PayPal launch: Louise Phelan, PayPal’s vice president of global operations for Europe, Middle East and Africa, shakes hands with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the recent official opening of the International Operations centre of eBay in Dundalk which includes PayPal and eBay. Photograph: Alan Betson

This month’s announcement that PayPal will be creating 400 additional jobs in its Dundalk base illustrates the strides that have been made in a region(...)

Former RBS chief executive Fred Goodwin: big energy companies were warned they were facing a “Fred the Shred” moment

The spectre of Britain’s most reviled company boss, the former RBS chief executive Fred Goodwin, was invoked yesterday by a government minister as he (...)

Sean Corkery: “We should follow the Digicel map. It is in high growth, weak infrastructure markets . . . If we didn’t have the shareholder we have, it would be harder to go there.” Photograph: Eric Luke

In 1997, Sean Corkery got a call from a headhunter acting on behalf of Denis O’Brien. “I didn’t know Denis from Adam,” he says.Corkery was in charge o(...)

 AstraZeneca:  stock fell 0.2 per cent  in London yesterday  but has  gained 17 per cent this year. Photograph: Paul Thomas/Bloomberg

AstraZeneca chief financial officer Simon Lowth will leave the UK’s second-biggest drugmaker at the end of October to join natural-gas producer BG Gro(...)