National Treasury Management Agency chief executive John Corrigan (left) and National Pensions Reserve Fund director Eugene O’Callaghan at the announcement of the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Business Opinion: strategic Investment Fund ripe for rethink

Minister for Justic Alan Shatter (centre): showing all the obduracy of bankers Eugene Sheehy and Brian Goggin. Photograph: courtesy of RTÉ

Business Opinion: why do we expect a culture of accountability in corporate life when we don’t have much of one in political life?(...)

“If the hedge funds take the bait, we may well be on the cusp of another house building boom, or at least a significant upswing.”  Photograph:  Gareth Fuller/PA

If there is to be another orgy of house building in Dublin, it will have to be funded by foreigners

The change in tax accounting in 2009 raises a question over the Government’s claim that Apple has been using the “stateless company” wheeze for years rather than having a special deal. Photograph: James Best Jr./The New York Times

Business Opinion: answers could undermine Government’s defence of 12.5 per cent corporate tax rate

“We would have to assume that when KPMG took on the job of IBRC special liquidator, it would have been aware of the potential conflict.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Business Opinion: as IBRC special liquidator KPMG has inherited and instigated numerous legal actions – but missing from the lengt(...)

Businessman Denis O’Brien is the biggest INM shareholder, with a 29.9 per cent stake. Photograph: David Sleator

Clarity of the Australian position is in contrast to the rather muddled approach here

“The German Constitutional Court has raised doubts about the legality of Outright Monetary Transactions. What it has not done is say the ECB cannot do whatever it takes to save the euro.” Photograph: Reuters/Alex Domanski

Business Opinion: if the German constitutional court says Mario Draghi’s feet are made of clay, all hell may break loose

The ECB rescued the European project by dint of one little phrase – Mario Draghi’s promise to do “whatever it takes” to save the euro. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Ireland cannot solve debt problem alone

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