Mark McCloskey: much of his early career was with Denis O’Brien’s Esat Telecom at a time when it was a proving ground for a whole generation of future Irish business leaders.

It all started in hospital, appropriately enough. Recuperating in a four-bed ward after knee surgery, access to the television quickly became an irrit(...)

Verizon: you are entitled to offset any loss from selling your shares against any capital gains that arise this year or in the future before you incur any capital gains tax bill. Photograph: Mel Evans/AP

I confused the Verizon deadlines. Any chance they’re going to go again or do I just take my beating and trade the disposal at normal rates before Tues(...)

While one might expect shares trading in London to do so in sterling, Verizon trades on the London exchange in dollars. Photograph: Reuters/Dado Ruvic

We posted the Verizon forms for the low-cost sale of our shares on the same day. The receipts that came back to us showed that all the transactions we(...)

The most recent update says that about 14,600 people who held between one and 10 shares in Verizon have  now sold out.  Photograph: Sean Gardner/Reuters

Back in October, you wrote in a column in The Irish Times about “Verizon investors offered low-cost deal” and you mentioned that letters would be sent(...)

Would it be advisable to pay off my mortgage with money built up in my pension pot?  Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

I am 47 years old and have already built up a considerable DC pension pot of around €830,000, fully invested in equities, of which 73 per cent is by w(...)

Amarin chief executive and president  John Thero. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

A small one-product Irish pharmaceutical company has secured a landmark victory over the US drugs regulator in a New York court. US district ju(...)

Ann Fell is consoled by family and friends at the funeral of her husband, Charlie, at St Alphonsus and Columba Church in Ballybrack/Killiney. Photograph: Sara Freund

Charlie Fell was lighthearted but never lightweight, his funeral Mass was told on Thursday morning. His friend Mick Dunne recalled how “he quoted from(...)

In my mother’s will she requested that her estate be divided equally among her children. The will specified two bank accounts in which her assets w(...)

Former Waterford Crystal workers and their representatives are due great credit for their persistence in the face of the indifference of successive governments to their plight. Photograph: Eric Luke

It was the ultimate blue-chip investment, a must in every sensible Irish portfolio. But even its storied history and the marketing genius of Anthon(...)

If any tax liability did emerge in relation to the ‘gift’ of rent-free accommodation, it would essentially be a charge against your daughter

I have an apartment which has been rented out for the last seven years. Now my daughter is moving in to it. She will pay all expenses due on the apart(...)