CapVest took control of the Mater Private in 2007 in a deal that valued the business at €350 million. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fresenius, the German publicly-quoted healthcare giant with a €34 billion market value, has emerged one of the final suitors vying to take over the Ma(...)

 Front National  party leader Marine Le Pen: friends and family “not  averse” to tapping   “offshore jurisdictions”.  Photograph:   Chantal Briand/AFP/Getty Images

When millions of leaked documents revealed the wide use of tax havens by hundreds of politicians, business and sportspeople, France’s far-right Natio(...)

Shares in Pinewood Studios soared by more than 61 pence in trading in London to 515.5 pence on news the company may be sold

Shares in Pinewood Studios, which is looking to establish a studio in Ireland, jumped 14 per cent in trading on Wednesday after it said the business c(...)

 Dr Michael Smurfit: he and his brother Dermot   could gain after  US private equity outfit Madison Dearborn indicated it may bid for Finnish paper company Powerflute Oyj. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Brothers Michael Smurfit and Dermot Smurfit, the two most senior members of Ireland’s best-known corporate dynasty, look set for a major payout of ab(...)

Get the gardener in your life a book they will ahve forever

I’ve really enjoyed browsing through the pages of The Irish Garden by Jane Powers (£40, hardback, Frances Lincoln). Beautifully produced, artfully wr(...)

Architect Kunlé Adayemi: his design addresses urbanisation and environment issues

When architect Kunlé Adeyemi designed a floating school in Lagos, Nigeria – which captured global attention – it was a sort of homecoming for h(...)

The giraffe calf stands at 1.5m tall and weighs an estimated 45kg. Photograph: Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo has announced the birth of its newest resident after a male Rothschild giraffe came into the world on Sunday, October 25th. The calf stand(...)

Final 10 million shares will be given to Royal Mail employees, raising the stake held by workers to 12 per cent. Photograph: PA.

The UK government unloaded its final stake in Royal Mail, completing the privatisation of the postal service in two years as chancellor of the exchequ(...)

It was raining as we drove into town, a cloud of mist hanging heavy over the mountains. GPS was spotty, but I was sure we would find the hotel with(...)

Fota Wildlife Park officials have invited the public to fill in the final blank on the two-week-old giraffe’s birth cert. Photograph: Darragh Kane.

Fota Wildlife Park’s latest arrival has almost everything she needs – a healthy birth size of 5ft, doting parents in Sapphire and Walder, an extended (...)