‘Generating solar electricity on our roofs should be one of the easiest projects for a householder or a community. But in Ireland you don’t get paid for supplying solar electricity to the grid. That explains why we have only 1MW of installed solar, while the UK has 3,400 MW.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Industrial wind? Coal at Moneypoint? Fracking? Peat? The Government is consulting on the future of our energy system. They will prepare a document lat(...)

Almost four years ago when Finance Minister, Michael Noonan, agreed to reduce the VAT rate for tourism services, he did so on a temporary basis and at(...)

Aer Lingus planes at Dublin Airport. Sources say IAG could make further concession on Aer Lingus’s Heathrow slots in order to break the deadlock over its proposed bid for the State’s stake in the airline. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) could make further concessions to the Government on Aer Lingus’s Heathrow access to break the deadlock(...)

Abercrombie & Fitch shares dropped as much as 15 per cent after holiday sales missed estimates and the struggling teen retailer declined to give a(...)

A pedestrian walks past the Aer Lingus ticket and customer services desk in the departure hall at Dublin Airport. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Government officials and representatives of the group that is bidding €1.36 billion for Aer Lingus discussed the basis on which the Coalition would co(...)

The Department of the Environment has announced funding to community development partnerships  in Ballymun, Fingal and Rathmines/Pembroke in Dublin, as well as in Connemara and Waterford, would end on April 1st. Among the services they provide are meals-on-wheels and home repairs for the elderly. File photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Community development partnerships in five of the most deprived areas in the State will have their funding withdrawn and will close or begin to wind d(...)

Visitors at the Mobile World Congress. FCC commissioner Michael O’Rielly criticised his agency’s new net neutrality rules during a speech at the event.  Photographer: Pau Barrena/Bloomberg

The subject of net neutrality continued to court controversy at Mobile World Congress, with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) commissioner Micha(...)

Holfeld Plastics’ Arklow plant, which produces plastic packaging for food processors in Ireland and Europe

Food packaging manufacturer Holfeld Plastics will spend €3.5 million on expanding the business over the next two years following its acquisition by US(...)

The food producers recognised at the  Irish Food Writers’ Guild Awards. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

They don’t make much jam in east Africa, explains Veronica Molloy, dishing out some of her lime and tequila marmalade. “It’s margarita in a jar instea(...)

The Belfast call centre specialised in providing outbound calling services, targeting potential customers for the company’s RIAS and Castle Cover brands.

Ageas Retail, a major UK insurance company, is to close its call centre in Belfast with the potential loss of more than 200 jobs.The company, which pr(...)