Handybook founder Oisin Hanrahan

Handybook, the on-demand home cleaning and repair service co-founded by Oisín Hanrahan, has expanded into Europe by launching in London. The company,(...)

Oisin Hanrahan: “We looked at businesses like Uber and thought it was an incredibly interesting model, and how could you apply it to home services?” Photograph: Eric Luke

Smartphones have become such an integral part of our lives that we no longer think twice about using them in everyday situations. Grabbing a taxi has (...)

Umang Dua and Oisin Hanrahan of on-demand home improvement and cleaning service Handybook

Irish entrepreneur Oisin Hanrahan, founder of the US-based Handybook, which provides home-improvement services, has secured €22 million in development(...)

Brunel building, Heuston South Quarter: site features apartment complex, Grade A offices and mixed-use commercial buildings

Loans linked to the mixed-use development, Heuston South Quarter, opposite Heuston Railway Station in Dublin 8, are to be offered for sale on the inte(...)

Social media: Skye Townsend, an American actor whose videos of herself mimicking Beyonce are popular on the social media website Vine, records a clip in Los Angeles. Vine, where clips are limited to six seconds and run on a loop, has become something like a next-generation YouTube. Photograph: J Emilio Flores/New York Times

If you believe the doomsayers, the golden era of social media is coming to an end for the current crop of services. For some time now, people have bee(...)

Out tomorrow: Euro zone retail sales (Mar). Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

TODAYResults: Audi; Kennedy-Wilson; Manchester United; Pfizer. Indicators: Euro zone Sentix investor confidence (May) and producer prices (March); US (...)

Michael Lewis, author of Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview in New York, on Wednesday, where he discussed high-frequency trading and the structure of the US equity market with Brad Katsuyama, chief executive officer of IEX Group Inc. Photograph: Chris Goodney/Bloomberg

To explain claims of stock market rigging in the latest scandal to rock Wall Street, one US television news network resorted to a rather crude (...)

Aer Lingus: Closed the day down 0.68 per cent at just under €1.61. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Iseq treaded water on a quiet day of trading as European stocks generally closed little changed, trimming losses in(...)

WhatsApp founders Brian Acton (left) and Jan Koum at the company headquarters in Mountain View, California in May 2013. Photograph: Peter DaSilva/The New York Times

The relationship between Facebook and WhatsApp started in spring 2012 over coffee at a German bakery. It was consummated on Valentine’s Day wit(...)