International role:  Commercially Ireland is more akin to a trading state than a nation state.  However, playing this trading state game takes skill and vision. Photograph: Christopher Murray/Getty

The economist and author David McWilliams writes his first weekly column for The Irish Times ... Unlike hosting the Rugby World Cup, the global econo(...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said that multinationals have to contribute more to society. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Multinationals have to contribute more to society, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said, but he stopped short of agreeing to further Irish budge(...)

The Edge of U2, in London today, discussing the impact of the Paradise Papers: “We do understand why people are angry with the system as it is, it definitely needs an overhaul. It’s a complex thing, it’s not like one nation can do it on their own.” Photograph: Roisin Ingle

U2 guitarist The Edge has said the criticism of Bono over the Paradise Papers and revelations that he used a Malta-based company to invest in a Lithua(...)

An economist  has said that there are ‘significant risks’ involved in tax policy choices made by Ireland over the past three years that hugely affect our tax take from multinationals. Photograph: Getty

A decision by Minister for Finance Pascal Donohoe in relation to corporation tax could save multinationals from paying an additional €850 million in t(...)

Gulfstream: Denis O’Brien’s $60 million jet

This week, as part of the Paradise Papers investigation, it emerged that the Irish businessmen Denis O’Brien, Jerry Kennelly and Ray Nolan avoided pay(...)

Bono & Hamilton

Yes, Bono is a hypocrite – but so is Ireland. Around the world, the U2 frontman is the most instantly recognisable living Irishman. It is entirely app(...)

 Marcial Maciel Degollado  is embraced by Pope John Paul II in a ceremony on January 3th, 1991, marking the 50th anniversary of the Legionaries of Christ. Photograph: Getty Images

An Irish priest played a key role in offshore structures holding substantial assets belonging to the wealthy but secretive Catholic order the Legionar(...)

  Jervis  Shopping Centre:  The six-floor, 33,445sq m (360,000sq ft) of retail space scheme was   the biggest building project in Dublin in the mid-1990s – it is now thought to be worth €400 million. Photograph: Alan Betson

We wouldn’t know it only for the Paradise Papers leak that this week whipped the towel from the global rich and their creative finances, but the Jervi(...)

 Paddy McKillen: has been based outside of Ireland for many years, although he still uses a Foxrock, Dublin, home address on official documents. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The owners of the Jervis Street shopping centre shifted its control in 2013 to an Isle of Man offshore structure that was designed specifically to ens(...)

More than 13 million Paradise Papers documents were leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

The more than 13 million Paradise Papers documents leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists have shed light on the offshore(...)

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