Philip Lane: hinted at provision of emergency liquidity for banks. Photograph: Jason Clarke.

Another week has trundled by and still the corridors of Government buildings remain eerily quiet – but some cracks in the ice of the current impasse s(...)

Paul Coulson: as he turns 64, the head of Ardagh Group is not retiring, but looking at more ways to expand his glass empire. Photograph: Frank Miller

A year ago, Paul Coulson finally seemed to have lost his nerve as he dropped out of the running for a €3 billion bottle-making business being sold by (...)

Variable liquidity: Paul Coulson’s stake in Ardagh Group, the company he transformed in less than two decades from sleepy Irish glass bottle maker to a global packaging giant, may be worth as much as €1.9 billion as a result of his biggest-ever deal. Photograph: Ardagh

Paul Coulson’s stake in Ardagh Group, the company he transformed in less than two decades from sleepy Irish glass bottle maker to a global packaging g(...)

Paul Coulson, chairman and Edward Kilty, group chief executive, at the Ardagh plc Annual General Meeting, in Dublin, on Monday: the company has put its US plans on hold because of “challenging” market conditions.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Irish-owned packaging group Ardagh insists it still intends to launch part of its business on the New York Stock Exchange despite putting those plans(...)

Irish-owned packaging giant Ardagh is likely to press ahead with a €2 billion flotation of its metals business on the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Irish-owned packaging giant Ardagh is likely to press ahead with a €2 billion flotation of its metals business on the New York Stock Exchange after p(...)

The group, controlled by Irish businessman Paul Coulson, said in April it was considering floating the division. Photograph: Frank Miller

Irish-owned packaging giant, Ardagh, has taken the first formal steps towards raising €2 billion in equity and debt by launching its metals division (...)

Ardagh was vying with a number of private equity giants to buy St Gobain’s European glass-making unit, Verallia

Irish-owned packaging group Ardagh’s decision to pull out of the race for St Gobain’s bottle and jar manufacturing division is good for its creditwort(...)

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland said it “upholds the historic – and Christian – view of marriage as exclusively between one man and one woman. We affirm that it is needed for the common good of society”. Photograph: Getty Images

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has called for a no vote in the marriage equality referendum on May 22nd next. In a statement it has said: “(...)

  A new book will raise funds for the Irish Hospice Foundation. Sons + Fathers will contain an introduction by Colm Toibín and  contributions by Bill Clinton,Gabriel Byrne, Daniel Day Lewis, Colin Farrell, Bono and all members of U2. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Members of U2, as well as a host of other musicians and writers are contributing to a special new Irish Hospice Foundation book celebrating the unique(...)

Pierre-Andre de Chalendar, chief executive officer of Cie. De Saint-Gobain SA. The building materials giant has launched a bid for Swiss company Sika. (Photograph: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg)

Cie. de Saint-Gobain SA, Europe’s biggest building materials supplier, offered 2.75 billion Swiss francs (€2.3bn) to buy a controlling stake in Sika A(...)