Ryanair climbed 3.16 % as markets continued to react positively to its launch of a business-class service. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The Iseq rose by a solid 0.8 per cent yesterday, as European stocks generally advanced in the final minutes of trading after remaining little changed (...)

Michael O’Leary: well known for a rambunctious attitude towards Aer Lingus.   Photograph: Eric Luke

Peace, love and harmony – that’s our thing. Honestly. But, oh my, I opened a can of worms last week when I reported some choice comments by Ryanair’s (...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary: could he be looking to take on the big beasts of the Gulf . Photograph: Eric Luke

Ryanair could find itself the owner of a small national airline that is not Aer Lingus. It is Cyprus Airways, a struggling carrier that has been leaki(...)

A year ago, Michael O’Leary admitted the airline he did so much to shape over two decades was a little on the abrupt side. He promised his charges would stop doing things to “unnecessarily piss people off”. He has been as good as his word. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

It seems a leopard might be able to change its spots after all. A year ago Michael O’Leary admitted the airline he did so much to shape over two decad(...)

Cyprus Airways  is 93% state-owned but the government, which is still struggling from the collapse of the country’s banking system in 2012, is seeking to offload it. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Bloomberg

Ryanair is likely to offer just a “nominal sum” for loss-making Cyprus Airways, which it is eyeing as a potential foothold in the eastern Mediterrane(...)

Ryanair will submit a non-binding offer for Cyprus Airways on Friday as the carrier seeks to extend its footprint eastward to an island increasingly popular with Russian and Israeli visitors. Photo: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ryanair will submit a non-binding offer for Cyprus Airways on Friday as Europe’s No. 1 discount carrier seeks to extend its footprint eastward to an i(...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary. The airline started selling flexible tickets targeting business passengers. Photo: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ryanair has taken another step away from its no frills, no smiles past and shown the world its new business class service which will give people who p(...)

Pio Fitzgerald: “When I was standing on the flight deck [of a Boeing 747 from Shannon to New York] at the age of five I knew I wanted to be involved in airplanes. It captured my imagination.”

It’s not many of us that can claim to have decided on our career choice – and later fulfilled it – at the age of just five, but for Kerryman Pio Fi(...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary: “I think he [Christoph Mueller] is recognised by some people in the media as being one of the best Aer Lingus CEOs ever, mind you that’s not setting the benchmark very high.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

If your name is Christoph Mueller, it is probably best to put the paper down now and go make yourself a cup of tea. Ryanair boss Michael O’Lear(...)

 “One can’t deny that things are improving, but I see at least another 18 months before we see a sustained level of growth in retail.” Conor Whelan at Eason’s flagship store on O’Connell Street, Dublin.  Photograph: Eric Luke

On a side table of an office on the top floor of Eason & Son, the 127-year-old grand dame of Irish books-to-stationery retailing, is a collection (...)