Innovative design: the Lidl in Terenure village was built on stilts to allow for car park spaces to be fitted underneath the store

Competition in the Irish grocery trade is set to become even more intense following the disclosure by German discounter Lidl that it is looking for(...)

Aryzta chief executive Owen Killian regularly admits to being haunted by the idea of becoming irrelevant.Photograph:Cyril Byrne

Is Ireland’s humble ready-meal about to get a French makeover? Swiss-Irish food giant Aryzta is in talks to buy a 49 per cent stake in the French food(...)

Ireland used to have more widespread voluntary folic acid fortification than other European countries and the rate of birth defects fell up to 2008. However, it started rising again in 2009

A growing incidence of severe birth defects among Irish newborns is being linked to a reduction in the amounts of folic acid added by food manufactur(...)

Phil J Clarke has bowed out less than two years into his tenure. He joins a slew of senior executives who have left Tesco in recent months.

The human resources team at Tesco must be racking up overtime.The exit of Tesco Ireland chief executive Phil J Clarke, who has announced his retiremen(...)

Aldi on Parnell Street: The current rent of €386,500 works out at €2.7per sq m (€29 per sq ft)

The Israeli businessman Igal Ahouvi, who has been active in the Irish property investment market in recent years, has sold the Aldi supermarket invest(...)

Catherine Kennedy at her stall in Moore Street. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

When Pete St John wrote his paean to Dublin “in the rare ould times” in the 1970s he mourned the demise of the cooper’s trade, the demolition of the p(...)

Convivial drinking in a pub is grand, despite what the new puritans might have you believe (see also: red fizz, stage left). Photograph: Getty Images

Ahead of Ireland’s big day, we thought we would take at look at just some of the ways Irish consumers are unique and a couple of things we think be(...)

Anthony Ujah yanking on the horns of Hennes, team mascot of FC Koln, which is sponsored by  supermarket chain Rewe

If the Irish are buying up German property once again, you know things are getting back to normal.A fund run by Dublin investment manager Greenman Inv(...)

New Kantar numbers add to evidence new Tesco boss Dave Lewis’ turnaround plan is making an impact. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Britain’s biggest supermarket Tesco recorded its strongest sales performance in 18 months, industry data showed on Tuesday, adding to evidence new bos(...)

Ann Murphy with her friend Franka on a sledding trip. ‘Secretly you find yourself starting to miss the rain, the ham sandwiches, the Club Orange and everything you once loftily declared provincial. The rules and regulations are driving you mad. And they talk on the phone about flooding, factories closing, water charges... and it all sounds blissful.’

I laughed hysterically the first time somebody called me Frau Murphy, but that is who I have become. To be an emigrant is to be an enigma, shrouded(...)