Chiquita and Fyffes, which compete with Fresh Del Monte and Hawaii-founded Dole Food Company, offered concessions to the Commission last week. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Fyffes and US fruit producer Chiquita are set to secure conditional EU approval for their $526 million tie-up to create the world’s largest banana pro(...)

Fyffes and US fruit producer Chiquita have offered concessions to European Union regulators to allay concerns that their proposed $526 million tie-up (...)

David McCann,  chief executive of Fyffes:  must have felt as if he was walking on water. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Four months ago, when Fyffes’s $1 billion merger with its US banana rival Chiquita was announced, David McCann, the Irish company’s chief executive, m(...)

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said dole will be cut only in extreme cases. Photograph: Frank Miller /	THE IRISH TIMES

Dole cuts for younger people who do not take up training, work placements or internship offers under a new Government scheme will only be implemented (...)

A Christmas Dole by Joseph Clarke sold at Sotheby’s for  £25,000 (€30,000).

The Victorians virtually invented many of the secular customs now regarded as Christmas traditions: sending cards, decorating trees and dining on roas(...)

Yesterday’s cuts will force women back to work earlier after having children, say groups such as the National Women’s Council and the Children’s Rights Alliance

The young, the old and mothers-to-be will suffer most from budget spending cuts over the coming year, lobby groups warned last night.Maternity benefi(...)