Photograph: iStock

Energy regulator finds growing numbers of consumers are negotiating better deals with existing providers

Many of the properties in the auction sold for substantially more than the reserve.

Three one-bedroom apartments in Ballsbridge failed to attract a single bid

House prices in Dublin are now 33.1 per cent lower than at their highest level in early 2007 while apartments in the capital are 41.5 per cent lower than they were at the peak of the boom.

Rate of increase significantly lower than 15.8% reported 12 months previously

Growing confidence: The Irish market outperformed Europe as a whole which had a 1.5 per cent rise over the same period while the UK saw a 0.5 per cent rise. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Evidence of consumer confidence growth seen in 2.2% rise in volume of goods bought

Etihad says the couple arrived late to board, so the airline was not obliged to refund them. Photograph: Hasan Mroue/AFP/Getty Images

A reader recounts a nightmare experience with Etihad Airways

European law gives air passengers huge levels of protection. Photograph: iStock

As the UK Brexit vote looms, Irish consumers can bask securely in EU membership benefits in travel, mortgages, healthcare and othe(...)

You pay a premium for airport pick-ups and drop-offs, but picking up a car in a town near where you are flying into can be a real hassle and resolving problems can be more difficult. Photograph: iStock

Car rental helps to make a holiday simpler, but getting it wrong can be costly and stressful. From insurance to fuel to damage pol(...)

As things stand, there is nothing Irish Water can really do to compel him to pay. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

Plus: concerns about pricey plastic shopping bags and price-free websites

The study shows that when a single additional factor, alongside price, is used to describe two comparable products, consumers struggle to identify which is the best value for money. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Extra information about products, beyond price, makes people struggle to see value

Smartphones are seen as a key driver in the growth of takeaway services. Photograph: Getty Images

Sector forecast to grow by up to 60pc over coming four years

The FSAI has advised consumers not to eat apricot kernels due to a risk of cyanide poisoning.

Food Safety Authority of Ireland issues warning on dangers of eating kernels

Buying a home: 20 per cent of Irish adults who do not own their own homes believe it is beyond them because of high rents and tighter Central Bank mortgage lending rules. Photograph: Istock

Survey of more than 3,000 by online brokers 123.ie highlights pressure tenants are under

The dream of home ownership remains as strong for most people as it has been at any point

Survey shows that many are struggling to pay rising rents, one in five say they will never own a home, and ‘accidental’ landlords (...)

New  Vintners Federation of Ireland president Pat Crotty  said: “For a long time the pub has been central to many communities but it is in danger of becoming peripheral.”

Pat Crotty: Publicans hit with VAT, excise duty and minimum wage rises amid recession

Audiologist Orla Walsh at Specsavers in the Henry Street arcade gives Conor Pope a hearing impairment.Photograph: Alan Betson

Conor Pope has always had “good ears”. Until today that is...

The highest rise was in Cork city (above), where rents were up by 16% in a year. In Galway they were up 12.7%, in Limerick 12.4% , Waterford city 11.1% and Dublin 8.8%

Daft.ie report finds supply at lowest ebb, with under 3,100 rental properties nationwide

AIB’s latest move will benefit around 76,000 mortgage accounts, leading to very significant annual savings.

Latest reduction in standard variable rate is the bank's fourth in 18 months

“That Irish consumers are eschewing brand names in favour of the own-brand offerings on the shelves of Aldi and Lidl in greater numbers than ever should come as no surprise.” File photograph: Getty Images

Aldi and Lidl prove incredibly astute at tapping into what Irish consumers want

The combined share of German discounters, Lidl and Aldi, of the Republic’s grocery spend is now within touching distance of market leader Supervalu, which has a share of 23 per cent. File photograph: Getty Images

More than 22% of grocery shoppers spend at the German discounters, figures show

If you have a sick relative, ensure you are covered in case you have to cancel

Plus: the cracked windscreen that never was; and a point about price

Toyota recently fell foul of the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland over a 20-year-old claim that its products are “the best-built cars in the world”. File photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters

Is Disneyland the happiest place on earth? Really? Is Guinness actually good for you? In the wake of the Advertising Standards Aut(...)

STRANGFORD CANDIDATES: Kellie Armstrong (Alliance); Jonathan Bell (DUP); Joe Boyle (SDLP); Stephen Cooper (TUV); Stephen Crawford (Ukip); Georgia Grainger (Greens); Dermot Kennedy (Sinn Féin); Simon Hamilton (DUP); Harry Harvey (DUP); Bill McKendry (NI Conservatives); Michelle McIlveen (DUP); Mike Nesbitt (UUP); Philip Smith (UUP).

