Tycoons: Tougher than the rest

Margaret Heffernan replaced Ben Dunne at the helm of the Dunnes Stores empire, but in the mid-1990s she had still yet to fully escape her brother’s long shadow

1st October, 2017
Margaret Heffernan: ruling the Dunnes Stores retail empire with a rod of iron Pic: Gerard Mccarthy

Before Ben Dunne decided to snort cocaine in a Florida bathtub with a female escort named Denise Wojcik, Margaret Heffernan was best known for raising money for the charity People In Need.

Then came the family feud, the sacked executives, the dates in the High Court and the Employment Appeals Tribunal, and the tales of her reducing grown men to tears. In the space of three years, Heffernan has been transformed, in the eyes of...

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