New house building to exceed last year, retailers refusing cash, and RTÉ’s 17 missed performance targets

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The number of new homes completed in the State could exceed 30,000 this year despite a slowdown in the second quarter and capacity constraints within the construction sector, according to an analysis by the Banking and Payments Federation of Ireland. Ian Curran has the details.

Can retailers really refuse to accept cash payments? Fiona Reddan answers this question in our weekly personal finance big read. If you’d like to read more about the issues that affect your finances try signing up to On the Money, the weekly newsletter from our personal finance team, which will be issued every Friday to Irish Times subscribers.

In our personal finance Q&A this week, a reader is confused by the paperwork sent to them by CRH about their small shareholding, as the Irish company advances its plan to list its shares in New York while quitting the Dublin market. Dominic Coyle offers some guidance.

Why did RTÉ miss 17 of its audience performance targets last year? Laura Slattery examines this question in detail in her media and marketing column.


Irish employers are “missing the opportunity” to retain knowledge from retiring workers, according to a survey by recruiters Hays Ireland. Ellen O’Regan has the details.

Is Dublin office market heading for a hard landing? Cantillon ponders this question.

Cantillon also examines Kingpan’s reasons for seeking a big deal in the United States, amid reports that an informal approach to US peer Carlisle (market capitalisation of about €11.6 billion) about a possible merger was recently rebuffed.

Most Irish businesses say they understand how important innovation is to their company but a third have yet to put a strategy in place, according to the findings of a new survey. Ciara O’Brien reports.

In Me & My Money, motorcyclist Oran O’Kelly reveals how he tries to convince his girlfriend that “every bike is an investment”. He spoke with Tony Clayton-Lea.

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