Ed Micheau

Ed Micheau

Top-rate tax pledge not met

Top-rate tax pledge not met

“Priority is to achieve a position where all on the national minimum wage are removed from the tax net, 80 per cent of all earners to pay tax at the standard rate.”

Bland on Bland

Bland on Bland

“At 67, you can't give a brief, potted history of your life,” said the engaging, charming and slightly irascible Sir Christopher Bland, chairman of BT, batting away the opening question.

Shareholders cash out of Insomnia as chain valued at €7m

Shareholders cash out of Insomnia as chain valued at €7m

Insomnia Coffee Company founders Derek Hughes, Brian Goff and Mark Duffy have sold their entire shareholdings in a deal that values the coffee chain at approximately €7million.

Eircom to retain Meteor brand name

Eircom to retain Meteor brand name

Eircom is set to pursue a dual branding strategy in relation to Meteor, the mobile phone company it is in the process of buying for €420 million.

Doyles to veto board seat for Dunne

Doyles to veto board seat for Dunne

The Doyle-led consortium now in control of Jurys Doyle Hotel Group is set to block any attempt by developer Sean Dunne to gain a seat on the company's new board.

Waste wars

Waste wars

Just who is going to blink first in the waste industry? The absence of a big corporate deal in the sector in recent years has yielded no catalyst to stimulate a chain reaction of mergers and acquisitions.

DCS tying up businesses in red tape

DCS tying up businesses in red tape

It seemed like a good idea at the time. What better way to call company directors to account than by making them sign a statement saying that they were fully compliant with all areas of company law?

Stringent directors' bill is shelved

Stringent directors' bill is shelved

The controversial Directors' Compliance Statement (DCS), outlining stringent new rules for company directors, is set to be shelved until 2007/08 and substantially modified in the meantime.

Irish stamp duty remains one of the highest in EU

Irish stamp duty remains one of the highest in EU

Irish homebuyers pay a whopping nine times more stamp duty than their counterparts in Sweden when buying a €640,000 home, according to a new survey.

Online casino planned for Ryanair flights

Online casino planned for Ryanair flights

Ryanair is set to launch an online casino that will operate in tandem with a new in-flight entertainment service.

New property company set for AIM flotation next month

New property company set for AIM flotation next month

A new property company with substantial Irish interests is set to be floated on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) in London in November.

Pratt's good tidings for C&C

Pratt's good tidings for C&C

Few chief executives carry off good news announcements better than C&C Group boss Maurice Pratt, and there should be plenty of good cheer about when he announces interim results on Tuesday morning.

K Club put on green alert

K Club put on green alert

The K Club is to introduce round-the-clock security to protect the golf course from vandalism 11 months before the Ryder Cup is due to be staged at the Co Kildare venue.

Rallying around bid for world championship

Rallying around bid for world championship

Ireland's efforts to host the World Rally Championship (WRC), with its multi-million-euro tourism windfall, go on trial in the north-west next weekend when more than 80,000 spectators are expected to attend Rally Ireland 2005.

Greenstar acquires Sligo waste company with €3.3m turnover

Greenstar acquires Sligo waste company with €3.3m turnover

Waste-management company Greenstar has acquired Sligo waste company WDS, the county's largest operator, for an undisclosed price.