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A farewell to power: Thomas Rooney

A farewell to power: Thomas Rooney

US congressman Thomas Rooney is quitting politics. In an exclusive interview, the Floridian holds forth on the waning appeal of centrism, the loneliness of life in the US capital and his political mentor Seamus Mallon

Oil to play for

Oil to play for

Death, a 1,109-carat diamond and friends in Islamic State: David Horgan thought life would be boring as a lawyer, so he opted to lead oil, gas and resource exploration projects instead across Africa, South America and the Middle East

Still in the game: Charlie Chawke

Still in the game: Charlie Chawke

After surviving the recession, publican Charlie Chawke is now running nine hostelries and planning to expand his own local, the Goat. But he still carries a debt burden from his 2005 purchase of the Orchard in Rathfarnham for €22 million

We started the business debt-free and we are still debt-free. We’ll take all the cash we generate and put it back into the business

We started the business debt-free and we are still debt-free. We’ll take all the cash we generate and put it back into the business

David Collins and his business partner, David Byrne, launched Great National Hotels and Resorts in the teeth of the last recession. Almost a decade on, they’re not just surviving, but thriving

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