Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne leaves Turpan, north west China where he paid a private visit to the ancient ruins of the Silk Road settlement Yar City dating back three thousand years.   Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

British finance minister George Osborne will open bidding during a visit to China on Thursday on £12 billion of contracts to build a high-speed rail l(...)

 Tony Hayward: “I’m 58 years old and I want a slightly less full-on life.” Photograph: Reuters

Five years after being forced out of BP in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, Tony Hayward is still causing controversy – and he still wants (...)

 Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne delivering  his budget to the House of Commons yesterday. Photograph: Reuters 1:50

British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne has taken full advantage of the Conservative Party’s House of Commons majority to produce one of(...)

A family grieve as they stand next to a memorial to victims of the bus bombing near Tavistock Square in London on Tuesday. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Lisa Cassidy will walk up the aisle in a London church in a fortnight’s time to marry Clare man Noel Cooney, watched proudly by her father, Seán and m(...)

The George pub on South Great Georges Street in  Dublin is part of the Danu portfolio. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

“Oi . . . you rock!” exclaims operations director Nathan Evans to kitchen staff at the end of the launch night of the Smith & Wollensky steakhouse(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has accepted an invitation to attend a commemorative banquet to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has accepted an invitation to attend a commemorative banquet to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. Mr Kenny’s(...)

European Commissioner Jonathan Hill: his main project is to deliver a capital markets union in the EU by 2019, which he believes many British businesses support. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The UK won’t be able to have its “cake and eat it” when it comes to deciding on its membership of the European Union in the next couple of years, acco(...)

‘Some might say there are other organisations which could more appropriately have been scrutinised for evidence of crimes touching directly on US interests. Banks, for example. HSBC, for instance.’ Above, Fifa officials are escorted out behind sheets following their arrests by Swiss authorities  in Zurich  last week.  Photograph: Pascal Mora/The New York Times 1:31

What business is it of the FBI that Fifa officials may have been involved in skulduggery in Switzerland? Whence comes US attorney general Loretta Lync(...)

Blaming past failings inside the Bank of England, Mr Carney said its ultra-traditional governance rules had “weakened the social licence of markets”. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

Bankers found guilty of rigging financial markets will be jailed for up to a decade, Bank of England governor Mark Carney has warned the City of Lon(...)

A report on London’s financial centre recently revealed that it has the potential to create 40,000 new jobs. Could DUblin also benefit from this? (Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)

Ireland’s international financial services sector should forge closer links with the City of London in order to maximise its potential, Brian Hayes M(...)