Prof Jan Gehl said Ireland and other former British colonies “have allowed traffic planners to exert undue influence, with silly ideas like every time a pedestrian approaches a crossing, they have to ‘apply’ to cross the street when it should be a human right”.

Dublin needs “thousands more” seats or park benches in the city centre, according to renowned Danish urbanist Jan Gehl. He found it astonishing ther(...)

Ryanair closed 1.57 per cent up at €7.394, after breaking the €7.40 mark earlier in the day. The airline released figures showing August passenger numbers were up 4 per cent at 9.4 million. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

European stocks rose as Russia and Ukraine agreed on the steps needed for a truce, while a poor euro zone purchasing managers’ index stoked specula(...)

At Provost House, Trinity College, at the awarding of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature were Patricia Rooney, the winner Colin Barrett and former US ambassador to Ireland, Dan Rooney. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

There was at least one happy Mayo man on the planet last night, even if he has listed football as one of his interests, “playing as well as watching.(...)

Gavin Slark, CEO of builders merchanting and DIY group  Grafton. Photo: Dave Meehan

PAMELA NEWENHAMGrafton Group has announced the acquisition of Direct Builders Merchants, a general merchanting business in the UK.Grafton said the bol(...)

Eircom’s big message from its results briefing yesterday was that it has demonstrated eight consecutive quarters of earnings stability. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Launching a flotation while your revenue is sinking is a pretty hard sell, as Eircom could find out soon enough. The company insists it hasn’t yet dit(...)

Gavin Slark: “I left school not knowing what I wanted to do, and probably thought I could make it as a drummer.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Gavin Slark, the sturdy chief executive of the Grafton building materials group, strides into a meeting room at its south Dublin headquarters. With(...)

At the Little Museum of Dublin are Conor Pope, right, with Monika Wright and Jean Michel Clermont-Goulet, the French-Canadian couple whom he advised how to spend their limited time in Dublin. Photograph: Simon O’Connor

I feel the weight of the city on my shoulders as I stand on the first floor of a grand old Georgian house in Dublin and wait for the young French-C(...)

26-27 Grafton Street: occupied by HMV on a short term lease, its likely future long-term tenant & Other Stories is expected to carry a full range of women’s clothes. photograph: cyril byrne

Only four months after opening the Cos fashion store on Dublin’s Wicklow Street, the giant H&M fashion group has emerged as the favourite to put (...)

Must we pay a broker to have our paper share certificates converted to electronic records?

My brother and I have inherited some paper share certificates in Grafton and we wish to hold them in electronic form instead. So we thought that we wo(...)

France’s Roger Bost, with Poker Des Dames, competes in the Serpentine Speed Stakes. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

One of the leading American horses, Blue Angel – by the former Billy Twomey Nations Cup and Grand Prix winning stallion Luidam – showed her class yest(...)