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Hong Kong chief secretary of administration Carrie Lam made a charming speech at the Westbury Hotel citing St Patrick’s Day and Celtic singing’s presence in Hong Kong. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

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Bob Keogh has previously worked with PwC and Goldman Sachs

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Detail from Sir Peter Paul Rubens’s  Portrait of a Bearded Man, which is estimated at £2-3£ million in the auction.

“Old master” paintings worth millions of euro from the Beit Collection at Russborough House, Co Wicklow, are to be sold by auction at Christie’s in Lo(...)