new app idea, Savetastic, that would use customers' banking information to offer them savings on utility bills, travel and shopping took the top prize at Ireland's first dedicated banking hackathon.

A new guide to support potential exporters based on the island of Ireland has been launched via a partnership initiative from Chartered Accountants Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and Invest Northern Ireland.

Independent News & Media is seeking up to 30 redundancies from its editorial staff across its newspaper titles, ensuing from further integration of print and digital news operations.

Outsourcing firm Icon is to develop a global innovation hub that will create 200 jobs in Ireland.

The government's Action Plan for Jobs 2015 was released today (January 29), which promises specific measures to promote regional job creation, startups, lessen red-tape distractions and improve exports.

Tesco Mobile said it grew customers by 40% through 2014 to 300,000, making it the largest MVNO in Ireland.

Irish fintech startup Fenergo is to create 30 new jobs in its Dublin, Boston and Sydney offices. The firm has also debuted on the Chartis RiskTech 100.

Invoice finance provider Bibby Financial Services has announced details of €70m in working capital facilities available for Irish businesses through invoice finance.

MasterCard is inviting innovative startups from across Europe to apply for the next edition of its Start Path Europe initiative.

IT and cloud services provider MJ Flood Technology is to create 20 new jobs as it expands its Microsoft Office 365 syndication services business into the UK and Germany.

Law firm William Fry said that it will hire an additional 50 staff during 2015, continuing a recruitment programme that saw the firm add 54 employees over the last 12 months.

Ticket sellers viagogo Group is to double its workforce in Ireland to 200 over the next three years, announced at the opening of its new operations centre in Limerick.

The IE Domain Registry (IEDR) will accept entries from businesses for its Optimise e-commerce website development programme 2015 from March 2.

Dublin-based firm Brite:Bill is to create 100 new jobs over the next two years as part of a major recruitment drive.

A kitty of €70,000 in EU funding is still available for Irish entrepreneurs looking for help to get their businesses running, under the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs business exchange programme.

Microfinance Ireland has partnered with the Ignite Graduate Business Innovation Programme to ring-fence €250,000 in funding for young entrepreneurs on the programme.

Over 36,000 Irish denizens download illegal movies or television every day, according to new research.

Laya Healthcare has been bought by international insurance organisation AIG for an undisclosed sum.

A new financial support programme for small food, drink and horticulture businesses has been launched by Bord Bia.

Telco company ShoreTel has launched a new unified communications platform for the Irish SME market, which the firm claims can reduce communications costs by 40%.

Data centre and cloud computing solutions firm AMAX has opened its European manufacturing facility in Shannon, with plans to provide 100 jobs over the next five years.

AIB Chief Executive Officer David Duffy has told the board that he is leaving the bank to join Clydesdale Bank in the UK. Duffy has been with AIB for three years.

The Consumer Price Index for December 2014 shows that prices on average were down by 0.4% in the month, while the annual CPI inflation figure was -0.3%.

Healthcare firm Zimmer is to create up to 250 jobs over the next five years at its facility in Oranmore, Co. Galway.

HMV in Ireland, which also owns the Xtra-Vision chain, said total sales increased by 15% in 2014 despite the lack of blockbuster movie releases.

Enterprise Ireland is accepting applications for a €200,000 fund aimed at helping entrepreneurs in the south-east region. The deadline is January 20.

Year-end take-up in Dublin's industrial market for 2014 was comparable to the peak levels seen in 2007, according to research by Jones Lang Lasalle

A new support programme to prepare IPO candidate companies at the Irish Stock Exchange (ISE) has been launched.

Almost one third of SMEs in Ireland have never changed their finance provider, primarily due to constraints rather than choice, according to a survey by Close Brothers.

NDRC's portfolio of companies secured €37m in follow-on investment in 2014, according to a year-end trading update from the Dublin-based early-stage investor.

UPC has launched an unlimited 240MB fibre power broadband, which the firm says delivers three times the claimed speed performance of rival Sky's fibre broadband product.

Turkish Airlines will be providing a double daily service from Dublin to Istanbul starting from 29 March 2015.

Guidewire Software Inc, a global provider of software products to the general insurance industry, is planning to hire 60-80 new staff in Dublin in 2015/2016.

AIB, PwC and William Fry have joined forces to support DCU's recently established Centre for Family Business. The partnership will run for three years.

The Central Bank has published a consultation paper reviewing the Code of Conduct for Business Lending to Small and Medium Enterprises (SME code), for which it is inviting submissions until April 13.

IT consulting and managed services company Version 1 has acquired Birmingham-based firm Patech Solutions Ltd for an undisclosed sum.

A new globally certified Android training programme has been launched in Ireland by DevStream, an initiative founded by Big Wave Media Training.

