Members of the Cabinet on stage for the launch of  Project Ireland 2040, at Sligo’s Institute of Technology. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Despite a snazzy unveiling in Sligo followed by slick infomercials and a chorus of praise from Government TDs, there wasn’t much talk of the new Natio(...)

Special-purpose vehicles are part of Ireland’s offering to financial firms looking to move from London ahead of Britain’s departure from the European Union. Photograph: iStock

Ireland remains the euro zone’s largest centre for financial special-purpose vehicles (SPVs), data from the European Central Bank (ECB) showed on Frid(...)

If the storm of publicity that followed the closure of Clerys was “unmerited and distressing”, it was entirely self-inflicted. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Maurice Bracken, who worked for Clerys for more than 30 years before the staff were turfed out when the building was sold last June, tells an interest(...)

Joseph Thompson	AID:Tech	chief executive and Niall Dennehy	chief digital officer and co-founder of Aid:Tech, finalists in the fintech category of the Irish Times Innovation Awards 2016. Photograph: Conor McCabe.

In late 2015, hundreds of Syrian refugees at a camp in Lebanon unwittingly became the first to use blockchain technology as a means of receiving human(...)

The final Ballyhea march against the bank bailout. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

A hundred people gathered in Ballyhea, Co Cork on Sunday to mark the town’s last rally against the decision to hold the Irish taxpayer culpable for ba(...)

Philip Lane: has shepherded some of the finest minds in Irish and European economics through their doctoral research theses. Photograph: Eric Luke

Eminent Trinity economist Philip Lane’s impending elevation to the governor’s chair at the Central Bank was warmly welcomed by the corduroy-jacket-wea(...)

Economist and co-founder of the Kilkenomics festival, David McWilliams, pictured with  RaboDirect general manager Tim Bicknell. The bank is sponsoring the event.

The Web Summit has been called “Davos for geeks”, but Kilkenomics is the “Davos with jokes”. The event returns for a fifth year this year, bringing to(...)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney said the move was “obviously unwelcome” from an Irish and broader EU perspective, but “we cannot say it was totally unanticipated, given the recent evolution of events”. Photograph: Nicolas Bouvy/EPA

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney has said his department is in “intensive engagement” with Russian authorities in relation(...)

Constantin Gurdgiev: no longer “on the radar” of Irish journalists. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Some celebrity economic commentators, such as the Russian-born, Dublin-based dismal scientist Constantin Gurdgiev and mortgages analyst Karl Deeter, r(...)

Democracy television: Vincent Browne. Photograph: TV3

Vincent Browne is very relaxed these days. The Tonight with Vincent Browne programme goes o(...)

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