A further complication is that Aer Lingus is a shareholder in a leasing company which leases aircraft to Stobart. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Aer Lingus must now be a key player as events play out at Stobart Air, after the recent eruption of boardroom tensions at the smaller airline. Stobart(...)

The IAA would not comment yesterday on whether there had been contacts with Stobart. In a statement it said that it is “in regular contact with all airlines concerning safety and security matters”.

Stobart Air, the airline which runs the Aer Lingus regional network, is believed to have been contacted by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), the ind(...)

 Tim Jeans: he joined Stobart as a non-executive chairman two years ago. File photograph: Eric Luke /The Irish Times

Stobart Air chairman, Tim Jeans, has left the airline amid growing speculation about its future. Tim Jeans, who took over as chairman at the Aer Ling(...)

Aer Lingus regional operator Stobart Air has also taken on a second franchise service for UK carrier Flybe. Photograph: Alan Betson, Irish Times

Aer Lingus regional operator Stobart Air is recruiting former Ryanair and BMI Baby directors to its management and board in a shake-u(...)

Paul Carberry after his win on Guitar Pete on the opening day of the Aintree Festival. The Irish jockey was brought to hospital after a fall in the Topham Chase over the Grand National fences on Friday. Photograph:   David Davies/PA

Irish jockeys Mikey Fogarty and Paul Carberry were taken to hospital in Aintree after nasty falls in the Topham Chase, with fellow riders Andre(...)

My Titania and Declan McDonogh winning at Leopardstown in September. The John Oxx trained star is as low as 14/1 for next year’s Newmarket 1,000 Guineas. Photograph: Inpho

With less than a fortnight remaining of a turf campaign he will choose to mostly forget, John Oxx admits his focus is already on 2014 and a crop of “a(...)

Jockey Johnny Murtagh (left) rides Royal Diamond to victory in The Gain Irish St Leger Trial Stakes during the Galileo Futurity Stakes Day at the Curragh last month. Photograph: PA

Royal Diamond will defend his Gain Irish St Leger crown at the Curragh on Sunday after Johnny Murtagh’s decision this morning to remain at home rather(...)

Johnny Murtagh celebrates after riding Gordon Lord Byron to victory in the Betfred Sprint Cup during the Betfred Sprint Cup Festival at Haydock Park Racecourse, Newton-le-Willows. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Over the years Johnny Murtagh has faced trappy big-race choices as to which horse to ride but with his trainer-hat on, he now appears to have a major (...)

Johnny Murtagh considering a trip to Australia for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups with Royal Diamond

Royal Diamond could miss Sunday’s Irish St Leger at the Curragh in favour of a tilt at the Caulfield Cup in Australia next month.The Johnny Murtagh-t(...)

Jim Bolger: keen to fill in a 2,000 Guineas Classic blank on his CV

Jim Bolger has already got the Newmarket Guineas safely under his belt with Dawn Approach and the former cham(...)