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Beijing by night. The immigrant investor scheme is simple. Make the investment, visit Ireland once a year, and you and yours are entitled to an Irish residency permit for five years, renewable – forever.

For the newly-wealthy in China who covet western residency visas, the Republic has become a top destination. A report last summer on worldwide residen(...)

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(...)

BAI  chief executive Michael O’Keeffe suggested he had no interest in asking ministers for extra powers to apply updated ownership and control rules on existing media owners. Photograph by Matt Kavanagh

Who remembers March 1991? Mary Robinson was three months into her presidency, while the United States had just obliterated Saddam Hussein’s army in th(...)

Like the taxi app Uber and others before it, Deliveroo is engaged in public debates across Europe about whether its riders are genuinely self-employed. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Last Friday evening, I sat with a colleague in traffic at one of the busiest inner city junctions in the vicinity of The Irish Times. As we waited, tw(...)

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Facebook Ireland’s revenue rose last year by 48 per cent to €18.7 billion. Photograph: Suzanne Lynch

Facebook is running short of friends globally. Mark Zuckerberg was eviscerated after he “sent his cat” (or didn’t show up, if you’re not Belgian) to a(...)

The new Lidl store to reopen in Fortunestown Lane, Tallaght, Dublin. The German discounter has complained about rivals in the grocery sector routinely objecting to planning permissions that it seeks for new stores or extensions. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

As the German discount supermarkets Aldi and Lidl have found in the morass that is the Irish planning system, das Leben ist kein Ponyhof. Life is no p(...)

 Designer and Dress for Success founder Sonya Lennon was among the other panellists. Photograph:    Marc O’Sullivan

A calm, rational discussion can be a beautiful and enlightening thing. On Tuesday, I took part in a panel debate about gender inequality in business,(...)

Dublin. Ever since Google first sashayed into the Irish capital in 2003, effortlessly cosmopolitan and dripping Californian chic, the State has appeared smitten

Fifteen years of marriage is a crystal wedding anniversary. Hopefully someone at Government buildings this week remembered to send an appropriate pres(...)

Outgoing editor of Waitrose’s food magazine William Sitwell, whose response to a freelance journalist’s pitch made vegans bay for blood when it was made public. Photograph: Dave Benett/Getty Images

Some people who are treated roughly are simple to defend. Others less so, such as William Sitwell, a plummy British food writer, harshly driven from h(...)

 Grafton Street in Dublin.  Our shopping areas are still somewhat less homogenised than in Britain, where almost every street seems to have the same chains and brands

By rights Irish retailers should be celebrating like it’s 2006. The economy is basically one big house party. Yet, retailers – transfixed by the comp(...)

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