John Phelan

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John Phelan, a married father-of-two, previously served a seven year sentence from 2008 for raping and sexually abusing a young girl in 1989 and 1990 when she was between nine and 11 years old. Photograph: Collins Courts.

A horse trader and convicted rapist has been sentenced to nine years in prison for the rape of a young girl who came to work with him because she drea(...)

The Phorest deal was the first ever co-investment between two HBAN syndicates

A few lucky angel investors have made up to a tenfold return on their investment in Irish software firm Phorest after less than seven years. It come(...)

RTÉ director-general Dee Forbes: the success of her tenure is predicated on something beyond her control – Government policy.

It’s the summer lull before the repeats die down, new shows launch, old ones return and the holiday fill-ins come off air. At RTÉ’s campus in Donnybro(...)

Smurfit Kappa Group chairman Liam O’Mahony. The paper-based packaging group reports full-year results on Wednesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

MONDAY Results: Ryanair, Bristol-Myers Squibb. Indicators: Irish services PMI (Jan); euro-zone services and composite PMI (Jan); retail sales (Dec(...)

HBAN angels have invested over €80 million in Irish start-ups over the last 10 years.

The Halo Business Angel Network (HBAN), which serves as a go-between to bring start-ups and investors together, is looking to raise €7 million in fund(...)

 Julian Seymour, syndicates manager; Sarah Cagney, communications and  relationship manager; and John Phelan, national director of  the Halo Business Angel Network  (HBAN) which plans to increase the amount invested in Irish start-ups to €25 million by 2020. Photograph: Mark Stedman

A push is on to double the number of angel investors in Ireland with the aim of increasing the amount going into Irish start-ups to €25 million a yea(...)

Business angel investor Bernard Collins with Halo Business Angel Network national director John Phelan.

Investors associated with the Halo Business Angel Network (HBAN) ploughed more than €13 million into 50 Irish start-ups last year with the average inv(...)

“Every year hundreds of start-ups seeking funding approach us. It is our job to assess them, and identify which ones are investment-ready before introducing them to potential investors”

More than 200 start-ups were set up with an introduction to investors by the Halo Business Angel Network (HBAN) in 2016, according to new figures. W(...)

John Phelan, HBAN’s national director: “We have seen ourselves how valuable angel investing is to companies.”

The Halo Business Angel Network (HBAN), which serves as a go-between to bring start-ups and investors together, is aiming to raise €6 million over a (...)

Animation Ireland members with some of their cartoon creations.

Movers and shakers from the international animation industry are converging on Toulouse in southwest France for the start tomorrow of the European in(...)

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