EasyJet flew more than 60 million passengers last year as more Britons spent Christmas overseas.

Travel Ireland: Forecast for a fine holiday

A remote island with no sheep. It's bliss ... as long as you're fine in a force eight gale.

Arts: Why Irish culture leads by a head

In just a few decades Ireland, once almost a byword for parochialism, has become a world-beating brand name in contemporary music, film, theatre, comedy and literature. How did this happen?

Consumer Travel: Flight 2000: ready for take-off?

Most airlines seem confident they can deal with Y2K, but some are taking no chances.

Travel: Rough Guide - Ireland: Time-worn, wind-bitten and totally wonderful

Margaret Greenwood, co-author of `The Rough Guide to Ireland', recalls baths, bogs, bones and a bodega

Outlook: GRE appoints an heir apparent

IT DOESN'T pay to leave the management succession open to debate, as Sir Richard Greenbury, chairman of Marks & Spencer is discovering to his cost. John Robins, chief executive of Guardian Royal Exchange, is therefore establishing a likely successor in good time for his own planned retirement towards the end of next year, or so it appears.

Cheap uses for priceless moments

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Jams in sky delay a third of all flights

AIR PASSENGERS are suffering a "black year" for delays, according to figures released yesterday.

The Investment Column: Marketing boost for Abbott Mead

ADVERTISING is a notoriously cyclical business. When economic conditions deteriorate, a finance director's knife becomes magnetically attracted to the advertising budget.

Pop: A lesson in Corr values

Sharon Corr's voice is a cheery ding-dong bell down the line - a sound that puts one in mind of Colgate smile, got-my-act-together air hostesses grinning from Aer Lingus billboards. Like the rest of The Corrs - a multi-million selling quartet of singers from County Louth - she's uncomplicatedly exuberant, and years of business shenanigans have created a professional toughie. The week before, The Corrs had toured Australia and New Zealand, a blitzkrieg of sell-out gigs, in-store appearances and autograph scribbling in the sweltering heat. It was the sort of schedule which helped shift two million copies of their 1995 debut album Forgiven Not Forgotten, and undoubtedly will see the second, Talk On Corners, eventually go one better.

Breakthrough in Dublin airport strike

A PEACE formula to resolve the strike at Dublin Airport which grounded thousands of passengers was agreed last night after government intervention, writes Andrew Buncombe.

Monday's Book: Rachel's Holiday by Marian Keyes (Penguin, pounds 5.99)

New York's happening Llama Lounge isn't really the place for a big-boned heifer like Rachel Walsh, fresh off the Aer Lingus flight from Dublin. But with a line of coke buzzing in her veins, her size-eight feet and freckled cheeks are magically transformed into an altogether more glamorous package - like a graphic designer or a spokesperson for Donna Karan.

BA to take equity stake in Polish airline

British Airways is planning to take an equity stake in LOT, the Polish airline with which it forged a strategic alliance yesterday, its first with a carrier from a former eastern bloc country. LOT is due to be privatised as part of the Polish government's liberalisation programme and Charles Gurassa, director of passenger business at BA, said it would consider buying shares at that stage.

Travel: She's got a ticket to ride, but they don't care

There is surely no worse travel nightmare than this, writes Simon Calder. It is 4.30am, and you are 6,000 miles from home at a check- in desk at the world's highest international airport. You have just learnt that your mother has died suddenly.

Living it up on the banks of the Liffey

Despite an ill-mannered influx of English lager louts, Beverley D'Silva still found Dublin a fair city. She met someone who knew the producer of 'Father Ted', shopped and clubbed, wore sunglasses the morning after - and waited around for Godot

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