A ransomware demand for the payment of $300 worth of bitcoin sits on the screen of laptop infected by the Petya computer virus. Photograph: Vincent Mundy/Bloomberg

This week’s ransomware IT virus attack, which has spread from Ukraine to affect businesses around the globe, comes at a particularly inauspicious time(...)

Ireland’s next taoiseach:  Leo Varadkar arrives at the Fine Gael count on Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Buying pints on an early-summer evening in Dublin may have seemed a pleasant task, but it was work all the same. John Paul Phelan, the Fine Gael TD fo(...)

Varadkar has been preparing for years, his team for months. Numerous people have been involved , but most were in the dark about who else was involved. Everyone fed back to him, but only a select handful knew the full plan

It was as good as it would get for Simon Coveney as he walked down Dublin’s Mount Street to hand in his nomination papers at Fine Gael headquarters on(...)

Sports Direct now occupies the former Boyers building on Talbot Street, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

UK billionaire Mike Ashley’s cavernous new SportsDirect.com megastore in Dublin is open barely a week and already its indigenous competitors must be f(...)

Former PD minister Liz O’Donnell: involved in lobbying in recent years. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Lobbyists attempting to influence policies will need to record details of their contacts with public officials for a publicly accessible register fr(...)