Irish business dynasties: Taking stock of success

Several Irish stock market companies are global leaders. But their success has been overshadowed by the decline of the banking sector and the indifferent performance of companies led by family dynasties

26th March, 2017
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Patrick Coveney, Greencore

It is easy to lose perspective when corporations that are demonstrably Irish in brand and in market position – and that were once perceived as bluechips – come crumbling down.

But in a small country, the risks of corporate governance being weak, perspectives being inward looking, and nepotism or small-mindedness being prevalent are high. That, however, shouldn’t cloud the extraordinary success of some of our stock market-listed companies that are European or world leaders in...

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