Stories

“We are known for having clusters of industry coming into the country. But it’s not quite as clear what we have coming out”

Deloitte managing partner Harry Goddard leads a firm with 90 partners and 2,700 staff. He talks about his rise to the top, the future of work, climate change and the issues facing the Irish - and global - economy.

Ian Kehoe
19th Feb, 2020 - 17 min read
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High-tech ingredients have pushed Kerry Group’s market cap over €20bn. Should it exit consumer foods?

Thomas Hubert
19th Feb, 2020
Voices

“My Client has instructed me” : When you own a business, you are deemed fair game and a target for legal threats.

Rena Maycock
19th Feb, 2020
Stories

Dubliner Hillery climbs up the JP Morgan ranks amid global shake-up at finance giant

Conor Hillery was one of eight bankers promoted to manage specific regions or products as part of one of the largest reshuffles in the bank’s history. Still only in his 40s, he is one of the most senior Irish-born bankers internationally.

Tom Lyons
19th Feb, 2020 - 2 min read
Stories

Inside Microsoft’s tangled Irish cash machine: $100bn dividends, a $53bn Singapore swoop, 21 firms & 6 countries

In the latest installment of the Mapping Multinationals series, we unlock Microsoft’s Irish presence – the tax tactics, the IP moves and the dividend strategy.

Thomas Hubert
18th Feb, 2020 - 9 min read
Stories

Virtual realty: Can property technology provide fixes for Ireland’s broken housing market?

Prop-tech probably prompts thoughts of things like smart fridges or being able to control all the electrical elements in your house through one device. In reality, it’s a growing industry that focuses on planning, development, asset...

Cait Caden
18th Feb, 2020 - 30 min read
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How can you mend a broken heart? Medical device giants head to the High Court

Abbott Laboratories (market cap: €142 billion) has been battling Edwards Lifesciences (market cap: €42 billion) in US and UK courts over the Pascal, Edwards’ device for fixing leaky heart valves. Now the fight is coming to Ireland.

Sean Keyes
18th Feb, 2020 - 3 min read

Financial flatline: How delayed debt talks and sluggish growth derailed a favourite of the Irish med-tech scene

VideoDoc was billed as the next big thing, raising millions from investors and even appointing a former health minister as chair. Now, its assets have been sold for crumbs with liquidators poised to wind up the business. Just what went wrong?

Thomas Hubert
17th Feb, 2020 - 6 min read

Lucinda Creighton: “Women who have strong views that don’t toe the party line or kowtow to whatever the prevailing wind is get punished”

First elected to the Dáil at the age of 27, Lucinda Creighton was a rising star in Fine Gael – before she resigned from the party over her stance on abortion. Having left Irish politics for good, Creighton has entered the world of business through Vulcan Consulting.

Sam Smyth
17th Feb, 2020 - 30 min read

A star witness in his own trial: how a Down-born banker ended up at the centre of the “biggest tax theft in Europe’s history”

Northern Ireland-born banker Martin Shields made millions off so-called cum-ex transactions now at the centre of a spectacular German investigation. This week, he offered to give €15 million back to the taxpayer.

Tom Lyons
14th Feb, 2020 - 13 min read

Big tech and rising defamation claims: “We’re dealing with companies worth multi-billions”

Social media has fueled a rise in defamation claims. But few lawyers But few lawyers are betting it is a growth industry.

Francesca Comyn
14th Feb, 2020 - 9 min read

First Paschal, next Pearse? Politicians are causing trouble for Hibernia REIT

Hibernia took a hit when Paschal Donoghue clamped down on REIT sales last year. Now it has to worry about three tax changes being proposed by Sinn Féin.

Sean Keyes
13th Feb, 2020 - 12 min read

From law to craft gin and whiskey: Why a corporate lawyer opted to invest in rural Ireland and start her own business

June O’Connell gave up a career as a corporate lawyer to co-found a whiskey and gin distillery in her home town of Cahersiveen. Four years later, she has a €10m distillery, a pop up shop and is in talks to raise millions in investment for her company Skellig Six18.

