Paul Sweeney

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Members of the ConverCon team getting prepped for this year’s event

If Irish people are good at anything it is the ability to throw words together. Given our expertise at this, there is no reason why Ireland shouldn’t (...)

Webio’s Paul Sweeney predicts businesses will soon have to get more conversational with those using their products or services.

Retailers and service providers will increasingly turn to artificial intelligence to help them engage better with customers to try to anticipate and m(...)

Ireland’s over reliance on its corporate tax regime has been criticised by TASC. (Photograph: iStock)

The think tank for action on social change (TASC) has warned that Ireland is vulnerable to EU and US tax and corporate regulations changes as a resul(...)

The Government has already received €6.6 billion from AIB, all of which has been used to repay the national debt. The next tranche of capital from the bank should be used to invest in infrastructure.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Government is trying to shut down the debate over what should be done with the proceeds of selling AIB. It blames the EU’s Stability and Growth Pa(...)

Journalist and entrepreneur Mark Little at FutureScope, a conference that promotes collaboration between entrepreneurs and multinationals. Photograph: Keith Arkins

Ireland could be a global centre for artificial intelligence, while Dublin is on its way to being a smart city, attendees to the FutureScope conferenc(...)

Dave Hiernan from Blackrock during a demonstration at Government plans to hand ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital to the Sisters of Charity. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

The Minister for Health Simon Harris insists that his “golden share in the new €300 million State-funded national maternity hospital means the public (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan at the Department of Finance. The Tasc report says once tax breaks are introduced they tend to spread, and some remain in place long after they have served their original function

Tax breaks, reliefs and other shelters cost the Exchequer nearly €23 billion in foregone revenue since 2014, according to a report by Tasc. The econ(...)

Apple’s iPhone has several key features that were invented in publicly funded labs – which were supported by taxes. Photograph:  Josh Edelson/Getty

It is widely agreed that globalisation has bought immense benefits. But it is also recognised that these benefits are not equally distributed. Last (...)

Disney profits grew 27 per cent to $542 million in film division, with revenue advancing 22 per cent on the wings of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Photograph: Reuters

Walt Disney reignited the fears of jittery media investors with second-quarter results that missed analysts’ estimates as profit from the ABC broadcas(...)

Let’s build: €15 billion of  bank capital should be invested in Irish infrastructure over the coming years – in social housing, public transport, hospitals, nursing homes, schools and human skills.

There is a simple solution to directly funding an immediate major social housing programme and other infrastructure. It is to use the billions already(...)

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