The deal’s biggest beneficiary is likely to be Steripack founder and chief executive, Garry Moore, who owned 54 per cent of the group according to the company’s most recent accounts. Photograph: Alan Betson

US packaging giant Bemis is poised to buy Irish group Steripack’s medical business in a deal calculated to be worth close to €70 million. Clara, Co (...)

Crew members of Japanese submarine Oyashio (left) work on the deck while Japanese destroyers  dock at a port of the former US naval base in Subic bay, north of Manila, in the   Philippines.  China has an ongoing row with Tokyo over the ownership of islands in the region. Photograph: Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images

China has expressed “strong dissatisfaction” after foreign ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) bloc of advanced economies issued a statement strong(...)

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe addresses about 10,000 former war fighters: veterans pledged their loyalty to Mr Mugabe, but also presented a list of grievances and demands for top positions in government.  Photograph: Aaron Ufumeli/EPA

Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe on Thursday accused potential successors of wishing him dead and told ruling Zanu-PF supporters to unite against fo(...)

PayPal isn’t at all bothered to have Saudi Arabia as one of the countries in which it offers its services.Photograph: Alan Betson

This week’s topic is hypocrisy in the corporate world. Oh, I know – we could be here forever. That’s why I have narrowed down that vast category to (...)

“It wasn’t easy when I first arrived in Ireland.” Chilie Chan at work in MacNean House and Restaurant, Blacklion, Co Cavan. Photograph: James Connolly

Chilie Chan grew up in a house without an oven and was in her teens the first time she saw someone bake a cake. “They were doing a demonstration in(...)

A job fair  at Shandong University in  China. Slower economic growth in China, worsening producer price deflation and a generally chillier global environment has prompted the Manila-based Asian Development Bank to cut its growth forecasts for developing economies in Asia.

Slower economic growth in China, worsening producer price deflation and a generally chillier global environment has prompted the Manila-based Asian De(...)

A private house in Dalkey, Co Dublin, by Italian Solutions for deBlacam & Meagher

Kate Macklin had been living near Milan for almost two decades, running a business that imported Irish beef and lamb in to Italy, when she saw an oppo(...)

The St Patrick’s Society of Selangor committee, pictured at the St Patrick’s Ball in Kuala Lumpur, left-right: Fiona Rice, Leigh Ocone, Catherine Farag, Kelly McGowan, Lorraine Gordon, Lynn Maitland, Sarah Wheeler-Tan, Des Morgan, Martha Tee, Ron Anderson, Niall Cahill, Bill Timmins, Nigel McGonigle, Jeffrey Bannister and Ian Clarke.

The Irish have an uncanny ability to immerse themselves at the heart of communities all across the globe. From small rural villages to bustling seasid(...)

Patrick Blaney of UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School: ‘Aviation is a global business, and you can’t do business in different countries unless you understand how the business culture operates there’

The Irish aviation sector, one of the country’s outstanding international success stories, plays a significant role in the economy. According to the I(...)

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang gesturing during a press conference after the closing session of the National People’s Congress in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photograph: Getty Images

China’s premier Li Keqiang struck a conciliatory tone on regional disputes during his annual news conference at the end of the National People’s Congr(...)