Irish people feel optimistic about their future according to a new study published on Monday with 44 per cent believing their lives will be better in 2025,  48 per cent expecting to be in a better financial position than they are today, and 42  expecting to be happier.

Irish people feel optimistic about their future with 44 per cent believing their lives will be better in 2025 and 48 per cent expecting to be in a bet(...)

Dealz, which opened its first store in Ireland in late 2011, said it has invested over €20 million into the Irish economy since then

UK-listed retailer Poundland is now planning to open 100 Dealz discount shops in the Republic, having originally set a target for this market of 70 s(...)

Shoppers on Grafton Street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish retailers can look forward to a “bumper Christmas”, with the economic recovery taking hold and consumer sentiment rising each month, the Retail (...)

Credit unions scored very highly on empathy. Photograph: Maxwells

Credit unions, the National Concert Hall and Dublin Zoo have emerged as the strongest Irish organisations for “customer experience”, according to a(...)

Tania Banotti, CEO of the Institute of Advertising Practitioners of Ireland (IAPI). Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Confidence in the Irish advertising industry is back, according to trade body IAPI. Four-fifths of its member agencies expect their turnover will incr(...)

A welcome for migrants

Public attitudes to immigration are generally positive in this society, having regard to the recent economic crash, high unemployment and the pressure(...)

Migrants, many fleeing Syria, arriving at Porto Empedocle in Sicily after being rescued off the Libyian coast by a Dutch freighter the Dinteldijk. Photograph: Frank Miller

Ireland has nothing to fear from immigration and should take its “fair share” of migrants to help ease the crisis unfolding in the Mediterranean, a(...)

Changing demographics: A majority feel our immigration policies should be made more restrictive (53 per cent), but these numbers have also fallen. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Attitudes towards immigration have hardened since the economic crash, a new survey indicates.The findings are based on a poll of 1,000 people carried (...)

Amárach research on behalf of FujiFilm Ireland found that of the 43 per cent of people who print their photos, 53 per cent print them straight from their camera. Photograph: Frank Miller

Fewer than half of us are printing off our digital images, with the result that 44 per cent of respondents in a new survey say they have lost images (...)

A new  survey conducted by Amárach Research has found that almost a third of parents  rarely or never monitor their children’s internet use at home. Photograph: iStockphoto

Parents are checking their children’s online behaviour less frequently, a new survey suggests, with almost a third of respondents saying they monit(...)