Alphabet has drawn protests from shareholder governance experts. Photograph: Reuters

Google’s parent company Alphabet is set to face smouldering shareholder unhappiness over corporate governance at its annual meeting on Wednesday. Thr(...)

Kay McNulty Mauchly Antonelli, one of the Eniac programmers

In 1999, two historic “computers” arrived in Ireland. Not the chips-and-wires kind. This pair had big hearts, sharp minds and real guts. Kathleen (Kay(...)

Long term in the US, this move is going to stifle rather than promote innovation. Photograph: Getty

This week delivered a double whammy for Irish people thinking of working in two popular destinations, Australia and the US.   On Tuesday, A(...)

US president Donald Trump: his economic policies are all about empowering ethically challenged businesses to cheat and exploit the little guy. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Pool/Getty

People keep saying that Donald Trump is a populist. I do not think that word means what they think it means. Okay, it’s true that the so-called presi(...)

Statute of liberty: an Irish J1 visa holder serving ice cream in Boston. Photograph: Ann Hermes/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images

It’s been a rite of passage for generations of Irish students every summer: three months of American freedom and fun, peppered with hard work and lif(...)

President-elect Donald Trump waves to the media Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

1. At least six children die in Tennessee school bus crash A bus carrying elementary students home from school in Chattanooga, Tennessee, crashed on (...)

US president-elect Donald Trump: asked his transition team “to develop a list of executive actions we can take on day one”. Photograph: ReuterS/Mike Segar

Donald Trump has issued a video outlining his policy plans for his first 100 days in office and vowed to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (...)

C&F employs roughly 1,400 staff worldwide and supplies contract manufacturing services to firms across several industries from bases in Ireland, eastern Europe, the US and Asia. Photograph: Mark Elias/Bloomberg

Irish engineering firm C&F has cut up to 80 jobs at a subsidiary in the Philippines but says the workers were not let go for attempting to form a (...)

Goldman Sachs is among global investment banks that have been paring staff this year as market turmoil

Goldman Sachs has told New York state regulators it’s expanding a plan to cut employees this year, potentially dismissing 109 workers. The firm amen(...)

Topshop in New York. Retailers could be in for a good Christmas.
US consumer confidence rises

US consumer confidence rose more than forecast in November, reaching a seven-year high and indicating Americans will be in the mood to step up holida(...)

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