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The emergence of the CCTV evidence is the latest twist in a bitter battle between the billionaire Barclay twins – Sir Frederick and Sir David – and their children over a business empire that spans the Telegraph, online retailer Shop Direct and until recently the Ritz.

Frederick Barclay has released footage of his nephew allegedly planting a bug in The Ritz Hotel, claiming the spying casts doubt over the fitness of h(...)

Sir Frederick Barclay bought the London landmark with his twin brother Sir David in 1995. Photograph: iStock

Sir Frederick Barclay, the billionaire co-owner of the London Ritz Hotel, says he has received competing bids to buy it for more than £1 billion (€899(...)

The five star Castlemartyr resort in Co Cork.

As you wrestle with inordinately dry turkey, wrangle with brussels sprouts al dente and struggle to make your way through Christmas pudding with the c(...)

A police car drives past the Ritz hotel in Paris. Photograph: Michel Euler/AP

Police in Paris have recovered some jewels stolen from the Ritz Hotel in a multimillion-euro robbery but are still searching for two thieves and the r(...)

Diana, Princess of Wales: an exasperating woman who achieved fame only through the man she married and who became more celebrated for her clothes, bulimia, suicide attempts, exotic holidays, media manipulation, psychic consultations and colonic irrigations than anything else Photograph: Tim Graham/Getty

Do you remember precisely where you were when you heard about Diana’s death? The answer may be embarrassing. Twenty years on, it seems rather shocking(...)

Gerald O’Kelly and his mother, courtesy of Brendan O’Kelly, from “No Way Out: The Irish in Wartime France 1939-1945”, by Isidore Ryan

When Place Vendôme last featured in an Irish political controversy, the problem was shirts: the luxury Charvet shirts that Charles J Haughey was once (...)

Belfast developer Paddy McKillen: an Abu Dhabi fund has indicated it would be willing to settle for a majority stake in the Maybourne hotel group, with Mr McKillen holding a minority interest – an acceptance the Irishman is not prepared to leave the scene. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

A €2 billion offer for a group of London hotels cannot go ahead without the permission of Irish property developer Paddy McKillen.The Abu Dhabi Inve(...)

Belfast developer Paddy McKillen: Victory in the Irish case would present grounds for claiming mistrial in the British case. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Property developer Paddy McKillen has succeeded in joining members of the Barclay family and related parties to a High Court case that he is taking ag(...)

 Breifne O’Brien: The businessman (53) made a habit of deceiving friends, friends-of-friends and associates for many years, right up until “the house fell down” in 2008.

He denied ever saying that “it was easy to pull suckers in when the economy was booming”. But whether he found it easy or not, deceive people was p(...)

Belfast developer Paddy McKillen

Millions have been spent; thousands upon thousands of hours of lawyers’ time have been clocked up, and, yet, the confrontation between Paddy Mc(...)

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