Charlie Mccreevy

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 US president Bill Clinton (left) with British prime minister Tony Blair  at a 1997 summit in Denver, Colorado. Photograph: Doug Collier/AFP via Getty Images

In a time of perpetual crisis, the feeling of longing for an idealised past in which nothing much happened can exert a powerful pull. The tempting cou(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said that higher-than-expected corporate tax income seen in recent years “will not last forever”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has set out targets to run budget surpluses and reduce the State’s debt in the coming years to help prepare the (...)

Attendees record the final sales tally at an event at Alibaba’s headquarters marking Singles Day. Photograph: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Image of the week: Alibaba Day Alibaba’s annual Singles Day sales extravaganza/mass-scale marketing wheeze remains one of the more intriguing ecommer(...)

You are liable for tax – outside of a small exemption – for any capital gain you make on the sale of an asset other than the family home. Photograph:  Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

In 2016 my wife and I gave our son (an only child) €300,000 towards the purchase of his house. This is the only gift he has received to date. We also(...)

Jorge Mendez with Cristiano Ronaldo, Ronaldo’s son Cristiano Jr and his mother, Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro,  at a ceremony in 2015 to celebrate Ronaldo becoming Real Madrid’s all-time leading scorer. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

Two Irish companies owned by football super-agent Jorge Mendes have appointed a veteran Irish tax expert as a director. Michael Mullins, a former pre(...)

Ryan Pandya (left) and Perumal Gandhi of Perfect Day, the Cork-born biotechnology company has begun selling an ice cream free of animal products, which has been developed using a lab-grown protein

The percentage of mortgage holders prepared to switch providers in search of better value has doubled in the last three years, and is significantly hi(...)

Arachas Corporate Brokers has bought Murray & Spelman, which is chaired by Charlie McCreevy, above, for an undisclosed sum

Acquisitive Dublin-based insurance provider Arachas Corporate Brokers has bought Murray & Spelman, a financial services firm chaired by former min(...)

The Irish Greyhound Board directly owns or controls nine Irish tracks

Almost 20 years ago, when the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund was established, supporting the sports was a political no-brainer. The creation of the(...)

Sean Dunne at the US  federal courthouse in New Haven, Connecticut:  testified he considered Paul Gallagher and Charlie McCreevy to be personal friends. Photograph: Douglas Healey

Bankrupt property developer Sean Dunne’s alleged political connections led him to seek assistance from former taoiseach Bertie Ahern in selling a Sout(...)

Mark Dalton, who forged the name of Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl on almost 300 cheques to steal €202,066 from a voluntary housing association in Co Kildare, was jailed for three years at Dundalk Circuit Court on Thursday.

A former parliamentary assistant and county councillor who forged the name of Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl on almost 300 cheques to steal €202,066(...)

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