Black Friday shopping scenes outside Smyths Toystore on Jervis Street, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Black Friday passed off with nary a fist fight over a bargain nor even an altercation. Now for Cyber Monday. For retailers, the long march to C(...)

Businessman Sean Quinn, founder of Quinn Insurance. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Insurance company accounting is never the most straightforward of exercises, as Quinn Insurance administrators Grant Thornton are learning. The(...)

The appointment of  John McNulty to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art by Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys generated  controversy. Photograph: Donegal Daily

A year on from Brendan Howlin’s publication of guidelines on how people are appointed to State boards, the directors themselves seem a little happier (...)

Some mused that Square chief executive  Jack Dorsey’s double-jobbing at Twitter was making some potential investors nervous. Photograph: Bryan Thomas/The New York Times

What a difference a year makes. Payments company Square may have been valued at $6 billion in 2014, but when it came to the stock market, things were (...)

If writing by committee is a recipe for chaos, then writing by political committee of assorted stripes smacks of chaos squared

The Oireachtas banking inquiry is making a canine dinner of its report into the affair. Committee members have rubbished a 750-page draft document, pr(...)

The European Central Bank. While all the expectations are that the ECB will ease policy when it meets early next month, the US Federal Reserve board is likely to go the other way

Is there finally a sign of some life in the euro zone economy? The latest purchasing managers’ index for the euro zone showed the fastest rate of expa(...)

Jack Lew: The latest efforts by the US treasury secretary   to clamp down on inversions are irrelevant for the Pfizer deal, which meets previous thresholds laid down by his department for inversions.   Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The spluttering from Washington can be heard clearly across the Atlantic. The trouble is that the more it squares up on inversions, the more the Unite(...)

Ulster Bank’s new chief executive Gerry Mallon told the “Belfast Telegraph” in September: “I need the buzz: the livelier the city, the better.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ulster Bank’s new chief executive Gerry Mallon will be a busy man next June. That’s when he takes up the reins at Ulster Bank’s business in the Republ(...)

     Bank of Ireland   group chief executive Richie Boucher:   says he has  made clear his desire to lend to businesses to support the growth of the Irish economy.   Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Irish property has been hot, hot, hot with international investors for some time now. This has been largely driven by sale portfolios by various banks(...)

Beef farming – per kilogram of production – produces nearly 20 times more emissions than dairy farming. Photograph: Getty

The Department of Agriculture’s media briefing on climate change yesterday was noteworthy for two reasons. First, the acknowledgment by officials tha(...)