We need to talk about reform: When Stephen Kinsella meets Robert Watt
Ireland talks endlessly about taxation and expenditure, but few people talk about the mechanics of reform. This is what I wanted to discuss with one of the country’s top civil servants, 48 hours after Budget day.
11th Oct, 2019 - 33 min read
Ireland and the Cryptoqueen: how Irish investors lost millions on a currency scam
Ruja Ignatova was the darling of the cryptocurrency world. Now, both she and billions of investor funds are missing too. Hundreds of Irish investors have been caught, while the perpetrators are alleged to have laundered €300m through Bank of Ireland.
10th Oct, 2019 - 15 min read
Heather Humphreys on Brexit, the border and the business impact of Budget 2020
In her first major post-Budget interview, the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphries talks about what Budget 2020 means for Irish business, dealing with the prospect of a hard Brexit and her new strategy for SMEs.
10th Oct, 2019 - 10 min read
Exclusive interview with OECD tax head: “Is the surge in Irish corporation tax sustainable? No. It is not.”
A new OECD proposal on digital taxation illustrates how Pascal Saint-Amans, a soft-spoken French official, is attempting to radically restructure how, and where, multinationals are taxed. Ian Kehoe asks him how Ireland will fare in the new global carve-up.
10th Oct, 2019 - 14 min read
Domhnal Slattery: “Are we a nation of storytellers anymore? Our history says we should be. But we have lost our way.”
He worked for Tony Ryan and Fred Goodwin, built a global aviation giant and lost a fortune in the crash. Avolon boss Domhnal Slattery talks about success, failure and his fears for the Irish economy.
10th Oct, 2019 - 23 min read
“There was a gun on the table and $10,000 in my pocket. This was not normal legal work.”
Lawyer Philip Lee has worked on everything from commercial trade disputes involving bananas to helping Ryanair secure injunctions. Along the way, he built his eponymous law firm. So, just how did he do it and what will he do next?
9th Oct, 2019 - 15 min read
Oozing with quality, but out of cash: how a coastal restaurant chain came unstuck
Veteran restaurateur Padraic Hanley carefully built up a group of eateries across fashionable areas of Dublin. Now, it is insolvent and fighting for its future. Just what went wrong?