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West Cork Distillers also makes gin under the name of Graham Norton, the Cork-born BBC presenter

The founders of Irish whiskey and gin producer West Cork Distillers are buying out the majority stake in the business held by the UK-based Halewood gr(...)

‘Whatever happens with Brexit in the end is likely to be bad news for Ireland, assuming of course there isn’t a second referendum and the UK decides to stay in.’

The European Commission this week described Brexit as a “singular event” that “could constitute a major disaster”. The EU’s executive arm signalled it(...)

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European shares rose for a second straight day on Thursday, after China said it would hold trade talks with the United States, raising hopes that the (...)

Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam: spearheaded the Bill, which would have allowed criminal suspects to be transferred to mainland China for the first time. Photograph:  Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images

Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam has withdrawn the controversial extradition bill that sparked three months of fierce protests and plunged the cit(...)

Karl  Brophy said Red Flag Consulting expects to win more business lobbying European authorities in Brussels. Photograph: Collins

Red Flag Consulting, the communications firm run by former Independent News & Media (INM) executive Karl Brophy, broke the €1 million annual profi(...)

 Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell holds a news conference following the Federal Reserve’s two-day Federal Open Market Committee Meeting in Washington last month. Photograph: Sarah Silbiger/Reuters

European shares inched higher early on Friday, with all eyes on a speech by US Federal Reserve chief Jerome Powell for signs that the central bank is (...)

Teenager Greta Thunberg on board the racing boat Malizia II in the Atlantic Ocean. Activists such as her have catapulted the climate emergency on to centre stage. Photograph:    Greta Thunberg/EPA

We live on a dying planet surrounded by desperate inequality. Corporate leaders like to say they are working to solve the problems: just this week one(...)

Ryanair failed to obtain a legal injunction blocking the walkout by members of the British Airline Pilots’ Association. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ryanair and the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association (Ialpa) could return to mediation in a pay dispute that saw the pair clash in court this week. The (...)

CRH chief executive Albert Manifold acknowledged that Brexit uncertainty had hit the Irish group’s UK business. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Building materials giant CRH is not ruling out further share buybacks to follow the €900 million it is returning to investors this year. The news cam(...)

Those with a big stake in Hong Kong’s future need to do more than fall meekly in line with China and become Beijing’s enforcers

Li Ka-shing, the 91-year-old Hong Kong tycoon, is a veteran of communicating with symbols and allusions. So when his property company CK Asset Holding(...)

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