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UK firm Camelot disputes the accuracy of Seán Fleming’s comments. Photograph: Eric Luke

The operator of the UK lottery has strongly rejected a suggestion by Fianna Fáil TD Seán Fleming that it was seeking to get rid of charity lotteries b(...)

A Subway employee cleans the window of the shop on Parliament Street in Dublin’s city centre, as the sandwich chain has said it plans to open 180 new stores across Ireland over the next six years creating 1,800 jobs. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

American fast food chain Subway has announced plans to increase its number of stores in Ireland by more than 180 over the next six years to about 300,(...)

The Government is expected to sign contracts with Premier Lotteries as early as next month if the three unions vote in favour of the proposals.

National Lottery boss Dermot Griffin is to be kept on as chief executive by the new private operator of the franchise.Mr Griffin will be appointed chi(...)

People at a National Lottery stand in the Dublin. Most of the 103 staff at the operation’s Dublin headquarters are employees of An Post on permanent secondment to the lottery. Photograph: Eric Luke

The sale of the State’s lottery franchise, which is set to net the exchequer €405 million, is being held up because of a row over the proposed transfe(...)

 Shares in the bank were down 0.2 per cent 657.8 pence, underperforming a slightly firmer Europe banking index. Photograph : Joe Giddens/PA Wire

HSBC played down a report yesterday it was considering listing a third of its British retail and commercial banking arm in order to meet UK regulation(...)

Fitzwilliam Finance Partners Ltd, an investment company led by solicitor Noel Smyth, has bought €140 million worth of loans owed by Irish retailer Arnotts to Ulster Bank.

Fitzwilliam Finance Partners Ltd, an investment company led by solicitor Noel Smyth, has bought €140 million worth of loans owed by Irish retailer Arn(...)

John Fleming, pictured in 2009. His construction and property business went into liquidation in March 2010. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins Court

A company connected with former builder and developer John Fleming is working on a £50 million contract for the conversion of a historic central Londo(...)

Half of law firms anticipate improved economic conditions next year, compared to just one in four last year, according to the research. The areas of business where most growth is expected are in property/conveyancing and litigation. Photograph: Reuters

More than half of Irish law firms have seen their revenues rise in the past year and many larger firms have given staff a pay increase as their fortun(...)

RGdata director general Tara Buckley  said there was worry in the retail sector that retail agents and players would ultimately pay the price to fund the purchase of the national lottery licence. Photograph: Collins

The umbrella group for independent traders RGdata has written to Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin seeking assurances that retailers’ com(...)

To say: “Oh dear this pasta is disgustingly soggy” simply draws the guests’ attention to how overcooked it is, which otherwise they might not have noticed. Worse, it then obliges them to say: “But no! It’s delicious.” Photograph: DAVE MEEHAN

Last week I had a drink with a woman who has just landed one of the biggest jobs in her industry. Over a couple of grapefruit negronis she told me she(...)

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