Maurice Pratt

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Willie Walsh, chief executive of IAG, began his career as a pilot with Aer Lingus.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Willie Walsh occasionally recounts how, when he was chief executive of Aer Lingus, he found the notes from the interview he did after applying to be a(...)

Maurice Pratt, ITIC’s chairman, says tourism “the only sector that can provide proper long-term regional balance and deliver jobs and economic growth to all parts of the country”.

The main lobbying group representing the tourism industry has accused the Government of not “matching the industry’s ambitions” and called on the Stat(...)

Shane Ross has become what he railed against in his days at the Sunday Independent: a minister who is determined to buy the public’s approval with their own money

A press release landed in media inboxes on Wednesday from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, which is presided over by Minister Shane Ros(...)

John Lewis Christmas ad: Various versions of Elton John playing crisper versions of ‘Your Song’

We have, in these parts, managed to resist the annual hubbub surrounding the John Lewis Christmas advert. Nobody has talked much about the current inc(...)

The Minister Shane Ross said the tourism industry is “on fire”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Shane Ross, the Minister for Transport and Tourism, says he is “puzzled” by criticism of his performance from the tourism industry, as the sector’s pe(...)

Nursing home beds ‘might not materialise where they are needed’

Parts of rural Ireland are facing an acute shortage of nursing home beds unless Fair Deal rates are reviewed, an expert in the sector has claimed. C(...)

Uniphar chief executive Ger Rabbette (left) and chairman  Maurice Pratt. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Regulators will allow medical supplies specialist Uniphar to buy Sisk Group’s hospital equipment business subject to certain conditions. Uniphar agre(...)

Temple Bar area: Irish Tourist Industry Confederation fears a  “no deal” Brexit could cost Irish tourism up to €260 million in 2019.

The tourism industry has called for an extra €50 million to be allocated annually to the State agencies Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland. In its p(...)

Fáilte Ireland has had several major successes in recent years, such as the launch of the Wild Atlantic Way.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Tensions have arisen between the tourism industry and Fáilte Ireland, the State agency responsible for the industry’s development, over a call by an i(...)

Uniphar chief executive  Ger Rabbette and chairman Maurice Pratt: Uniphar has spent more than €150 million on seven acquisitions since 2012 as it reshaped its business model, and expanded its footprint. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

On Thursday, Irish pharmacy-related company Uniphar announced the acquisition of family-owned Sisk Healthcare, its biggest such deal in five years. T(...)

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