Bewley's has announced plans to invest in a substantial refurbishment and repositioning of its Grafton Street Café. The project will involve closing the landmark Café for at least six months, and 140 redundancies.

InterContinental Hotels Group is taking over the running for the five star Four Seasons Hotel in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, with effect from January 2015.

The government extracted 9% more in taxation from business and individual taxpayers through 2014 compared with the previous year.

Maximum Media - the Niall McGarry-founded publishing group behind and - is extending its reach into the female sector with the launch of

Shareholders stumped up €1.66m to fund Dublin company Skillpages just five weeks before throwing in the towel and calling in a provisional liquidator.

Geoff Read, the founder of Ballygowan Spring Water, is back in business with a new 'breakfast in a bottle' product called Nosh.

Irish startup Voucher Pages has launched in the UK market with a new website and a free iOS and Android app.

Mustard, a startup describing itself as 'Hailo for short-term staff', has won the NDRC Lift Off competition.

Nelipak Healthcare Packaging is to add another ten employees to its Galway workforce, which has grown from 62 to 86 people over the past five years.

Metro Herald, the Dublin freesheet aimed at commuters, is to cease publishing on Friday December 19 despite being packed with advertising.

Over 360 people were declared bankrupt in Ireland from March to December 2014, a considerable increase on 2013's figure of 58.

Tuam-based Retail Solutions has signed a contract to supply its EPOS solutions to CJ Lang & Son in Dundee, Scotland's largest independent retailing and distribution company and a master Spar franchise holder with over 300 supermarkets.

NUI Maynooth spin-out Neuromod Devices is to hire 50 staff over the next five years, following the launch of the firm's new treatment for tinnitus.

Covali has merged with SiliconCloud, another tech minnow, and relocated to NexusUCD in Belfield.

PwC's corporate calendar for 2015 is themed 'Business Powered by Design' after the accountancy giant teamed up with third year Visual Communications students of the National College of Art and Design.

Armagh-based firm Almac took top honours at the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Awards, ahead of nine other finalists selected from the four provinces.

UPC Ireland is to acquire WiFi company Bitbuzz for an undisclosed sum. Founded in 2003, Bitbuzz provides wireless internet access services to roaming partners, location owners and direct users.

European micro-cap VC firm Hoxton Ventures has launched a €6m Irish early-stage capital fund, in partnership with Enterprise Ireland.

Profits in Pat McDonagh's Supermac's group are a good deal healthier than the fast food they are built on - the business booked a pre-tax gain of over €7.4m in 2013.

Finance minister Michael Noonan has confirmed that there will be no change to Pay & File tax return deadlines in the lifetime of the current government.

Luxair Luxembourg Airlines is increasing frequency on the Dublin-Luxembourg route from four flights to six flights a week from next summer.

Accumulated losses for DCU spinout Sonex Metrology have risen to €921,000, according to the firm's account filings for 2013.

Letterkenny-based software firm Gartan Technologies has secured a contract with an Australian fire and rescue service to help it organise personnel in 338 stations.

Central Bank Governor Patrick Honohan has confirmed the future introduction of measures that require mortgage applicants to pay a deposit worth 20% of the value of a property, although delayed implementation and further "refinement" of the rules are likely.

UCD spin-out startup Equilume has secured €550,000 in seed funding from Enterprise Ireland and a number of angel investors based in Ireland, the UK and the USA.

IG Group has launched an execution-only stockbroking service targeted at individuals in Ireland and the UK.

Aerogen, the medical device company named as Exporter of the Year at the annual Export Industry Awards, booked a pre-tax profit of €7m on turnover of €25m, according to the company's annual filing.

RecruitmentPlus, with offices in Dublin, Dundalk and Limerick, has established a dedicated property recruitment division to cater for growing demand for qualified personnel in the property sector.

UCD graduate Elaine Lavery has won the annual LINC Jumpstart competition for her 'Udderly Delicious' flavoured butter venture, which was established in 2013.

Designers Lyndsey Bryce and Christopher Murphy of Dolmen won the Grand Prix at the annual IDI Design Awards.

Information management company Oasis has acquired Cintas Document Management of the Netherlands and Belgium in a transaction worth €30m.

Brian McKiernan is taking over from Tony Garry as CEO at finance house Davy from March 2015.

Core Media has launched communications learning centre in Dublin, offering courses for advertisers, the media, ad agencies and other digital platform users.

Certification Europe, an international management standards and inspection services company, has secured €400,000 VC investment through the Bank of Ireland Seed and Early Stage Equity Fund managed by Kernel Capital.

IT firm Typetec has signed a €1m contract with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) to help expand the college's one-to-one laptop programme.

A flurry of job announcements from four companies around Ireland will see hundreds of new positions created over the next few years. Valeo, Kildare Village, Ammeon and C&D Foods are all planning to expand their workforces.

