Jay McGuinness and Diana Vickers in ‘Big: The Musical’

The producer of ‘Big: The Musical’ believes the nature of Dublin people will make them amenable to his show

Online shoppers boosted Cyber Monday (November 28) substantially with Parcel Motel recording 80 per cent more deliveries than the corresponding period last year. Photograph: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty

Weak sterling prompts Irish consumers to buy from UK sites and travel across the border

Spending this December is likely to be €4.21 billion, up from €4.05 billion in 2015, says Retail Ireland. Retail prices are remaining low due to aggressive competition. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Irish consumers to spend average of €2,600 in December as jobs grow and prices drop

You may live to regret bringing  your credit card with you when you go Christmas shopping

How your bill for food, parties, decorations, presents and clothes could surpass €2,000

Robbie Keane has won the International Person of the Year award. Photograph: Eric Luke

Davitt Walsh, who saved baby during Buncrana tragedy, also honoured at event

Parcel Motel says it is  taking steps to resolve issues in as timely a fashion as possible. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Irish customers buying post-Brexit bargains from UK complain about delivery service

The daddy of the faddiness is the Rubik’s Cube, invented by 29-year-old Erno Rubik in 1974.

As the hatchimal crisis takes hold we remember the toy fads of years gone by

According to data recorded by Google Trends last week, Hatchimals are the most searched-for toy in Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

Furry creatures which hatch from egg are selling online for hundreds of euro

The Residential Tenancies Board’s latest index shows rents growing by 2.3 per cent from July to September, a growth rate marginally lower than the preceding three month’s rate of 3.5 per cent.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Latest Residential Tenancies Board index show rents still rising but at slower rate

Rents nationally are now 8.6 per cent higher than this time last year, according to the Residential Tenancies Board’s Quarterly Rent Index of the Economic and Social Research Institute. Photograph: Rui Vieira

Residential Tenancies Board finds Dublin house rents slipped 0.6 per cent in Q3

The problem of obsessive phone checking is much worse among younger folk, the study shows, with seven out of 10 18-24-year-olds saying they check their phones at least once a night. File photograph: iStockphoto

Seven out of ten 18 to 24-year-olds check their phones at least once a night, study finds

Deloitte’s Mobile Consumer Survey found that seven out of 10 18-24 year olds either check the time, send text messages or look at social networks  in the middle of the night. Photograph: iStockphoto

Half of Irish adults with a smartphone check it at least once during the night, survey finds

Safefood report reveals that average spend per person in a four-person household is €35. Photograph: Getty Images

Over one-third of weekly budget required if balanced diet is to be achieved by families

 Protesters demonstrating against water charges in Dublin city centre last year. Photograph: Eric Luke

It also says a constitutional provision on public ownership should be addressed

  Focus Ireland  president Sr Stan with  Barry O’Sullivan, who has donated his Aran Islands house to charity,  and head of Cope Galway Jacquie Horan. Photograph: Eric Luke

Aran Islands auction aimed at encouraging philanthropy from wealthy individuals

Dublin Bus said it had been  upfront about  process of claiming refunds. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Commuters yet to collect €500,000 as company says was upfront over refunds process

According to Forbes, today looks set to be the largest online shopping day in history in the US – with sales expected to hit $3.36bn, up almost 10 per cent on 2015. Photograph: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty

It took a few years for the concept to cross the Atlantic, but this year Irish shoppers are set to spend close to €50m online in j(...)

Philip Lane, governor of the Central Bank, who  announced the outcome of a review of mortgage measures. Photograph: Alan Betson

The new Central Bank rule changes bring (more) good news for first-time buyers

 Cars at an authorised ELV treatment facility on the Naas Road, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times The Joint Committee on Finance says the Irish motor insurance industry has deliberately been hiding key information from public view and engaging in cartel-like behaviour. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Oireachtas finds lack of data-sharing and transparency in car insurance sector

The Central Bank said “national financial regulators have no role in setting or capping premiums or renewal rates”

Insurance Ireland says it hopes reforms will address high cost of claims and level of awards

While many Irish retailers have embraced the concept of Black Friday, some have done so with a heavy heart, according to Retail Ireland. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Rise of pre-Christmas discounting a ‘double-edged sword’, says Irish retailer body

The Amazon electronic commerce company’s logistics center in San Fernando de Henares, near Madrid, on the eve of “Black Friday”. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

Retailers are offering significant discounts on products for annual spending spree

The Joint Committee on Finance published its report at lunchtime Thursday, recommending “full transparency” in relation to claims information. Photograph: Getty images

Oireachtas committee recommends ‘full transparency’ on how claims are processed

On Wednesday the two supermarket chains raised the price of staples in the UK. Photographs: The Irish Times

Discounters signal no rises in State despite UK price increases after currency slippage

From January 1st,  the ceiling on the loan-to-value (LTV) ratio for all first-time buyers will be set at 90 per cent.

