Matt Cooper

Matt Cooper

13 reasons to be worried

13 reasons to be worried

As we approach the tenth anniversary of the infamous bank guarantee, we look at the prospects for Ireland in the immediate future - and see that there are some ominous-looking clouds on the economic horizon

Catholic Ireland was waning even in 1979

Catholic Ireland was waning even in 1979

In 1972, we voted to remove the special position of the Catholic Church from the Constitution. Now it’s time for Leo Varadkar, and a new generation of politicians, to stand up for the abused and the independence of the state

Matt Cooper on Ryanair

Matt Cooper on Ryanair

Buying passengers with cheap seats in times of threatened strikes may no longer work, now that the airline has agreed to negotiate with staff unions

Michael Lowry self-praise, self-pity, victimhood and denial

Michael Lowry self-praise, self-pity, victimhood and denial

So many controversies have followed the one-time minister for transport and communications, it can be hard to keep track of them

Drumming up sympathy for a white-collar crime

Drumming up sympathy for a white-collar crime

The sentence handed down this week to the former Anglo Irish Bank boss fitted his crime

Sending in another clown

Sending in another clown

The role played by Dennis Rodman in the summit between his ‘friends’ Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un is one of the most worrying and bizarre aspects of the story

Privacy has been a running thread for O'Brien

Privacy has been a running thread for O'Brien

Given that he has made such an issue of his own privacy, it must surely be concerning to Denis O’Brien that what is potentially one of the biggest breaches in the history of the state is being alleged at a company where he is the largest individual shareholder

Matt Cooper on Peter Sutherland

Matt Cooper on Peter Sutherland

A vastly wealthy man, Peter Sutherland needn’t have bothered championing the rights of the downtrodden or immigrants, but his principles ruled his life

Matt Cooper on Ryanair

Matt Cooper on Ryanair

Once the brash, aggressive public face of Ryanair, these days its chief executive is more likely to be spotted at the racetrack. Will he extend his contract when it ends next year with his 60th birthday looming?

Power brokers and pub brawlers

Power brokers and pub brawlers

Matt Cooper looks at some of the people who figured prominently in the past year

‘From the archive : Large numbers of stockbrokers don’t give a damn about their clients’

‘From the archive : Large numbers of stockbrokers don’t give a damn about their clients’

At the beginning of the 1990s, Matt Cooper finds Senator Shane Ross ready to embark on another stockbroking venture

Trouble in Paradise - but plenty of people won’t see it that way

Trouble in Paradise - but plenty of people won’t see it that way

What many people see as being in the public interest is regarded as begrudgery by those affected and their supporters

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