Minister for Finance Michael Noonan at a meeting of  euro-zone finance ministers in Brussels last Friday. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

The revision of the EU anti-money laundering directive being discussed in Brussels could stem the flow of illicit money around the world. It could als(...)

Irish golfer Rory McIlroy who has started legal proceedings against three defendants, including his former management firm Horizon Sports Management. Photograph: PA

Golfer Rory McIlroy’s action against his former agent, Horizon Sports Management, is to be fast-tracked in the big business division of the High Court(...)

Asylum seeker accommodation in Athlone, Co Weatmeath: today, many of the companies providing shelter are large firms involved in the property, hospitality or catering business

It was introduced as a way of ensuring the needs of vulnerable asylum seekers would be met. But private hostel owners, rather than asylum seekers, hav(...)

 A guide leads trek through the Atlas Mountains. Photograph:  The Image Bank
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We are tying the knot next April and cannot agree on what to do for our honeymoon. Sounds ominous? I am pushing for an adventure holiday, maybe in the(...)

 Seán Quinn: The Northern Ireland court had ruled that the debt over the mall was illegally transferred from Demesne Investments Ltd, of which Seán Quinn snr was director, to Lyndhurst Development Trading Ltd in the British Virgin Islands.  Photograph;  The Irish Times

The last in a series of court actions in the Ukraine to uphold the legal rights of Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) over the Ukraina shopping(...)

Nigeria’s finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. “Could do more,” she told the Shell who had proudly declared that 
the exploration company had paid $12
billion in taxes last year to African countries “including $4.5 billion into your treasury, 
Ngozi”. Photograph: Reuters

Nigeria’s minister for finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala had listened to the man from Shell proudly declare the exploration company had paid $12 billion in(...)

One of those who managed to slip through the tax loophole before it was closed was Irish trucking magnate Robert “Pino” Harris. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins

The appearance of one significant Irish name on the database of offshore records is explained by a loophole in the Irish tax laws that the Revenue Co(...)

Records relating to the Austrian  bank are among more than two million secret files obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) that expose covert companies and trusts in the British Virgin Islands (above), the Cook Islands and other offshore havens.

Anglo Irish Bank’s subsidiary in Austria sought out business from a company that set up offshore trusts for customers, recommending the Irish-owned ba(...)

 Seán Quinn.  He and three of his executives were  listed as directors of e Soverint Holdings. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The former billionaire businessman Seán Quinn snr used a British Virgin Islands company set up in 2007 to buy a half-share in a site in Russia to deve(...)

Anglo Irish Bank’s Austrian private bank sought business from offshore customers by recommending the bank as a good place to deposit money secretly,(...)

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