Sunday August 9, 2020

O’Reilly jr’s exit marks the end of a fascinating era

The Providence Resources chief executive’s departure brings to a close his family’s almost 40-year involvement in Irish commercial life

8th December, 2019
Tony O‘Reilly jr has stepped down as chief executive of Providence Resources. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Providence Resources may be a minnow in Irish corporate life – a near irrelevance – but the resignation of Tony O’Reilly jr as its chief executive on Friday morning brought to an end one of the most compelling and controversial stories in Irish business history, one that ran for nearly 40 years.

O’Reilly inherited his father Tony’s burning desire to find oil in Irish waters, extract it and make huge money from selling it....

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