Derek Hughes: founder of chain that collapsed with debts of almost €15m. Photograph: Daragh Mac Sweeney/Provision

The company behind bookseller Hughes & Hughes incurred losses totalling €1.35 million in the two years prior to the brand disappearing last year.N(...)

Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em would seem to be the decision reached by Irish entrepreneur Derek Hughes as he throws his lot in with his arch (...)

Conor Whelan, managing director of Eason & Co, and Derek Hughes of Hughes & Hughes. Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography

Irish bookseller Eason & Co has added six franchised outlets to its chain of stores, including three shops belonging to ri(...)