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Shares in Grafton Group, which has a strong English presence, rose 7 per cent to €7 after the UK Builders Merchants Federation’s monthly sales figures highlighted improved conditions.

A possible ending to the deadlock in Washington lifted shares in both Europe and the US tonight. The Iseq closed the day up 1.6 per cent on the preced(...)

A Wetherspoon employee serves a pint of beer at one of the company’s pubs in London. The chain is planning to move into the Irish market next year, according to chairman Tim Martin.  Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

When it emerged last week that British pub chains are eyeing up the Irish market, an anonymous Facebook petition was started to warn off the foreign i(...)

 The Montcalm, London
Take 3 hotels in former breweries
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  • September 14, 2013, 01:00

The Montcalm, London themontcalmlondoncity.co.ukThis listed building began life in 1750 as Samuel Whitbread’s brewery , at the edge of Georgian London(...)

Seamus Heaney did not confine himself to poetry. A respected critic, he also was a distinguished academic and his translations from Greek, Latin, Italian, Irish and Anglo-Saxon reflect the extent of his learning. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Born: April 13th, 1939; Died: August 30th, 2013The Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney, who has died aged 74, was described by Robert Lowell as “the most imp(...)

Ryanair closed down almost 3 per cent, although with good volume and slightly higher than its competitors in what overall was a poor day for the aviation industry, blamed on rising oil prices. Photograph: Paul Thomas/Bloomberg

It was another day of gains on European stocks after the European Central Bank said interest rates would remain low. US markets, back from their July (...)

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