Replicating the success of Stripe, here

By Will Goodbody, Science and Technology Correspondent @willgoodbody Last year was a pretty strong one for investment in Irish technology start-ups. Currency Fair ($2.5m), Trustev($3m), RAPT Touch (€4m), FeedHenry (€7m), Logentries (€7.3m) were among a whole host of growing Irish tech firms to secure seed and venture capital to help fuel them to the next stage. It was all indicative of a growing belief from abroad in small Irish firms with big disruptive ideas.  A recognition that this country’s is …

They haven’t gone away you know – the OECD’s tax plans

By Economics Correspondent Sean Whelan Pay attention tax-dodgers!  The OECD people have been working hard on the issue of double non-taxation, and will be producing a slew of reports over the next couple of months. They, in turn, will feed into the G20 summit in September, when the OECD expects decisions will be taken on changes to the international tax regime that will – among other things – target ‘Double Irish’-type tax plans.

Fallout from high risk mortgage lending continues

By David Murphy, Business Editor It is remarkable how much damage sub-prime lenders did in their short burst of lending during the boom. These lenders typically offered loans to people who had difficulty getting mortgages with traditional banks or building societies. The consumers were turned down elsewhere because they had poor credit histories or didn’t have three years of accounts showing their incomes. Sometimes they were borrowers who wanted to consolidated a number of loans into one mortgages.