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 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(...)

The Penneys/Primark group has embraced its customers’ view of shopping as a recreational event. But for how much longer can it eschew their shift to online?

In its trading update this week, Associated British Foods (ABF) revealed that its Dublin-headquartered fast-fashion cash cow, Penneys/Primark, is(...)

Ornua didn’t send Glanbia a Valentine, but it did send it a message: the Kerrygold owner launched a massive new digital advertising campaign reinforcing its “grass-fed” marketing claims.

Love, or the promise of it, has always been a part of the Kerrygold story. Buttery amour is smeared suggestively all over the brand’s vintage adverti(...)

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 (...)

The regulatory environment that surrounds businesses in the on-demand economy is often based upon principles and assumptions that no longer apply. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

The way consumers access many everyday products and services has been turned on its head over the past five or six years by smartphones and the on-dem(...)

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(...)

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