There are many possible measures of success – the satisfaction of customers, the wellbeing and prosperity of employees, the reduction in carbon emissions, the company’s contribution to society.  The one that Ryanair and Michael O’Leary have reinforced (“shareholder value”) is increasingly understood even within corporate capitalism as poisonous. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Last week in Dublin there was nearly another Rising. Almost half of Ryanair’s shareholders, led by the representatives of pension funds, made a stand (...)

Seán Doyle’s Crosshue Boy returns to Ayr after victory in the novice handicap chase there last year. File photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

Co Wexford trainer Seán Doyle will try to bridge a 150-year gap when his big race hope Crosshue Boy lines up in this Saturday’s Coral Scottish Grand N(...)

European Council President Donald Tusk should also have known that nobody outdoes the DUP when it comes to fire and brimstone. Photograph: Getty Images

Everybody got a little hot under the collar this week as European Council president Donald Tusk became the latest to let his frustration with the Unit(...)

Jack Kennedy on Mengli Khan at Cheltenham. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mengli Khan’s sole start to date at Leopardstown saw him crash out through a wing of a hurdle when a heavy Grade One favourite last Christmas; it’s so(...)

 Jack Kennedy riding Shattered Love clear the last to win The JLT Novices Steeple Chase at Cheltenham. Photograph:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

In years to come Missed Approach could become a pub quiz standard as the name of the horse that prevented an unprecedented Irish clean sweep of a Chel(...)

Ruby Walsh on board Melon. Can  Faugheen’s young stable companion be  a potential gate-crasher for the Champion Hurdle? Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Inpho

If Cracking Smart can land Navan’s Grade Two feature on Sunday it will leave Gordon Elliott and Michael O’Leary with an impressively tight grasp on th(...)

Mengli Khan ridden by Jack Kennedy (left) races clear of the last on the way to winning the Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle during day two of the Fairyhouse Winter Festival. Photograph: PA

Gordon Elliott and Michael O’Leary made history at Fairyhouse on Sunday with a unique Grade One Winter Festival hat-trick. No owner, trainer or jocke(...)

Apple’s Jade:   Navan run last month could  give her  a crucial edge in  Sunday’s Hatton’s Grace Hurdle. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Fairyhouse’s ‘Winter Festival’ is the first major Grade One card of the jumps campaign so it’s little surprise National Hunt racing’s big boys are com(...)

Ukraine International Airlines airplanes at Kiev’s Boryspil airport: a planned deal collapsed when the  airport rejected it as economically unviable. Photograph: Getty Images

At this torrid time for Ryanair, it may surprise hundreds of thousands of inconvenienced ticket holders to know that one of Europe’s biggest countrie(...)

Michael O’Leary’s Identity Thief wins the Ryan Cleaning Craddockstown Novice Chase at Punchestown last month. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho.

Leopardstown’s St Stephen’s Day fixture is famously a day-out for once-a-year race goers and no racing expertise is required to appreciate a potential(...)

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