Q&A: What is the impact in terms of cold, hard cash?

Patients Phillip Rzymske and Eva Troy with  clown doctors Dr Razzmatazz, Dr Coolio and Dr Ditzy Glitzy at the 60th-birthday celebrations of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Birthday party also a chance to marvel at pace of change in Our Lady’s, Crumlin

To profit  from Black Friday, consumers should eschew cheap-as-chips deals and focus on big-ticket items. Photograph:  Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Buyers beware: some will get good deals. Many will buy stuff they don’t want and can’t afford

Dunnes Stores increased its market share to 22.6 per cent in the 12 weeks to November 6th, 0.2 per cent ahead of SuperValu. The rise is attributed to the success of Dunnes’ Shop & Save campaign.

Market share rises to 22.6 per cent, just ahead of SuperValu with Tesco in third

The food bill adds up to  almost  €8,000 a year for  the average Irish household spending €150 a week –  not including Christmas dinner.

Figure for a family of four does not include going on holidays

Unlocking the confusion about car key insurance

In terms of flavour, Java Republic tea bags are perfectly fine – but, at €6.50, they’re far too dear

Peppermint tea

 Phoenix Park Tunnel reopens on Monday after more than 100 years. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Small number of early morning passengers affected by ticketing issues

 Gay Byrne during a broadcast on Lyric FM. File photograph: Alan Betson

‘We are going into hospital as they may have discovered a bit of cancer in the prostate’

Golden Discs...experiencing a resurgence and now set to roll out 80 concession outlets at Tesco stores in Ireland. File photograph: Google Street View

Three-year partnership will make brand the Republic’s largest home-entertainment retailer

Laya Healthcare has  blamed an “unsustainable increase in the cost and volume of claims in public and private hospitals” and  “a significant increase in consultant costs” for  increases in its premiums. File photograph: Getty Images

Company blaming ‘unsustainable’ increases in hospital claims and consultant costs

Dr Colm O’Donnell with a premature baby in the neonatal intensive care unit at the National Maternity Hospital. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Survival rates have greatly improved, but ‘we are long way from being home and hosed’

“A year’s supply of statins could have cost someone €440 a decade ago, whereas now the price is around €3 a month”

HSE policy shift brought €95m worth of savings up to the end of 2014, and a further decrease of €160m in 2015

Writer Charlie Connelly, who confesses to being terrible at buying presents

Five personalities offer their views of what it is to give, and where they seek the perfect gift

 Kale ... love it or hate it?

Food Month Food Court: Green goddess Domini Kemp loves kale, but Conor Pope can’t stand the stuff

Dr Archibald Miles’ Compound Extract of Tomato is now better known as ketchup. It’s great with chips it will not cure your biliousness

Health foods and fashionable diets really should come with a pinch of salt

Contactless cards are growing in popularity, but they have a way to go before Irish consumers fully embrace them. Photograph: iStock

Other countries are much further down the road to a hard cash-free existence

The Nutri Ninja is very similar to the Nutribullet but, at €114.99, it’s too expensive.

From top end to budget, products that will make a difference in your kitchen

Giving us lip: an all-new, slightly smaller Terry’s Chocolate Orange segment

More say it isn’t so: ‘Incidentally, Yorkies are now much smaller as well’

The new Toblerone bars with shockingly wide gaps between their peaks.

Toblerone widening the gap between triangles in effort to reduce weight and cost

British retailer Next is to cut prices in all of its stores in the Republic by 10% from Tuesday morning.  File photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

British retailer will reduce charges in all of its stores in the Republic due to weak sterling

Smokey and the Bandit  was one of those 1970s films that dragged CB Radio into the mainstream

Charting the rise and fall of products and prices

The Irish Medical Organisation strongly criticised the Government “for policies that are endangering our health services and patient safety with a health system that has too few consultants”.

Government accused of policies which put patient safety at risk

The Toy Museum of Ireland’s only festival dedicated exclusively to the festive season is in the process of collecting retro games for visitors to play in the run up to Christmas.

