Non-executive chairman Micheal Chadwick is to retire after more than 40 years with the Grafton Group. (Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES)

Builders merchants and Woodies DIY owner Grafton Group said on Thursday that long-serving director Michael Chadwick is to step down from the board as(...)

Image of the week: Easter egg One man’s trash, is a 19th-century Tsarina’s treasure. The story goes that an unidentified scrap metal dealer from (...)

Bank of Ireland shares added 5.18%
European shares snap winning run

European stocks retreated, halting their longest winning streak of the year, as companies from Rolls-Royce Holdings to BNP Par(...)

Flames and smoke rise from burning tyres as a worker sits on a barricade blocking the entrance of US tyre-maker Goodyear’s plant to protest job cuts in Amiens. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Executives from the Goodyear tyre company were released unharmed yesterday afternoon, after being held hostage by communist trade unionists.Some 200 m(...)

Goodyear said it won’t open talks with union representatives over closing a plant in northern France as two local executives were being held hostage. Photo: Bloomberg

Goodyear’s French subsidiary said it won’t open talks with union representatives over closing a plant as two local executives were being held hostage (...)

‘It’s a part I’ve waited 77 years for.” When Bruce Dern’s turn in Alexander Payne’s Nebraska deservedly took the Best Actor prize at this year’s Canne(...)

Titan International: bet on Europe’s rebounding economy.

Titan International, the US tyre and wheel manufacturer, is planning to nearly double the size of its European business in a bet on the continent’s re(...)

A rainy day in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Photograph: Reuters

Carl Stearns Clancy, the first round the world biker, whose journey we are recreating, stepped ashore in Ceylon with scarcely a penny to his na(...)

Paris Plage, the artificial beach provided in central Paris in summertime. Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

When a bank holiday falls on Tuesday or Thursday, French employees take the Monday or Friday off as well. The practice is known as a (...)