Veteran SDLP candidate Joe Boyle once again comes agonisingly close but fails to win seat

Located on the Ards Peninsula, bordering the southern shores of Belfast Lough, the affluent area takes in towns such as Bangor, where the count is taking place, Holywood and Donaghadee.

Steven Agnew: ‘We need to let people who love each other marry in Northern Ireland too’

Pay, don’t pay. Either way, the taxpayer always pays in the end.

Has the latest Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil accord simply muddied the waters?

Some 25 per cent of the bacon products analysed in a new study by food scientists  were found to have salt content which was above the guidelines with some of the products assessed having as much as 50 per cent more salt than the packaging suggested. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Some bacon products analysed found to have 50% more salt than labels suggest

Camilla Hansson (left) pictured with Donald Trump. Photograph: Camilla Hansson

Billionaire ‘a larger than life character’, says model Camilla Hansson following comments

Illustration: Thinkstock

Robot butlers might be some way off, but our homes will soon become so head-spinningly smart we might need a lie-down

Cyclists in Dublin. Almost 600 cyclists were given on-the-spot fines  in the first six months of a new penalty regime. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

New programme allows for on-the-spot fines for breaking red lights and other offences

Care providers have warned that neither parents or children will benefit if a childcare tax credit forms part of a deal between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil on the formation of a government. Photograph: Edmond Terakopian/PA Wire

Industry boss expresses concern over ‘populist’ proposals in government deal

Nissan Qashqai: reader has experienced a litany of problems

Customer feels dealership has not taken stress of car problems into account

Less than 10 years ago, making a four-minute call to Ireland while on a trip to Paris would have cost an Irish consumer as much as €5, while someone in Malta would have had to pay €9.76 for a call of the same length. File photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Interim cap on surcharges of 5 cent per minute as union moves to end ‘bill-shock’

The announcement marks the company’s third electricity price decrease in less than two years.

Decrease will benefit 1.2 million residential electricity customers by €57.75 per year

Revenue has promised to step up its focus on the use of offshore locations by those seeking to avoid tax.

Annual report says Revenue collected some €60m from offshore investigations

A standalone water utility now exists and will most likely continue to exist, but it might get a new name. File photograph: Getty Images

Conor Pope: Few winners as Irish Water proves stumbling in government formation

Image: Thinkstock/Irish Times Premedia

In our digital world, the human elements of customer service are being lost, and research shows that companies that go too far dow(...)

Primal Pantry Hazelnut and Cocoa – €2.65 for 45g, €58.88 per kg

The more chocolately the bar, the better

Debenhams delivered a pair of shoes in two different sizes. Photograph: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Plus: Ryanair shows its compassionate side

“On no planet will any claim for the medicinal benefits of a feed of pints ever stand up.”

Advertising Standards Authority says Toyota must stop ‘best built cars in the world’ claim

In response to the findings, the bemused car maker accused the advertising watchdog of ‘dancing on a pin head’.  Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Well-known slogan’s claim could ‘never be fully proven’, says Irish advertising authority

UFC competitor Conor McGregor, who  appeared to have announced his retirement from UFC, with sport boss Dana White later saying the Irishman had been pulled from his Las Vegas showdown with Nate Diaz. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Scheduled bout on July 9th cancelled in what appears to be a row over pre-fight publicity

In excess of 4.5 million journeys were taken on city bikes across the State last year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Since it was set up in 2009, 13.5m trips have been made using the Dublin bike scheme

The incentive means bicycles and accessories can often be bought for half the cost

Cycling locks are an essential piece of kit and it is pointless buying cheap ones. Photograph: Alan Betson

As well as your bike, you will also need some essential accessories to prevent theft and keep you safe . . . and dry

Dublin: A group of tourists from Paris booked and paid for a house in Georgian Dublin for eight days around St Patrick’s Day. However, when they showed up the property owner knew nothing about the arrangement Photograph: David Sleator

Holidaymakers are offered bogus holiday rentals in Dublin and across Europe

A British Airways flight was struck by what is believed to be a drone as it came in to land at Heathrow Airport, according to police. Photograph: PA

Following a collision between a drone and aircraft, strict regulation has been called for

Children love the freedom of a campsite holiday, and they’re usually very safe places too. Photograph: Jason Swain via Getty Images

Camping holidays can be an enjoyable and economical adventure for all the family – so long as you plump for somewhere it isn’t lik(...)