Waterford Toy Museum collecting retro games for visitors to play

“I hate England, I hate living there I have no intention of returning,” said Khalid Kelly. “Ireland, I feel the same way about. There is a load of non-Muslims there.”  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Irishman who died carrying out Isis suicide attack appeared in Holy Wars documentary

The Government was forced to introduce a second change to the scheme by lowering the cap for the “help-to-buy” scheme for first-time buyers from €600,000 to €500,000.  Photograph: Alan Betson

A deposit of at least 10 per cent is needed if the property costs less than €220,000

Airbnb users contributed an estimated €74 million to communities across Ireland over the last 12 months, according to a new report by Airbnb. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Rural property owners renting out homes earned an average €2,700, says report

How to optimise your time off by ‘bridging’ your bank holidays

Being clever with annual leave and bridging bank holidays can bag you more time off

The late Barney Brack: “He was a really good guy and always looking out for people.” Photograph: Maxpix

Anthony ‘Barney’ Brack’s remains were scattered over football pitch using firecracker

Sally O’Brien: this is the way she’d look at you

From Shake 'n' Vac to Sally O'Brien... take a trip down memory lane

Presenting Herself with a state-of-the-art electric fireplace.

‘Most of the ads are so terrible, it’s like Don Draper was never born’

An issue arose for reader Liz after a five-day stay in Holles Street hospital. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The doctor’s fee came to €1,528, which was covered in total by her insurer, but hospital costs came to €4,000 and this is where th(...)

The House of Horrors in Tayto Park Co. Meath where a lower portion of a staircase gave way resulting in nine people being taken to hospital. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Statement says park ‘fulfilled all requirements’ ahead of weekend Halloween events

British tourists comprise about 40% of all the holidaymakers visiting Ireland each year. Photograph: The Irish Times

Sterling decline in value against euro makes Republic more expensive for holidaymakers

Willie Walsh: The IAG chief executive said the company was “pleased that a decision has finally been made but the cost of this project will make or break it”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

IAG welcomes British government’s decision to add a new runway at Heathrow airport

Supermarket share figures covering the 12 weeks ending on October 9th give Dunnes Stores a market share of 22 per cent compared with the 22.4 per cent enjoyed by SuperValu. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Aldi posts strongest growth over last quarter with year-on-year sales rising 6.6 per cent

Do not be tempted to buy stuff you don’t want or won’t use just because it is on special. Photograph: Getty Images

If you're a student, or working with a student budget, you don't have to live on beans. Honest


Tinned tomatoes

The Waldorf Barber in Dublin’s Westmorland Street. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Both family businesses and apprentices benefiting from rebirth of red and white poles

Virgin: customer paid off  arrears and planned to switch  but  Virgin offered her a better deal so she stayed. Then she was disconnected and told she owed them money. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Plus: broadband not as fast as promised and a company takes money from surprised reader

A preview of the Brown Thomas Christmas windows in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Retailer launches attraction 64 days before Christmas, two weeks earlier than usual

The cost of renting a home countrywide jumped by almost 10 per cent in the 12 months to the end of July with rents in Dublin reaching record levels. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Shortage of supply with less than two per cent of rental properties available, survey finds

Will London's Kensington borough be emptied post-Brexit?

If the City of London relocates here, its bankers may feel most at home in Blackrock

Shoppers from the South loading their car after a trip to The Quays shopping mall in Newry in 2008. Photograph: Paul McErlane/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Ireland and sterling have had a rocky relationship since 1460 – good news for some, bad news for others

James Dyson photographed outside Dyson headquarters on the outskirts of Malmesbury, in the Cotswolds. Photograph by Adrian Sherratt

James Dyson, head of the hugely successful company that reinvented the vacuum cleaner, says failure is part of the journey

SuperValu said: “We do not believe a price increase on the products under discussion is justified given the current exchange rate.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Retailer and supplier of lines such as Lynx and Pot Noodle in dispute over rising costs

The director of the Irish Beverage Council, Kevin McPartlan, said the Minister for Finance is labouring ‘under the delusion that additional taxes on soft drinks will have any positive impact on obesity’. Photograph: Getty Images

Noonan delays levy to prevent ‘boot-loads of soft drinks coming down from Newry’

At present, 19.5 per cent of the adult population smokes – down from 29 per cent in 2003

19.5 per cent of the adult population smokes – down from 29 per cent in 2003

It is worth bearing in mind that middle-income tax payers will still be substantially worse off in 2017 than they were before the economic crash. Photograph: PA

Double-income household with both adults earning €50,000 will be better off by €500

In September, online spending was up 13.4 per cent compared with a year ago, while face-to-face spending recorded an increase of just 0.8 per cent year on year. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Online surge offsets slowdown in spending in physical shops, with overall figure up 5%

Michael Noonan: The Minister for Finance might be surprised to hear that some tax increases would be welcome. Photograph: Alan Betson

This plea to Michael Noonan looks at hits and misses as Budget 2017 approaches

Sensiohome Steama

Four methods put to the test

The AA “obviously deal with new versus existing customers in very different ways”. Photograph: iStock

Plus: when can a shop refuse to give a refund?

