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Events out west cut to heart of a flaw in the environment versus development debate

The number of Irish developers who got it right can be counted on the fingers of one hand. Photograph: Getty Images

A different model is needed for the property market

Dermot Smurfit Jnr: “I think Michael has respect for me. . . I would be super disappointed if he didn’t say: ‘Dermot is a good operator’ ”

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Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee chairman John McGuinness: gave  insight into how the committee operates and what its real agenda is. Photograph: Eric Luke

Business Opinion: PAC chairman John McGuinness dealt fatal blow to inquiry

Part of the explanation for the catastrophic misjudgment of the blanket bank debt guarantee was that the then government did not know what it was letting itself – and by extension the taxpayer – in for. Photograph: Eric Luke

Even with different rules we would likely have faced a deep crisis in 2008

One suspects investors’ experience in Cavan will be more damaging to our reputation than events around Garth Brooks in  Croke Park. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill	/The Irish Times

A story with many elements of a good country song

Pat Phelan: “Internet commerce is a really unfair business on the merchant because no one else takes any risk. So it’s all down to one guy and what happens is he’s told to go ahead and later he’s told, sorry that was fraud.”

Merchants takes the hit in internet fraud and Cork entrepreneur Pat Phelan has devised a tool to help them spot dodgy customers

The Bundestag, in Berlin. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Business Opinion: German plan is so good it makes it difficult for us to plan long-term

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Opinion: The emergence of non-bank mortgage financing could be disastrous

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