Ospreys’ Dan Biggar is set to win the Rhino Golden Boot for most points in the Pro 12. His 93.3 per cent record from the tee is the best seasonal record ever for a regular kicker in a major league. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dissuaded from staggered kick-offs and having the potential for a final day laced with the possibilities that freighted last weekend’s Six Nations co(...)

This try against the Dragons was one of five in Craig Gilroy’s last four games for Ulster. Photograph: Ian Cook/Inpho.

Craig Gilroy is normally a chilled spectator but during the course of last Saturday’s Six Nations three-game box set, his demeanour was a great deal m(...)

Bood day, bad day: Aer Lingus rose on the Iseq while CRH and Ryanair fell. Photograph: Alan Betson

European stocks declined on Monday after last week’s gains, but the FTSE 100 blue-chip index managed to reverse slips in early trading to set a new r(...)

It’s estimated we flush away 30 per cent of our water, use 13 per cent washing clothes and 7 per cent washing cars. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

With water metering looming, Dublin consumers hastily dropped their consumption of water late last year, and the numbers of people seeking water conse(...)

 Kingspan chief executive Gene Murtagh: “I would say that we are done with large-scale acquisitions for the time being. There is a lot of integration involved in those two transactions, that will be our priority.”     Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Insulation manufacturer Kingspan will pull back from the acquisitions trail this year while it focuses on completing two recent deals worth more than(...)

Gene Murtagh, chief executive, and Eugene Murtagh, chairman of Kingspan. “We’d prefer if oil was $100 a-barrel,” Gene Murtagh acknowledged. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Running a business whose products are focused on helping customers to save energy may not be very appealing against the background of low oil and natu(...)

Kingspan’s chief executive Gene Murtagh said conditions in our core markets are improving. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Building materials group Kingspan has reported a 16 per cent increase in annual earnings to €189.3 million on the back of strong sales in the UK and U(...)

Investors fear that PM Alexis Tsipras and his new government’s anti-austerity stance will jeopardise liquidity. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

European stocks were little changed as companies led by the Nordic region’s Nordea Bank and Sweden’s Electrolux advanced on positive earnings reports(...)

Gene Murtagh, Kingspan chief executive officer, said that the acquisition of Joris Ide is a ‘quantum leap forward’ in the group’s efforts to globalise. (Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times)

Irish insulation manufacturer Kingspan confirmed on Tuesday that it will aquire the Belgian manufacturer and supplier of insulated panels Joris Ide f(...)

Lord Mayor of Belfast Nichola Mallon and Pro12 chief executive John Feehan. Feehan said “I am certain that we will sell it out even if there is no Irish team in the final, although, frankly I’d be quite surprised if there wasn’t”. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Arrange it and they will come is the Pro12 mantra for this season as the final has been confirmed for Belfast on Saturday May 30th. Organisers say th(...)