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Premier Irish Golf Tours raised upwards of €100,000 on Linked Finance, and another loan of about the same size on a second peer-to-peer lending site, Grid Finance. Photograph: Inpho

An Garda Síochána are investigating a series of loans raised on peer-to-peer lending websites last year after a Co Kerry company closed its doors with(...)

Alice Weidel, co-Bundestag faction leader and  Katrin Ebner-Steiner, deputy chairman of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) political party as initial results from the Bavarian state elections are announced in Mamming, Germany. Photograph: Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s Bavarian allies suffered their worst election result since 1950 on Sunday, exit polls suggest. The Christian Social(...)

Mickey O’Rourke’s Premier Sports will have the rights to show 33 live Saturday afternoon games.  Photograph: PA Wire

Dublin businessman Mickey O’Rourke has secured the Irish rights to broadcast 53 live English Premier League matches per season for a three-year period(...)

Gambling man: Dermot Griffin, chief executive of National Lottery. Photograph: Tom Honan

Halfway through my interview with the National Lottery boss, Dermot Griffin, I ask if he thinks playing the Lotto is gambling. It’s a loaded question (...)

The XC90’s squinty-eyed stare: think Clint Eastwood with metal teeth

In the end, it all comes down to where in your own personal universe you receive Swedish design. If your only conscious exposure to the products of(...)

“Our development officer when he goes into schools finds it a lot easier to talk about the games because he can say it’s on Sky, the same television station as Premier League football and that gives exposure to the games and their value.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

There are mixed views on the Sky Sports deal for followers of Gaelic Games in Britain. Three of the county secretaries in England have spoken to The I(...)

Revenues at Irish medical diagnostic firm Trinity Biotech rose by 12.6 per cent in the third quarter to $27.2 million (€21.5 million), compared to $24(...)

SoundCloud is the ubiquitous wild child of the digital music world. Without paying artists or record companies, it lets people freely upload and strea(...)

RGData’s director-general Tara Buckley said: “Retailers look forward to working with PLI but, as with any process of change, there are concerns about the impact of the new ownership structure.”

Retailers are unhappy with assurances from the National Lottery that the impending switchover to a new system will not involve additional costs or a d(...)

Workers dig mass graves during a mass burial of unidentified garment workers, who died in the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Savar, in May. Photograph:  Reuters

Six months after the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory building in Bangladesh, more than 15 brands whose clothes were produced there have yet(...)

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