Paypal’s offices in Dundalk, which it shares with Ebay. Paypal hired an additional 307 employees during 2013. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Paypal’s Irish division saw its pre-tax profits soar by 43 per cent in the twelve months to December 31st 2013, as the company continued to expand its(...)

Out today: Irish trade balance figures for August
For your diary

TODAY Results: Kuehne + Nagel; Omnicom. Meetings: RIAI annual conference (RDS, Dublin). Indicators: Irish trade balance (Aug); Chinese trade balance ((...)

Hewlett-Packard is to split into two listed companies, separating its computer and printer businesses from its faster-growing corporate hardware and services operations. Photo: Bloomberg

Hewlett-Packard said it would split into two listed companies, separating its computer and printer businesses from its faster-growing corporate hardw(...)

PayPal and eBay flags fly in front of the company’s headquarters in San Jose, California. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

So, eBay will spin off PayPal, the precocious child it acquired in 2002 for $1.5 billion and which has since eclipsed its parent in profitability a(...)

John Donahoe, president and chief executive officer of EBay Inc, said the split would allow each company to focus on its core strengths and challenges. Photograph: Bloomberg News

Ecommerce group eBay is spinning off its PayPal unit as a separate company, handing a major victory to the activist investor Carl Icahn over the futur(...)

The modern market: brand names that now permeate our daily lives

We were promised jet packs and robot cleaners by Tomorrow’s World in the 1970s and assured that the march of technology would see us passing our da(...)

More homes were sold in Castleknock than any other area of the capital last year. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons
Area focus: West Dublin

Dublin West is an area that continues to grow in popularity. Traditionally one of the slower areas of growth of the Dublin regions, the westside of(...)

Commuting: Loosening belts

The commuter belt counties of Kildare, Wicklow, Meath and Louth have not only seen an increase in the number of houses being sold in the first half of(...)

A model presents a creation from the Bora Aksu Spring/Summer 2015 collection during London Fashion Week today. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters.

“The future of fashion is digital” according to Natalie Massenet , chairman of the British Fashion Counci, at the launch of  London Fashion We(...)

A Moleskine notebook: ‘Electronic diaries are slowcoaches compared with the speedy paper version.’ Photograph: Daneil Rodriguez/

Last week I fell in love all over again with my purple Moleskine diary. For a while over the summer I’d joined the modern age and started organising m(...)