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What does Wilbur Ross’ BoI sell-off mean for the taxpayer?

Posted on by David Murphy

  Many investors will be unnerved by the unexpected decision of Wilbur Ross, the billionaire US, to sell his entire stake in Bank of Ireland. His move to buy the stake three years ago rescued the company from full State … Continue reading

The pros and cons of “the right to be forgotten”

Posted on by Will Goodbody

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent @willgoodbody Admit it. At some point you’ve Googled your own name, just to see what pops up. It’s an interesting exercise. Google my name, for example, and among the results returned is a … Continue reading

Nobody doing anything to prevent another insurance collapse

Posted on by David Murphy

By Business Editor David Murphy The 75,000 unfortunate policyholders who bought insurance with Setanta have been treated terribly. What is worse is the fact that nothing is being done to prevent a repeat of the calamity.

Tackling misleading broadband speeds

Posted on by Will Goodbody

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent @willgoodbody It’s a bugbear of broadband users everywhere. The Internet Service Provider’s (ISP’s) ad, marketing material or contract promises that when using their broadband product the consumer will enjoy download speeds of “up … Continue reading

What is O’Brien’s motivation to put Cowen on the Topaz board?

Posted on by David Murphy

By Business Editor David Murphy So why would Denis O’Brien want Brian Cowen to join the board at Topaz? Part of the answer came on the same day as the announcement that the former Taoiseach was appointed as a non-executive … Continue reading

Putting coding on the curriculum

Posted on by Will Goodbody

  By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent @willgoodbody This week saw the inaugural Tech Week Ireland taking place. Run by the Irish Computer Society (ICS) with support from ICS Skills and Science Foundation Ireland: Discover, its aim is to … Continue reading

Tell us your feelings

Posted on by Sean Whelan

By Sean Whelan, Economics Correspondent An interesting new economic indicator has been released by KBC Bank and Chartered Accountants Ireland. It’s a Business Sentiment Index, of the sort that several other countries have, but – until now – Ireland has … Continue reading

Neary not the only one with questions to answer on crisis

Posted on by David Murphy

Patrick Neary, the former CEO of the Financial Regulator, has been rightly excoriated in the Anglo trial. The case shed light on one specific transaction and revealed an astonishing and indefensible failure of regulation. However, that one deal did not … Continue reading

Income tax relief?

Posted on by Sean Whelan

By Sean Whelan, Economics Correspondent “ My officials constantly model and examine potential options for changes to the tax system for my consideration as part of the overall Budget package”, said Michael Noonan in a written reply to Sinn Féin … Continue reading

Boucher’s veto is a blow to State’s debt plan

Posted on by David Murphy

By Business Editor David Murphy Bank of Ireland’s CEO Richie Boucher has waved two fingers at the Government’s efforts to resolve the personal debt crisis. Last week Mr Boucher told the Oireachtas Finance Committee his bank would veto any insolvency … Continue reading

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