Shares in the newly-merged Paddy Power Betfair were trading at €138.45 in the mid afternoon of their first day of trading on the Irish Stock Exchange on Tuesday – valuing it at more than €10 billion.

Shares in the newly-merged Paddy Power Betfair were trading at €138.45 in the mid afternoon of their first day of trading on the Irish Stock Exchange (...)

Mandatory sexual consent classes will now be part of the orientation programme for first-year Trinity College students living in halls. Photograph: Alan Betson

Should young men have compulsory lessons on how not to be a rapist? It seems that Trinity College Dublin has decided that they must. Mandatory sexual (...)

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has paid tribute to ‘magnificent actor’ Alan Rickman on his death. Photograph: Jas Lehal/Files/Reuters

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has paid tribute to “magnificent actor” Alan Rickman on his death aged 69. “There are no words to express how shocke(...)

 Rupert Murdoch of News Corporation said his view was that page three was   old fashioned but he said readers seem to disagree. Photograph: Getty

The Sun appears to have stopped publishing topless pin-ups on page three after 44 years.The tabloid has faced pressure from politicians, anti-sexism c(...)

Former getaway driver Steve (Rafe Spall) has just been released from prison and is being keenly watched by his officious parole officer (The Thick (...)

Trainer Willie Mullins: sends out Smashing in the Betfair Hurdle. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It is almost a decade since Essex scored the last Irish-trained success in the prestigious Betfair Hurdle at Newbury, but Willie Mullins will try to b(...)

Upazo faces some of the leading British novices including The Liquidator in the Tolworth Hurdle at Kempton today.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Today sees Willie Mullins make the sort of English raid many people imagined would be a regular occurrence when the champion trainer first outlined pl(...)

Tony McCoy on Captain Cutter before winning the Weatherbys Bank Foreign Exchange ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle  at Kempton yesterday.

Two winners at Kempton yesterday took Tony McCoy to 3,998 for his career and he will go to Exeter today for three rides and a serious chance of reachi(...)

Meg Harper, director of the Yeats Summer School, and author John Banville. Photograph: James Connolly

If WB Yeats was around today he would use YouTube and Twitter, the director of the International Yeats Summer School in Sligo suggested yesterday.Prof(...)

Michael O’Leary celebrates after First Lieutenant took the honours in the 2011 Neptune. Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

Never in the seven year history of the Ryanair Chase has the big-race sponsor Michael O’Leary looked to have a better chance o(...)