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An Apple event in San Jose, California. Huge corporations like Apple, Google and Microsoft could be broken up, as Standard Oil was in the past. Photograph: New York Times

Vodafone’s sale of its US business – one of the biggest corporate deals in history – tells how modern capitalism works. Instead of investing the £84 b(...)

It’s easy to see why Shane Ó Fearghail, the man behind Caruso, has had small pockets of success around Europe. The Dubliner makes the sort of music(...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary said the airline’s full- year profit would be at the lower end of its forecast range of €570 million to €600 million. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

More than €1.1 billion was wiped off the value of Ryanair yesterday after a fall in bookings and weaker sterling prompted the airline to issue a profi(...)

A worker passes concrete blocks atop a building covered with a banner depicting the hands of German chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin yesterday. The banner is composed of single photographs and  is accompanied by the message: “Germany’s future in good hands.” Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters

They’re called rallies, but Angela Merkel’s election appearances are so low-key they risk dropping out of the range of human hearing.We’re two hours s(...)

Rodin’s The Thinker. The French sculptor constantly reworked and assimilated the forms and aesthetics of ancient Greek and Roman art. Photograph: Karl Weatherly/Getty

Provence – the name evokes images of endless lavender fields, sleepy farmhouses and pools of golden light, scenes that inspired generations of painter(...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary said yesterday a number of factors are at play in its business, including some increased capacity and tougher competition in Ireland, Britain, Spain and Scandinavia. Photograph: Reuters/Bertil Enevag Ericson/Scanpix Sweden

The bottom line from yesterday’s announcement from Ryanair is that it expects to sell 500,000 fewer seats on its aircraft over the next few months for(...)

Barn owls feed almost exclusively on small mammals, making them susceptible to consuming contaminated rodents.

The unrestricted use of rat and mice poisons is having a catastrophic effect on Ireland’s barn owl population.A study of owl carcasses, collected over(...)

We should make the Seanad responsible for more exercises in participative democracy. Photograph: Alan Betson

Richard Bruton is saying that our choice in this referendum is limited to either abolishing the Seanad or keeping it in its current form. But by what (...)

EU internal markets commissioner Michel Barnier:  says it is vital to supervise what he calls the trillion-euro “parallel banking sector”.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Ireland’s funds industry could face increased scrutiny under new proposals unveiled by the European Commission yesterday, which aim to increase the re(...)

According to reports earlier this year, some gardaí apparently used the Pulse computer system to look up details of individuals who had carried out no criminal offences or, indeed, to expunge penalty points from motorists’ licences.

This July Accenture signed a 10-year agreement with Police Scotland to develop and maintain a new “operational policing system”. A modern update of th(...)

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