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Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. To give a cache of, say, €250 worth of Paschalbonds to every person in the State would cost less than €1.2 billion before the costs of administering the scheme itself. Photograph: Laura Hutton

For over a decade before I married, I did all my Christmas shopping in the manner of many other young men: I bought everybody gift vouchers. Each ye(...)

Graffiti on a JD Wetherspoon pub in Crystal Palace, south London. Wetherspoon workers have described founder Tim Martin’s lack of support for his chain’s 40,000 employees as “absolutely outrageous”. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

We have always loved a good pantomime villain, somebody for us all to hiss at and boo. The concept is particularly well suited to the modern social me(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has leaned heavily on the banks that were bailed out a decade ago to remind them of their responsibilities to society. Photograph: Alan Betson

Past scandals have sometimes made us doubt the extent of it, but a sense of decency has always been an integral part of being Irish. Our society is a(...)

Dermot Desmond: In context of him urging an interventionist approach by the State, there has been less coverage of how his wife, with two of her neighbours, has launched a case that could scupper planning permission for thousands of new homes.

Ever since he sold out of Batimore Technologies near the top of the dotcom bubble, Dermot Desmond has been famed for his timing. Timing is everything(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris using a hand sanitiser at a Dublin hotel. The businesses that face the biggest economic and reputational risks associated with coronavirus are those clustered around the events and meetings industry.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

As the full scale of the economic risks of the coronavirus outbreak become apparent, it is difficult to see how the St Patrick’s festival can possibly(...)

Guests at the Ibec Business Leaders Conference 2020 in the Convention Centre: it is not in Sinn Féin’s interests to bust the economy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Business people are the ultimate pragmatists and the election proved as much. If Ibec’s chief executive Danny McCoy had been tearing around Mondello r(...)

The K Club was the brainchild of one of the State’s most successful businessmen of any era, Michael Smurfit.  Photograph: Getty Images

The K Club golf resort in Co Kildare, which has just been sold by Michael Smurfit for more than €65 million, has always occupied a special place in t(...)

The deliberations of the People’s Front of Judea in Life of Brian. An irritated Reg has to concede that the Romans  in fact gave the Judeans aqueducts, sanitation, roads, irrigation, medicine, education, wine, public baths and law and order

As the European Union waves goodbye to Britain when it exits the bloc on Friday night, let us reflect on what the concept of Britishness means on this(...)

Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave this week decided that he would garner some attention for himself by pouring a very personalised form of scorn on the entire Irish journalistic trade. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Media workers and journalists in particular are irrepressible navel gazers. We all know this. It is a deficiency in the breed. Prominent business peop(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe with children from the local Chinese community at the launch of Chinese New Year celebrations at the Hill Street Family Resource Centre in central Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The last time Ireland had an election on the back of a long economic expansion was 2007. That was the year Pádraig Harrington won his first Open Champ(...)

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