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Harland and Wolf shipyard in Belfast: the lease covenant dictates all economic activity is restricted to “shipbuilding, ship repair and heavy engineering”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Administrators in charge of Harland & Wolff cannot simply sell off the Belfast shipyard site it occupies purely for commercial or residential(...)

Down tools: a Harland and Wolff worker’s  helmet on railings near the shipyard in Belfast on August 5th. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFPGetty

There was no downing of tools. No sound of a horn signalling the end of a working day. Instead the countdown to the final hours of Harland and Wolff,(...)

Employees of Harland and  Wolff with Labour shadow chancellor, John McDonnell at the gates of the Belfast shipyard. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

A major part of the industrial fabric of Belfast appeared on the verge of coming to an end after the Harland and Wolff shipyard went into administrati(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster and Gavin Robinson speak with steelworker Joe Passmore (left) from Unite, following a meeting with prime minister Boris Johnson at Stormont on Wednesday.  Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Union leaders fighting to save the stricken Harland and Wolff shipyard failed to meet with Boris Johnson during his first visit to Northern Ireland as(...)

Brussels has been conducting a preliminary investigation into Amazon’s business practices since last year. Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

The EU has launched a formal investigation into how Amazon uses data from other merchants selling goods on its websites, saying it wants to “take a ve(...)

European commissioner for competition Margrethe Vestager: “When you become big, you have a special responsibility not to use your muscle to deny others the chance to compete against you.” Photograph: Alan Betson

“I think if you bitch a little bit every day you will end up divorced.” This is how Margrethe Vestager, the European Union’s competition commissioner,(...)

Jamie Guiney: a talent for atmosphere and setting

The circle of life is the focus of Jamie Guiney’s debut collection The Wooden House, 18 short stories that show a promising writer who needs to delve (...)

Hodges, Figgis & Co: a famous Dublin bookstore and one of the oldest Irish publishing houses

It would be easy to frame the history of Irish book publishing as a simple tale of David against Goliath, the plucky Irish upstart against the ‘overmi(...)

Presidential candidate Seán Gallagher speaks to Sean O’Rourke at RTÉ Radio studios on Tuesday. Photograph: Collins

Presidential candidate Seán Gallagher has said he is “very proud” of his time in Fianna Fáil and denied he had tried to hide his involvement with the (...)

Tom Cruise straining to stay credible as an agent in the field

Swallow this, old person. The time that has elapsed since the first Mission: Impossible film is – give or take a few months –the same as the gap betwe(...)

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