Ecstasy, the trendy drug of the 1990s, has come back in fashion in recent years.

Ecstasy tablets have doubled in strength over the past decade, but have remained steady in price, according to a major report from a Dutch research in(...)

 Porsche: Car firm’s results due on Friday. Photograph:  Nicolas Mollo/AFP/Getty Images
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TODAY Results: Apple; First Bancorp; First Data; Halliburton; Xerox. Meetings: Preparing for Industry 4.0 (Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown). (...)

Road Safety Operations Ireland, which has the contract to run speed detector vans, switched to unlimited status in 2014.  Photograph: Frank Miller /	THE IRISH TIMES

The Panama Papers (aka leaked files from the law firm Mossack Fonseca) have shone some light on the predilection of certain businesses and the wealthy(...)

Apple: leading the way in developing mobile and wearable contactless payments sector.  Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

Mobile and wearable contactless payments could hit $95 billion by 2018, with Apple leading the way to help develop the sector, new research has claim(...)

The spice market in Istanbul. Why hasn’t the Turkish economy collapsed with an additional approximately 3.5m Syrians within its borders over the last few years? Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Clashes between police and migrants at the Greece-Macedonia border in recent days is proof, if further proof was required, that the EU’s response to t(...)

While competition is still not strong enough to warrant free fees across the board, there are signs that banks are improving their offerings, with reduced fees now easier to come by

It may not have made the recent election manifestos, but banking charges are another insidious drain on our finances that were unheard of pre-crisis. (...)

MasterCard’s Qkr app: one of the payment tools MasterCard has developed to make digital payments easier

MasterCard is planning an Irish roll-out of its Qkr payments app, which allows customers to order and pay for goods through MasterCard’s digital Maste(...)

Android Pay will allow smartphone users to take advantage of payment apps provided by banks, credit card providers and retailers to either buy goods in stores or using retailer websites.

Google will launch a mobile payment service for Android smartphones to compete with Apple’s rival system in the UK. Android Pay will allow smartphone(...)

From Offaly and Clare to Disney and CNN:  Una Fox, Samantha Barry, Margaret Molloy, Leda Connaughton-Deeny, Hylda Queally, Anne Morrison and Blathnaid Healy

Anne Morrison Chair of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Morrison was appointed chair of the British Academy of Film and Television A(...)

Dermot Desmond: has  biometrics firm Daon was among the best investments he has made. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Dermot Desmond’s biometrics company Daon has announced it is providing software for Mastercard’s Identity Check fingerprint and facial recognition tr(...)