Philip Lane: hinted at provision of emergency liquidity for banks. Photograph: Jason Clarke.

Another week has trundled by and still the corridors of Government buildings remain eerily quiet – but some cracks in the ice of the current impasse s(...)

Paul Coulson: as he turns 64, the head of Ardagh Group is not retiring, but looking at more ways to expand his glass empire. Photograph: Frank Miller

A year ago, Paul Coulson finally seemed to have lost his nerve as he dropped out of the running for a €3 billion bottle-making business being sold by (...)

Moody’s said the outlook on Ardagh’s ratings is stable, reflecting a view the group, where financier Paul Coulson is executive chairman and holds a 36 per cent stake, won’t attempt further debt-financed deals until the Ball-Rexam assets are absorbed into the group.

Ardagh got a boost on Wednesday from leading credit ratings agency Moody’s, which upgraded its stance on the heavily-indebted company on the back of i(...)

Variable liquidity: Paul Coulson’s stake in Ardagh Group, the company he transformed in less than two decades from sleepy Irish glass bottle maker to a global packaging giant, may be worth as much as €1.9 billion as a result of his biggest-ever deal. Photograph: Ardagh

Paul Coulson’s stake in Ardagh Group, the company he transformed in less than two decades from sleepy Irish glass bottle maker to a global packaging g(...)

The company says it expects to finance the acquisition with a combination of cash and secured and unsecured debt

Irish financier Paul Coulson’s Ardagh Group has revived plans to raise hundreds of millions of euro in equity, after unveiling a $3.42 billion (€3 bi(...)

Ardagh, led by executive chairman Paul Coulson, is due to publish quarterly results and update debt investors at the end of this month.

Financier Paul Coulson faces questions next week from bond investors on how the heavily-indebted Ardagh Group plans to fund what would be its biggest (...)

Ardagh chairman Paul Coulson. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Ardagh’s chairman and biggest shareholder, Paul Coulson, has told industry analysts that there is “nothing going on” with the packaging group’s €2 bil(...)

Denis O’Brien is consoled pictured at the funeral of his father Denis ‘Dano’ O’Brien, at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin.

Many prominent and formerly prominent figures from the worlds of business and politics joined family and friends of businessman Denis O’Brien for the (...)

Paul Coulson, chairman and Edward Kilty, group chief executive, at the Ardagh plc Annual General Meeting, in Dublin, on Monday: the company has put its US plans on hold because of “challenging” market conditions.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Irish-owned packaging group Ardagh insists it still intends to launch part of its business on the New York Stock Exchange despite putting those plans(...)

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, (...)