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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

Legal watchdog chief defends delays

Legal watchdog chief defends delays

Eyebrows have been raised at the slow pace set by the new Legal Services Regulatory Authority, but its chief executive Brian Doherty is happy to take his time to get things absolutely right

Profile of the SDLP: Merger or takeover?

Profile of the SDLP: Merger or takeover?

Long-speculated talk of an alliance with Fianna Fáil has gathered pace in recent months; except now it is being suggested that the SDLP will effectively be wound down and taken over by Micheál Martin’s party

‘Neutrality is an irrelevancy in today’s day and age'

‘Neutrality is an irrelevancy in today’s day and age'

Peter Casey is best known as the businessman from RTÉ’s Dragons’ Den who spent two decades living in the US but is now based in Donegal. His decision to run for president – alongside two other former Dragons – has raised more than a few eyebrows

Vietnam drinks giant targeting Ireland for its European launch

Vietnam drinks giant targeting Ireland for its European launch

'What people forget is that film is very definitely a business'

'What people forget is that film is very definitely a business'

Gráinne Humphreys, director of the Dublin International FIlm Festival, strives to make the event as culturally enriching and enjoyable as possible without ever losing sight of the bottom line

Profile of Tedcastle Holdings: A TOP-drawer deal

Profile of Tedcastle Holdings: A TOP-drawer deal

If you want to follow the real action in Ireland’s mergers and acquisitions scene, look no further than the humble petrol station

'In the real world, a lot comes  down to the performance incentivisation systems. That’s where the rubber hits the road'

'In the real world, a lot comes down to the performance incentivisation systems. That’s where the rubber hits the road'

As dean of the UCD School of Business, Anthony Brabazon’s job is to supply a world-class education to an international student body of 10,000, in a time of huge global uncertainty and tightening university budgets

Profile Alex Jones : All the rage

Profile Alex Jones : All the rage

We like to bring an element of surprise and delight . . . we’re day makers, not transaction takers

We like to bring an element of surprise and delight . . . we’re day makers, not transaction takers

Working in a family-run pharmacy as an intern taught Meagher’s Pharmacy Group director Oonagh O’Hagan lessons about serving customers and communities that she still lives by today

Lord of lunchtime

Lord of lunchtime

Gareth Chambers studied television production, but found himself happiest helping his mother in the family sandwich business. Now he employs more than 300 people making food for customers in Ireland and Britain