What Crisis? Ireland Moves On to Fintech

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As minister for financial services and insurance, Michael D’Arcy has been responsible for leading Ireland’s fintech charge for the past twelve months and two weeks, the Financial Times reported. “Not once” has he been asked about the financial crisis that pushed the country’s biggest banks, and the country itself, into a bailout less than a decade ago. “Business moves on,” he tells FintechFT as he outlines Ireland’s plan for fintech glory, practising a pitch that he and his colleagues are making to the fintechs flocking to Dublin this week for industry gathering MoneyConf. With 40,000 people working in its fintech sector across an impressive roster of start-ups and fintech hubs for major firms like Citi and Accenture, Ireland was ranked joint 17th in the most recent IFZ global fintech ranking. That's a big improvement on the previous year, when the country was outside the top 30. Read more. (Subscription required.)