The tightening of inheritance tax rules may have started in 2009, but it is only now, as property and asset prices recover, that people have started t(...)

First announced by the Government in the budget in October 2013, free GP care for the under-sixes was seen as the first step in a roll-out of free GP care for all. Photograph: Katarzyna Bialasiewicz/Getty Images/iStockphoto

From Tuesday, under-sixes across the State – or more accurately their parents – will be able to avail of free GP visits under a new regime. But if yo(...)

 It’s likely the only way rates will fall  to a level enjoyed by our European counterparts – despite the efforts of Government – is if new entrants come in. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Against a background of increasing pressure from the Government to bring Irish mortgage variable rates into line with European competitors, banks are (...)

The report supports earlier comments made by Patrick Honohan, the outgoing governor of the Central Bank. Speaking last February at the Trinity Economic Forum, Mr Honohan said first-time house buyers clearly represent a safer prospect for lenders. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

First-time buyers are 30 per cent less likely to default than those trading up or down, research from the Central Bank has found. In a technica(...)

Banks in  periphery countries like Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain remain vulnerable in the event of a Greek exit from the EU, ratings agency Moody’s said on Monday. (Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times)

Peripheral European countries, including Ireland, are vulnerable in the event that Greece fails to reach a deal with its European partners and exits (...)

New Industry Advisory Committee succeeds the old Clearing House Group, a key success factor for development of the IFSC.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/THE IRISH TIMES

The first meeting of the body charged with implementing a new strategy for Dublin’s international financial services sector – with a target to create(...)

JD Wetherspoon, which plans to open 30 bars across Ireland over the next five years, was founded in 1979. It operates more than 900 bars across Britain

British pub chain JD Wetherspoon is to create 120 new jobs with the opening of a new pub in Blanchardstown at the end of June. Recruitment group Alex(...)

Dealz, where (almost) everything costs €1.49,  is now selling to some 300,000 customers a week in Ireland. (Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES)

Dealz owner Poundland said on Thursday that it has a long-term target of 70 stores for Ireland, as it reported strong growth for its Irish and UK ope(...)

Julie Sinnamon, CEO Enterprise Ireland said that the next generation of seed funds will “create a new platform to support commercialisation of ideas, company establishment and most importantly job creation”. (Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times)

Fund managers interested in securing investment from Enterprise Ireland can apply for €65m in funding, which will be leveraged with additional private(...)

PwC’s eight new partners.  Pictured with PwC’s incoming senior partner Feargal O’Rourke (centre) are (left to right) Brian Leonard, banking and capital markets; Féilim Harvey, consulting; Andy Banks internal audit; Mary Ruane, asset management; Deirdre McGrath, transaction services; Paul Barrie, assurance; John Murphy, tax and Ronan Finn, transfer pricing.

Professional services firms PwC and Deloitte have appointed a number of new partners to drive growth across the firms. PwC, Ireland’s largest accounta(...)