Santa (and the Grinch) arrive to open Winterval Festival and switch on 100,000 Christmas lights in Waterford City. Photograph: Patrick Browne

More than 500,000 people are expected to attend Ireland’s biggest Christmas Festival which opened in Waterford on Friday and runs until December 23rd (...)

Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti during the Connected Car Expo in Los Angeles. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/Bloomberg

Autonomous vehicles still struggle with mundane challenges such as tumbleweed, police officers giving traffic directions and wild animals, a Volksw(...)

Kingspan shares increased nearly 5% to €23.35 on the back of positive quarterly numbers and a full-year profit forecast of €250m

World equity indexes fell and oil prices weakened on yesterday as disappointing trade data in China stoked further concerns over weakening global grow(...)

The timing of Grifols’s move to Dublin has raised eyebrows, coming only about a week after the Irish government announced a new business-friendly corporate tax category, and in the same month as the OECD’s BEPS guidelines.

One part of the move had been long in the works by Grifols, a big Spanish medical company. The other came as a politically fraught surprise. When Gri(...)

Chase Dellwo (26)  is recovering in hospital after he survived a grizzly bear mauling by remembering a tip from his grandmother and shoved his arm down the animal’s throat. Photograph: Jo Dee Black/The Great Falls Tribune/AP

A hunter tracking elk in the Montana mountains said he fended off an attacking grizzly bear by shoving his arm into its throat to induce a gag reflex(...)

Wolseley led the drop, falling 12.5 per cent, after it forecast North American industrial markets will be challenging, and the UK heating industry will remain competitive. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Financial markets remained on edge after a rout Monday, as a rally in US stocks faded while gauges of European and emerging-market equities retreated.(...)

Kingspan chief executive Gene Murtagh said the first half of 2015 has been “a record period” for the company. Photo: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Kingspan chief executive, Gene Murtagh, believes that the Republic’s building industry will continue growing over “the next few years”. Revenues at th(...)

European stock markets extended their losing streak on Thursday, with benchmark indexes in Frankfurt and London hitting seven-month lows. Photo: Bloomberg

A rout in emerging financial markets spread across the globe yesterday, with Britain’s FTSE 100 slipping into a correction. Stocks tumbled around the (...)

Around half of Germany’s 30 blue-chip companies reported consensus-beating financial results for the April-June period

German economic growth accelerated in the second quarter of 2015 but by less than expected, with foreign trade acting as a support and domestic invest(...)

Audi claims the S8’s aluminium space-frame chassis has one of the lowest weights in its class: just 231kg when bare

Audi has broken new ground in the super-saloon power wars by showing off a new S8 that has more than 600hp – 605hp to be exact – and a whopping 750(...)