Industry analysts believe that in order for the IAG approach for Aer Lingus to be considered realistic, it would have had to be in the region of €1 billion, or about €1.87 per share. Photograph: Alan Betson

The bid to buy Aer Lingus by rival group International Consolidated Airline Group (IAG) could have valued the Republic’s flag carrier at at least €1 (...)

Independent TD Mick Wallace said while many people were very passionate about working with greyhounds in different facets, there was a serious problem in the industry.

There is no room in the greyhound industry for anybody breaking the law, Minister of State for Agriculture Tom Hayes told the Dáil.“We will do everyth(...)

Luxembourg’s prime minister Xavier Bettel commenting on the tax debate in Brussels  said  “everybody is now in the same boat”. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

The surprise announcement by the European Commission that it is to extend its request for information on tax rulings to all European Union member stat(...)

Despite months of negative publicity about Ed Miliband’s leadership, Labour has a better chance of forming a coalition.   Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Politics in Britain is now all about next May’s election and nothing else.Politicians left the houses of parliament in Westminster last evening to the(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton says the Government has been working through a menu of the very important proposals brought forward by the convention. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton refused to be drawn on the Government extending the vote to Irish emigrants in presidential elections.She was replying to Sinn F(...)

  The Carrefour deal marks  Abilio  Diniz’s return to retailing and closer ties with the Carrefour group, in which he has built a stake of a little under 3 per cent. Photograph: Christoiphe Ena/AP

Carrefour has sold a 10 per cent stake in its Brazilian business to billionaire Abilio Diniz (77), in a first step towards a possible separate listing(...)

Aer Lingus has Heathrow slots that could appeal to Willie Walsh-led IAG Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Aer Lingus shares surged by as much as 15 per cent on news that it had rebuffed a possible takeover approach from IAG, owner of rival British Airways (...)

An Oireachtas committee has heard that Ireland’s cosmetic surgery patients are at risk due to the under-regulated nature of the industry. Photograph: Thinkstock

Patients are being harmed by the dangerously under-regulated nature of Ireland’s cosmetic surgery industry, an Oireachtas committee has been told. The(...)

By now it’s a grimly familiar pattern: a family’s private anguish rekindles Ireland’s strained, 30-year debate on the right to life of the unborn. Onc(...)

According to the World Health Organisation, whose definition was relied upon in this court case, a person is obese if their body mass index (BMI) is over 30. Photograph: Matt Morton/PA

People who are obese could also be considered disabled, the European Court of Justice has ruled. The judgment comes after the landmark case of (...)