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Aryzta had an unremitting bad year and was the  standout corporate loser of 2018. Photograph: Reuters

It was another year of mixed fortunes in corporate Ireland. The economy continues to be the fastest growing in Europe while the live register fell to (...)

European Union and British reforms introduced in the past two years to increase audit market competition ended up with companies switching between the Big Four rather than hiring smaller rivals. Photograph: iStock

Britain needs a new watchdog to shake up the country’s “Big Four” accounting firms and reduce their dominance of the market for auditing companies’ bo(...)

British outsourcer Interserve has thousands of UK government contracts to clean hospitals and serve school meals. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Shares in Interserve lost more than half their value on Monday after the British support services provider said it was in rescue talks which may hand (...)

Some 185 banks, asset management firms, insurers and payment companies surveyed by the Central Bank have 7,700 outsourcing arrangements between them.

The Central Bank plans to pile pressure on financial institutions to get to grips with mounting cybersecurity, Brexit and other risks related to their(...)

Minister for Education Joe McHugh said his department conducts several checks to assess the solvency of main contractors prior to the award of a contract on any school building project. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Construction of 18 schools countrywide has been set back this year alone because of the collapse of one company and the financial difficulties of anot(...)

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk said short sellers were a source of “extreme torture”. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk doesn’t like his critics. He has taken on analysts asking “boring, bonehead questions”, Reuters journalists (“relentle(...)

Speakers at the Chartered Accountants Ireland conference included Andrew Keating, Brendan Jennings, Barry Dixon and Sinéad Donovan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Mounting regulation of auditors threatens to reduce the role to a meaningless “technical box-ticking” exercise, according to Michael Cawley, former Ry(...)

G Morgan & Sons seeks  declarations and orders including that it is entitled to the interest in furniture it has supplied to two schools. Photograph: Dave Meehan

A company which claims it has not been paid for supplying furniture to two new schools has launched High Court proceedings against the joint venture c(...)

Eureka secondary school in Kells which was under construction as part of the PPP programme that was jointly funded by the now bankrupt Carillion. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Office and infrastructure building costs are heading for highs reached ahead of the financial crash 11 years ago, figures published on Tuesday show. (...)

Oireachtas Committee on Finance Committee chair John McGuinness said he did not accept the Department of Public Expenditure’s position that “you just write policy and then you sit back”.

The State was not a party to contracts to build schools and an institute of education that have collapsed and now threaten more than 100 small subcont(...)

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