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 The number 44  bus passing through Enniskerry, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Tim Butler

If State policymakers botch their handling of the groundswell of negativity bubbling up around the ankles of the Dublin Bus network redesign this issu(...)

 Ryanair boss  Michael O’Leary. Like Mourinho  he  has blazed through his career with an aura of invincibility, mounted on a steed of arrogance while lancing his enemies with gems from his oratorical arsenal. Photograph: PA Wire

Michael O’Leary would never admit it but the Ryanair chief executive has a lot in common these days with José Mourinho, the snarling, paranoid, embatt(...)

We all remember the last “soft landing” predicted for the housing sector. Wasn’t it just like floating down from a cloud on to a big pile of marshmallows using a picnic blanket as a parachute?

Everything was fine this week until the ratings agency Standard & Poors (S&P) apparently predicted a “soft landing” for the Irish property mar(...)

Two employees of Christie’s manoeuvre the Lehman Brothers corporate logo as it went on auction in September 2010 in London. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

News last week of plans by former bankers at Lehman Brothers to hold a reunion marking the decade since the bank’s collapse sparked a Vesuvian eruptio(...)

Web Summit’s founder Paddy Cosgrave was naive to think he could bring Marine Le Pen to the Lisbon event and get away with it without causing severe damage to his business and reputation. Photograph: Pedro Nunes/Reuters

It is almost too easy to pillory the occasionally hubristic Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave for his epic miscalculation over the rescinded invitati(...)

Businessman Denis O’Brien owns close to a third of INM yet no longer has any board representation. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Elites know they’ve made it to the top of Irish society when their surname becomes redundant, and most people refer to them solely by their first name(...)

Seán Gallagher reacts as Martin McGuinness brings up the subject of a cheque on RTÉ’s The Frontline in 2011. Photograph: RTÉ

What possesses successful business people to run for president, or indeed for any elected office in the State? Presumably the same things that possess(...)

The cross-border nature of many car rentals leaves customers vulnerable to abuse from afar. Yet the European Commission has done precious little to bring car rental companies to heel in recent years

Is there another major consumer-facing industry that is plagued by as many shoddy operators as the car hire sector? Many of the biggest brands have u(...)

 Kate O’Connell TD, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Amazon Web Service Ireland country manager Mike Beary and Martin Shanahan  at the opening of the AWS new office in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The strangely muted reaction this week to the news that Amazon is creating 1,000 new highly-skilled jobs in Dublin is the surest proof yet that the ec(...)

Clint Eastwood in ‘The Outlaw Josey Wales’. Ireland still struggles with its financial “Wild West” tag. Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

Ireland has never really managed to shake off the financial “Wild West” tag the New York Times used during the last boom to decry this State’s light-t(...)

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