Goonyella finished in fifth place in the Grand National at Aintree. Photograph: Clint Hughes/Getty

‘We’re paying five places on all Grand Nationals’ ad causes confusion

Teresa Wall (59) of Rathingle Cottages, Swords, Dublin, leaving the Four Courts after she was awarded €40,000 damages in her High Court action against Irish National Parks and Wildlife Service. Photograph: Courts Collins

Mountaineering Council expects appeal of award to woman (59) who fell on Wicklow Way

Dolmio pasta sauces: Mars Food has promised to label some of its products, such as these sauces, as “occasional” Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Chef says a lot more action is needed if health of Irish people is to be improved

A seemingly healthy breakfast of cereal, toast and orange juice could take up your daily sugar allowance. Photograph: Thinkstock/Getty Images

It is hard to find the sweet stuff hidden in the small print on many food products

St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Hospital to stop accepting patients for four months because of lack of consultants

Illustration: Getty Images

Fake emails looking for personal details, the ‘chief executive scam’ and the Wangiri fraud are among the most common cons going.(...)

The Charge Now service is for owners of electric BMW cars

Plus: a strange Virgin Media legacy

The average cost of a party at home was put at  €387, compared to €344 for a hired venue and party, according to the  MummyPages.ie survey. Photograph by H. Armstrong Roberts/Retrofile/Getty Images

Children likely to be invited to at least 12 birthday parties per year, says website

Premiums to go up by as much as 14 per cent from next month

A dog at Cara Rescue Centre. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Dogs might be man’s best friend but they are also expensive, so factor in costs such as a licence, insurance, microchipping and fo(...)

Frank Masterson placing his protest placards at the meeting in the Killeshin Hotel on Saturday. Photograph: Conor Pope/The Irish Times

More than 200 seek support and express anger at Portlaoise rally highlighting eviction crisis

British Airways “could have printed the passes if they wanted to”. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

A reader complains of intransigence at the check-in desk

Beans means Heinz? Not necessarily

Image: Screenshot of Revolution 1916 website (http://revolution1916.ie/index.php/about-us/)

Watchdog hears complaint that promotion of event did not make party’s involvement clear

Florian Coulan (c) and friends from France, who fell victim to a sophisticated online accommodation booking scam.

Group lost €1,400 after they booked accommodation through fake company

The Injuries Board said the increase in claims reflected increased economic and social activity and was not unexpected given there are more people at work, higher traffic volumes and higher footfall in public areas. File photograph: Getty Images

Board made 11,734 awards and delivered €268.4m in compensation in 2015

IFA spokesman Tom Doyle said the association rejected Ulster Bank’s strategy of packaging up farm loans with good farm asset security to make a more saleable loan portfolio for vulture funds

Business clients in severe difficulty face deadline for providing repayment details

House prices in Dublin are now 35.1 per cent lower than at their highest level in early 2007

Residential property prices in Dublin just 4% higher than they were a year ago

 The cost of VHI plans will increase by an average of  3 per cent from May. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Company says rising cost of claims left it with no alternative to pushing up prices

House prices in Dublin are now 35.1 per cent lower than at their highest level in early 2007

Residential prices in Dublin decreased by 0.1 last month, but 4% higher over the year

The failure of the ParkbyText system, operated by National Controlled Parking Systems, was described by one employee contacted by a midlands motorist unable to pay for his parking as a “Y2K moment”. Photograph: The Irish Times

System failure labelled company ‘Y2K moment’ triggers morning panic among drivers

People march  during a New Land League protest in Dublin on Tuesday to highlight financial pressures on people from banking and financial institutions. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Peaceful protests focus on sale of bank loan books to ‘vulture’ funds at heavy discounts

The whiskey was distilled at the long-gone Bandon Distillery in west Cork

Unopened bottle of Irish single pot from Bandon Distillery in 1916 for sale at Adams

An electric tram in Dún Laoghaire circa 1906. Around the time of the Rising, the trams in Dublin operated on lines that ran 95.6km – 60km more than we have now. Photograph: Past Pix/SSPL/Getty Images

A recently published CSO survey paints a vivid picture of the cost of living in the country a century ago. Overall, today’s consum(...)

A grave can be anything from 4 to 10 feet deep. “The gravediggers used to get paid by the foot and they’d always be delighted to get a 10-footer.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The heroes of 1916 may be the initial draw for many, but Dublin’s Glasnevin Cemetery is full of weird and wonderful stories, from (...)

The General Post Office on O’Connell Street, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

‘1916 was worth it as we have our own government and we can decide who the head is’

People planning to take public transport into Dublin city centre this weekend will have to use the bus rather than the Luas as the dispute at the light rail company over pay continues. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

All you need to know about unrest, refunds and invoking rebel leaders

The busiest day for off-licences in Ireland is Holy Thursday. Wonder why.

