Aer Lingus aircraft at Dublin airport. The airline is in good shape at present, arguably enjoying some of its best trading years since the Irish economy collapsed in  2008. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

It’s six months since Willie Walsh first tabled a bid for Aer Lingus. It’s four months since Aer Lingus told the stock market that it was willing to r(...)

Prof Donal O’Shea said Government must  take immediate action to stop rising obesity levels. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Obesity in Ireland is a worse crisis than HIV/AIDS in the 1980s and cholera in the 1800s, one of the country’s leading health experts has said.Prof Dó(...)

In terms of obesity alone, the estimates show a big jump for women in the Irish Republic, soaring from 23 per cent to 57 per cent. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Ireland is on course to become the most obese country in Europe, according to the latest figures from World Health Organisation (WHO) experts.Europe i(...)

Obese middle-aged people are nearly 30 per cent less likely to develop dementia than those of a healthy weight, a study has revealed. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire.

Obese middle-aged people are nearly 30 per cent less likely to develop dementia than those of a healthy weight, a study has revealed.It also found tha(...)

Belfast International Airport  is suing Aer Lingus for alleged breach of contract following its move to George Best Belfast City Airport.

A £20 million lawsuit over Aer Lingus’ decision to switch its Belfast operation will be heard next year, it was confirmed today. Belfast International(...)

The modern market: brand names that now permeate our daily lives

We were promised jet packs and robot cleaners by Tomorrow’s World in the 1970s and assured that the march of technology would see us passing our da(...)

Cathal O’Connell: “The BMI brand has huge heritage, over 70 years of heritage.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Two years ago, Cathal O’Connell was facing a task that many were bluntly telling him was impossible. He and a small team in East Midlands Airport in B(...)

Fifty-two per cent of older adults are “centrally obese”, meaning their waist circumference is “substantially increased”, while a further 25 per cent have an “increased” waist, according to the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing study.

They may have lost euros by the bucket-load but older Irish adults are piling on the pounds. A new survey shows almost four out of every five over-50s(...)

The report’s authors say further studies are required to identify if changes in maternal diet and/or physical activity were responsible for these weight changes after the birth of a first child.

Two-thirds of first-time mothers had gained 10lb when they booked antenatal care for a second pregnancy, according to a longitudinal study carried ou(...)

Aer Lingus regional operator Stobart Air has also taken on a second franchise service for UK carrier Flybe. Photograph: Alan Betson, Irish Times

Aer Lingus regional operator Stobart Air is recruiting former Ryanair and BMI Baby directors to its management and board in a shake-u(...)