IAG has been discussing its proposal to pay €1.36 billion for Aer Lingus. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Takeover panel rules do not bar the Government from discussing International Consolidated Airlines Group’s (IAG) bid to buy Aer Lingus, as a number o(...)

Eleven members of the Aer Lingus board will decide whether to recommend any offer  from International Consolidated Airlines Group to its shareholders and thus pave the way for a sale. Photograph: Artur Widak/PA

Ultimately, 11 members of the Aer Lingus board will decide whether to recommend any offer for the company from International Consolidated Airlines G(...)

Hall of fame: (Clockwise from left) Patrick McCabe; Frank McGuinness; Deirdre Madden; Colum McCann; Neil Jordan; Joseph O’Connor; Sebastian Barry and Dermot Healy

When Frank McGuinness, the playwright, was 16 a teacher told him that he’d never get to university, that nobody from his background in Buncran(...)

The €4 billion raised last week added to the just over €11 billion in cash held by the NTMA on behalf of the State at the end of 2014.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The National Treasury Management Agency plans to hold bond auctions in February and March as part of its plan to raise between €12 billion and €15 bil(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said the sale showed  investor interest in Ireland had broadened to previously closed markets. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Another year, another successful bond sale by the National Treasury Management Agency, which manages the State’s national debt. The State body raised(...)

Christmas for me usually starts . . . quite late – I’m a bit of a procrastinator! My husband is more organised and takes care of anything that need(...)

Photograph: Jimmy Fullam

‘There is in the short story at its most characteristic, something we don’t often find in the novel, an intense awareness of human loneliness.” The bi(...)

Brendan Behan aboard the Cunard Liner Queen Elizabeth, at Pier 90, North River, Manhattan. Photograph: Fred Morgan/NY Daily News Archive/Getty Images

I was standing in a thrift store on Long Island. There were walls and walls of books, but the long-term emigrant’s eye was drawn, in the usual (...)

If you were asked to name the book or books that defined Ireland for you, which would you choose? That’s the challenge UCD academics and bestsellin(...)

Edna O’Brien. Photograph: Eamonn McCabe/Getty

The most striking aspect of Edna O’Brien’s short stories, aside from the consistent mastery with which they are executed, is their diversity. This wri(...)