Several of the world's wealthiest state-backed funds are in talks to provide financial backing for O2's industry-changing �10bn tie-up with rival UK mobile operator Three.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that the Government has not yet seen any details of the proposed take-over bid of Aer Lingus by IAG, the British Airways parent group.
BT geared up for next week's Premier League broadcasting rights auction by announcing better-than-expected profits, a new, cheaper plan to reduce its �7bn pension-fund black hole, and the launch of ultrafast broadband services.
Industry body Oil and Gas UK is to call for "meaningful action" from government in order to tackle major challenges facing North Sea operators.
Gary Lineker has reportedly been presented with a �1.3million bill by the government after becoming the latest star entangled in tax-avoidance allegations.