The Willis Clan from Nashville, Tennessee, performing in a previous year’s Fleadh Cheoil in Cavan. Photograph: Alan Betson

With “cuts” being the most uttered word in the arts sector, festivals have continued to look to private funders to make their events happen. But sp(...)

A trader watches his screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange yesterday. US stocks fluctuated, after the Standard and Poor’s 500 Index produced its biggest two-day gain since April, as investors watched geopolitical developments and energy shares sank. Photograph: Reuters

Both European and US stocks fell with the euro amid concern over conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East. German investor confidence, reported by the(...)

Shareholders at Irish engineering firm Kentz have approved the takeover of the business by Canadian rival, SNC-Lavalin. The acquisition, which remains(...)

File image of the Fleadh Cheoil taking place in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The organisers of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann have bowed to pressure and rejected sponsorship of the annual traditional music festival by oil giant, She(...)

File image of the Fleadh Cheoil taking place in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann has been criticised for accepting sponsorship for next week’s Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann from oil company Shell, which has(...)

Shell Cawtharine channels at Awoba in the Niger Delta on March 22nd, 2013. Photograph: Getty

The “systemic failure” of the Nigerian government and oil giant Shell to clean up the widespread oil pollution in the Niger Delta has been branded “sh(...)

John Teeling: veteran warhorse of the Irish exploration industry. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Companies connected to John Teeling, the veteran warhorse of the Irish exploration industry, are close to sealing a peace treaty with authorities in t(...)

The digital world provides great opportunities for enhancing brands’ connectivity with audiences but there’s a double edge to this. Brands are also mo(...)

A Shell to Sea campaigner leaves the Shell headquarters in Dublin city centre after a protest. A report by the Garda Siochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) has found “no evidence” of the purchase or delivery of alcohol to Garda stations” involved in policing the Corrib gas project “nor of any misconduct of Garda members”. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA.

The Garda Siochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) has found “no evidence” of the purchase or delivery of alcohol to Garda stations” involved in policing (...)

Former UN assistant secretary general Denis Halliday and journalist Gemma O’Doherty at the “Airing Erris”  seminar in Co Mayo yesterday. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Former UN assistant secretary- general Denis Halliday has proposed establishing a citizens’ commission to investigate the Garda Síochána under the aeg(...)