Prof Michael Herity: he served on UCD’s governing body for many years and two years after his retirement in 1994 he was elected president of the Royal Irish Academy

Michael Herity, professor emeritus of archaeology at University College, Dublin, who has died aged 86, was a scholar of great breadth, sharp intellect(...)

The liquidator appointed by the High Court on Wednesday is clearing out Xtra-vision’s 83 stores and preparing to hand back the keys to landlords. photograph: dara mac dónaill

Xtra-vision, the movie rental chain that collapsed into insolvency this week with the loss of 580 jobs, has plenty of experience of going bust, having(...)

Sligo’s losses don’t include whatever the council will have to pay in legal fees from the Lissadell House case that went all the way to the Supreme Court. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

A local government auditor has questioned why loss-making Sligo County Council spent €15,000 sending a four-person delegation to the US on an eight-da(...)

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(...)