Globally, Guinness net sales increased 9 per cent Photo: Bloomberg

First-half profit at drinks group Diageo beat analysts’ estimates as the world’s largest distiller posted better-than-expected sales and gained market(...)

Out-of-home ads for Diageo vodka brand Smirnoff, McDonald’s, Eir and Mondelez-owned Cadbury. Montage: PML Group

It was back to business as usual on Ireland’s billboards last year, as Guinness owner Diageo reclaimed its position as the biggest out-of-home adverti(...)

 McDonald’s: results out on Monday. Photograph: Joe Buglewicz/Bloomberg
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 President Michael D Higgins  presents former US senator George Mitchell (left) with a Presidential Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad  at Áras an Uachtaráin, Dublin,  in late 2013. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former US senator and Northern Ireland peace negotiator George Mitchell has agreed to lead New York City’s St Patrick’s Day Parade, the world’s bigges(...)

A pub inside the Guinness Brewery shouldn’t be a new idea, but it in fact it is. This isn’t the Storehouse the tourists love to visit, but a new expe(...)

Diageo, which owns the Guinness, Smirnoff Vodka and Johnny Walker whiskey brands, has been trying to shed a number of non-core assets in recent months

Drinks group Diageo has completed the sale of its US and UK wine interests to Treasury Wine Estates in a deal valued at $552 million (€506m). The dea(...)

Guinness Storehouse: the St James’s Gate premises takes visitors through the history of the stout

Almost 1.5 million visitors poured into the Guinness Storehouse in 2015, breaking previous visitor records and making it once again Ireland’s most pop(...)

Kainos chief executive Brendan Mooney

Belfast-based IT firm Kainos Software has disposed of its stake in the speed recognition company SpeechStorm for £2 million. San Francisco-based Gen(...)

Smithwick’s has brewed up a national competition for amateur ale fans to create their own Christmas beverages.

Once upon a time, we Smithwick’s drinkers didn’t have much choice when we ventured out for an ale. Do you want a pint or a half? That was the height o(...)

COP21: Ireland has the advantage of exploiting renewable energy and not producing fossil fuels. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

There are no jobs on a dead planet. David Begg, former general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions summarised things neatly when (...)