Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe said he expected the talks to conclude within weeks. Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

The Government and International Consolidated Airlines’ Group (IAG) remain divided over a key issue in the talks over a possible sale of Aer Lingus, b(...)

Glenn Murray celebrates after scoring the first goal for Crystal Palace as Manchester City’s Joe Hart appeals for offside recently. Photograph: Reuters / Suzanne Plunkett

We are approaching, as Alex Ferguson once charmingly described it, the nerve wracking “squeaky bum time” of the English football season. Half the Iris(...)

Virgin Atlantic will tell the Dáil Transport Committee that a sale of the State’s share in Aer Lingus will have significant negative effects on connectivity and ticket prices. Photograph: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

Virgin Atlantic will tell the Dáil transport committee the sale of the State’s shareholding in Aer Lingus to its rival International Airlines Group (I(...)

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe recently said “everyone from Richard Branson to Donald Trump” had expressed a view on the possible sale of Aer Lingus. Photograph: Artur Widak/PA Wire

Virgin Atlantic will face “searching questions” when it brings its concerns about the possible sale of the State’s shareholding in Aer Lingus to the D(...)

Ruth Curran of Merc Partners with Willie Walsh, chief executive of  International Airlines Group. Mr Walsh said it would be “very interesting” if Virgin appeared before the Oireachtas committee. Photograph:  Angela Halpin

International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) chief executive Willie Walsh says rival Virgin Atlantic has no interest in the Irish market, despite (...)

Willie Walsh, chief executive of IAG, in Dublin last month following a parliamentary hearing into the proposed takeover of Aer Lingus. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

International Consolidated Airlines’ Group (IAG) chief executive, Willie Walsh says he would be “delighted” to see Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic s(...)

Dividing people into winners and losers might seem like weirdly reductive behaviour, but Alastair Campbell was once the British Labour Party’s director of communication and strategy, where he thrived on reduction. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

On the cover of Alastair Campbell’s new book, Winners and How They Succeed, there’s a big number “1” made from the names of the subjects and interv(...)

 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(...)

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(...)