Cait Caden
13th Feb, 2020 - 8 min read

“Civil unrest doesn’t come from the impoverished, it comes from the people who have paid their dues and feel let down“

Gary McGann believes people need to see evidence of improvement if they are to regain trust in the establishment. In this candid interview, the business leader talks about politics, housing, betting and the highs and lows of his life in business.

Alison Cowzer
12th Feb, 2020 - 31 min read
Podcast

“This is a problem that needs to be solved and it’s a global problem, which is exactly what I was looking for as an entrepreneur”

Cait Caden
18th Feb, 2020

Sports psychologist Jim Afremow has trained 17 Olympic gold medalists and worked with teams like the San Francisco Giants. His best selling book on winning mentality called ‘The Champion’s Mind’ has sold over 800,000 copies. In this podcast, Dublin entrepreneur Dave Kearney tells The Currency’s Cait Caden how he teamed up with Afremow to create a sports psychology app to train sports stars to reach for gold and never settle for silver.

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Fake news? You can’t fool all of the people all of the time on property statistics

Irish policymakers have been ignoring inconvenient truths for decades. Over the next three weeks, I will be looking at the real data in a range of issues including the national accounts and the labour market. But today, I am starting with housing.

Constantin Gurdgiev
18th Feb, 2020 - 8 min read

Working from issues not ideology, Sinn Fein has retained an anti-establishment cred that has attracted so much support

Sinn Fein is a political offshoot of the Northern troubles, a maverick campaigning force that has made up its socialism as it has gone along. Working from issues not ideology, it retained an anti-establishment cred that has attracted so much youth.

Tom McGurk
17th Feb, 2020 - 11 min read

Beijing Briefing: Aside from the coronavirus outbreak, 2020 brings about some worrying omens for China

As the global geopolitical climate heats up, China will not have the luxury of being able to solely focus on these long-term domestic over-arching policies and will need to take some challenging decisions to protect core interests.

Ian Lahiffe
14th Feb, 2020 - 5 min read

Taxing times for business? Deciphering the rhetoric from the reality in Sinn Féin’s tax policies

From a new wealth tax to a charge on onshored intellectual property, the Sinn Féin manifesto proposes a range of tax reforms. In a detailed assessment of the proposals, tax expert Eoin O’Shea assesses the detail of each proposals and its likely impact.

Eoin O'Shea
13th Feb, 2020 - 10 min read

Shaking the left leg: A burning policy platform for a government of the left

It is possible, though not probable, that a government dedicated to the twin principles of growth and distribution could be formed. So, what possible policy platform could a government of the left piece together? And what would it mean for business, the economy and society?

Stephen Kinsella
13th Feb, 2020 - 8 min read

Inflation, asset prices, interest rates: what the ECB’s agenda means for investors, borrowers and Irish banks

Despite concerns over inflation, the markets do not anticipate rates to rise until 2025 at the earliest. Instead, the real focus for central bankers will be on the longer-term issues surrounding eurozone banking profitability. Investors in Irish banks will be watching on with interest.

Peter Kinsella
11th Feb, 2020 - 6 min read

Nama, cuckoos and vultures: How decade-old decisions on the property market have shaped Sinn Féin’s political surge

We have witnessed an historic political realignment. But it has been driven by a radical realignment of expectation from a generation who feel they are victims of a growing economic divide beyond young and old.

Ian Kehoe
10th Feb, 2020 - 6 min read

Demographics, reverse tribalism and wealth inequality: Understanding Sinn Féin’s startling rise in popularity

The exit poll may point to a three-way tie. But Sinn Fein has the real winner of this election. Stephen Kinsella looks at 3 factors behind the party’s surge: demographics, reverse tribalism and wealth inequality.

Stephen Kinsella
6th Feb, 2020 - 8 min read

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