BFree: the challenge was to create a new product

This week in our profiles of the finalists in The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation awards we look at three top innovators in the agrifood sect(...)

Colm O’Brien: ‘My first book Feeding Johnny is told based on my life and business experience to date - the research has been ongoing for 50 years.’

Colm O’Brien is founder and managing director of Carambola Kidz - Healthy School Lunches Delivered. Feeding Johnny - How to Build a Business despite t(...)

Hailo, a British ride-booking service similar to Uber, based on a smartphone app, recently abandoned its United States ambitions and is trying to protect its strength in places like London, where the app has established itself with the city’s taxi drivers. (Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)

When Arnaud Bertrand helped found HouseTrip, a vacation rental website, in 2009, his goal was to build a rival in Europe to Airbnb, which was then a y(...)

Róisín Ingle with Gay Byrne in The Irish Times studio

Gay Byrne has said he supports marriage rights for gay couples and expects the forthcoming referendum on the issue to pass.“Yes, I think it’s long ove(...)

 Quantitative easing wasn’t the only item on the agenda in Davos. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

While the ECB’s announcement of a quantitative easing programme dominated events in Davos last week, a range of other issues were quietly under discus(...)

 Quantitative easing wasn’t the only item on the agenda in Davos. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

While the ECB’s announcement of a quantitative easing programme dominated events in Davos last week, a range of other issues were quietly under dis(...)

IDA chief executive Martin Shanahan. The agency met about 40 existing and prospective companies in Davos in a bid to enhance Ireland’s international profile. Photograph: Alan Betson

Insurance companies and representatives of the financial and technology sector were among the companies that attended events organised by the IDA l(...)

Former President and UN Special Envoy on Climate Change Mary Robinson

UN Special Envoy for Climate Change Mary Robinson has said that 2015 will be a crucial year for climate change.She said December’s UN conference in Pa(...)

Paul and Clare Vallely: “We now sell to more than 60 countries worldwide but becoming established and successful in our own local markets is an achievement we are very proud of”

Brother and sister Clare and Paul Vallely set up The Rug House in 2007. This online operation is based in Newry, Co Down, and employs 24 people. What(...)

AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes at the Juanda International Airport, Surabaya after the disappearance of   flight QZ8501. Photograph: Reuters/Beawiharta

A childhood dream, a little mentoring from Richard Branson and a 25c purchase took Malaysian entrepreneur Tony Fernandes to the helm of the pan-Asian (...)