Opening Bell: RTÉ land sells for over €100m, professional job activity up, sexist remark at Uber meeting

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Cairn Homes has agreed to buy part of RTÉ's Donnybrook campus for €107.5 million.

This is far in excess of the €75m guide price set for the nearly nine-acre Montrose site by estate agents Savills.

Cairn commented that the Dublin 4 real estate was a "prime site in a unique location which has strong potential for apartment development."

It is planning to build up to 500 apartments and nine houses, with the transaction expected to close next month.

RTÉ director general Dee Forbes said the broadcaster had to sell the land due to the vastly reduced commercial and licence fee income it is now operating on.

The funds will be invested in capital projects, including technology upgrades and key digital infrastructure.


Ryanair chairman David Bonderman has resigned from the board of Uber after making a sexist remark at a meeting designed to address internal gender bias at the under fire company.

The TPG capital billionaire interjected as fellow Uber board member Arianna Huffington spoke about how the presence a woman on the board would attract other females.

“There’s a lot of data that shows when there’s one woman on the board, it’s much more likely that there will be a second woman on the board,” Huffington said, according to a source.

With that, Bonderman said:

"Actually, what it shows is that it's much more likely to be more talking."

The comment was apparently met with audible gasps and blank stares at the San Francisco meeting.

Uber and TPG have since confirmed the resignation of the 74-year-old at a time when the ridesharing firm is attempting to repair a shattered public image.


There was a 6% rise in the number of professionals actively seeking new job opportunities in Ireland last month.

The information is contained in the latest monthly employment monitor from Morgan McKinley.

Areas such as finance, IT and human resources are continuing to grow in this country.

There was also 15% increase in professional jobs vacancies in Ireland last month, when compared to April.

Bryan Hyland, operations director with Morgan McKinley, says the figures are good news:

"It's positive right now. We've got to pretext it by saying it's a single month's result, we'd be very interested to monitor this through June, through July, to ensure it's a pattern.

"But... if we look at it as a single indicator, it's driving good employment and growth throughout the market."


The Tallaght-born boss of Qantas Airways has been given one of Australia's highest honours.

Alan Joyce was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia in the birthday honours of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, in recognition of his services to aviation and tourism, as well as gender and marriage equality and the support of indigenous education.

Joyce told the Australian newspaper that his Irish parents "have always been his heroes" and thanked them for instilling him with a strong work ethic and belief in education.

Joyce said:

"One thing I love about Australia is the fair-go mentality.

"Everybody should have an equal go. People who try to impose their opinions – try to intimidate or get people to back down because maybe they have a weaker or lesser voice in some way – it's just something that is against the whole philosophy of this country. You have to stand up to that."