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(...)

 Shane Lowry  stands with his caddie Dermot Byrne during the final round of the British Masters at Woburn Golf Club. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

If a cold putter led to a large dose of frustration for Shane Lowry, there were still many positives for him to take away from a runner-up finish to M(...)

Listed packaging group Powerflute, which is chaired by Dermot Smurfit, has said its full-year performance is likely to be ahead of expectations. Photo: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Listed packaging group Powerflute, which is chaired by Dermot Smurfit, has said its full-year performance is likely to be ahead of expectations. In a (...)

Dermot Smurfit Jr: may be under a little bit of pressure to strike more deals for GameAccount Network. Photograph: David Cantwell

Dermot Smurfit Jr wants even more deals with Las Vegas-style casinos for GameAccount Network (GAN), the online gaming technology company whose backers(...)

Professor Niamh Brennan: Diploma in Corporate Governance course at UCD’s Michael Smurfit school.

Judging by this country’s perennial predilection for scandals and tribunals, it would seem that corporate governance isn’t top of the agenda in many I(...)

“Oh, the chap has his critics,” he goes. “Alleging this, that and the other. But I always say to people, ‘Do you know the real reason why he’s such a bloody titan when it comes to business? Look at his hair, for heaven’s sakes!

The first thing that hits me when I put the key in the old man’s front door is this, like, machinegun blast of obnoxious laughter – “haw, haw, haw,(...)