James Joyce in Zürich, Switzerland, where his eye problems turned serious: Glaucoma didn’t prevent his other eye wandering. Two women took hold of Joyce’s imagination, apart from Nora, during his stay in Switzerland Photograph: Getty Images

Zürich during the first World War was awash with refugees and racketeers – a vibrant hodgepodge of pacifists, revolutionaries, anarchists and artists (...)

Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness, of Sinn Féin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Political and economic unification of Ireland could potentially deliver a €35.6 billion boost in GDP for the island in the first eight years, accordin(...)

“The Zurich [takeover] distraction was a bump in the road rather than anything more in terms of impact on our business,” says RSA Insurance Group chief executive Stephen Hester. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

RSA Insurance Group, the subject of a now-abandoned £5.6 billion takeover bid from Zurich, is “more than on track” to meet its full-year financial tar(...)

Ryanair followed up this week’s news that it made €1 billion surplus in the first half of the year with strong passenger numbers for October. Its shares added 1.07 per cent to end the day at €14.66

European shares closed off their highs yesterday amid continued fallout from the Volkswagen emissions scandal and indications from Federal Reserve cha(...)

Old and new Scandi styles in Stockholm Experience Swedish design at the grand old Berns Hotel in Stockholm (above), which was designed by Olle R(...)

Owen Killian, CEO Aryzta. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

In 1997, the former Irish Agricultural Wholesale Society (IAWS), later to become Aryzta, acquired the Cuisine de France brand for IR£51 million (€64 m(...)

A file image of Fifa president Sepp Blatter.  Photograph: PA

Four of Fifa’s leading sponsors – Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Visa and Budweiser – have demanded that its embattled president, Sepp Blatter, step down imm(...)

Ireland’s Paul Pollock has already proved he is capable of bettering the Olympic marathon qualification time of 2:17:00. Photograph: Ian McNicol: Inpho.

Only 314 days to go! No one does this cheap and tiresome countdown better than the Olympics. And no one recognises the utter nonsense of it better (...)

 Origin Enterprises chief executive Tom O’Mahony, chief executive: said the company remains “highly cash generative” with a war chest for future acquisitions of €150 million. Photograph: Eric Luke

Origin Enterprises has an acquisition warchest of €150 million should the right opportunity present, chief executive Tom O’Mahony has told The Irish (...)

Zurich Insurance Group will not make an offer for RSA Insurance Group after scrutinising its accounts, the company said on Monday. (Photograph:  Toby Melville/Reuters)

Zurich Insurance Group abandoned an offer for RSA Insurance Group because it expects a loss in its own general insurance business in the third quar(...)