Willie Walsh: the IAG chief executive   has pledged to maintain Aer Lingus flights from the State to Heathrow for five years. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/PhotoCall Ireland

Government officials could meet representatives of International Airlines Group (IAG) again next week as talks over the €1.36-billion bid for Aer Lin(...)

The Big Cat trawler which hit rocks on Valentia Island in January 1989 is pounded by waves. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22

The sinking of the Lusitania, the bombing of Air India flight 182 and the 1979 Fastnet race are among many incidents which will be remembered on Va(...)

 Etihad Airways, holder of almost 5 per cent of Aer Lingus, will probably sell its stake if the Government backs the IAG offer. James Hogan, chief executive of the Gulf-based airline, reiterated this recently.

The Government could decide on a sale of the State’s 25.1 per cent stake in Aer Lingus early next month, according to the flag carrier’s chief executi(...)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe stressed that maintaining the low VAT measure for the tourism sector is conditional on the industry remaining competitive on Wednesday. (Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times)

The Republic’s tourism industry must not return to the high prices that damaged its competitiveness during the boom years, the minister responsible f(...)

On the basis of the Government’s  figures, the 7.6 million people who holidayed here last year spent an average of €460 each. It now envisages that the 10 million people who will come here in 2025 will increase that by €40 each. Photograph: Eric Luke

About 18 months after consultations began, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister Paschal Donohoe launched the Government’s new tourism policy yesterday. T(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Pascal Donohoe, Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport at the launch of the Government’s tourism policy at Kilkenny Castle on Monday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

A new Government tourism policy aims to boost the number of overseas holidaymakers coming here to 10 million a-year by 2025 from 7.6 million last year(...)

IAG has been circling Aer Lingus for more than three months and in January said that it is willing to pay €2.55 a-share for the Irish airline, once both the State and Ryanair agree to sell their holdings in the company.

Government officials met with International Consolidated Airlines’ Group (IAG) representatives on Friday to discuss the company’s €1.36 billion bid fo(...)

IAG and the government are trying to hammer out a compromise over the fate of Aer Lingus’s valuable take-off and landing slots at Heathrow airport — the biggest barrier to IAG’s planned takeover of the Irish carrier. (Photograph: Artur Widak/PA Wire)

International Airlines Group and the Irish government are trying to hammer out a compromise over the fate of Aer Lingus’s valuable take-off and lan(...)

Aer Lingus planes at Dublin Airport. Sources say IAG could make further concession on Aer Lingus’s Heathrow slots in order to break the deadlock over its proposed bid for the State’s stake in the airline. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) could make further concessions to the Government on Aer Lingus’s Heathrow access to break the deadlock(...)

A pedestrian walks past the Aer Lingus ticket and customer services desk in the departure hall at Dublin Airport. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Government officials and representatives of the group that is bidding €1.36 billion for Aer Lingus discussed the basis on which the Coalition would co(...)