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Profile of David McCourt: The Irish connection

Profile of David McCourt: The Irish connection

Who is the man seeking to spearhead the biggest piece of national connectivity infrastructure since electrification, bringing high speed broadband to 540,000 homes and businesses in areas of critical need around Ireland?

‘I don’t think the country needs an election at this point’

‘I don’t think the country needs an election at this point’

Despite a turbulent week in politics, enterprise minister Heather Humphreys is flying high after garnering a €300m loan scheme for businesses

Brand on the run

Brand on the run

Last month it emerged that Cristiano Ronaldo was the subject of an allegation of rape being investigated by police in Los Angeles. He has denied any wrongdoing, but the questions continue to circle around the Portuguese player

The Re-Start: Isa Nacewa

The Re-Start: Isa Nacewa

A life can change course in a matter of minutes. Isa Nacewa knows that as well as anyone. His turning point came in 2003, during the Rugby World Cup

Europa Hotel owner backs second Brexit referendum

Europa Hotel owner backs second Brexit referendum

Howard Hastings, who runs seven successful hotels in the North, sees the British vote to leave the EU as a ‘monumental folly’

Adjusting to the new normal

Adjusting to the new normal

The economy might be growing, but investment by Irish companies is still 30 per cent below what it should be, Bank of Ireland’s Michael Lauhoff tells Ian Guider

Higgins on homelessness, spending and pensions

Higgins on homelessness, spending and pensions

Incumbent President Michael D Higgins feels his long service in political and public life will be an advantage in his second bid for the Áras

‘I won’t be wearing a Sinn Féin hat’

‘I won’t be wearing a Sinn Féin hat’

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada believes that, as president, she can be ‘a voice of those ordinary people’

Building on family tradition: Elliot behind new €30m hotel

Building on family tradition: Elliot behind new €30m hotel

I’m not pretending that everything is great in rural Ireland. That’s why we set up this department

I’m not pretending that everything is great in rural Ireland. That’s why we set up this department

Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring has the job of breathing life into rural Ireland at a time when many who live there think it is dying

Flying the Blue flag

Flying the Blue flag

Ciarán Mulligan has thoroughly enjoyed the 14 years he has spent building up Blue Insurance from a bright idea into a €70 million business

Profile of Martin Selmayr: Europe’s enforcer

Profile of Martin Selmayr: Europe’s enforcer

The German-born lawyer has attracted a variety of nicknames during his rapid rise to power. The Monster of Brussels. The Dark Prince. Rasputin. Darth Vader. He has also become a favourite bogeyman of Britain’s Eurosceptic right-wing press

The race of his life: Eddie Jordan

The race of his life: Eddie Jordan

Motorsport was a drug for Jordan. His harking back to it and his ongoing TV work suggest he’s nowhere near ready to go cold turkey yet

Freeman campaign's focus on mental health

Freeman campaign's focus on mental health

Though she is a practising Catholic with family links to the anti-abortion movement, Joan Freeman is also a fervent believer in the separation of Church and state

I’m as hungry now as I was 35 years ago when I started the business, all I can see is opportunity

I’m as hungry now as I was 35 years ago when I started the business, all I can see is opportunity

It has taken Michael Burke more than three decades to build up generic medicine maker Chanelle into a multimilion-euro business, but at 70 he has no plans to call it a day just yet