Catherine Moroney, head of business banking at AIB; Network Ireland president Rebecca Harrison; CRC chief executive Stephanie Manahan; and Priscilla O’Regan, head of communications at BT, launching  Network Ireland’s Creating Opportunities conference. Photograph: 1IMAGE/Bryan Brophy

Monday Indicators: Irish manufacturing PMI (Sep); euro zone manufacturing PMI (Sep), unemployment (Aug); UK manufacturing PMI (Sep); German manufact(...)

Charles Haughey:  surely he and Mara did not think Keane was going to hotfoot it down to Temple Bar to open an experimental black box theatre space

‘I happened to go into the Shelbourne Hotel one day and PJ Mara was there. Naturally enough we had a refreshment, and he said ‘the Bossman is coming i(...)

Modern grandads: There’s no limit to what they won’t do for their grandchildren. Photograph:  Getty

At this time of year, you spot them in the seaside village where I live. You see them in the park, corralling their miniature charges into teams for g(...)

Cruise ship passing on the River Danube in Passau, Bavaria, Germany

One of the fastest growing sectors of the cruise industry is river-cruising, and new ships are being added every year. The lure of the rivers of Europ(...)

 The film critic Barry Norman, who was  capable of caustic wit when tearing apart one of the  more dismal films. Photograph: PA

Only two film critics in the English-speaking world have gained the starriest class of celebrity. One was the late Roger Ebert. The other was Barry (...)

“Sorry, who put this obvious lunatic in charge of the country?”

I’m like, “Why is Brian O’Driscoll on the radio saying that Ireland is a country where it no longer matters where you come from?” The old man laughs.(...)

Ryanair  has been continuing its aggressive expansion into Germany and Italy,  and its capital expenditure is currently adding about one aircraft per week

MONDAY Results: Perrigo Indicators: Irish retail sales (April); euro zone loan growth (April); UK house prices (May) TUESDAY Results: Ryanair Hol(...)

Twitter: In its last results in February the company reported sales totalling $717 million (€672 million) in the fourth quarter, up only about 1 per cent compared with the previous year. Photograph: Reuters/Dado Ruvic

Monday Results: Halliburton, Hasbro, Hyundai, Office Depot, Villeroy & Boch, Volvo Indicators: German business climate (Apr); UK business optim(...)

I stare at the old man over the top of my pint and I go, “The dude is wiping the floor with you in there. It’s hilarious seeing you get your final comeuppance.”

Denis O’Brien is giving evidence. His barrister goes, “How long have you known Charles O’Carroll-Kelly?” And Denis is there, “I don’t know Charles O’(...)

A homeless man sleeping outside the Customs House, Dublin. A Lotto winner says she will use winnings to support homeless people in the city. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

A woman who won €500,000 in the National Lottery has pledged to use winnings to help the homeless. The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, is fro(...)