Traders are pictured at their desks in front of the DAX board at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany. Photograph: Reuters

European shares hit fresh three-month highs yesterday, rising in thin trade as expectations grew for aggressive European Central Bank (ECB) (...)

“It is clear to me that the GalaCoral and Playtech shareholders are the big winners here with Ladbrokes shareholders once again paying the price of management ineptitude,” Dermot Desmond said. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Dermot Desmond will challenge Ladbrokes’s and Coral’s agreement to pay their partner Playtech €106 million, in a bid to have the pair’s €3.3 billion (...)

CRH gained 1.07%  to close at €27.39 after more than 880,000 of its shares changed hands in Dublin

European stocks declined as commodity producers slid on a stronger dollar, with healthcare and leisure-related shares also falling. DUBLIN Index hea(...)

Ryanair enjoyed good activity on Thursday but was a bit quieter on Friday as well as marginally weaker

Tourism stocks continue to lag after the terror attacks in Paris last week and in Mali on Friday, while airline stocks also came under pressure. Trade(...)

The building materials giant’s stock climbed 5 per cent to close at €26.76. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Key stock markets in Europe and Asia rallied as expectations built that the US Federal Reserve will raise interest rates next month, while the US dol(...)

Dermot Desmond: “The shareholders in Ladbrokes have passively accepted all the bad news and the loss of value heaped upon them by the Ladbrokes board and management over the last 10 years.” Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Irish businessman Dermot Desmond is calling on Ladbrokes shareholders to oppose the bookmaker’s planned €3.3 billion merger with rival Coral. Mr Desmo(...)

In Ireland, amounts staked rose by 8 per cent in the period under review, with revenue up by 4 per cent, “driven by our market leading customer offering, with the benefit of an improving economy” Paddy Power said. (Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg)

Bookmaker Paddy Power shareholders will receive details of its proposed €8 billion merger with rival Betfair in coming weeks, ahead of voting on the p(...)

 Ballygunner’s Pauric Mahony with Na Piarsaigh’s Shane Dowling ahead of the Munster senior hurling club championship final. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Limerick All Star Shane Dowling and his Na Piarsaigh team-mates have just one fixture left in their third Munster hurling campaign and the Limerick c(...)

The thran man: Alasdair McDonnell, leader of the SDLP. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

SDLP leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell is what is known in parts of Ulster as a thran man. That means he is stubborn. He is also a political bruiser imbued(...)

Paddy Power added 3 per cent to finish at €111. Photograph: Bloomberg

European stocks climbed amid deal activity and earnings reports, resuming a rally that had stalled earlier this week. Equity markets shrugged off mix(...)