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Ergo founder John Purdy has €100m milestone on his mind

Ergo founder John Purdy has €100m milestone on his mind

John Purdy got his start in the messy business of printer cartridge recycling. Nearly 40 years later, after much canny diversifying and hard graft, his original company Ergo is now nearing the €100 million revenue per year mark

Crisp and cool: Seamus Fitzpatrick profile

Crisp and cool: Seamus Fitzpatrick profile

The 52-year-old millionaire co-founder of investment group CapVest has amassed a treasure trove of successful brands across the group’s various portfolios, including household names such as Jacob’s, Batchelors, Odlums and Kelkin

The Sunday Interview: Retailer of the year Jean McCabe

The Sunday Interview: Retailer of the year Jean McCabe

Jean McCabe left college to set up her first boutique in Ennis and made it a success, despite the near-fatal error of stocking €1,000 jeans on the eve of the crash. As deputy head of Retail Excellence, she wants to create a town centre renaissance

Sunday Interview: EPA head sees Storm Ophelia as 'tipping point'

Sunday Interview: EPA head sees Storm Ophelia as 'tipping point'

Laura Burke, director general of the Environmental Protection Agency, sees Storm Ophelia in 2017 as the weather event that switched Irish people’s attitude to climate change from indifference to red alert

Brexit’s mastermind: Profile of Dominic Cummings

Brexit’s mastermind: Profile of Dominic Cummings

His public utterances suggest an unexpected contempt for politicians. He appears to tolerate them only to reach the levers of power with which he is obsessed, and where he believes that he can effect much-needed change

Open season: R&A commercial director Neil Armit on the future of golf

Open season: R&A commercial director Neil Armit on the future of golf

As the Open, finally back in Portrush, concludes today, Neil Armit of the R&A has much to celebrate – not least his plan to attract more women and girls to golf

A friend in low places: Profile of Jeffrey Epstein

A friend in low places: Profile of Jeffrey Epstein

Epstein made rare appearances in the social columns, but that all changed in September 2002 following a headline-grabbing tour of Aids treatment sites in Africa

‘There is a dark agenda’: Fighting the Brexiteers

‘There is a dark agenda’: Fighting the Brexiteers

Two years ago, Gina Miller took a court case which ensured that British MPs and peers were allowed to vote on the triggering of Article 50 to initiate Brexit. Now she is fighting again, this time against the wishes of Brexiteers to force through a No Deal exit

Nick Leeson: The man who fell to Earth

Nick Leeson: The man who fell to Earth

Galway-based Nick Leeson now gets paid to retell the story of how his rogue trading brought down Barings Bank. But he insists his values have changed

Sunday Interview: Feargal O'Rourke, managing partner at PwC

Sunday Interview: Feargal O'Rourke, managing partner at PwC

Feargal O’Rourke’s family is steeped in politics but, as he begins his second term as managing partner at PwC, he has no regrets about following a different path

The farmers' leader in the eye of the Mercosur storm

The farmers' leader in the eye of the Mercosur storm

IFA president Joe Healy is still lobbying hard to limit the damage of the Mercosur deal, but he is adamant that Irish farmers are better off in the European Union than out of it. He’s also weighing up a move into party politics

Bringing it all back home: The new US ambassador to Ireland

Bringing it all back home: The new US ambassador to Ireland

Edward Crawford is known for his philanthropy, but he nailed his political colours to the Republican Party mast long ago and has been a donor to various candidates throughout his life

Sunday Interview: Nicholas Butcher, managing partner of Maples & Calder Ireland

Sunday Interview: Nicholas Butcher, managing partner of Maples & Calder Ireland

Maples & Calder is doing very well out of the upsurge in Irish funds, but its managing partner Nicholas Butcher dismisses suggestions that the industry’s current success is built on sand

'I have no time for Boris Johnson': Sir David Davies on Ireland, politics and voting Remain

'I have no time for Boris Johnson': Sir David Davies on Ireland, politics and voting Remain

Former superstar banker/businessman Sir David Davies talks about his illustrious global career, his lifelong love affair with Ireland, voting Remain and his distrust of politicians as he looks to sell his €20m Abbey Leix estate

A premium on getting costs down: D'Arcy unmoved by criticism

A premium on getting costs down: D'Arcy unmoved by criticism

For two years, junior finance minister Michael D’Arcy has been battling to get to grips with Ireland’s spiralling insurance costs. But how much progress has he made?