Michael O Leary

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The Department of Justice said it had yet to be formally notified of any moves to convert Hatch Hall into a hotel. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Dublin’s Hatch Hall, currently in use as a direct provision centre, is to become a five-star hotel with the company behind Ashford Castle set to make (...)

The craft of hurley making has written references to it in the 5th century. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The art of hurley making is not an art at all, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has decreed, as he ruled out including the ancient craft in tax br(...)

Pupils working on their projects at  Educate Together Secondary School, Griffith College, Wellington Road, Cork. They have replaced subjects for a week by  focusing on a phenomenon-based learning week. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Are secondary schools preparing students for life? Or are they just preparing them for the Leaving Cert points race and ignoring the kind of skills th(...)

It is hard to imagine how low cost flying would have grown so fast without Ryanair.

For the weekend that is in it, we thought we’d look at just some of the ways Irish people have shaped the consumer world in which we live. From tastie(...)

Racegoers react during the 2.50 Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Nama who? Troika? What troika? It was like Cheltenham scooped up to 59,209-strong crowd at Prestbury Park and transported us all back to 2007. Like w(...)

 Keith Donoghue riding Tiger Roll clear of the last to win The Glenfarclas Steeple Chase at Cheltenham last year. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty

Generally speaking, Irish racing fans aren’t partial to the more sentimental excesses that some racehorses can provoke in Britain. But Wednesday’s C(...)

The Bulmers cider maker C&C is backing this week’s Cheltenham Gold Cup. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/ Getty Images)

UK fund manager Artemis Investment Management has accumulated a stake of more than 3 per cent in C&C for the first time in more than a decade, as (...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary: “I think one of the negatives of Ryanair is its association with me.” Photograph: Yves Herman

In a rare moment of introspection, Michael O’Leary admitted his combative reputation has been a negative distraction for the airline. He attributed (...)

Ted Walsh: “There’s no such thing as us against them. It’s my horse against the others, and where they come from or go home to doesn’t enter into it.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

At the 1989 Cheltenham festival, the Irish knew their fate early on the first day. For the previous two years, Tommy Carmody had ridden Galmoy to win (...)

Michael O’Leary: I’m an easy person to target

Michael O’Leary, chief executive of low-cost carrier Ryanair, said his combative reputation has been a negative distraction for the airline and was pa(...)

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