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If  Dermot Desmond  hasn’t invested for love, or for money, then it must be for the punishment. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

For somebody like Dermot Desmond with a personal fortune of about €2 billion, it must seem perfectly reasonable to punt the occasional couple of milli(...)

Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe delivered a budget that prompted “little cribbing and moaning . . . more a general air of acceptance.  Photograph: Tom Honan

Once the dust settled after Tuesday’s solemn budget, what was most remarkable was, in fact, just how quickly that dust settled. There was little crib(...)

The Dylan Hotel in Dublin. “New hotels facilitate the expansion of the tourism industry, one of the purest export industries we have.”

Hotels are in the dog house in Dublin. The city’s councillors have decided to limit their development in a populist vote called on the back of the cl(...)

Quinn Industrial Holdings senior executives Kevin Lunney, Liam McCafferty and Dara O’Reilly, who have been subjected to threats and intimidation over the past three years. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Imagine, for a moment, that a US multinational employing hundreds of people in Ireland was the subject of a multi-year campaign of threats, intimidati(...)

The Bernard Shaw  on South Richmond Street, Dublin. The pub  only came into being because of one economic cycle, and it will go out because of another.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

One of the endearing things about pubs in Ireland (as opposed to Irish pubs) is that customers of the best ones forge emotional bonds with the place. (...)

 Minister for Business Heather Humphreys, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and European Affairs Minister Helen McEntee at the ‘Getting Your Business Brexit Ready’ campaign launch this week. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

It may have been a portent. Shortly before three Ministers were due at the RDS on Wednesday to reassure businesses that there is a plan for a no-deal (...)

Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari has ordered a criminal investigation into the awarding of the 2010 contract.   Photograph: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

Down Stephen’s Lane in the south of Dublin city centre, near what used to be Dobbins bistro, an empire sits behind a set of wrought iron gates. It doe(...)

A major push towards legalisation here may come from US and Canadian cannabis corporations who view Ireland as a jump-off point into the EU market. Photograph:  Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

It is inevitable that cannabis will be legalised in Ireland in the coming years. It may take five years or even longer for the prohibition to be fully(...)

Extinction Rebellion protesters in Birmingham where they intermittently blocked traffic using Bristol Road.  Photograph:  Jacob King/PA Wire

International financial markets believe recession may be coming. Germany’s economy is contracting, a no-deal Brexit could soon drag Ireland under, and(...)

Larry Goodman:  it is at his exploits in the healthcare industry, the trio of Irish private hospitals in which he is involved, where we have witnessed the full breadth of his approach to business. File photograph: Alan Betson

In reporting the affairs of media-shy Irish billionaires, those of Dermot Desmond and, in particular, Denis O’Brien garner most attention. They are th(...)

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