Aer Lingus finished down 1.9 per cent at €2.37 during a reasonably active session for the stock

Optimism among investors that the European Central Bank will begin quantitative easing later this week pushed stock prices up to a new seven-year hig(...)

Traders  on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

Volatility, it appears, is back. After two years of remarkable calm, investor jitters have returned. It’s not simply that stocks are declining; there (...)

Finbar Furey: ‘I knew I’d never be able to play the pipes as well again,’ he says of an injury to his shoulder. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Finbar Furey loves the idea of his music bringing people together. This happened at the World Cup in 1994, he says, when Holland were playing Irela(...)

The Seattle Seahawks and  Denver Broncos compete in last year’s NFL Super Bowl. Fifteen advertisers are making their Super Bowl ad debuts during this year’s event. Photograph: Barton Silverman/The New York Times

Last year the crown was “won” by Budweiser, Coca-Cola and Microsoft. But in just over a fortnight the title of “best Super Bowl ad 2015” will be besto(...)

Coca-Cola will cut as many as 1,800 jobs, or about 1 per cent of its global workforce.

Coca-Cola will cut as many as 1,800 jobs, or about 1 per cent of its global workforce, as the world’s largest beverage company reduces costs amid a s(...)

An image from an online video advertisement for Cadbury featuring football pundits Johnny Giles and Eamon Dunphy

It’s that time of year when the media loves nothing better than to warn everybody about the dangers of sugar: it’s poisoning us, it’s toxic, it’s the (...)

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Image of the week: No Supersizing In Tokyo, Japan, McDelivery scooters are lined up outside a McDonald’s store. There’s just one small problem.(...)

Bean there, done that: successful older entrepreneur Peter Cullen founded Aran Candy in 1997 at the age of 50. The company, owner of the Jelly Bean Factory brand, was acquired for €15.5 million in cash earlier this year. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Think it’s too late in life to start a business? Think again. Given the remarkable success of fresh-faced entrepreneurs such as Mark Zuckerberg in rec(...)

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Image of the week: Parisian pink They’re dreaming of a pink Christmas in Paris, where the Galeries Lafayette department store is shaking off stagna(...)

Mayor of Galway City  Donal Lyons and Minister for Transport Paschal O’Donohoe at Eyre Square, Galway,  as  Coca-Cola Zero Bike scheme rolls out in the city. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The first bike rental scheme outside of Dublin has been rolled out in Galway. When the scheme is fully operational in the western capital, there will (...)