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Irish golfer Rory McIlroy who has started legal proceedings against three defendants, including his former management firm Horizon Sports Management. Photograph: PA

Golfer Rory McIlroy’s action against his former agent, Horizon Sports Management, is to be fast-tracked in the big business division of the High Court(...)

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi: “Structural reforms have been undertaken and financial stability risks have consistently, continuously and significantly been reduced in Ireland.” Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi praised Ireland’s efforts to repair its public finances and banking sector saying that the country has im(...)

Federal workers calling  for an end to the US government shutdown in Washington yesterday. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Washington faces a tumultuous week as Democrats and Republicans struggle to agree a deal to raise the US’s borrowing limit to avoid a catastrophic def(...)

The Apple iPhone 4. Despite a leak which allowed the design of the prototype to be seen on the web, Apple was still able to secure a patent. Things are different now. Photograph: Eric Thayer/Reuters

On March 18th, 2010, an Apple engineer left what looked like an iPhone 3 in a German beer garden in Redwood, California. Another patron later picked i(...)

Fine Gael grandee Frank Flannery: tax equity arguments based on “ideological bullshit”. Photograph: Eric Luke

One of the many straws blowing around in the pre-budget wind is the notion that Minister for Finance Michael Noonan might announce some sort of measur(...)

The main focus of the SPD’s concern appears to be Angela Merkel’s support for the use of the European Stability Mechanism to directly recapitalise ailing banks across the euro zone

Reports that Ireland’s tax policy has become an issue in coalition talks in Germany between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats and the cen(...)

Is the pen mightier than the ring?

Prenuptial agreements in Ireland appear to be on the rise even though they still lack any legal footing and don’t necessarily have a significant impac(...)

IBRC special liquidator Kieran Wallace: in talks with the Revenue Commissioners. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Revenue Commissioners are investigating a “number of major tax issues” at the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC), according to the Sunday Bu(...)

Charl Schwartzel of South Africa poses with the winner’s trophy after the final round of the Nanshan China Masters golf tournament. Photograph: Paul Lakatos/AP Photo/OneAsia

Former US Masters champion Charl Schwartzel came from behind to win the Nanshan China Open by one shot on Sunday after a costly late slip by Northern (...)

World Bank president Jim Yong Kim departs at the end of a final news conference following the annual IMF-World Bank meetings in Washington. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The International Monetary Fund’s policy committee has said the US needs to take “urgent action” to address the impasse over the debt ceiling.Amid me(...)

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