Ken Doherty, seen here outside his home snooker club Jasons of Ranelagh, after his 1997 Crucible win, has qualified for a 19th World Championships in Sheffield. Photograph: David Sleator / THE IRISH TIMES

Former world champion Ken Doherty secured a 19th Crucible appearance of his career with a 10-5 success over Thailand’s Dechawat Poomjaeng in hi(...)

Ibec head of policy and chief economist Fergal O’Brien: “Ireland is on the way back.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Business group Ibec has revised upwards its economic forecasts for 2014, citing “impressive employment growth” and a rise in c(...)

Ibec’s head of policy and chief economist Fergal O’Brien: “We’re going to have 60,000 more people taking home a paycheque this Christmas than we had last year.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ireland is embarking on a new era of “strong economic growth” fuelled by a rebound in domestic activity and recovery in international markets, acco(...)

David Morris in action against Stuart Bingham during day nine of the UK Championships at The Barbican Centre, York. Photograph: Tim Goode/PA Wire

Irish man David Morris was able to reflect on a satisfying run at the UK Championship despite the disappointment of a heavy last-16 defeat to Stuart (...)

David Morris in action against Mitchell Travis at the UK Championships at The Barbican Centre, York. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Ireland’s David Morris ended the dream run of Sheffield amateur Mitchell Travis with a 6-1 third round win at the UK Championship in York.Morris only(...)

Managers in the hotel, catering and leisure sector reported the highest levels of confidence in their own business according to the survey from Ibec. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

Business confidence has overwhelmingly improved to reach its highest readingever a new survey from business group Ibec reveals.Its business sentiment (...)

Fergal O’Brien of Ibec: “We simply cannot afford to take more money out of the domestic economy.”  Photograph: Eric Luke

Employment growth exceeded expectations in the first half of 2013, according to a new jobs report by employers’ group Ibec.It says there were 8,259 ne(...)

John (left) and Patrick Collison, co-founders of Stripe.
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Offer for Stripe rejected John and Patrick Collison, the Limerick brothers behind online payments business Stripe, turned down an offer worth hundreds(...)

Ibec’s head of policy and chief economist Fergal O’Brien says “Irish taxpayers deserve a break ... plans to increase taxes by €500 million should be dropped”

Business group Ibec has reiterated its call on the Government to drop its plans to increase taxes by €500 million in October’s budget despite warnings(...)

Ibec chief economist Fergal O’Brien: will give an overview of the impact Sepa will have on the economy

For those interested in finding out what the Single European Payments Area (Sepa) entails, a breakfast seminar on the topic is taking place this Wedne(...)

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