Taking stock of Ireland Inc

Successful start-ups that stop selling up early could rejuvenate the Irish Stock Exchange, its chief Deirdre Somers tells Barry J Whyte

1st December, 2014

Deirdre Somers remembers the moment she suspected the Irish economy had lost the run of itself.

It was winter, as 2006 was turning into 2007, and she was sitting beside “a leading chief executive of a phenomenal Irish company,” she said, though she won’t name the company.

“He said to me, ‘You know, I’ve built this company from 200 people. I’ve added 10 per cent compound growth every year for the last decade....

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