Smurfit Kappa had a strong day on the Iseq, with the paper and packaging company bouncing 3.6 per cent to €29.56. Photograph: Luke Mac Gregor/Bloomberg

European equities staged a sharp recovery after last week’s market carnage and a sluggish Monday session as most sectors rallied and investors turned (...)

Brian Cowen. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Brian Cowen Former taoiseach Brian Cowen retired from politics in February 2011, having served as leader since May 2008. The Co Offaly politician, (...)

Subsidies in areas such as solar storage and wind power mean they are “becoming economic far faster than anyone realised”, billionaire Jeremy Grantham says. Photograph: VCG

Ireland’s sovereign wealth fund is set to divest from fossil fuel stocks, the Church of Ireland has pledged to do likewise by 2022, while Norway’s $1 (...)

Wall Street stocks rose on Friday as solid results from Microsoft lifted technology stocks. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

European shares fell on Friday as earnings updates disappointed, with automotive sector stocks bearing the brunt of trade tensions that caused a sell-(...)

Oil majors Royal Dutch Shell and BP were both up about 1.5 per cent as oil prices hit their highest in over three years after a report that top exporter Saudi Arabia was pushing for higher prices. Photograph: Reuters

Earnings and trade anxiety set the tone on stock markets, amid a mixed slate of results. The FTSE 100 in London rose after commodity stocks were boost(...)

Paper and packaging group Smurfit Kappa rose in line with European paper-makers. Photograph: Bloomberg

A flutter of cautious optimism on global trade helped European shares advance on Friday, sealing their third straight week of gains, although a turn l(...)

Marlboro maker Altria Group sank the most since 2008.  Photograph: Reuters

Tobacco shares tumbled after the US Food and Drug Administration said it will seek tougher regulations on nicotine levels to curb addiction, threateni(...)

Reynolds shareholders will receive $29.44 in cash and 0.5260 BAT shares for each of their shares under the terms of the deal,

British American Tobacco said on Tuesday it had agreed terms to buy US rival Reynolds American after it increased its offer for the 57.8 per cent of t(...)

The ‘Economist’  was giving away free kopi luwak coffee in a bid to get people to subscribe. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg
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Image of the week: Brain stimulants The ‘Economist’ magazine is “stimulating and challenging”, just like the free kopi luwak coffee that it was givin(...)

The Rape Crisis Centre said this ad in a newspaper from the Stop Out-of-Control Drinking campaign is “misogynistic”.

The Rape Crisis Network of Ireland has called for the immediate withdrawal of an advertisement aimed at raising awareness of alcohol abuse.The network(...)

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