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Insurers’ widespread refusal to pay up for business losses caused by Covid-19 lockdowns has made them the targets of opprobrium from governments, businesses and the general public. Photograph: Dave Meehan

No way, we won’t pay. This has been the refrain from insurers in Ireland and across the globe for the last six weeks. Their widespread refusal to pay (...)

  Keelings broke no rules or guidelines in flying in the seasonal workers from Sofia to pick the strawberry harvest. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government’s botched handling of the faux drama over the Keelings Bulgarian fruit pickers has caused serious damage to that company’s reputation. (...)

A view of a practically deserted Grafton Street due to Covid-19 restrictions. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Imagine for a moment that the Government announced a precipitous reduction in coronavirus cases. Infection rates fell off a cliff and the financially (...)

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(...)

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