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Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary

O’Leary sees no clouds on the horizon with Ryanair revamp

The new warm and fuzzy Ryanair needs to be more than just a publicity stunt, writes Kari Lundgren

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Tax grab in US is another hit on little people

Most of us borrow money some time in our lives, whether it’s for a house, a car, a holiday, or just to make ends meet.

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Returns on capital should not be cut

Investors who are eager to fund businesses that can’t make money worry people like New York magazine’s Kevin Roose.

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World is your oyster, wherever you’re based

This article is being written on board the Aer Lingus Seven One Zero, an early Monday morning service on an Airbus A320 from Cork to London Heathrow. By 10am I’ll have had my first of five meetings in the west end of London before heading back to Dublin late this evening.

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British economic growth more broadly based

To no great surprise, last week’s meeting of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee proved to be a non-event, with UK interest rates left on hold at 0.5%.

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Cleverbug’s global growth is on the cards

An Irish greeting card app company, which utilises social media to connect to as many as 50m people across the world, is aiming at €250m gross profit within five years, writes Trish Dromey.

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Mark Zuckerberg has seen Facebook hit new heights and plummet to new lows before steadying.

Let the buyer beware tech stocks

The share prices of hot new online companies have fluctuated wildly in recent times. Is it a bubble, asks Kyran Fitzgerald.

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Companies must pay their fair share of taxes

Companies are not people. There, I stand in opposition to the US Supreme Court, who have held that not they are people whose rights are equal to that of a natural born person.

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Abtran, Cork

Abtran paid €3.6m for property tax calls

Finance Minister Michael Noonan has confirmed that Cork-based firm Abtran was last year paid €3.58m inclusive of Vat for providing telephone call handling for the local property tax and household charge.

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Shatter was right, at least about inheritance tax

Over the last several weeks, there have been a number of articles both here and in the UK on the issue of ‘death duties’ or ‘inheritance tax’, as it is labelled in Ireland.

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Debt strategy key to Cork Airport’s viability

As part of my job meetings with executives in a variety of companies take place every week. More of those in recent months have been in the Munster region and one topic that comes up like a regular drum beat is Cork Airport.

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ECB moves step closer to another rate cut

As expected, the ECB left its interest rate policy unchanged at last week’s meeting of the governing council.

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Casting new light on horsebreeding

Co Kildare firm Equilume is onto a winner with a light mask that brings the breeding season of mares forward to meet industry timelines, and even has the ability to reduce jetlag, writes Trish Dromey.

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Home-grown entrepreneurs key to recovery

Encouraging home-grown entrepreneurs is key to the next stage of this country’s recovery, writes Kyran Fitzgerald.

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Asset managers next ‘too-big-to-fail headache’

Are asset managers the next too-big-to-fail headache? The Bank of England’s Andy Haldane worries they could be too big. The risks sound similar to banking crises — yet need different answers.

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We must take steps to protect food industry

In the midst of considerable chaos, fear and uncertainty over the past six years, one industry has stood out like a beacon of light for the economy — agri-food.

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Banks cannot afford another Groundhog Day

On Tuesday last, the Irish Examiner reported that the International Monetary Fund had recommended in its latest Global Financial Stability report that banks should have to pay a levy based on the size of their liabilities. It is a recommendation that most of us could agree with.

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We must harness Ireland’s seafood potential

Seafood organisation Bord Iascaigh Mhara hosts its annual conference today where about 300 delegates will participate in a group of presentations designed to provoke debate about the industry’s future.

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Euro holds its own but faces downward pressure

Narrow trading ranges have been a key characteristic of the main currency markets in the opening quarter of 2014.

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Finger-pointing is a futile exercise

Admissions about the crisis cock-up are all very well but what have we learned, asks Kyran Fitzgerald.

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Pre-pack fish reels in sales for Keohanes

A novel packaging idea has paved the way to success for Keohane Seafoods, writes Trish Dromey, with the Cork company hoping to grow exports by between 20%-25% in the next three to four years.

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Bonuses to top-earning ‘experts’ unacceptable

We’re constantly told that if we pay peanuts we are only going to get monkeys.

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Lean, mean flying machine gets S&P praise

Last week, the global financial ratings agency Standard & Poor’s published its first review of low-cost airline Ryanair.

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Janet Yellen

Focus turns to US data after Fed rates threat

The US Federal Reserve caught the markets off guard last week when the Federal Open Market Committee struck a more hawkish tone on its future monetary policy than had been expected.

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Why must whistleblower employees stand alone?

Ensuring that the truth will out often leaves one person isolated, writes Kyran Fitzgerald.

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Light-bulb moment leads to app victory

A management application used to generate sales, which now has more than 3,000 users and is quickly expanding to Britain, the US, and Australia, began its development on a tissue, writes Trish Dromey.

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