‘We have been advised to restrict sale of low-value stamps and so we insist that customers buy them at the time of posting,’ says An Post. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A reader called Brendan contacted us with a bizarre stamp story: “I went in to Blackrock post office this afternoon to buy a stamp,” he writes.(...)

Spotify offers a free music service for those who don’t mind putting up with ads

Last week we published a list of all the ways we are being forced to pay for stuff today that was once free. Well, the flipside of that is all the stu(...)

Andy McFadden, head chef at L’Autre Pied in London: ‘In the 2015 guide there were 62 Michelin stars in London, so I am nobody really’

After his first year of catering college in the Institute of Technology Tallaght, Andy McFadden thought he had landed the most plum of placements w(...)

The cost of replacing water pipes could be as little as €600 or as much as €4,000 depending on how difficult the job is.

The cost of replacing lead piping in a family home could cost as much as €4,000, according to plumbers. Irish Water has said there will be a national (...)

German discounter Aldi claimed that the on-shelf banners created the impression that Dunnes’ products generally, or its “Family Essentials” range, were cheaper than Aldi products when there was “no basis” for such a claim, Aldi claimed.

Dunnes Stores has been found guilty of engaging in misleading commercial practices when comparing the prices of some of its own-brand goods with Aldi (...)

British retailing giant Tesco now commands 25 .2 per cent of the Irish supermarkets compared spend compared to the 24.8 per cent share enjoyed by Supervalu.

The Irish supermarket seesaw has shifted again and Tesco has reclaimed its position as the Republic’s leading retailer, having lost out to SuperValu j(...)

The Lenovo S8-50

Ronan Hughes turns 40 this month, and his wife and two children came up with the idea of getting him a tablet as a present. “I spent about six week(...)

Many petrol stations now charge for air. Photograph: Thinkstock

How much extra will you end up paying in 2015 for stuff that you would have got free little more than 15 years ago? Over the past 10 years or so, p(...)

Earlier this week the Commission for Energy Regulation gave the green light to Panda Power to become the fifth supplier of domestic electricity in the Republic. Photograph: Getty Images

A recycling company called after a Chinese bear has entered the electricity market promising to supply only green energy to Irish consumers at a disco(...)

Past masters: Chefs Derry Clarke, Catherine Fulvio and Paul Flynn in Lords & Ladles

Paul Flynn, one of Ireland’s most acclaimed chefs, is standing in the kitchen of Birr Castle, Co Offaly, eyeballing a bowl of eyeballs. He doesn’t loo(...)