Wednesday 1 March 2017

Leitrim's Ray O'Rourke (69) and his brother Des are the biggest shareholders in Laing O'Rourke, Europe's biggest private building company, with sales of €5.16bn last year. But it started small, from Ray's utility room. In the early days he had to claim that a loud noise on a phone call was a JCB operating nearby rather than the washing machine in his kitchen.

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