Manual workers are the most likely to be off sick, followed by desk-bound workers, the very ones who spend all day sitting at a desk.

Charles Dickens wrote Hard Times, Bleak House and A Tale of Two Cities using one; Winston Churchill in the years after the second World War used one t(...)

“Private-equity and venture-capital play an ever increasing role in Europe’s capital markets. In 2014, we saw a clear pickup of investment and divestment activity across Europe, supported by robust fundraising,” EVCA chief executive Dörte Höppner said in a statement

Private-equity investment into European companies rose to its highest level in five years in 2014, with €41.5 billion going into European firms, a 14.(...)

A Michael Kors store in New York. The company reported its slowest quarterly revenue growth since it went public in December 2011 as demand for its handbags and accessories weakened in North America. Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

Michael Kors Holdings reported its slowest quarterly revenue growth since it went public in December 2011 as demand for its handbags and accessories w(...)

 Aer Lingus: It is not clear yet whether the deal will mean lower fares for consumers.  Photograph: Peter  Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

International Consolidated Airline Group’s (IAG) €1.4 billion bid for Aer Lingus moved a critical step closer to success when the Government announced(...)

Irish Residential Properties Reit  chief executive David Ehrlich said the investment company would like to build 400-450 apartments on the Rockbrook site in Sandyford, Dublin, which it acquired earlier this year.

The chief executive of a €457 million property investment fund has questioned the current approach to planning in Dublin, suggesting density rules (...)

The Cabinet has agreed to sell the State’s 25 per cent stake in Aer Lingus.   Fine Gael and Labour believe they have won significant concessions from IAG in relation to the proposal. 3:13

The Cabinet has agreed to sell the State’s 25 per cent stake in Aer Lingus at a meeting on Tuesday evening. It is understood the Dáil will vote on th(...)

Aer Lingus chief executive  Stephen Kavanagh at Dublin Airport. The trade union Impact has said that any assurances that the IAG aviation group has given in relation to the proposed sale of the State’s stake in Aer Lingus are worthless.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Any assurances provided by the aviation group IAG on jobs or connectivity are worthless and the Government should refuse to sell it its stake in Aer L(...)

Galway-based Ward & Burke has operations in the Republic, Canada and Britain and specialises in sanitary and water services, for which it designs and builds treatment plants, tunnelling and pipelines. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Growth in its Canadian and British businesses helped boost turnover and profits at Irish civil engineering group Ward & Burke last year, figures (...)

Ardagh was vying with a number of private equity giants to buy St Gobain’s European glass-making unit, Verallia

Irish-owned packaging group Ardagh’s decision to pull out of the race for St Gobain’s bottle and jar manufacturing division is good for its creditwort(...)

A   woman runs past Swiss agrochemicals maker Syngenta’s logo in front of the headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Agrochemicals firm Syngenta on Friday rejected a $45 billion takeover offer from Monsanto, saying the offer undervalued the Swiss firm and did not ful(...)