KPMG managing partner Shaun Murphy: “Continued economic growth has provided opportunities for Irish-based businesses to expand their operations.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fee income among Ireland’s top four accountancy firms rose by 16 per cent last year, new figures compiled by The Irish Times’ business database Top10(...)

Awards are great for encouraging people and companies to push themselves, and think about achievement. Photograph: Thinkstock

Once upon a time, there were hardly any business awards competitions in Ireland. Now, there are so many – often in overlapping areas – that it can be (...)

Lutz Trenkner and his wife Ursula were jailed by the East German dictatorship in 1984 for consorting with enemies of the communist state – namely his older brother Ernst.  Photograph: Derek Scally

A key Stasi tactic was to use friends, colleagues and relatives to spy on each other. Experts say that people became St(...)

Simon Singh: ‘The number of the house in which the Simpsons live is 742 and for ages I couldn’t figure out what it meant.’ Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

In the Simpsons episode “Marge and Homer Turn a Couple Play”, a big screen in Springfield’s baseball stadium asks the crowd to guess the capacity. (...)

Ashford Castle hotel resort which has been sold for €20 million.

Red Carnation Hotels, owner of 14 boutique hotels, plans to carry out a major refurbishment of the five-star hotel in Cong, Co Mayo, which was (...)

Rory McIlroy looking forward to Sawgrass. Chris Keane/Reuters

Rory McIlroy is hopeful he can put a poor finish at Quail Hollow behind him and take the positives into this week’s The Players’ Championship (...)