Panti Bliss. Among the rivals Kickstarter has in Ireland is Indiegogo, recently used by filmmaker Conor Horgan to raise more than €50,000 to make a documentary about the Irish drag queen.

There was much excitement among entrepreneurs, inventors and other creative types this week when it was announced that the world’s biggest crowdfundin(...)

ECB vice-president Vitor Constancio: indicated the bank would  buy only the senior tranches of any package of mortgages or other assets offered to it. Photograph: EPA/Matteo Bazzi

The prospect of the ECB’s planning to buy mortgages and other assets from banks and providing Irish banks with a way out of the tracker mortgage dead (...)

French bank BNP Paribas yesterday observed “that a ratings upgrade for Ireland is justified but unlikely to come given that Moody’s gave a two-notch upgrade to Ireland in May. It is unclear if news on the IMF loans comes too late to impact Moody’s planned rating action but it further strengthens the case for an upgrade.” Photograph: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Having experienced the vicious cycle of credit rating agency downgrades following the loss of its AAA status, Ireland is now benefiting from the virtu(...)

Given the Republic’s track record on infrastructural projects, it’s no real suprise we are still transporting aviation fuel between Dublin’s port and airport (above) by truck, rather than by pipeline, which is what happens in most other European countries. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Republic has always had a problem getting its infrastructure right. The motorways built in the last decade were actually part of a series of natio(...)

If Eircom was to knock €1 billion off its debts from a flotation, that would free up more cash to pay dividends, especially as its massive investment programme slows in coming years.

Eircom’s filing of a prospectus with the Central Bank isn’t, of course, a cast-iron guarantee that it has settled upon a flotation. But it appears to (...)

“Brewhouse No.4” a new €169 million brewery, at St. James’s Gate, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Alarm bells were ringing at St James’s Gate yesterday as an unfortunately-timed warning alert sounded just as Taoiseach Enda Kenny was starting to spe(...)

A prototype of Britain’s new one-pound coin, which is expected to be introduced in 2017. The pound yesterday fell more than 1 per cent against the dollar to $1.6141 – its biggest one-day drop in 13 months. Photograph: Reuters/The Royal Mint

Sterling was spooked yesterday by a series of polls showing that Scots were increasingly weighing up the merits of a vote for independence despite the(...)

GameAccount, headed by Dermot Smurfit jnr, is playing a long game in the US. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

GameAccount, the Smurfit family-backed provider of online games for land-based casino company websites, has announced a partnership with another la(...)

Fyffes warned that a protracted process in relation to its proposed merger with Chiquita  “is not in the interests of Fyffes business and shareholders”. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

When the news came it was hardly a surprise – though it was clearly still unwelcome for all that.Fyffes has allowed Chiquita to back away from a share(...)

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank: The ECB has said it will start buying asset-backed securities and covered bonds. Photograph: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

The decision by Mario Draghi to pull the trigger on the European Central Bank’s long-awaited stimulus programme offers Ireland’s banks a way out of th(...)