Michael Smurfit: reported to have been seen having dinner on Caribbean island.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It was a good week for Tony Smurfit, the chief executive of paper and packaging group Smurfit Kappa, who got to present a stellar set of results on We(...)

After coming to close to dropping out of college, Patrick Guiney went on to set up a charity to support students heading to third-level education. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

After just a few months in college, Patrick Guiney came close to dropping out of his arts course. “Looking back, I didn’t enjoy those first four or (...)

Michael Smufit was also acting as an adviser to Madison Dearborn on its bid for the Finnish based company Powerflute. (Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times)

Brothers Michael Smurfit and Dermot Smurfit are to miss out on a £91 million pay day, after the Finnish based paper and packaging company said on Mon(...)

 Dr Michael Smurfit: he and his brother Dermot   could gain after  US private equity outfit Madison Dearborn indicated it may bid for Finnish paper company Powerflute Oyj. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Brothers Michael Smurfit and Dermot Smurfit, the two most senior members of Ireland’s best-known corporate dynasty, look set for a major payout of ab(...)

Dancing At The Fountain by Conor Kenny

This book about the hospitality profession takes the form of seven conversations with leading world hoteliers. Kenny has edited the interviews into a (...)

Philippe Leboeuf: French hotelier helped Conor Kenny launch his new book, ‘Dancing at the Fountain’, this week in Kildare. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Michael Davern, chief executive of the K Club, and renowned French hotelier Phillippe Leboeuf, general manager of the Mandarin Oriental in Pari(...)

Seán Mulryan of Ballymore: “Regrettably, the outlook for the group is adverse.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish property developer Ballymore International is selling off its overseas assets in a bid to settle its €252 million senior debt with the Nation(...)

Tony Smurfit indicated that Smurfit Kappa will continue  seeking out acquisitions annually worth up to €300 million, which he said it is able to finance from its own resources. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Tony Smurfit, who took over from Gary McGann two months ago as chief executive of Smurfit Kappa packaging group, says he will maintain the same broad(...)

Tony Smurfit, chief executive  of Smurfit Kappa Group: he must surely be tempted to implement at least a slight change in emphasis, to announce his arrival if nothing else. Photograph:  Brenda Fitzsimons

Wednesday’s third-quarter results presentation by Smurfit Kappa Group (SKG) will be the first public outing of the new chief executive, Tony Smurfit, (...)

Gary McGann, chairman of Paddy Power: ‘It’s people, the talent you left embedded, that’s what matters most.’ Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Gary McGann strolls around the president’s room at the RDS, pointing to familiar faces from decades-old photographs on the walls. “Ah, I know him t(...)