Under a rescue plan being prepared, Ladbrokes Ireland plans to close 60 of its 196 betting shops and cut 250 of its 850 jobs. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

British bookmaker Betfred is understood to have expressed interest in bidding for Ladbrokes’ troubled Irish business. Ladbrokes Ireland plans to clo(...)

Boylesports chief financial officer Michael Bent says the lack of information and tight deadline imposed for the final offer do not prejudice Ladbrokes UK, which he says is bidding against his company. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The High Court is due to hear Boylesports’s full challenge to rival Ladbrokes Ireland’s examinership next week. Ladbrokes Ireland is working its way(...)

Boylesports signalled early in the examinership process that it was interested in bidding for the entire Ladbrokes chain in the Republic

Bookmaker Boylesports has challenged rival Ladbrokes Ireland’s restructuring in the High Court, arguing that the process is effectively designed to (...)

 Ken Fennell of Deloitte: the privately owned Boylesports has approached Mr Fennell and is in talks with him regarding an alternative plan

Bookmaker Boylesports is lining up a bid for rival Ladbrokes Ireland, which is under court protection from its creditors to allow it to restructure t(...)

 Dr James Mehaffey (l), retired Church of Ireland  Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, and  Dr Edward Daly (c), retired Catholic Bishop of Derry, with mayor of Derry Brenda Stevenson. The former bishops were conferred with the freedom of the city. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/PA Wire

Two of Derry’s retired bishops were conferred with the freedom of the city by mayor Brenda Stevenson, in the last official administrative act carried (...)

Marsha Mehran lived a reclusive life, an inquest heard

A coroner in Co Mayo has recorded an open verdict at an inquest into the death of an Iranian novelist at a rented apartment in Co Mayo.Marsha Mehran ((...)

Newpark Comprehensive in Blackrock, Co Dublin, one of 70 major school building projects, but it has not been built to a generic design. Photograph: Eric Luke

It’s arguably the biggest challenge facing primary and secondary education, and it’s likely to be felt long after the current furore over the new juni(...)

Recipients of National Bravery Awards (from left):  Reserve Garda Stephen Corrigan, Garda John Boyle, Garda Mark Irwin and Garda Alan Gallagher,  in recognition of outstanding acts of bravery, at a ceremony  yesterday in Farmleigh House, Dublin.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

It was a day to remember split-second decisions that forever changed people’s lives. Garda Mark Irwin remembered the moments “like a scene from a mov(...)

Jockey Barry Geraghty on Shutthefrontdoor, the winner of this year’s Irish Grand National, which is sponsored by Boylesports. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Boylesports will sponsor RTÉ’s horse racing coverage in “a seven-figure investment” by the group. The bookmaker already sponsors major Irish racing ev(...)

John Boyle opened his first shop on Market Hill in Co Armagh, which had a population of 2,000, in 1982 with a £6,000 loan from his father. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Bookmakers have to wait a day longer than everybody else for Christmas. However, it is often worth the wait. On St Stephen’s Day there were three race(...)