An Aer Lingus A320 Airbus. Each aircraft has a list price of about €86.5 million, bringing the Iranian order’s total value to more than €9.8 billion. Photograph: Photographer: Bloomberg

It appears that Irish aircraft lessor Avolon has been quick off the mark and visited Iran following the lifting of international sanctions. The first(...)

Smurfit Kappa, if it joins the club, is Irish through and through. It is run by a scion of the famous business family whose name hangs over the door. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Last spring, one of the handful of Irish companies in the FTSE 100, Tullow Oil, fell out of the index after its share price collapsed along with the r(...)

Some say Apple is trying to push users away from independent repair shops. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Did you hear the news? Microsoft decided that only repair shops it deemed suitable could repair any of its devices. If you choose to ignore these reco(...)

The market volatility may well pass. But it could also be a signal of slower growth ahead. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Sometimes the ups and downs of the markets are best ignored, or at least not taken too seriously. However, yesterday’s sharp fall in equities, and par(...)

Renua leader Lucinda Creighton took a pop at her erstwhile Fine Gael colleagues yesterday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

One week into the election campaign and torrents of abuse are flowing in every direction. In the clamour for political roadkill, everything and anythi(...)

The gap between Irish bond yields and those of the countries we want to see ourselves ranked beside – France and Belgium – has widened a bit in the last week

The Coalition’s election narrative about the economy will have been helped by the unusual decision of ratings agency Fitch to upgrade Ireland’s debt r(...)

Vodafone investors finally put out of their misery. Photograph: PA Wire

Vodafone finally moved this week to put hundreds of thousands of one-time stock market investors out of their misery. It’s all a far cry from 1999 w(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan, at the presentation of the year end exchequer statement 2015. Photograph: Eric Luke

It is worth watching not only what the politicians promise to deliver, but when they promise to deliver it. We have already heard a lot of arguments(...)

As a high-debt nation, keeping our bond rates low is vital

Sometimes you have to stand back to realise the extraordinary period of low interest rates on international markets. In January the National Treasury (...)

Ryanair looks like it has little to fear once oil prices eventually begin rising again

Ryanair almost doubled the profits that it earned from each passenger that it carried in the three months ended December 31st – its third quarter, acc(...)