Tullow Oil chief executive Aidan Heavey’s love affair with Africa deepened last week with the announcement that the Irish company is seeking to buy Australian rival Hardman Resources for stg£581 million (€865 million).
Minister for Transport Martin Cullen will ask his European counterparts on October 12 to allow Ireland to proceed with agreeing a new bilateral aviation treaty with the US in the event that talks for a wider EU-US open skies agreement break down.
The charm offensive to privatise Aer Lingus is in full swing this weekend, except of course if you happen to be the proverbial ordinary man or woman in the street.
CRH has always had an unshakeable faith in the US, so it was no surprise that the Irish company announced last week its largest ever deal with the $1.3 billion (€1 billion) acquisition of Georgia-based company Ashland Paving And Construction (APAC).
Aer Lingus will guarantee the state a limited veto on the possible sale of 25 landing slots at Heathrow Airport in London when the company floats on the stock market later this autumn.