Germany targets €20bn investment in offshore wind capacity

British investment firm Laidlaw Capital bought its second German offshore wind park project two weeks ago, following a similar landmark acquisition by Canadian energy group Northland Power. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has made offshore wind a priority in the country’s […]

The Punt: Are jobs for life on the cards at Nama?

Animal spirits in the property sector mean the agency’s employees are in demand with various property firms, while if they stay with Nama they face the prospect of working themselves out of a job over the next three to five […]

All change as pub drops Bitcoin

The Baggot Inn in Dublin city centre claimed to have sold the country’s first beverage, a bottle of Kopparberg cider, for 0.0093 Bitcoin last March. In a statement, the pub’s management said a Bitcoin ATM on the premises had been […]

EU Commission set ‘to find Apple deal was illegal’

The commission is expected to publish its opening decision in the Apple case today, explaining why it reached the preliminary view that two tax deals agreed between the US company and the Irish government-in 1991 and 2007-amounted to illegal state […]

Irish economy set to bounce back sharply, says Davy

It claimed suggestions that the country’s economy is operating at full capacity represents an “unduly pessimistic” view of growth prospects. Institutions such as the European Commission argue that Ireland has one of the smallest so-called output gaps in Europe. An […]

Noonan should look before he leaps on AIB sale

Just because the bank is heading towards a point where a chunk of it could be sold, doesn’t mean it should automatically happen in a vacuum. The decision by the Finance Minister Michael Noonan to appoint a panel of advisers […]

Expected internet shopping surge is an opportunity for retailers

Clothing and footwear are set to make up the bulk of the deliveries, according to a report compiled by Barclays. The banking giant said there are likely to be similar trends in Ireland. Head of Retail & Wholesale for Barclays, […]

Eurozone to grow modestly in second half of the year

But the European Central Bank (ECB) president warned that unacceptably high unemployment and continued weak credit growth are likely to curb the strength of the recovery. The recovery in the Eurozone continues to falter, with a gauge of manufacturers dropping […]

Our business leaders have the chance to inspire a new generation

But Dr Simon Boucher has got lots of work to, because the most recent study reveals that Irish managers perform poorly in comparison to other industrial countries. Of the 21 countries surveyed, Ireland ranked 15th, well-behind the first-placed USA and […]

Business Brain: Selling a business means facing up to ‘hard realities’

Therefore, it is imperative that the preparation phase begins well in advance of the planned disposal (For example, 18 months). It is essential that the seller views the business through the eyes of a potential buyer. Owners may lack the […]

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