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Solar deals are now making nine-figure sums, and the next round of bidding is about to open

The long-awaited selection of the first grid-scale solar energy projects ever eligible to state support in Ireland just one year ago opened the capital floodgates. Norwegian, British and French investors have been piling in.

RIP row: Legal dispute hits sale process

A buyer has been identified but the sale of funeral website RIP.ie is at risk due to a contractual row of some vintage, the High Court heard today.

Eye of the tiger: Irish childcare provider looking to raise €10m to fuel expansion

Karen Clince founded Tigers Childcare in 2003 and it has grown to employ 180 people across 13 centres in Ireland and London. The childcare operator has now appointed Deloitte to find a strategic investor for the fast-growing business.

How four high rollers engaged in an “elaborate tax avoidance scheme” – and got away with it

A group of investors borrowed in a foreign currency at a high interest rate, generating millions in tax relief for property investments that largely failed to materialise. Now the scheme has been ruled above board.

Why Warren Gatland doesn’t care who is left howling at the moon

The omission of Conor Murray is in character for Warren Gatland but his decisions will be under more scrutiny than ever in the Lions' first test against South Africa.

A man apart: Des O’Malley, the political entrepreneur who stood against violence and corruption

Des O'Malley was implacably opposed to terrorism, rejected the fiery nationalism of Charles Haughey and his contribution towards cleaning up Irish political life will ensure a prominent position in Irish history.

The multinational tax reform portal

Since The Currency's launch in September 2019, we have been keeping track of the biggest business story connecting Ireland to the wider world: Global talks aiming to increase and re-allocate where multinationals pay their corporation tax. You can access the best of our coverage here.

Happy days for PTSB as it pays for €7.6bn Ulster Bank loans with its own deeply discounted shares

PTSB looks to have secured €7.6 billion of Ulster Bank assets on very favourable terms. It's a good deal for taxpayers – though consumers might pay in the long run.

Top Voices

Irish pension charges don’t need an evolution. They need a revolution

Are you looking for the perfect moaning topic when pubs fully reopen? The search is over: Unjustified fees on Irish pensions are equivalent in size to the bank bailout.

Rena Maycock.

The price is… wrong: Why do businesses give so little attention to their pricing strategy?

Having taken advice from a consumer-focused software giant, we managed to increase our prices by 25% without losing customers. The lesson was simple: it is much easier to increase margins by optimising price rather than just cutting costs.

Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s murder and media irresponsibility

In the year preceding the Frenchwoman's killing in west Cork, Sam Smyth covered OJ Simpson's trial in similar circumstances of media frenzy and failure by the authorities to secure any murder conviction. The latest interview of Ian Bailey by Sinéad O'Connor rekindles his unease at the way journalists have repeatedly approached the case.

In a world full of scoundrels, Rory McIlroy should be applauded for not taking refuge in patriotism

Rory McIlroy deserves praise for his intelligence and ambivalence in a world too often governed by egregious certainty.

The wreckage of the past: Sinn Féin, the old brigade and the uneasy accommodation with the truth

Sinn Féin and its associates are among those who will never tell the full truth about the Troubles. As they come close to power in the south, this will reveal some uncomfortable realities, writes Tommie Gorman.

“Good faith” and the Beacon: racing a Ferrari is different to running a hospital

The unthinking way Beacon chief executive Michael Cullen doled out state-owned vaccines to private school teachers raises questions for its board. While the scandal is different from the one that played out at Davy, the discrepancy between actions and consequences is glaring.

Stephen Kinsella

Improbable, but certainly not impossible: What if the corporation tax take was about to increase?

Some columns are exercises in whataboutery. This column is an exercise in whatifery. Corporation tax receipts here are supposed to fall in the coming years. What if they rise?

Delete your investing apps. Convenience and investing do not mix

Everyone wants to be the hero of their own stories. They want to take action, make canny moves, avoid danger, seize opportunities. This urge gets stronger the more time people spend thinking and reading about investing. But it gets people in trouble.