Aer Lingus aircraft at Dublin airport. The airline is in good shape at present, arguably enjoying some of its best trading years since the Irish economy collapsed in  2008. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

It’s six months since Willie Walsh first tabled a bid for Aer Lingus. It’s four months since Aer Lingus told the stock market that it was willing to r(...)

Ryanair has launched three unsuccessful bids to take over its smaller rival during the last nine years.   Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

The Government’s pledge to back IAG’s €1.4 billion bid for Aer Lingus shifts the spotlight to the airline’s biggest shareholder, Ryanair, which owns (...)

Ryanair’s chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs and chief commercial officer David O’Brien announce the airline’s end-of-year results.Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

Ryanair will focus on key European markets such as Germany to drive growth this year, its executives said after releasing results showing it made €8(...)

The Cabinet is likely to wait until after Friday’s referendums and the Carlow- Kilkenny byelection before deciding on a sale of the State’s Aer Lingus shares but sources say  it could take several weeks before the Government makes its views known. Photograph: Alan Betson

A Government decision on the sale of the State’s 25.1 per cent stake in Aer Lingus to International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) will have to wai(...)

Google regains top spot from Volkswagen in this year’s rankings. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Google has been named as the most reputable and trustworthy organisation in Ireland by the latest RepTrak study of corporate reputations.The report, c(...)

Tattersalls Ireland is gearing up for its busiest two months of 2015, when it will host some of the world’s leading eventing riders at its Fairyhouse(...)

The Quay in Wexford town where apartments can be purchased for €70,000-€100,00

In 2014, Wexford witnessed a 45 per cent increase on transactions compared to 2013. Sales amounted to €180 million, placing Wexford as the 10th mos(...)

Ruby Walsh riding Un De Sceaux to  win The Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham. Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary isn’t renowned for giveaways but there’s a €115,000 Grade 1 highlight at Punchestown that looks to be just waiting f(...)

Matthew Bowes is unseated by Waydownsouth during the Martinstown Opportunity Series Final Handicap Hurdle at Punchestown. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA. Matthew Bowes is unseated by Waydownsouth during the Martinstown Opportunity Series Final Handicap Hurdle at Punchestown. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA.

Bryan Cooper has the enviable pick of Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown Stud team but found out again that choice has its minuses too when Paul Carberr(...)

Runners and riders, including eventual winner Wish Ye Didnt ridden by Nina Carberry, clear Ruby’s Double during the Kildare Hunt Club Fr Sean Breen Memorial Chase at Punchestown. Photograph: Pat Healy/PA

A record opening day crowd of 20,214 crammed in for the the start of the 2015 Punchestown festival – where having a Mullins of some description on (...)