Pearse Lyons

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The only one who seemed well-prepared and asked a succession of erudite, intelligent questions – and who seemed genuinely interested in the answers – was Sinn Féin senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn (pictured, with microphone, in 2017). Photograph: Alan Betson

Business journalists don’t get out that much. We tend to be kept locked in the basement to crunch numbers and write about profits and bonds. If we’re (...)

Alltech chief executive Mark Lyons announcing details of the latest accelerator programme at Dogpatch Labs in Dublin. Photograph: Yohei Ishikawa

Ireland should focus more attention on developing its agtech start-up scene given the widespread expertise in agriculture, the chief executive and pre(...)

MagGrow chief executive Gary Wickham

Dublin-headquartered agritech company MagGrow has raised €3 million in funding. It says the money will be spend to support growth in target markets an(...)

Sisters Kate, left, and Annie Madden of FenuHealth. Photograph: Tom Honan

It’s rare to hear business partners talking about fitting meetings in during school trips abroad and the disadvantages of sitting beside each other on(...)

A computer-generated image of the upgrade Stillorgan shopping centre in Dublin. John Paul was recently appointed to carry out a significant upgrade at the centre.

Irish builder John Paul Construction enjoyed another strong performance last year with a big surge in both operating profit and revenue. John Paul, w(...)

 Meath Street in The Liberties, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Liberties name in itself is a captivating one, and embodies the idea of freedom and a rebel or independent spirit. The neighbourhood is called suc(...)

Cormac Breathnach: “My parents tell me that some of my first words were the names of racehorses and stallions in the 1970s, so for some reason horses have always been my thing”

Kentucky is along way from home in Galway, but a love of horses drew Cormac Breathnach from afar. Born in Renmore, Breathnach attended St Joseph’s C(...)

The Central Bank of Ireland could be behind  a third State investigation into INM. Photograph: Alan Betson

Independent News and Media (INM) is facing a possible third State investigation, this time by the Central Bank under market abuse rules, Mark Paul rep(...)

The late Pearse Lyons at Pearse Lyons Distillery on  James’s Street: predicted algae was going to be a “game-changer” in science.  Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Alltech, the brewing and food ingredients group founded by the late Dr Pearse Lyons, has closed a US factory on which it has spent close to €180 milli(...)

SOSV founder Seán O’Sullivan: “Food and agriculture are areas that SOSV has been particularly active in.” Photograph: James Horan/Collins

The number of agrifood-tech investments in Ireland doubled last year as SOSV, the $300 million venture capital firm established by former Dragons’ Den(...)

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