Fyffes was among the best performers in Dublin yesterday as investors gained in confidence that it may get its $1 billion proposed merger with Chiquita away, following a scheduled shareholders’ meeting next month. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Fyffes gains 4.25% amid conjecture that $1bn merger with Chiquita could go ahead

The K Club is now fully owned by Dr Smurfit after he bought out property developer Gerry Gannon’s 50% share. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty

Accounts show Smurfit deal with Nama resulted in a €28 million writedown

Michael O’Leary: well known for a rambunctious attitude towards Aer Lingus.   Photograph: Eric Luke

O’Leary says he was either misquoted or taken “out of context”

Party place: the Darwin Centre at the National History Museum in London

Behemoth appears to have snapped up half the country’s assets in recent years

Gavin Slark: “I left school not knowing what I wanted to do, and probably thought I could make it as a drummer.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Gavin Slark eschewed university to work his way to the top. Grafton, re-energised after the crash, is bearing the fruits of his la(...)

William Porterfield batting for Ireland against Sri Lanka recently: RSA is due to end its more than seven-year sponsorship of cricket in Ireland in December. Photograph: ©INPHO/Presseye/Rowland White

Ireland’s stature in the sport is growing rapidly

 Citywest hotel: the biggest hotel complex in the country. Photograph: David Sleator

Dalata group will run the complex for the time being

From left: Bill Archer (Eircom Business Solutions) and Simon Boucher (IMI), at the launch of this year’s National Management Conference

Theme of National Management Conference is Adapt Align Achieve

The Irish fuels-to-healthcare-to-technology conglomerate will gain a 4.2 per cent share of the French retail motor fuels market with the Esso Express deal

Irish conglomerate has agreed a €106 million deal to buy assets from Esso in France

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