Spain’s Telefonica said it will sell British telecom giant O2 to Hong Kong group Hutchison Whampoa for £10 billion in a deal that could create Britain’s biggest mobile phone firm. (Photograph: JOHN D MCHUGH/AFP/Getty Images)

Li Ka-shing’s Hutchison Whampoa agreed to acquire Telefonica SA’s O2 unit, creating the UK’s biggest wireless provider by customers and marking a mil(...)

The Dublin branch of Edelman had been handling the lottery’s PR until recently, but questions to the press office yesterday were redirected to rival PR firm Hume Brophy, suggesting that Edelman may have been sidelined in the wake of recent controversies.   Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

The National Lottery’s paymaster in Canada appears to have lost patience with its public relations team in Dublin following the continual bad press of(...)

A National Lottery spokeswoman confirmed that a number of terminals across the network experienced technical issues for a period of about 40 minutes on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

National Lottery ticket terminals crashed this afternoon for the third time since the beginning of February. A spokeswoman for the National Lottery c(...)

Lotto machine: politicians are poised to ask PLI officials about the functioning of new ticket terminals supplied by Greek gaming giant Intralot.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The new private operator of the National Lottery has been called to appear before the Oireachtas finance committee following the recent systems crash(...)

National Lottery ticket terminals crashed again today for the second time in less than a month, raising fresh concerns about the operator’s new techno(...)

Telefonica reported a 36 per cent decline in fourth-quarter operating profit after writing down the value of its Venezuelan business to account for lower exchange rates.  Photo: Reuters

Telefonica reported a 36 per cent decline in fourth-quarter operating profit after writing down the value of its Venezuelan business to account for lo(...)

Shane Fitzgerald (22), Newmarket, Co Cork is charged with dangerous driving causing the death of Paudie O’Leary (42) on July 1st, 2012. Photograph: Domnick Walsh.

The body of a long-distance cyclist who had gone on out early in July 2012 to train for the annual Ring of Kerry charity cycle was found six hours lat(...)

Social media and the city: when accumulated and geo-localised, social media can be used by big data analysts in practical ways, such as improved urban planning and public sentiment analysis

“Lovin’ this sandwich.” “Aargh, can’t sleep!” “The toilets in this restaurant are filthy.” This is the kind of dull commentary frequently tweeted by p(...)

Luck of the draw: last week’s Lotto was postponed after a glitch

After racking up losses of €43 million, Greek gaming giant Intralot last year pulled the plugged on a pretty disastrous foray into running part of the(...)

 National Lottery machine.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The National Lottery regulator has requested a report on the technical issues which forced the postponement of last Wednesday’s €10 million jackpot dr(...)