Actavis’s acquisition of Forest Laboratories for approximately €  18 billion was one of the largest M&A deals in the first half of the year. Photograph:   Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A flurry of high value M&A deals in the pharmaceutical sector has pushed the value of Irish deals to a record € 97.4 billion in the first six mont(...)

Ardagh Group revealed in April that it was to sell six US glass-manufacturing plants to private equity fund KPS Capital Partners. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

The disposal of six glass plants in the US by Ardagh Packaging Group earlier this year is credit positive for the packaging group, Moody’s said thi(...)

RTÉ made money last year for the first time since the height of the boom in 2007. But the national broadcaster warned that, despite recording an an(...)

The Nokia X2 will be available at launch in glossy orange, black and green, with glossy yellow, white and matte dark grey coming later to the lineup.

Microsoft has unveiled the Nokia X2, the newest addition to the expanding Nokia X family of affordable smartphones designed to introduce the “next (...)

A significant number of so-called accountants operate outside the regulated sector. In most major European countries the law prohibits abuse of the term ‘accountant’

When is an accountant not really an accountant? And what about a engineer? Consumers may believe they understand the qualifications of someone they(...)

Patrick Kennedy, who took up the role as chief executive of Paddy Power in January 2006 is set to step down in April 2015. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Despite reporting strong growth in sales in the first four months of the year, profitability at Irish bookmaker Paddy Power was impacted by “advers(...)

Property: its gains must be seen in the context of its recent fails

Who has the fairest fund of them all? If you’re looking for an investment with an element of risk, a fund is always an option for diversifying (...)

Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly/Irish Times Premedia.

Staying single may be your life’s philosophy. Or perhaps it has been thrust on you and is something you struggle with. Or maybe it’s just a transie(...)

Rub-a-dub-dub: three business people who have benefited from peer-to-peer lending (from left) butcher John Sheridan of Sheridan Meats, baker Laragh Strahan of Lolly and Cooks, and candlestick-maker Larry Kinsella of Moth to a Flame

“Neither a borrower nor a lender be,” Polonius memorably urged his son in Hamlet , but if yo(...)

Malta: Setanta, a low-cost insurer, was registered here but traded only in Ireland. Photograph: Getty

The collapse of Setanta Insurance may leave outstanding claims but these are unlikely to trigger another insurance levy, like the one that aros(...)