Fun palace: Google employees enjoyed hair-raising rides at the company’s office party in Funderland at the RDS. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Most people settle for dodgy finger food, fairy lights and free booze as they sway drunkenly to Fairytale of New York at their Christmas bash, but thi(...)

Some children in a hurry at the Larch Hill Santa Days for Beaver Scouts at Tibradden, Dublin. Ppotograph: Fergal Phillips.

A thousand excited beavers descended on a purpose-built Elfland in the Dublin mountains over the weekend to visit Santa Claus and raise almost €10,00(...)

One of the reasons people are so downbeat is because they have had to increase spending on nondiscretionary items such as utility bills over the past six months.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Consumers appear increasingly gloomy about their financial prospects despite upbeat assessments from political and economic circles about sustained re(...)

New figures from the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB) show rents across the State have continued to increase. Photograph: iStockPhoto/Getty Images

The cost of renting a home in Dublin has risen by just under 10 per cent over the last 12 months and the average monthly rent for an apartment in the (...)

New survey from the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission paints a very bleak picture of the level of customer support given to consumers

Covering the cost of bad customer service and poorly made goods, cost Irish consumers half a billion euro last year, a major new survey has revealed.(...)

Almost three times more one and two cent coins are minted in Ireland than the EU average.

Irish people’s reluctance to spend a penny has forced the Central Bank to plead for the safe return of hundreds of millions of coppers worth tens of m(...)

Simply having a frugal Christmas time

  Total savings so far: €4,660 Can we help you save €5,000 a year without draining the colour from your life? We think so. Austeri(...)

Ulster Bank: ‘We have contacted the customer to assist with their request.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

A reader called Roseanna has for years been “receiving statements from Ulster Bank that just keep adding interest on to interest on an account that(...)

A Dublin shopping arcade. Men are expected to spend more than women this Christmas, spending on average €614 while women say they will spend €588

The number of Irish people who believe their family fortunes will improve between now and next Christmas has increased to almost one-third, but an alm(...)

In 2015, milk prices per litre are set to fall to 27 cent and they could fall even further than that. Dairy farmers will make little more than 2 cent profit on each litre of milk they produce.

The news from Teagasc that dairy farmers could see their incomes fall by 50 per cent next year will make for grim but hardly surprising reading for a (...)