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Jack MacGowan, Aer Rianta International chief executive. The company  earned a €27.4 million surplus last year from operating duty free outlets in Europe, Asia and North America

Duty free specialist Aer Rianta International (ARI) plans to double profits over the next five years to €55 million, according to its chief executive (...)

Captivated by an idea: dancers tap out the ‘Heartbeat of Home’. Photograph: Jim Byrne

In a dark studio on a sunny day, the composer Brian Byrne and a couple of engineers are working on a recording. They’ve had some late nights. They’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(...)

Microsoft said today it would buy Nokia’s mobile phone business for €5.4bn. Photograph: Reuters

Shares in Microsoft fell by almost 5 per cent in early morning trading, as the software giant announced it is to acquire Nokia's phone business and(...)

Surfers on Rossnowlagh beach in Donegal. Today’s figures from the Central Statistics Office show the number of trips to Ireland from overseas increased by 7.6 per cent in the months from May to July. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The number of trips to Ireland increased by 7.6 per cent in the three months from May to July, with the number of visitors from North America up by mo(...)

Chief executive of advertising giant WPP Martin Sorrell. Photograph: Monika Graff/The New York Times

WPP Plc, the world’s largest advertising company, said first-half sales increased 7.1 per cent on stronger growth in the UK and North America, helping(...)

Office buildings light up the financial skyline. Nicky Loh/Getty Images

Intense competition, a tendency for wealthy Asians to use multiple private bankers and high staff costs are likely to force consolidation in the wealt(...)

Unusual dip in sales for core passenger brand. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Europe’s biggest automaker Volkswagen reported a rare dip in sales of its core passenger car brand last month and said business conditions remained to(...)

Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave with Nuala  Jordan, whose grandfather Timothy Harrington MP was mayor of Dublin from 1901 to 1903, at the Parnell Summer School today in Avondale house, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

Former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave appeared in excellent form today as he shared political anecdotes and humour at the Parnell Summer School in Co Wicklow(...)

Wreckage from a runaway train of oil tankers that derailed and exploded on July 6th, in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada.  Photograph: New York Times/Ian Willms

The railway whose runaway train killed 47 people in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, last month filed for bankruptcy protection in Canada and the US last night (...)

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