Michael Flatley  in his studio: the sales  of his work at an Irish and international art auction show  he is now second only to Jack B Yeats in the list of the highest prices for paintings achieved at auction in Ireland thus far in 2015

Almost overnight, Michael Flatley has become one of the most expensive living Irish artists. As expected, his paintings – which were seen by the viewe(...)

The White House will eliminate a major diplomatic hurdle by pushing to have Cuba dropped from a list of state sponsors of terrorism. Photograph: The New York Times 1:30

Cuba recognised what it called a “fair decision” by US president Barack Obama to inform Congress he intends to remove Cuba from a US list of state spo(...)

Digicel chairman Denis O’Brien. He has lobbied regional regulators strongly over the takeover, which he says should only go ahead after a major sell-off of overlapping assets

The proposed $3 billion (€2.7 billion) deal by the telco Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) to take over Columbus International appears to be (...)

As well as its outlets in Cork and Dublin airports, ARI runs duty free stores in Bahrain, Barbados, Canada, Cyprus, Lebanon, Oman, and India. The business has a turnover of close to €880 million a-year.

State company Aer Rianta International (ARI) has won a contract to operate a new duty free concession at New Zealand’s largest airport from next July.(...)

John Montgomery (right) with colleague Mark Blackwell of Morphis Design

John Montgomery’s father runs an architectural practice in Dublin, as did his father before him. Fortunately for Montgomery, his parents never put pre(...)

Chris Henry wears jacket 425, shirt 160, twill trousers 135. Simon Zebo wears Bomber jacket 445, shirt 95, jeans 135. Jamie Heaslip wears Jacket 375, shirt 115, jeans 125. Photograph: Sean Jackson

Whether scrumhalves or flankers, they are built like tanks these days. Irish rugby stars are top athletes in prime condition, strong and ferociousl(...)

Denis O’Brien is leading a lobbying campaign in relation to the CWC deal on competition grounds. Photograph:  Matt Kavanagh

Denis O’Brien, the chairman of Digicel, has hinted he will ask regulators in the Caribbean to force rival Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) t(...)

Katie Taylor arrived on Jeju Island in South Korea two weeks before the start of the Women’s World Boxing Championships. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Jeju. A sub tropical, volcanic island in the East China Sea. Okinawa is one way, Japan another and South Korea 64 kilometres to the north. A World Her(...)

Ireland, Kildare: €650,000 DNG Doyle
Take Five for €650,000

DNG Doyle is seeking €650,000 for this four-bedroom house in Naas, Co Kildare. We find similarly-priced properties around the world

 Breifne O’Brien: The businessman (53) made a habit of deceiving friends, friends-of-friends and associates for many years, right up until “the house fell down” in 2008.

He denied ever saying that “it was easy to pull suckers in when the economy was booming”. But whether he found it easy or not, deceive people was p(...)