Incoming chair of the Arts Council Sheila Pratschke  was most recently the director of the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sheila Pratschke is to be the new chair of the Arts Council, as announced yesterday by Minster for the Arts Jimmy Deenihan. She succeeds Pat Moylan, w(...)

John Hinde postcard of children on a Connemara bog. “A country’s most effective sustainable competitive advantage is one that provides it with a long-term advantage not easily duplicated or imitated by other countries.” Photograph: John Hinde Ireland.

The recent shenanigans about our 12.5 per cent corporate tax rate, unseemly aggressive “tax planning” by powerful and profitable global businesses, an(...)

Publicis chief executive Maurice Lévy (left) and Omnicom chief executive John Wren shake hands on the merger during a news conference held on the rooftop of the Publicis headquarters in Paris last month.  Photograph: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg

An ancient and venerable Hindu once contemplated his navel for seven years and came to the conclusion that there was nothing in it. I came to the same(...)