Coming together: consumers are coming together not just to get a deal on a holiday, but to cut their bills, buy a property and get cheaper medication. It’s all about the “crowd clout”

Group purchasing came to prominence some years ago, as the likes of Groupon and Living Social promised knock-down prices for everything from a hotel b(...)

About 23 per cent of Ireland’s electricity demand was met last month by wind generation, which displaced more expensive gas-powered plants and this helped lower Irish wholesale electricity prices. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A drop in wholesale gas and electricity prices, along with greater wind energy generation, pushed down the Bord Gáis Energy index by 5 per cent(...)

Ireland received almost €680 million from the European Investment Bank last year, a 35 per cent increase on 2012(...)

Welsh Water utility services have said the agency spent about €12 million in setting up – in contrast to Irish Water’s predicted €80 million costs.(...)

“Bord Gáis Energy has key capabilities that can be quickly deployed to assist in the successful establishment and operation of Irish Water,” internal Department of Environment documents stated.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The cost of setting up Irish Water was expected to be “minimal” when compared to its eventual efficiency savings, according to internal Department (...)

Minister of State for Natural Resources Fergus O’Dowd said the consumer was “at the heart” of the legislation drawn up to create Irish Water. Photograph: Eric Luke

All decisions taken by Irish Water, including those around its establishment, should come under the Freedom of Information Act, according to Minist(...)