Sam Smith performs on stage during the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London, February 25th, 2015. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Golden boys of British pop Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith have shared the honours on what was a muted night — literally in the case of Kanye West — at the B(...)

Visa Europe has announced a new, more secure way for consumers to pay retailers via smartphones, a move that could set the stage for Apple’s Apple Pa(...)

My phone rings while I’m doing my sit-ups – five hundred – in the living room. It’s, like, a number I don’t recognise, but I answer it anyway. A wo(...)

Ms McMahon has previously held roles with GE Capital, MasterCard and Lombard Finance  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Ulster Bank has appointed Maeve McMahon as its first director of customer experience and products. She will report directly to chief executive Jim Bro(...)

The Tracey Emin designed trophy given to winners at the Brit Awards, an event sponsored by MasterCard. Photograph: Ian West / PA Wire

UTV Ireland will be broadcasting the Brit Awards later this month, it says. The channel has the rights to the music industry shindig, which takes plac(...)

IDA chief executive Martin Shanahan. The agency met about 40 existing and prospective companies in Davos in a bid to enhance Ireland’s international profile. Photograph: Alan Betson

Insurance companies and representatives of the financial and technology sector were among the companies that attended events organised by the IDA l(...)

Microsoft: results today. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
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TODAY Results: Crane; Microsoft; Sanmina. Meetings: Hostelworld conference (Convention Centre Dublin). Indicators: Euro zone retail sales (D(...)

IDA chief Martin Shanahan: ’Ireland isnot afraid to be out front. We will play hard and we will compete hard but fair to win.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

The recent public scrutiny of the tax affairs of multinationals has had no adverse effect on Ireland’s reputation as an investment location the head o(...)

Refund may be due for unused blow-dries and gift voucher. Photograph: Thinkstock

In early December a reader called Ros signed up to a package with her local hairdresser to get eight blow-dries for €140. Ros assures Pricewatch th(...)

 Hozier has received a Brit nomination for International Solo Male. Photograph: PA

Bray singer-songwriter Hozier has recorded another milestone in his rapid rise to stardom, picking up a Brit nomination for International Solo Male.Th(...)