Ardagh Group revealed in April that it was to sell six US glass-manufacturing plants to private equity fund KPS Capital Partners. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

The disposal of six glass plants in the US by Ardagh Packaging Group earlier this year is credit positive for the packaging group, Moody’s said thi(...)

 Munster’s James Downey and Glasgow’s Chris Fusaro battle for possession. Fusaro will now be a team-mate of Downey’s next season. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Glasgow Warriors have secured Munster centre James Downey on a two-year contract, subject to a medical.The 33-year-old centre moves to Glasgow until a(...)

Sorcha Pollak, second from left, rehearses with Maria Buffini, Pádraic Moyles and Siobhán Manson. Photograph: Alan Betson 2:58

Sweating and cursing, I slump to the floor and stare longingly at my handbag, which I know contains a bottle of ice-cold water and a bar of chocola(...)

Amtrack’s almost three-hour Acela Express train journey connects Union Station in Washington DC (above) with New York. Photograph: Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Amtrak

Before the train pulls into Philadelphia’s 30th Street train station en route from New York City to Washington DC, conductor Michael Sternfeld announc(...)

Job loss, home repossession and debt are the main risk factors leading to suicide during economic downturns, the authors of a new study of the impact of the recession on suicide rates has said.

The recent recession may have led to thousands of extra suicides, researchers have said.The financial crisis has been linked to more than 10,000 peopl(...)

Profitero co-founders (from left) Volodymyr Pigrukh, Dmitry Vysotski and Kanstantsin Chernysh.

Profitero, an online insights and ecommerce intelligence business for retailers and brands, has closed an $8 million (€5.9 million) funding round with(...)

Former tánaiste  Dick Spring, chairman of the mobile phone technology company.

A mobile phone technology company chaired by former tánaiste Dick Spring has gone into receivership in Tralee, Co Kerry, with the loss of 45 jobs loca(...)

Google warned that regulating the web would cost jobs and help dictators.  Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

The fallout from the European Court of Justice’s ruling that we have a right to be forgotten on the internet has yet to cross the Atlantic. Google has(...)

The Ardagh group is not likely to determine how much it will raise from its planned IPO until nearer the flotation date.

Paul Coulson’s glass and packaging group, Ardagh, is likely to proceed with its long-awaited stock market launch in the second half of next year. The (...)

Diver Susan Bird working at the bottom of Hoyo Negro, a large dome-shaped underwater cave on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. She carefully brushes the human skull found at the site while her team members take detailed photographs. Photograph: Paul Nicklen/National Geographic

Cave divers have discovered one of the oldest human skeletons yet found in North America. Near perfectly preserved, the bones yielded DNA that has hel(...)