Dr Ivan Coulter, founder and chief executive of Sigmoid, said the company had raised €25 million since it was founded in 2003. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sigmoid Pharma, a Dublin-based drug developer, has raised €5 million in new investment from Canadian company Pendopharm. The Irish firm, which is base(...)

Sean O Driscoll: We need to focus more on efficiency. Photograph: Alan Betson

Seán O’Driscoll, the chief executive of Glen Dimplex, yesterday invited the former Japanese prime minister Naoto Kan to the Merrion Hotel in Dublin t(...)

 Sean O Driscoll: the Glen Dimplex CEO will be the keynote speaker at the International Manufacturing Conference in Cork. Photograph: Alan Betson

The International Manufacturing Conference will return to Cork this week after an 11-year absence. The conference, which is being jointly organised by(...)

Kim Kardashian and husband Kanye West: A plug from the reality TV star is priceless advertising.  Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images

You may love her or loathe her but there is something about reality television star Kim Kardashian West that her 21.9 million Twitter followers just c(...)

PayPal launch: Louise Phelan, PayPal’s vice president of global operations for Europe, Middle East and Africa, shakes hands with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the recent official opening of the International Operations centre of eBay in Dundalk which includes PayPal and eBay. Photograph: Alan Betson

This month’s announcement that PayPal will be creating 400 additional jobs in its Dundalk base illustrates the strides that have been made in a region(...)

Refurbishing an apartment with electric heating: there are a whole range of heat emitter models with varying degrees of efficiency. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q I’m interested in two properties in Ireland. Both are part of a development area with annual management fees. I have made enquiries as to how much t(...)

The Merrion Hotel in Dublin. Completion of the proposed extension will mark the culmination of a long process for Landmark Investment Company, which owns the hotel. Photograph: Alan Betson

New retail units along Baggot Street in Dublin are to be built as part of a major extension of the five-star Merrion Hotel, work on which will star(...)

John Morrissey, comissionaire at the Merrion Hotel Dublin. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / Irish Times

The hotel group that co-owns the luxury five-star Merrion hotel in Dublin last year sustained an 18 per cent drop in pre-tax profits to £2 million (€2(...)

 Martin Naughton:  did the honours for Ireland Day. Photograph: Alan Betson

Business & Finance publisher Ian Hyland got luckier with his timing this year(...)

Sinead Heaney, director of the new €75 million fund for export-focused SME’s at the BDO office in Dublin. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

“Premature sell-out of businesses is an issue here,” muses Sinead Heaney, founding director of the €75 million BDO Development Capital Fund. Sh(...)