Stars align for online payments firms

Ireland is becoming a hub for the booming online payments industry, Adam Maguire reports.

14th September, 2013
Colm Lyons, chief executive of Irish firm Realex Payments. Photo: Feargal Ward

Last week, Patrick Collison returned to Ireland to launch Stripe, a California-based start-up that makes it easier for companies to accept payments online.

Pitched firmly as a tool for small developers and individuals, it is by its very nature a service that probably would not have been viable just a few years ago.

However in an age of booming connectivity and - more importantly - rapidly expanding smartphone ownership, it is quickly finding a healthy...

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