President Michael D Higgins and Duke of Kent, president of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, after unveiling a Cross of Sacrifice at Glasnevin Cemetery on Thursday. Photograph: Alan Betson

President Michael D Higgins will represent Ireland at events on Monday in Belgium to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the first World War(...)

Chief executive Richie Boucher (left) with chief financial officer Andrew Keating at the Bank of Ireland head office yesterday during the release of the group’s interim results. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Bank of Ireland’s share price closed unchanged in Dublin yesterday at 27 cent as the company reported a return to profit. Results for the first six mo(...)

Mariano ‘Gaucho’ de Ritis from  Argentina and Francesco ‘El Tano’ Casatta from  Italy, of reggae band Microguagua, warm up for the Spraoi festival. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Waterford is bracing itself for an influx of up to 40,000 visitors from home and abroad as the city prepares to host the 22nd annual Spraoi festival.(...)

Staff marking the 190th anniversary of the Shelbourne Hotel in April of this year.

The Shelbourne Hotel has been acquired by US property investment group Kennedy Wilson, which is planning to invest millions of euro into the business (...)

An echo from a grubby past

‘Low standards in high places”, was the accusation hurled by the late George Colley against his political rival Charlie Haughey. It had little effect.(...)

Dermot Smurfit Jnr: “I think Michael has respect for me. . . I would be super disappointed if he didn’t say: ‘Dermot is a good operator’ ”

In 2002, Jefferson Smurfit group was taken private in what at the time was one of the biggest ever European private equity deals. It resulted in a hug(...)

Fergal O’Brien, Ibec’s head of policy and chief economist said, “Ireland’s economic recovery is set to continue; more importantly it’s becoming more broad-based

Ibec says the economy will expand by 3.1 per cent this year and nearly 4 per cent next year. In its latest economic outlook, the employer’s group said(...)

Paul Singer, billionaire founder and president of Elliott Management.   Photograph: Jacob Kepler/Bloomberg

The hedge fund firm of billionaire Paul E Singer has about 300 employees, yet it has managed to force Argentina, a nation of 41 million people, into a(...)

Patrick Honohan, governor of the Central Bank of Ireland: “the recovery in economic activity is showing a somewhat stronger trend overall than previously signalled”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The language used by central bankers is usually terse, always reserved and, for the most part, cautious. Lucrative financial market career paths lie i(...)

File p[icture of developer Michael O’Flynn who is due to go to court  to counter US private equity fund Blackstone’s bid to take control of his  business. Photograph:  Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Developer Michael O’Flynn is due to go to court today to counter US private equity fund Blackstone’s bid to take control of his property and construct(...)