4Impacts Intelligent Solutions Ltd, co-founded by Munster rugby player Donncha O'Callaghan, is seeking to raise €500,000 using the Employment Investment Incentive Scheme (EIIS).

Drinks giant Diageo is exiting the Irish Whiskey sector with the sale of Bushmills to Jose Cuervo.

Smartport Systems SSI Ireland Ltd has gone bust one year after securing €200,000 in equity investment from Enterprise Ireland.

Former rugby star Brian O'Driscoll has invested €60,000 in Glendalough Irish Whiskey, based in Newtownmountkennedy in Co Wicklow.

CityJet has increased flight frequency on the Dublin to London City route after British Airways' entry on the route.

Fyffes has abandoned its proposed merger with Chiquita Brands International, seven months after announcing a merger of the banana giants.

Mark Roden, founder of Ding, has been selected as of EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014.

Dublin-based booking portal has completed a €1m funding round, which includes €250,000 from Enterprise Ireland.

Aer Lingus will introduce a new Business Class service on transatlantic flights from March 2015.

AIB is making available €300m to support investment in the healthcare sector, based on projections that the number of people over 65 is set to increase by around 200,000 over the next seven years.

Cork company Biotector Analytical Systems, which was bought by Hach in April 2014, booked a pre-tax profit of €3.4 million in 2013, double the outcome the previous year.

Medical diagnostics firm Randox Teoranta is to invest €25m in its Dungloe facility over the next six years, which will see an eightfold increase in staff numbers to 540.

3D visualisation venture Von Bismark, founded by Eoghan O'Sullivan, has raised an additional €175,000 in equity investment.

Dee's Wholefoods, launched by health food entrepreneur Dee Collins in 2008, has received a €160,000 equity investment from DWF Ventures Ltd.

AIB and Frontline Ventures are collaborating in a new €2m programme to support Ireland's tech entrepreneurs.

Kernel Capital through the Bank of Ireland Kernel Capital Growth Fund has invested €1.25 million in DisplayNote Technologies Ltd, a Belfast company with offices in Spain and the US.

The income tax burden is borne disproportionately by middle and higher income earners in Ireland, according to a new analysis by Ibec.

Actus Mobile Solutions has raised €150,000 from 18 shareholders after the company booked a net loss of €215,000 in 2013.

British Airways will start flying into London's financial district on October 26 with flights from Dublin to London City Airport.

The dust is starting to settle on Budget 2015. Read the official summaries of the budget measures and the detailed analysis from leading accountancy firms.

Brite:Bill narrowed its trading loss to €587,000 in 2013 compared with €1,050,000 the year before, according to filed accounts for the trading company, Zanzibar Chest Holding Company Ltd.

OxyMem, a spin-out from UCD, has won the Overall Excellence award at the Intellectual Property Awards 2014. Year to date the company has raised €600,000 from private investors to fund product development.

Embo Medical, an early stage medical device company in Galway focused on developing technology to shut down blood flow in blood vessels, has secured €3 million in seed-funding.

Leonora O'Brien, who quit her job in the pharmacy regulator in 2012 to set up Pharmapod, has secured serious buy-in from investors, with a funding round of €750,000 in recent months to finance expansion of the company.

Video interview specialist Sonru has secured investment arranged by Saphir Capital Partners, the international growth capital investor.

Faced with proposals and budgets for PR or ad campaigns, it helps to have a clear vision and understanding of what you are buying into, and what you are likely to get from each.

Aoife Donnelly, co-founder of successful Dublin agency Next Generation Recruitment, has sold her shares to the operating company Davisnolan Ltd and resigned as a director.

Enterprise Ireland, the state agency charged with funding development of indigenous Irish companies, is supporting the expansion of UK-owned CarTrawler.

Valeo Foods has agreed to buy DCC plc's food and drinks units, Robert Roberts and Kelkin. The deal is subject to clearance from the Irish Competition Authority.

Even though most people using the internet should know they leave behind digital footprints as they navigate the web, few are fully aware of the extent many of the sites they visit monitor and use the information they garner concerning the browsing behaviour of every individual.

Benetel, a client of Dublin BIC since it was established in 2001, has raised €100,000 from Enterprise Ireland and €50,000 from the AIB Seed Capital Fund, which works closely with Dublin BIC. The investment was made on July 21.

Red Hat Inc has agreed to acquire FeedHenry in Waterford for approximately €63.5 million in cash, with chief executive Cathal McGloin set to gross over €5 million.

A state funded online search tool for SME business supports has attracted 17,000 unique users since its launch in May 2014.

Kitman Labs, a Dublin startup whose Injury Profiler reduces the risk of injury in professional athletes, has raised almost €3 million from an American investor.

