Seán Quinn’s son and nephew sentenced to three months in jail

Sean Quinn again points finger at accountants

Seán Quinn’s son and nephew sentence to three months in jail Pictured: Seán Quinn snr The son and nephew of businessman Seán Quinn have been sentenced to three months in prison for contempt of court. Justice Elizabeth Dunne made orders today to jail Seán Quinn jnr and Peter Darragh Quinn for trying to hide assets from the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC), which was formerly Anglo Irish Bank. The judge said Sean Quinn snr was not being jailed so he would have time to comply with the court orders and to reverse asset stripping measures. Earlier today, a warrant was issued for Peter Darragh Quinn’s arrest when he failed to attend court this morning for sentencing. The judge…

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Gaelectric enters biomass business with Imperative Energy acquisition

Irish renewable energy group Gaelectric has announced the acquisition of biomass energy solutions provider Imperative Energy Ltd for an undisclosed sum. Gaelectric enters biomass business with Imperative Energy acquisitionPictured: Brendan McGrath, Gaelectric Group CEO, and Joe O’Carroll, Imperative Energy CEO Founded in 2007, Naas-based Imperative Energy has completed over 70 biomass installations in Ireland and the UK totalling over 40MW in energy capacity, with a further 10 projects currently under construction. The company has installations in place at Government Buildings in Dublin, and a district heating system for all Irish State buildings between Kildare Street and Merrion Street, Dublin. “We view this as an important strategic step for Gaelectric that provides us with diversification across…

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Bord Bia and Google Ireland partner to help boost food companies’ online sales

Bord Bia , in partnership with Google Ireland, has today launched the Digital Food Hub, a new training programme aimed at helping Irish food businesses to maximize their online presence and sales. Following an application process, 21 Irish food companies have been selected to participate in the inaugural seven month programme, which will include workshops, training modules and one-to-one mentoring delivered by Google digital experts at its European headquarters in Dublin. The companies, representing dairy, meat, confectionary and chilled food sectors, range from large multinational players such as Kerry Foods and Cuisine de France to new businesses like The Little Milk Company and Elivar.According to Bord Bia’s Tomorrow’s Shopper 94pc of shoppers…

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Cork BPO company Southwestern bought by Capita for €35m

UK business services outsourcing group Capita plc has bought Cork-headquartered SouthWestern Business Process Services Ltd from private equity group Ion Equity for €35m. SouthWestern provides customer relationship management, financial shared services, data processing and inspectorate services to private and public sector organisations from offices in Ireland, the UK and Poland. Its clients include the Department of Agriculture Food and Marine, Bord Gáis, the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Bord Bia , Eircom and Failte Ireland. It employs around 1,000 employees, primarily based across three sites in Co Cork, and one in Lodz, Poland, together with smaller operations in Dublin and Milton Keynes. The company is forecasting an operating profit…

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Jacob Fruitfield Hires Ogilvy & Mather To Create Ad Campaigns

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One of the most trusted leaders in advertising, Ogilvy & Mather has been appointed as agency partner to the Jacob Fruitfield Food Group with effect from January 2010. The agency will be responsible for creating new advertising campaigns for brands such as Jacob’s Cream Crackers, Kimberly, Mikado and Coconut Creams.  It will also work on Jacob Fruitfield’s other brands, including Chef and Fruitfield. “We relish the exciting prospect of developing the truly iconic campaigns that these well loved Irish brands deserve,” said Gervaise Slowey, managing director, Ogilvy & Mather. According to Jacob Fruitfield, the company plans to invest heavily in building its top brands in 2010, “Advertising has always played a key role…

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Sean Quinn again points finger at accountants

Sean Quinn again points finger at accountants

Following revelations that Quinn Insurance lost more than €700m in the year prior to it being placed into administration, former head of the insurer Sean Quinn is still insisting the blame lies with the accountants currently in charge. Quinn has claimed that the business had €1.1bn in liquid assets and €464m in property when Michael McAteer and Paul McCann were appointed as administrators.

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Share receiver appointed over Quinn family shares

Share receiver appointed over Quinn family shares

Share receiver appointed over Quinn family shares Anglo Irish Bank, which will remain a minority shareholder in Quinn Group, has appointed a share receiver over the Quinn family’s shares in the group. The share received has already appointed a number of non-executive directors to the board of directors of Quinn Group. As a result, Sean Quinn and the Quinn family will no longer have any role in the management, operations or ownership of the Quinn Group. A share receiver takes control of the shares only, and not the assets, businesses or employees of the Quinn Group. The share receiver has also been appointed to the Quinn family’s international property group. Minister for…

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Viagogo to Open Limerick Operations Centre Where it Plans to Recruit “in the hundreds”

Viagogo Group, the operator of ticket marketplace Viagogo.com, has announced plans to open a new purpose-built operations center in Limerick. The investment is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation through IDA Ireland. The new operations centre is recruiting for a range of technical and customer service roles for people with a range of skills and languages, including German, French, Italian, and Spanish. While the new centre is due to open later this year, those who have already been recruited are currently based at a temporary location in the city centre. “We reviewed many locations for our latest operations centre but we chose Limerick for its reputation as a place of excellence and local talent,” said Edward…

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Aramark Ireland creates 17 new jobs in the north west

Aidan Bell, Aramark managing director

Facilities management, food and property provider Aramark Ireland has created 17 new jobs following the integration of Sligo-based Lotus Facilities Management (FM), which was acquired by Aramark in 2013. Since the acquisition, Aramark has doubled the Lotus FM workforce to 34 people, most of whom are based in the north west.

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