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CRH confirmed that it had spent about $300 million acquiring 6.1 million of its shares between Christmas Eve and Wednesday. Photograph: iStock

CRH has allocated a further $300 million (€271.7 million) to buy back shares over the coming months, which will bring the amount returned to sharehol(...)

Regardless of the walls, the colour on everyone’s mind at the show this year is green.

For anyone interested in the Government’s National Retrofit Plan, the new home energy upgrade scheme, or simply tired of doing battle with rising fuel(...)

CRH chief executive Albert Manifold. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

CRH said on Monday that it has agreed to sell its North American glass building products unit, Oldcastle Building Envelope, in a deal worth a higher-(...)

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard the drugs had a street value of €2,000.

A long-term drug user who had hidden a packet of heroin in his rectum when gardaí­ arrived at his hostel to search it has been jailed for 16 months. (...)

Profits at Smurfit Kappa grew more than expected last year even as it faced extra costs for recycled cardboard and energy. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

Cardboard box-making giant Smurfit Kappa’s earnings grew more than expected last year amid soaring demand for paper packaging, even as it stomached €6(...)

Grafton Group chief executive Gavin Slark. Photograph: DAVE MEEHAN

Grafton Group, the building materials distributor and DIY retailer, has raised its 2021 operating profit forecast for the second time in two months as(...)

CRH chief executive Albert Manifold has hired advisers to find suitors for its North American glass building products unit, Oldcastle Building Envelope. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

If there’s one thing managers of various businesses within CRH have learned under chief executive Albert Manifold, it’s not to get too comfortable. (...)

Albert Manifold, CRH’s chief executive, has been as focused since taking charge 2014 on offloading unwanted and underperforming assets as he has been on continuing the group’s history of growth by acquisition.

CRH’s shares jumped Tuesday on speculation that the building materials group is preparing to sell its North American glass building products unit, Old(...)

Under the terms of the memorandum of understanding, the Chinese education ministry will nominate an adviser for the Mandarin Chinese language course in secondary schools. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

An adviser paid by the Chinese government is to have an oversight role in the new Leaving Certificate subject of Mandarin Chinese as part of an agreem(...)

 Swedish clothing giant H&M was one of a number of western brands that last year expressed concern about the use of forced labour in Chinese cotton production. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty Images

For Jewher Ilham, consumers in the West refusing to buy products linked to the use of forced labour in the Chinese province of Xinjiang, is one of ide(...)

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