Maeve Dineen: We must make process easier for firms to get off the ground
One of the more enjoyable parts of this job is judging business awards, and last week I was searching for the best and brightest at the Small Firms Association awards.
Talking to a good cross section of the business world's survival artists was like drinking from a well of cool, pure water. There was courage, inspiration and a fair amount of resentment towards the banks on display -- but I was struck once again by one thing: the almost universal respect the people have for Enterprise Ireland.
Enterprise Ireland is the Brian O'Driscoll of the business world -- it gets on with the job at hand, appears not to crave the world's adoration, but at the same time is hard-working and well-respected.