Final 10 million shares will be given to Royal Mail employees, raising the stake held by workers to 12 per cent. Photograph: PA.

The UK government unloaded its final stake in Royal Mail, completing the privatisation of the postal service in two years as chancellor of the exchequ(...)

Budget Day: Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform  Brendan Howlin and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan will announce the budget on Tuesday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times
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TODAY Meetings: Life online exhibition (Convention Centre, Dublin 1). TOMORROW (BUDGET DAY) Results: Bellway; Intel; Johnson & Johnson; Kuehne + N(...)

The gains have come as Russia’s military intervention in the Syrian conflict has added a new and uncertain dimension to tensions in the Middle East. Photograph: China Newsphoto/Reuters

Oil prices are on course for one of the biggest weekly gains in six years as rising geopolitical tensions and signs of slowing output brought buyers b(...)

When Standard Chartered’s new chief executive Bill Winters’s latest memo to staff was leaked on Friday it sent shares in the bank up 5 per cent, extending a rebound that started this week. Photograph: Kevin Lam/Reuters

Standard Chartered’s new chief executive has told staff he plans to cut a quarter of its most senior management positions in a drastic drive to cut co(...)

Arthur Cox was paid €33.1m, Blackrock Financial Management got €23.5m, Ernst & Young (former Anglo Irish Bank auditors) had €20.9m, KPMG (former Irish Nationwide auditors)  €13.2m, and Goldman Sachs  €9.4m

Ever since the banking crash in late 2008, various figures have circulated as to the cost to the State, or taxpayers, from the sector’s financial bail(...)

Nervy stocks rise/fall One clear sign of market nerves is when correlations spike, with stocks rising and falling in unison. That’s certainly the cas(...)

Planet Business

Image of the week: Passion and politics It probably wasn’t the most interesting conversation he has had lately, but for UK prime minister David(...)

The Rhatigan Property Group challenged the right of  Beltany Properties to appoint a receiver to the Radisson Blu Hotel on Golden Lane in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Rhatigan Property Group and merchant bank Goldman Sachs have settled a legal battle over an €80 million debt and the ownership of a high-profile h(...)

Lloyd Blankfein, chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs said on Tuesday he had a “highly curable” form of lymphoma, but would be able to work substantially as normal during treatment. (Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Goldman Sachs chief executive Lloyd Blankfein said he had a “highly curable” form of lymphoma, but would be able to work substantially as normal duri(...)

     Rupert Murdoch and Chinese president Xi Jinping: Xi offered  assurances to the News Corp chairman that China would remain open to overseas journalists, despite the government withholding residence visas for foreign reporters. Photograph: China Daily/Reuters

Chinese president Xi Jinping’s first official visit as head of state to the US will highlight the stark differences that remain between the world’s la(...)