Special Reports

Highest Honor Delivered to British Military Dog

British Military Dog Mali Honored

A display of bravery, courage, and loyalty earns dog top military honor in Britain. Mali, an eight-year-old Belgian Malinois, and is proof you don’t need to be human to showcase leadership and courage. He has also been rightly named a war hero. Today, he received the Dickin Medal, which is the equivalent to the Victoria Cross. The highest possible military award. Mali is being recognized for his work in Afganistan, twice entering a building in Kabul which was filled with Taliban fighters. He successfully sniffed out explosives and saved lives in the process. “There was a massive gun battle with British Forces against the Taliban and Mali was sent into…

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Tax Haven Paradise Papers: Secrets of the Ultra-Rich Exposed

offshore tax havens

God save the Queen…lots and lots of money. In a new round of leaked documents it has been revealed how the ultra-powerful and rich, including the Queen and her private estate. How do they invest millions in cash in offshore tax havens? While tax avoidance is not illegal it can be seen as quite controversial. It can create quite the political discussion, including should the government do more to curtail the use of tax havens. And one of the most used tax havens is located in Bermuda, where the rich go there not for the sandy beaches, but for the tax havens which gives them complete secrecy and zero percent…

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Top 50 Women in Business

A compendium of the most influential and powerful Irish women in business today, commissioned by the Irish Independent in June 2008. Anne Heraty Anne Heraty is co-founder of Irish recruitment firm CPL. She is also chairperson of the Expert Group for Future Skills Needs and a non-executive director of Bord na Móna, the Irish Stock Exchange and of Anglo Irish Bank. Co-founding CPL in 1989, Anne Heraty has grown the Irish recruitment firm to be one of Ireland’s top companies, listed on both the Irish and UK Alternative Investment Market stock exchanges. She became the first female chief executive of a quoted Irish company when she and her husband floated…

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Around Noon wins €1.25m contract with Compass Group Ireland

Newry-based company Around Noon has won a contract worth €1.25m with food and support services company Compass Group Ireland to supply 90 of its units with sandwiches, wraps and salads. Thanks to the deal, up to 10 new jobs will be created by Around Noon, which currently employs 101 people. The family business founded by Francis and Sheila Chambers in 1989 and now managed by their children Gareth and Andrea Chambers operates the Scribbles brand and also supplies café chain Insomnia with sandwiches and salads. The sandwiches were originally made on the kitchen table of the family home and delivered by Sheila Chambers in a picnic basket. The company focuses on high quality…

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Taoiseach turns sod on Grangegorman redevelopment

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD has turned the sod on the ‘Site Infrastructure and Public Realm’ part of the re-development of the Grangegorman site on Dublin’s northside. The €26m contract, which has been awarded to Roadbridge by the Grangegorman Development Agency, involves over 200 construction workers on site, providing the underpinning services that will enable the build out of the new development. The Taoiseach said the project would be “transformative” for Dublin’s inner city in terms of higher education, health, community and enterprise. Supported by European Investment Bank, it is the biggest development of its kind in any European capital city. Sorcha Corcoran

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Top 50 Women in Business – Gillian Bowler

One of Ireland’s best-known entrepreneurs, Gillian Bowler is now relishing her various boardroom roles. Perhaps the archetype of the successful businesswoman, with her famed sunglasses pushed back on her head, the glamorous clothes and the fun-loving personality, Gillian Bowler appears to have it all. Bowler is on numerous boards and is one of the most in-demand directors for Irish plcs, yet she left school on the Isle of Wight at the age of 13 for a time. “I was very good at school, loved it and had a lot of fun. I suppose I was as competitive then as I am now, but then I fell ill.” As a result,…

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Top 50 Women in Business – Deirdre Somers

Deirdre Somers is CEO of the Irish Stock Exchange. Cork-born Somers is the first female CEO of the 300-year-old ISE. Deirdre Somers, chief executive of the Irish Stock Exchange (ISE), is very much a woman in a man’s world. Sitting in her office towards the top of the venerable old building on Anglesea Street, it is immediately obvious she would stand out in this normally sober world. Dressed in a bright cerise suit with killer heels, Somers is as elegant and poised as her surroundings. Her office is decorated with prints sourced from the Print Gallery in neighbouring Temple Bar, with pictures of her two young children having pride of…

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