Paul O’Connell can deliver a speech and players ‘buy’ into it, while someone else employing exactly the same words might sound as convincing as Michael Ring. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Much of this World Cup has revolved around talk of leadership, to the extent that otherwise grown-up sensible people talk about rugby lessons translat(...)

Michael O’Leary: guesting on The Late Late Show.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary, the Roy Keane of the aviation industry, will appear on The Late Late Show on Friday to shoot the breeze, or (...)

AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes at the Juanda International Airport, Surabaya after the disappearance of   flight QZ8501. Photograph: Reuters/Beawiharta

A childhood dream, a little mentoring from Richard Branson and a 25c purchase took Malaysian entrepreneur Tony Fernandes to the helm of the pan-Asian (...)

‘Apprentice’ contestant Roisin Hogan: Karren Brady weighed in with magic verdict, ‘I like her style.’ Photograph: Jim Marks

She might not have survived this week’s penultimate episode without hearing the words “you’re fired”, but Irishwoman Roisin Hogan’s performance on the(...)

Man who oozes The X Factor: he jointly owns Syco with Sony. Simco, its operating subsidiary, made a profit of £37.4 million on revenues of £59.9 million last year. Photograph: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

A slight breeze ripples the decorative line of flames at the rear of the garden in Simon Cowell’s $34 million mansion in Beverly Hills. The marble flo(...)

Dr Ambrose McLoughlin: taking up new role with Healthy Ireland. Photograph: David Sleator

Being fired or being let go are very rare occurrences in Irish public service: what usually happens is that alternative posts are found and all the te(...)

Work, rest or play? There’s a lot to get your head around in the first few months of college, not all of it academic: NCAD students Aoife Irwin Moore and Eimear Walshe at a preview of the 2014 NCAD Graduate Show. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Starting college is a momentous change, marking the first real years of adult life and independence. It is a daunting and exciting time in which, i(...)

A customer carries his purchases in a shopping basket as he browses oriental foods displayed for sale inside a Tesco Metro store in London. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Tesco is set to install hi-tech screens that scan customers’ faces in petrol stations so that advertisements can be tailored to suit them.The retailer(...)

No bundling small children out of the house early in the morning – for many in-house childcare is the best solution

No bundling small children out of the house early in the morning; no breakneck dash to the crèche before it closes; no pretending children are well wh(...)

Performing artist Amanda Coogan (far left) working with pupils of St Mary’s School for Deaf Girls during their No Pens Day. Photograph: Alan Betson

Maggie Owens is one of those teachers fizzing with ideas, the kind that carries everyone else along with her enthusiasm, the type who shakes things up(...)