Commenting on the results, Isme chief executive Mark Fielding said SMEs are being refused bank loans and even when lucky enough to get a loan, are hit with over-stringent collateral requirements and higher interest rates.

More than half the small businesses who sought bank credit in the last three months were refused, according to the latest Bank Watch survey by busine(...)

More than 100,000 people  are expected to attend the Punchestown national hunt racing festival this week. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Over 700 Irish and overseas businesses will be entertaining at the Punchestown national hunt racing festival this week, which is expected to contri(...)

Marito ridden by Ruby Walsh was second to Rye Martini in The Stephens Green Hibernian Club Hurdle during Ladbrokes.com World Series Hurdle Day at the 2013 Festival at Punchestown. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The phrase ‘just a scratch’ is usually a dismissive term in the tough world of jump racing but a scratch cost Solwhit his chance of festival g(...)