Ryanair has unveiled Ryanair Business Plus, its new product aimed at business fliers. Like Ireland's leading business magazine, Business Plus, Ryanair says it's new product offers great value for money.

Nualight, the Cork company that specialises in LED lighting for the retail sector and car parks, has tapped millionaire Feargal Quinn and other shareholders for €3m.

Event Info Ltd, which went into liquidation on 24 July 2013, received an investment of €200,000 from Enterprise Ireland on 30 April 2013.

Peter Crowley and Neill Hughes, principals in FL Partners, the Dublin-based investment boutique, have invested in Brookwood Dublin, the trendy new steak restaurant on Baggot Street in Dublin 2.

Big ticket sales traditionally sold via field sales teams are moving to Inside Sales, and while some companies seem to be succeeding well, other are failing.

Twitter has sprung the lid on its analytics trove, giving all users of the social networking channel access to a wealth of data on their daily tweets.

The implications of new EU consumer legislation for online traders are detailed in a selling guide just launched by Dublin Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the European Consumer Centre Ireland.

The company that owns the Leopardstown Inn pub in south Dublin has stumped up €99,000 in a cash call for radio station Newstalk 106-108fm.

IFG Group plc has sold its Irish pension and financial advisory businesses to Willis Ireland, part of NYSE-listed Willis Group Holdings.

Bombay Pantry, which was awarded three Gold Stars at the 2014 Great Taste Awards, has been making good progress in reducing its sizeable debt burden.

NewsWhip, the Dublin company that tracks trending stories and sells the info to news organisations, booked a net loss of €327,000 in the year to end October 2013.

Luke Comer and Brian Comer are in the news today after Jack Fagan in the Irish Times reports that the brothers have bought the partially built Kilternan Hotel & Country Club in south Dublin at a knockdown price.

A 2012 startup established by Martina Skelly and her brother Mick Skelly has secured €600,000 investment for its online booking software, Yellow Schedule.

A few weeks after swooping for restructuring practice Kavanagh Fennell, Deloitte managing partner Brendan Jennings has struck a deal with specialist R&D tax practice Leyton to bring it under the Deloitte umbella.

Eirtech Aviation, which was spun out of Lufthansa Technik in an MBO in 2009, has merged with an American peer company in a deal that sees Eirtech principals Niall Cunningham and Peter Collins become major players in their specialised sector.

Pembroke Communications and Slattery Communications have announced plans to merge their PR agencies to form a new communications group.

Newmarket Partnership has joined Crowe Horwath's network of independent accountancy and advisory firms. The firm was founded 25 years ago by Gerry O'Reilly and the late David Manley.

US venture capital fund Lightstone Ventures is to partner with Enterprise Ireland (EI) and the National Pension Reserve Fund (NPRF) to establish a €126m VC fund to invest in Irish firms in the life sciences sector.

CityJet has been bought by German firm Intro Aviation. Previously owned by Air France KLM, CityJet will now operate as an independent regional airline and will start debt-free.

Clare-based food diagnostics firm AltraTech has secured significant financial backing after developing a single-use test kit that can identify the DNA content of a food sample in a matter of minutes.

Software company AMT-Sybex has been bought by Capita for an initial €100m, rising to €127m if the firm reaches agreed profit targets over the coming 12 months.

First Ireland Spirits has been bought by European drinks group Quintessential Brands for an undisclosed sum. Established in 1993, First Ireland is the country's largest independent producer of Irish cream liqueurs and country creams, and employs around 50 people.

Media monitoring company News Access has acquired the news cuttings arm of peer company Media World.

Ad agency Javelin Group has bought fellow Dublin-based digital agency Brand Social, following several months of discussions between the two companies. Brand Social will slot into the digital marketing side of Javelin's business.

Twitter's self-serve advertising platform is now open to small and medium sized businesses in Ireland.

Mairead O'Grady, taxation partner at accountancy firm Russell Brennan Keane, has put together a list of numerous ways in which individuals can legitimately and sensibly reduce their taxes.

Snap Ireland has announced the acquisition of The DG Group, one of the country's leading digital marketing services companies.

DDFH&B has announced the creation of a new public relations and communications company - The Reputations Agency, effective February 3, 2014. The new agency will bring together Corporate Reputations and Bespoke with Direction.

Dublin-based TCAS Online, a leading provider of student accommodation management software, has raised €650,000.

George Maloney of accountancy firm Baker Tilly Ryan Glennon has welcomed the announcement that legislation to introduce Examinership in the Circuit Court is to be fast tracked by the government.

The government has announced the establishment of a new €20m Irish venture capital fund.

Dublin Chamber has assembled a lineup of entrepreneurs, sports stars and business leaders to bestow advice and insights on attendees at the organisations one-day Momentum Summit, which will be held on May 15.

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