Heathrow is likely to loom large in any talks between IAG and Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe and his cabinet colleagues, who will decide the fate of the Government’s 25.1 per cent stake. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The Aer Lingus board reportedly spent six hours considering the latest offer from International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG), which is said to(...)

Based on analysis of Central Bank data, Bank Of Ireland says it continues to be the main provider of credit to smaller firms, accounting for more than 50 per cent of new non-property lending. Photograph: Frank Miller

Bank of Ireland lent €4.5 billion to small and medium-sized businesses last year and approved almost nine out of 10 credit applications from the se(...)

Lloyds Pharmacy managing director Goretti Brady.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Republic’s biggest pharmacy chain plans further expansion this year following strong Christmas sales.Lloyds Pharmacy said that sales during the 20(...)

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe said the Government would look at any offer for Aer Lingus from the perspective of its value and potential impact on the Republic’s links with the rest of the world. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Aer Lingus’s institutional investors believe there is scope for International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) to increase its €1.3 billion-plus o(...)

Aercap chief executive Aengus Kelly.

The aircraft finance giant formed last year by the $7 billion takeover of International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) by Irish-based Aercap has (...)

Aer Lingus is expected to recommend a takeover bid from IAG, the owner of British Airways and Spain’s Iberia. IAG’s €2.50 a share cash takeover approach marks its third bid in just over a month

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has said the Government will look at any offer for Aer Lingus from the perspective of both its value and potent(...)

Traders work at their screens in front of the German share price index DAX board at the stock exchange in Frankfurt yesterday. Photograph: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters

Markets rose amid hopes that the European Central Bank’s (ECB) €1.14 trillion stimulus plans will spark economic growth in the region.Analysts said t(...)

CRH chief executive, Albert Manifold, wants to buy into cement in emerging markets.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

CRH’s €6 billion bid to buy businesses that peers Holcim and Lafarge have put on the block as part of their merger could transform the Irish building (...)

Peter Barrett, chief executive of SMBC Aviation Capital. “We have placed two large orders in the last 12 months, so that’s really a significant vote of confidence in our business.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Just weeks ago, aircraft leasing specialist SMBC Aviation Capital agreed to buy 80 of Boeing’s newest model, the 737 Max, from the US giant in a deal (...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary has signalled his company could buy any of Aer Lingus’s Heathrow landing rights. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary has signalled his company could buy any Heathrow landing rights that are put up for sale if International C(...)