Flooding in Cork: There are at least 300 legal cases against the ESB as a result of floods. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

ESB needs a few sandbags for its legal department. The steady flow of lawsuits against it, alleging its actions exacerbated the floods of November (...)

St Vincent De Paul: one of the charities to benefit from the Matheson Foundation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Accounts have just landed for three registered charities owned by law firm Matheson. Medb Charitable Trust, Badb Charitable Trust and Eurydice Charita(...)

The arrangements using charities are part of tax-efficient structured finance deals aimed at attracting the institutions to set up “special purpose vehicles”in Ireland to house the high-risk assets. A team of economists from the Central Bank last month published a report on the use of these types of structures

Matheson, Ireland’s biggest corporate tax firm, uses three charities registered to “relieve poverty and distress” to help hedge funds and banks pay le(...)

Jurys Hotel in Ballsbridge pictured in 2005. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

Ulster Bank has chosen a consortium including Joe O’Reilly’s Chartered Land as the preferred bidder for the Ballsbridge hotel sites that were acqui(...)

The Beps process has consumed a huge amount of energy and resources. International corporate taxation is part of the public consciousness as never before; it’s a real barbecue stopper, as one Australian tax official put it.

In Paris last week, as Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande discussed events in Greece, the international tax system was being discussed in an under(...)

Seán Dunne: Project Trinity was the prime property site in Ballsbridge he acquired for development. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Five groups are believed to have made it through to the second round of bidding for Project Trinity, the prime property site in Ballsbridge acquire(...)

The Asgard II, which sunk off the French coast in 2008. Photograph: Coiste an Asgard/PA Wire

The Atlantic Youth Trust is seeking to raise €16 million for a new Irish sail training ship. It would replace the Republic’s Asgard II, which was lost(...)

Donal Roche of Covestone Asset Management expects to have €160 million in client funds on the asset management firm’s  books this year. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Back to black is the theme for Donal Roche’s Covestone Asset Management this year. Over a coffee in the Conrad Hotel this week, Roche confidently pred(...)

Cases taken by external solicitors employed by the Revenue Commissioners in the courts to pursue tax debts last year yielded €43.4 million for the Sta(...)

 Minister of State for Finance Simon Harris said the Government has to rebuild trust with voters. Photograph:  Collins

A Government Minister has said the Coalition “missed a beat” when it came to water charges and called for a broader vision from Fine Gael and Labour i(...)