Matt Cooper

Matt Cooper

Tycoons: Thin-skinned Titan

Tycoons: Thin-skinned Titan

As Tony O’Reilly’s business career came to an ignominious end, his unauthorised biographer sifted through the embers in this article written for The Sunday Business Post

Matt Cooper on Ryanair

Matt Cooper on Ryanair

Michael O’Leary has treated most rows as a game he can control. This time it’s different, as it’s impacting on the airline’s profit

Matt Cooper on housing

Matt Cooper on housing

There’s great money to be made in promising to build homes for people these days, even if you’re actually constructing very few of those houses or apartments as yet

A man who raised the bar

A man who raised the bar

From solicitor to chairman, James Osborne was an ebullient character never afraid to take a risk. Matt Cooper remembers the former chairman of INM

A truly independent mind

A truly independent mind

As chairman of Independent News & Media at a time of turmoil, James Osborne showed neither fear nor favour in doing what he believed was right for the group, writes Matt Cooper

Matt Cooper: Evasions and excuses won’t cut it from Cowen

Matt Cooper: Evasions and excuses won’t cut it from Cowen

Brian Cowen doesn’t want to be held responsible for the crash, but history shows that he went along with all the worst excesses of Bertie Ahern’s reign

Bono: Trying to throw his arms around  the world

Bono: Trying to throw his arms around the world

U2 are one of the most important things to have happened in 20th century Ireland - but they have a tortured relationship with many of us

Paul Murphy was threatened with jail over pre-trial PR campaign

Paul Murphy was threatened with jail over pre-trial PR campaign

In late February Murphy hosted a press conference promising a major demonstration in favour of the defendants at Liberty Hall

Matt Cooper: Getting a handle on social media

Matt Cooper: Getting a handle on social media

The Jobstown online campaign shows the possible impact social media can have on the administration of justice

Matt Cooper: A delicate balancing act

Matt Cooper: A delicate balancing act

By virtue of his position, Varadkar may find the attention on his personal life more than he might find appropriate

Matt Cooper: 30 things Enda Kenny got right . . . and wrong

Matt Cooper: 30 things Enda Kenny got right . . . and wrong

Kenny’s time as taoiseach is a curious mixed bag of striking successes and wasted opportunities

Matt Cooper: Do-little government feeling the one-year itch

Matt Cooper: Do-little government feeling the one-year itch

Kenny’s on the brink, Noonan’s on the wane, and ministers are trying desperately not to scare any horses

We have the land. What we don’t have is the planning

We have the land. What we don’t have is the planning

Local authority bosses and planners remain a hindrance to the proper development needed to solve the housing crisis

Matt Cooper: 'It's easy to knock the government's Brexit preparations'

Matt Cooper: 'It's easy to knock the government's Brexit preparations'

The barrage of criticism that the government has faced for allegedly doing nothing and being ill-prepared is wrong

Matt Cooper: Bishop Casey, money, morality and the making of Ireland

Matt Cooper: Bishop Casey, money, morality and the making of Ireland

No one could have predicted the long-running, far-reaching repercussions of the news of Bishop Casey’s secret lover and child