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Mary McCarthy at The Dartry Health Club: ‘I love the pool because I can zone out - after five minutes I go into a kind of trance that’s really calming’

I missed swimming so much in lockdown; a bit for fitness, but mainly for its magical effect of processing a grumpy mood into a light one. E(...)

Ben Dunne: It’s impossible to socially distance in a swimming pool.

Jacuzzis, steam rooms and swimming pools are “a thing of the past” in Ben Dunne’s network of gyms as a result of Covid-19. The well known businessman(...)

The Government has taken  over the facilities of 19 private hospitals. That has left many of those who are paying thousands of euro each year in private health insurance wondering what they are paying for

There are many thousands of people across the country who either pay monthly or annually for a range of services – from trains to schools to health cl(...)

Dublin City Council said City Hall would close (except for private events and the cafe. File photograph: Tom Honan

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced the closure of schools, colleges and other public facilities in response to the coronavirus pandemic at a press confe(...)

A bed at a Premier Inn hotel in Liverpool. Photograph: REUTERS/Darren Staples/File

Dublin City Council has given approval for a revised, expanded plan for a new hotel in Dublin city centre, despite an objection by gym owner Ben Dunne(...)

The mirrored room is lit by red neon strips, and I look around in awe as he explains how Shred and Tread worksPhotograph: Nick Bradshaw

It is before dawn on one of the shortest days of the year when I discover there is a line in the sand which I will not cross and it spells the word Zu(...)

Arthur Ryan, second from left,  and Alma Carroll at the opening of Primark’s store in Boston in 2015, alongside Mayor Martin Walsh and  Primark chief executive Paul Marchant. Photograph: Josh Reynolds

Leading business figures yesterday paid tribute to Arthur Ryan, who led Penneys-Primark from just one store on Dublin’s Mary Street to a global fashio(...)

Former minister  Ray Burke arriving at the Flood tribunal in Dublin Castle, November  2001. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

On building sites, there used to be a tradition of sending the callow young apprentice on his first day to ask for the rubber hammer and the glass nai(...)

Ben Dunne Gym at Northwood, Dublin. ‘I do this for fun,’ the businessman has said. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Ben Dunne expects his gym business to record an operating profit of €5 million in the financial year to the end of this month. This would mark a 32 pe(...)

Senator Shane Ross (left) with Feargal Quinn and members of the Independent Alliance outside Leinster House in 2015. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tributes are being paid to businessman Feargal Quinn, best known as the founder of the Superquinn supermarket chain, who has died after a short illnes(...)

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