Irish oil firm PetroNeft raises $6.7M to fund Russian oilfield development

Dublin, Ireland-based oil exploration firm PetroNeft Resources raised $6.7 million (€4.8 million) in combined share placement and debt facility to support the development of its oilfield in Russia.

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Ireland sees increasing venture capital activity with the help of private investors

Ireland saw a 6% increase in its venture capital activity with the help of private investors who poured in £237 million (€284 million) in investments in 2013.

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Irish firm Analytics Engines secures $1.6M in funding

Belfast, Ireland-based analytics and big data firm Analytics Engines secured $1.6 million (£1 million) in a funding round led by Crescent Capital to develop its software accelerating platform and widen its market reach.

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Irish social media startup Eagle Alpha bags $1.5M in angel funding

Dublin, Ireland-based social media analytics startup Eagle Alpha bagged $1.5 million (€1.1 million) in angel funding from former investment banker Emmett Kilduff to develop its product offering and beef up its salesforce.

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Irish drug firm Perrigo picks up Aspen Global products in $51M cash deal

Dublin, Ireland-based over-the-counter (OTC) drug manufacturer Perrigo Company PLC picked up a set of products being marketed in Australia and New Zealand from South African firm Aspen Global Inc in a $51-million cash deal.

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TVC offloads €22.1M stake in Irish broadcaster UTV

Dublin, Ireland-based public investment holding company TVC Holdings offloaded 7.6 million shares in Northern Ireland-based media broadcaster UTV in a deal valued at €22.1 million, reducing its stake from 18% to 10.05%.

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Slowdown seem in Irish venture capital activities

Even if venture capital invested a quarter of a billion euros in Ireland-based firms last year, the Irish fundraising market is already slowing, the Irish Examiner reported.

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Irish firm Fexco to purchase English foreign exchange firm InterCash

County Kerry, Ireland-based financial services provider Fexco will UK-based foreign exchange firm InterCash for an undisclosed sum to establish the firm's position in the market as the country's economy starts growing again.

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Irish media firm Communicorp snaps up eight stations from Global Radio for £35M

Dublin, Ireland-based media holding firm Communicorp snapped up eight stations from London, UK-based media and publishing holding group Global Radio in a deal valued at £35 million as the latter was forced by the Competition Commission to do so.

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To ease their dependents on banks, Ireland's agri-food firms encouraged to seek funding from private venture sources

AgriFood Business Partners Finance Director Cathal Fitzgerald urged Ireland's food processors and dairy cooperatives to seek capital from private venture sources, the Irish Examiner reported.

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Irish firm Top Level Domain Holdings bags $33M from investors

Dublin, Ireland-based firm Top Level Domain Holdings bagged $33 million in funding from its investors to beef up its bidding power in the upcoming private auctions of new Internet domains.

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Origin completes $17.6M stake buy in Ukraine's Agroscope

Ireland-based food and agribusiness group Origin Enterprises completed the purchase of a 60% stake in Ukraine-based firm Agroscope in a deal valued at $17.6 million (€12.7 million).

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UK-based phone recycling firm Redeem acquires rival Eazyfone

Bathgate, West Lothian-based mobile phone recycling company Redeem Holdings acquired Macclesfield, Chesire-based rival Eazyfone for an undisclosed amount to enhance its processing capability and increase its annual takeover.

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Carlyle invests in Irish chocolate maker Lily O'Brien's

US-based private equity firm The Carlyle Group invested an undisclosed sum in Ireland-based chocolate maker Lily O'Brien's for the expansion of the latter's global consumer reach.

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Actavis exits stake in China joint venture to Chiral

Dublin, Ireland-based pharmaceutical firm Actavis sold its stake in Chinese subsidiary Actavis (Foshan Pharmaceutical Co) for an undisclosed sum because of its limited presence in the country.

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