Siteserv, which is to be rebranded, was sold to Denis O’Brien by IBRC. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Mortgage transfer Specialist loan-servicing firm Certus will cease trading next year with the loss of about 320 jobs, according to the Sunday Times. T(...)

Although slightly off the beaten path, ‘First Editions’ is really worth a visit and the contents of the shop will delight book lovers of all types and ages. Photograph: Declan Clancy

Who collects books these days? “Mostly men in their 50s and upwards,” according to Allan Gregory the proprietor of ‘First Editions’ who specialises in(...)

Muhammad Ali, the subject of a new poem in Poetry by Declan Ryan, poses a portrait in his robe in 1964. Photograph: Focus on Sport/Getty Images

In their beginnings the generation of poets that included Thomas Kinsella, John Montague, Richard Murphy and the slightly younger Seamus Heaney and(...)

Nishi Ward: The planned corporate tax reduction would, he says, allow him to invest more in his already-profitable business and target growth in new international markets

If corporation tax were cool, Eamonn Donaghy of KPMG in Belfast would be the Bono of his world – half quiet tax accountant, half buccaneering campaign(...)

Peadar King with Richard Murphy in Sri Lanka: a series of interviews with Murphy will be screened at the inaugural Inish festival on Inishbofin on Saturday evening.  Photograph: Dave Brandt

Democracy is alive and well on Irish offshore islands, if the tallies from last week’s referendum are anything to go by. Two of three Aran islands vot(...)

Director Eithne Verling in Galway City Museum, beside the statue of Pádraic Ó Conaire that had its head removed by vandals before being repaired. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

If cities mirror their natural habitats, Galway should be bursting with energy right now – 18 million litres per second of energy, in fact, which is t(...)

The site at Sarah Curran Avenue in Rathfarnham

With developers back in the market looking for housing and commercial sites, selling activity has clearly accelerated in recent weeks after being dorm(...)

Nigeria’s finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. “Could do more,” she told the Shell who had proudly declared that 
the exploration company had paid $12
billion in taxes last year to African countries “including $4.5 billion into your treasury, 
Ngozi”. Photograph: Reuters

Nigeria’s minister for finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala had listened to the man from Shell proudly declare the exploration company had paid $12 billion in(...)

Kildare Dobbs: committed much of his abundant life to the written word and was the most genial of companions.

Seamus Heaney once said that nobody had done more to welcome and assist Irish writers in Canada than Kildare Dobbs, who made his own livelihood(...)