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Autumnal colour in Dublin’s Phoenix Park. Photograph Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

1. Schools close indefinitely for 200,000 students In excess of 200,000 students will be affected by the indefinite closure of hundreds of secondar(...)

Gardaí believe Terence Kelly began the process of committing to becoming a suicide bomber for Isis while living in Ardagh, Co Longford. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien /The Irish Times

The personal background of Islamic Irish convert Terence Kelly, who blew himself up in an Isis bombing attack in Iraq, is set to be studied closely by(...)

Anne Byrne with her daughter Una. Of being honoured by her alma mater, she said: “Honoured, excited, nervous, but I will take it all as it comes”

A 101-year-old woman who created one of the first recording archives of Irish traditional music and graduated from university in Galway 80 years ago w(...)

Governor of West Virginia Earl Ray Tomblin: “Ireland has done a great job in setting competitive prices and we’re trying to do more of that.” Photograph: Jim Stem/Bloomberg

Donald Trump has made plenty of outlandish promises during the US presidential campaign. A vow to bring back coal mining jobs to West Virginia might n(...)

Ardagh chairman Paul Coulson has said further deals will be on hold until after next year’s planned IPO. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Financier Paul Coulson signalled on Thursday he plans to press the start button on Ardagh Group’s long-awaited stock market flotation as soon as March(...)

Paul Coulson, chairman of the Ardagh Group,  at the the Institute of Directors’ annual autumn lunch in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Financier Paul Coulson has said he would not have been able to build his Ardagh Group glass and metal packaging giant, which now has almost €8 billion(...)

Ardagh Group chairman Paul Coulson

Packaging giant Ardagh Group has said there are no further acquisitions in the near future as it focuses on a possible floatation early next year. Sp(...)

Paul Coulson, Ardagh Group chairman, sold $1.715 billion (€1.53bn) of dollar and euro-denominated bonds  to refinance some higher-cost loans and return €270 million of capital to shareholders. Photograph: Frank Miller 14.12.06

Paul Coulson hasn’t lost his nose for timing a transaction perfectly – at least from where he’s standing. The Ardagh Group chairman sold $1.715 bill(...)

Paul Coulson, chairman of Ardagh Group at The Irish Times Property Forum

The dysfunctional property market – where not enough houses are being built to meet demand, where social housing lists lengthen by the day and where t(...)

Ardagh Group chairman Paul Coulson has built the company into the world’s third largest drinks-can maker from a small, Dublin-based, glass bottle maker in just two decades. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Total borrowings at financier Paul Coulson’s Ardagh Group rose to €8 billion at the end of June as the glass and metals packaging giant completed its (...)

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