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 (...)

 John Brennan, who said  Jurys Inn Group had “outperformed the market” by 2 or 3 per cent for the past few years. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Jurys Inn hotel brand is to be extended to a further eight properties in the UK owned by Lone Star’s Amaris Hospitality division, as part of a £10(...)

The plan, to raise about €4 billion from listing a 40 per cent stake in Poste Italiane on the Milan stock exchange in October, is the main plank of prime minister Matteo Renzi’s stalled drive to sell off state assets. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli

Italy will fire the starting gun on the flotation of its 153- year-old national post office in early August, kicking off a widely anticipated €12 bill(...)

Car firms, struggling with lacklustre growth in established markets are hoping to reap lucrative business from re-opened Iran, but will face stiff competition from Chinese rivals

The world’s carmakers have been plotting their assault on Iran for several years. But when they arrive in the newly opened country - marking a long-aw(...)