The Mater Private’s Covid contract: We finally know how much is at stake in battle over intercompany debt
The HSE halted payments to the Mater Private amid concerns that it was being billed for hefty intercompany interest bills paid to a Luxembourg entity. The sum of money involved has never been disclosed – until now.
13th Dec, 2021 - 4 min read
Transparency, the taxpayer and the future of the National Broadband Plan
Issues over transparency emerged at every turn of our reporting on the finances of the national broadband contract over the past week. The successive governments involved in the procurement process, from 2015 to this day, have a lot to explain.
12th Dec, 2021 - 3 min read
Resignations, restructuring and litigation: A year in the life of Cogs & Marvel
Irish events business Cogs & Marvel had bought out a founding shareholder days before the pandemic changed everything. Since then, in addition to dealing with litigation from its former CFO, it has been restructured the business, almost halving headcount.
10th Dec, 2021 - 3 min read
Medical inflation, Covid and Goodman family trusts: Under the hood at the Blackrock Clinic
With its robust performance, it is easy to see why there was a five year battle for control of the Blackrock Clinic. Now, thanks to a capital injection by Larry Goodman, it has paid off all of its €34 million bank debt.
8th Dec, 2021 - 3 min read
The business of talent: Andrew Lynch on learning from failure, the changing recruitment market and US expansion
As CEO of Mason Alexander, Andrew Lynch has had a ringside seat to how the pandemic has changed both the workplace and the workforce. He talks about employee side hustles, the Great Resignation and how he intends to scale his own business to 1,000 people.
8th Dec, 2021 - 5 min read
Contracting a problem: entertainment, media and aviation under Revenue scrutiny over “disguised employment”
Revenue has long targeted the use of holding companies to disguise employment in IT and pharma. New briefing documents show that the authority is also looking at the issue of contractors across a range of other sectors including media, entertainment and chemical plants.
7th Dec, 2021 - 4 min read
Accenture has grown from 1,500 to 5,000 staff in just 7 years. How did it do it, and what comes next?
In a wide-ranging interview, the head of Accenture in Ireland Alastair Blair talks about the firm’s growth trajectory, how Covid has changed both the economy and society, and the nature of sustainability and diversity.