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Novak Djovokic, a mining company and how the Balkans came to be a hotbed of conspiracies

To understand Novak Djokovic, it is necessary to understand Serbia and the Western Balkans, where 75 per cent of people believe in one or more Covid conspiracy

Dion Fanning: Arsenal’s indiscipline tells a story of how a club becomes irrelevant

Arsenal once used aggression to demonstrate to a sceptical world that they could challenge for honours, but now it is a way of finding an excuse for failure.

Colony Capital, a secret disclosure and the battle for the City Arts Centre

Businessman Pat Ryan was part of the development consortium that bought the arts centre in 2003 for €4.2m. He is suing the Colony Capital fund that snapped up the consortium's Nama debts claiming it induced his former partners to break their agreements with him.

“Our revenues and our customer base have grown. It was right time to raise money to go international”

Team engagement and action platform PepTalk has closed a €1.2m seed round. However, with workplace trends moving in its favour, co-founder James Brogan says a Series A is now on the horizon to fuel expansion in the UK, Scandinavia and then the US.

Bondholders bet on 35% rise in Glanbia shares as they lend co-op €250m for Irish de-merger

The farmer-owned co-op is regaining full control of Glanbia’s Irish operations in a €300m deal. This will now be largely funded by debt secured on the group’s listed shares, reducing the need to sell under-valued stock.

From California to Mulhuddart: How one case reveals the long reach of the Commercial Court

A small Dublin food wholesaler is being sued by a US company in the Commercial Court for allegedly passing off its “internationally renowned" yam flour product. The action highlights the international nature of commercial litigation - and Ireland's place within it.

Ireland’s “Netflix levy” is buffering. What does it mean for the national film industry?

Legislation proposing a new media regulator and a new funding channel from streaming giants to Irish filmmakers is on the home stretch. Producers can’t wait for the money and, more importantly, the commissions expected out of it.

A public-private arrangement: just what does the HSE owe the Mater group?

The Mater Hospital Group says the HSE took over “top drawer” hospitals for an undetermined period of time at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Servicing intercompany interest payments was built into the deal, it has claimed in court.

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Michael Lindsay-Hogg on directing The Beatles, Get Back and why he no longer cares if Orson Welles was his father

The director of Let It Be talks about why Get Back brought happy memories, his relationship with the man who might have been his father and his time swimming at the Forty Foot.

A Halloween scenario: Vulture funds are now packaging Irish distressed loans into mortgage-backed securities

The financial crisis and its fall-out exposed the egregious securitisation of high-risk home loans and the exploitation of Irish tax loopholes by global vulture funds. A recent deal unveiled by The Currency last week brings back the memories.

The story of 2022: Inflation, wages, and the public sector

Ireland’s public sector unions are gearing up to renegotiate their pay agreement. In the end, the state will pay more, workers will work about the same, and taxes will have to be found to pay for it all. Then, workers in loads of other sectors will ask for more too.

Sean Keyes on investing: the good and the bad of crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is a promising idea: using technology to cut out the middle man, and let savers fund companies directly. But you should be cautious about investing off of an unregulated exchange.

Mary Lou McDonald (and Dominic Cummings) are right – we need to wrest power from civil servants

Mary Lou McDonald talks about a “constipated” civil service. Based on my decade on the inside, I think we could help reform it by ending permanent tenure, prioritising outside appointments for delivery roles and being flexible on remuneration. But would the permanent government allow this to happen?

How Covid has helped employees take control of the recruitment process

Candidates now have more choice of roles to choose from. This means they can get more flexible working arrangements, while moving for better salary packages.

The Great Resignation could extend to Gaelic Games if sport continues to play by pandemic rules

A number of GAA players are considering walking away from the sport because of the joylessness of the games during lockdowns. Interventions might be necessary again but they make it harder to enjoy a sport that is a hobby.

Sophie White: Women grow up to be vigilant but how are men growing up?

The murder of Ashling Murphy has seen vigils across the country to honour this murdered woman. But what will change without society changing how women are viewed, asks Sophie White?