Could Rachael Blackmore end the Festival as top jockey? Alan Crowhurst/Getty

It has been a long few weeks for racing enthusiasts, with the spectre of the coronavirus looming large over the Cheltenham Festival. More than €4 mil(...)

Ruby Walsh falls off Benie Des Dieux during the Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham Festival last year. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Willie Mullins has given the clearest signal yet that Benie Des Dieux will line up in the Close Brothers Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham. The champion tra(...)

Billy Kane, chief executive of Finance Ireland: working with Goodbody Stockbrokers on plans for an IPO.  Photograph: Bryan James Brophy

Non-bank lender Finance Ireland is targeting May for its planned initial public offering (IPO), according to sources. The lender, in which the State(...)

Finance Ireland chief executive  Billy Kane. Photograph: Bryan James Brophy

Finance Ireland, the State’s largest non-bank lender, is actively working on plans for a stock market flotation this year, The Irish Times has establi(...)

 Davy Russell riding Presenting Percy clear over the last to win The John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle  at Gowran Park  in Kilkenny, Ireland. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Presenting Percy has been tagged a ‘Scarlet Pimpernel’ type figure but his local Galway track is shortly set to see (...)

Billy Kane predicted in November that some parts of the commercial real-estate market were “coming to the end of the life cycle”. Photograph: Bryan James Brophy

Finance Ireland, the State’s largest non-bank retail lender, is planning to refinance about €200 million of commercial property loans in international(...)

Finance Ireland chief executive Billy Kane at the company’s base on Pembroke Road, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan James Brophy

Billy Kane knew time was up in August 2008 for his lending business that allowed seniors to release equity in their homes when a Wall Street bank that(...)

Thursday: Brid Horan will address the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants on the progress of the Better Balance for Better Business review group, of which she is co-chair. Photograph:  Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Monday Indicators: UK industrial trends orders (Sep); German current conditions, expectations and business climate (Sep). Tuesday Results: Clo(...)

In recent years, alternative finance providers have sprung up, making it easier for SMEs to access working capital, especially during their growth phases. Photograph: Getty Images

Typical lenders, such as the main banks, require personal guarantees or to lock people in to loans for a certain period of time, but in recent years o(...)

Punchestown: the racecourse said the Hunt Stand was completed on time and on budget

Punchestown Racecourse has invested €4 million in a new stand that it plans to open on the first day of its annual festival next week. The Kildare Hu(...)

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