Sterling breached the 90p barrier against the euro early Friday morning. This time last year, €1 would have bought about 78p, while just before the Brexit vote it would have bought 82p. Photographs: Getty Images

Exchange hitting 90p ‘worries the hell out of us’, says Dundalk Chamber of Commerce

National Potato Day: The very fact the food authorities believe it is necessary to give the humble spud a day to call its own is a sure sign that competition for a place on the Irish dinner plate is getting serious. File photograph: Getty Images

Carbs like pasta, rice, bread, cous-cous, sweet potato, quinoa all out to corner same market

Conor Pope protecting his home: thieves are opportunists and if they see an open window or another way to access your home, they will take advantage.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

From monitored alarm systems that talk to your mobile to reinforced safe rooms, the range of options to keep burglars at bay is gr(...)

 Kevin Kennedy who used to play Curly Watts in Coronation Street but who is now starring in The Commitments, The Musical. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Conor Pope talks to former ‘Coronation Street’ star Kevin Kennedy about growing up in Manchester and his new role in stage musical(...)

The scene at Millrose Estate in Bluebell, Dublin, where the bodies of William and Daniel McCarthy were discovered on Tuesday. Photograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

Daniel and William McCarthy ‘were very quiet men. They just came and went’

Micheal Briody,  chief executive, Silver Hill Farm. File photograph: Barry Cronin

Co Monaghan producer now exporting 20,000 ducks a month to Asian financial hub

 The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar with moderator Ita Mangan at the nationwid launch of the Abhaile advice service for distressed mortgage holders. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Q&A: Conor Pope explains what Government’s plan to tackle long-term debt entails

 Pensions adviser Laura Doyle wants to get the message across to young people that  the sooner they start saving for retirement the better. Photograph: Eric Luke

Think of a pension as ‘a flexible, tax-efficient savings vehicle’, says one adviser, who wants to change how young people see them(...)

Bosch PSR Select

Spoiler alert: Ikea wins

Experience of Carphone Warehouse has left one client wary of dealing with them again. Photograph: iStock

But all’s well that ends with a goodwill gesture of six months’ free credit

 A Lidl brochure has been found to be  in breach of the ASAI code. File photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland censures discount retailer over ‘crab claws’

Michael ‘Mouse’ Morris, his son Jamie and Rory Cowan  hold carbon monoxide alarms. Photograph:  Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ actor Rory Cowan helps raise awareness after being poisoned

An Post has confirmed an internal investigation has been launched after a batch of undelivered mail was discovered.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Garda and An Post investigate after letters including medical appointments discovered

The affected line is the 800g Johnston Mooney & O’Brien “Toastie” bread with a best before date of September 29th and carrying the codes D27 and E27. File photograph: Frank Miller

Breadmaker concerned ‘Toastie’ batches may contain pieces of plastic tubing

Kantar Worldpanel’s figures  covering the 12 weeks to September 11th show the Irish grocery market growing rapidly with sales up 3.7 per cent year on year.

SuperValu extends overall lead as Dunnes increases year-on-year sales by 6.3 per cent

After accepting payment for an all-inclusive landline, mobile and broadband package, Eir never delivered. Photograph: Maxwells

Two customers complain of the customer service they have received from the company

We know we’re generalising here, but men tend to spend a lot more on gadgets than women.

How to be a Man: Women pay more for products aimed at them, but men are fast catching up

Central Bank deputy governor Sharon Donnery said the short- and medium-term impact of Brexit was likely to be negative.

‘Stable rules are valuable in eliminating avoidable uncertainty’, says deputy governor

 Green Party  leader Eamon Ryan TD with Catherine Martin TD  at the press conference following the party’s think-in  in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The party leader criticised Government for returning to the economic model that created recession

Pro-choice campaigners taking part in the 5th annual March for Choice, in Dublin Saturday. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

London, Paris, Brussels and New York among cities hosting demonstrations

 Dublin Bus workers on the picket line at Donnybrook bus depot Saturday. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Some stores consider closing early because footfall down so much in capital

 More than 120 million one and two cent coins have been decommissioned since the Central Bank moved to take them out of circulation almost 12 months ago, a new report  indicates. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

New report shows positive response to the decommissioning of 1c and 2c coins

It is always better to come across as a reasonable person who has been wronged, instead of an unreasonable person who is wrong. Photograph: iStock

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