Fr Peter McVerry receives the French human rights prize from Jean-Pierre Thebault the French Ambassador to Ireland in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 1:43

Fr Peter McVerry has been awarded the France-Ireland Human Rights Award for fighting homelessness and poverty in Ireland. Fr McVerry (left), who rece(...)

Pierre-André de Chalendar, CEO of French building materials giant Saint-Gobain, addresses the group’s general meeting in Paris on June 4th, 2015. Photograph: AFP Photo/Eric Piermont

French building materials firm Cie de Saint-Gobain may soon be able to focus all its energy on the battle to take over Swiss chemicals maker Sika afte(...)

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ECB chief Mario Draghi said quantitative easing will continue until there’s sustained improvement in inflation. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

The Iseq in Dublin advanced by 1 per cent yesterday while UK stocks climbed to a 2008 high. The FTSE 100 in London added 0.3 per cent, as did the bro(...)

Fyffes, the banana distributor, slipped more than 1.5 per cent to close the day at €1.17 per share. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The Dublin stock exchange reached its highest level since 2008, climbing 1.1 per cent.Shares rose across most of Europe, building on their best start(...)

Saint-Gobain has donated money to help refurbish unused homes in Dublin for homeless people. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A building supplies company has donated €100,000 to the Peter McVerry Trust to refurbish six apartments for the homeless. Saint-Gobain, the global bui(...)

In London Marks & Spencer lost 3 per cent amid signs that the retailer’s recently overhauled online service has been struggling to cope with Christmas demand

The latest signs of weakness from the Chinese economy spooked investors during a dismal start to the week for European markets.Mining stocks came und(...)

Pierre-Andre de Chalendar, chief executive officer of Cie. De Saint-Gobain SA. The building materials giant has launched a bid for Swiss company Sika. (Photograph: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg)

Cie. de Saint-Gobain SA, Europe’s biggest building materials supplier, offered 2.75 billion Swiss francs (€2.3bn) to buy a controlling stake in Sika A(...)

Ardagh Group revealed in April that it was to sell six US glass-manufacturing plants to private equity fund KPS Capital Partners. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

The disposal of six glass plants in the US by Ardagh Packaging Group earlier this year is credit positive for the packaging group, Moody’s said thi(...)

Fiat shares tumbled the most since August 2011

European stocks were little changed yesterday as disappointing earnings from Fiat to Société Générale offset a rally in Crédit Agricole after its prof(...)