Going to the big match tonight? Going for the football or the alcohol?

Employees prepare for Easter in Sceaux, France. Photograph: Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images

Research says 20,000 tonnes of packaging waste will be generated over next few days

A protest organised by Tyrrelstown Tenants Action Group before it marched to Leinster House in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Residents of Dublin housing estate served with notices to quit take their case to the Dáil

Bruzzesls Zaventem was closed almost as soon as the bomb detonated shortly after 8am local time yesterday. Photograph:   Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

Brussels Zaventem airport closed but Ryanair flights to Charleroi running with delays

Irish student Luke Mac an Bháird

Luke Mac an Bháird from Ballinasloe arrived in airport minutes before bomb went off

Tributes are left at the Place de la Bourse following attacks in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Getty

‘We don’t know if we are in the safest place in the city or the most dangerous’

Policemen stand guard at the entrance of a security perimeter set near Maelbeek metro station. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Heavy military presence in aftermath of fatal Maelbeek explosion: ‘People started to run’

When booking, bear in mind that you don’t have to take the same airline to and from your destination. Photograph: Thinkstock

Travelling light, using specialist websites and apps, and booking with different airlines to and from your destination: these are (...)

William Healy from Kerry: had Blackrock Clinic chosen to pursue him for the cost, he would have been liable to pay €7,200.

Blackrock Clinic was the only hospital that had a bed for desperately ill man

With only 5% of policies fully covering emergency care in private hospitals, the vast majority of those who become seriously ill while undergoing treatment in private hospitals are in danger of being financially penalised or denied care. Photograph: The Irish Times

Dr Stephen Frohlich says fewer ICU beds in public system contributing to lives at risk

Tesco says it is passing on the manufacturer’s price increase. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Plus: You can blame the EU for the ban on baby formula promotions

Elaine Stenson (33): “People seem to be more more optimistic now than they were when I left”

Emigration’s tide is slow turning, as the stories of three homecomers show

Evidence of activity: Prof Donal O’Shea of Loughlinstown hospital said that at a glance it might seem “stupidly obvious”, but it was important because it “definitively proved” that an over-reliance on cars was bad for the nation’s health. Photograph: Eric Luke

People who cycle or walk to work have significantly less fat, major study shows

Dunnes Stores is just 0.1 per cent behind Tesco in the Irish supermarket league, according to the latest share figures from Kantar Worldpanel in Ireland.

SuperValu solidified its position at the top of the pile with Dunnes close to pushing Tesco into third place

Codema home energy-saving kit

Homeowners can find out if their energy spend is going out the window, thanks to a project in Dublin that is making easy-to-use ki(...)

Sixty families have been told to leave their homes in Tyrrelstown in Dublin after the houses were sold to a Goldman Sachs vulture fund. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Up to 90,000 Irish loans are now owned by foreign investment funds

Tim Redfern’s motor insurance renewal quote was €600, up from €456 the previous year, but he shopped around and eventually got his cover renewed for €404

Motorists will pay more due to the demise of Setanta and the cost of fraudulent claims

Guinness Luxury Fudge

Irish confectionery for the week that’s in it

Lidl: sold damaged TV. Photograph: Thomas Lohnes/AFP/Getty

Plus: another tale of Virgin woe

Carrolls’ Irish Gifts on O’Connell Street in Dublin commemorates the 1916 Rising. Photograph: Conor Pope

Special ‘1916’ fridge magnets and Proclamation jerseys among items on offer

Health insurance experts suggest that anyone who has been on the same health insurance policy for more than two years is almost certainly spending more than they need to for the level of cover required.

Move comes on the back of research showing that switching rates are very low in the Republic

It is worth remembering that au pairs  are looking after your children so treating  them like the hired help or worse will have consequences. Photograph: Getty Images

What should parents who employ them do? Treat them well, they care for your children

China’s economic slowdown is a worry. Photograph: Reuters/China Daily

The economy might be slowly recovering but we remain ever-vulnerable to external shocks, from Brexit and a Chinese slump to rises (...)

Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Customer told by Virgin Media ‘it is basically her word against theirs’

Irish romantics spent more on Valentine’s Day flowers than their loved-up peers in countries across Europe, a Visa survey  suggests. File photograph: Ina Fassbender/EPA

Visa survey shows significant rise in consumer spending in February on last year

Some 745,000 households – or about 50 per cent – made a payment during the second water billing cycle. File photograph: Getty Images

Election result puts utility’s future in doubt and raises questions about payment of bills

More articles