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It is right and proper that sacking a staff member for alleged misconduct requires employers to conduct thorough, inscrutably fair, bulletproof investigations with proper procedures and opportunities to appeal. Photograph: iStock

What frightens retailers and other small business owners the most? It isn’t rapacious landlords, or incompetent policymakers, or shoplifters, or even (...)

As much as Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe may wish it were otherwise, a rise in carbon taxes is firmly on the agenda for Budget 2020. Photograph: iStock

For years, the Government has dodged, ducked, swerved and skipped it in every way possible. But the issue of how to implement a significant and behavi(...)

 The hash symbol was adopted by Twitter in 2007 and Instagram in 2010 as a useful means of tagging information.  Photograph: Alex Bramwell/Getty

The short history of the hashtag tells the story of our social media revolution. It also tags one of the biggest challenges facing our internet age: h(...)

If a mother wants to return to work after a few months so her partner can stay at home until the leave is used up, what business is it of the State to interfere in the efficiency of that choice for a couple? Photograph: iStock

‘Are you able to breastfeed?” she asked. Excuse me? It’s not every day male business journalists get asked this question at the launch of a research r(...)

 AIB deputy chair Catherine Woods during the bank’s agm at The Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin. She said pay restrictions were of “concern” to investors. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

State-controlled bank AIB has stepped up its long-running campaign to convince the Government that the crisis-era restrictions that were brought in on(...)

 Dalata’s  non-executive chairman John Hennessy  and chief executive Pat McCann:  claim Dublin needs a 1,000-bedroom superhotel is “the biggest load of rot”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Hotels, tourism, hospitality – it’s all about hosting and being polite. So it was noticeable how scathing Dalata’s Pat McCann, the country’s biggest h(...)

AIB whistleblower Eugene McErlean, who exposed overcharging. Photograph: Eric Luke

Throughout his career as an elected politician, Pat Rabbitte’s greatest flaw was that he always seemed terribly pleased at how he had turned out. Th(...)

Football Association of Ireland’s John Delaney: FAI board lacks overall independence and many members appear to be too close to the association by dint of time served. Photograph: Tom Honan

The recent travails of John Delaney, the chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland, have thrown the focus back on to a nebulous but utter(...)

Clerys workers picket outside the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Kildare street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The most extraordinary thing about the offer last week from US fund Gordon Brothers to reimburse the losses of 50 former concession holders at Clerys (...)

Hands across the water: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets US president Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday. Photograph: Reuters/Jim Young

The one-man brand and US president, Donald Trump, considers himself to be one of the world’s truly great marketers. He has a point. Think of all the n(...)

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