Mark Zuckerberg: two years ago, Facebook’s chief executive announced an ambitious effort to connect the world’s poorest people to the internet. Photograph: Jim Wilson/New York Times

Nearly two years ago, Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, announced an ambitious effort to connect the world’s poorest people to the internet(...)

‘We need to learn from this. We can’t keep building crap.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Dublin’s motto is obedientia civium urbis felicitas (the citizen’s obedience is the city’s happiness). This is perhaps the most unDublin motto ther(...)

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Enterprise Jonathan Bell hailed Decora Blind Systems, which is creating 80 jobs in Antrim, as a “dynamic, innovative business”. Photograph: Aaron McCracken/Harrisons/PA

A family owned blind manufacturing business in Lisburn plans to create 80 jobs in Co Antrim as part of a new expansion project. Decora Blind Systems, (...)

The Kilternan Hotel in south Co Dublin was sold last year to the Comer Group for about €7 million. Photograph: Eric Luke

An exercise pool for horses is in a planning application lodged by the new owners of the Kilternan Hotel in south Co Dublin. The partially rebu(...)

More than 20% could be knocked off the Greek index as market finally reopens after five weeks. Photograph: Getty Images

(...) combination of pent-up trading, worries about the future and Greece’s worsening economy could knock 20 per(...)

Budget opportunities

(...) assessed on how it contributes to a growing economy. Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said he(...)

For an employee “the journey” may  make change inevitable.  Photograph: Getty Images

In my first job that did not involve beer or sliced ham, I worked in the corporate affairs department of a pharmaceutical company. One day some consul(...)

Businessman Denis O’Brien: Believed to be taking issue with the CPP’s findings that Independent TD Catherine Murphy did not abuse Dáil privilege when making allegations about him in the chamber. Photograph: The Irish Times

Businessman Denis O’Brien has initiated legal proceedings against the Dáil’s Committee on Procedure and Privileges (CPP). Mr O’Brien has named every m(...)

A survey from the  HR Department has found less than six in 10 Irish SMEs  invest in a human resources  function. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Fewer than six in 10 small- and medium-sized Irish enterprises invest in a human resources (HR) function, despite the fact 93 per cent believe HR play(...)

A Petrobas drilling platform in Guanabara Bay:  the company has invited rivals to bid for stakes in some of its most promising offshore oil finds. Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg

Just a few years ago Brazil’s Petrobras had ambitions to overtake Exxon Mobile as the world’s largest listed oil company. But missed production target(...)