The KBC/ESRI Dublin consumer sentiment index rose to 148.9 in the first quarter of 2015 from 132.1 in the final quarter last year.

Unemployment in Dublin has dropped consistently in the past three years and is now below 9 per cent, according to a new economic monitor of the econo(...)

De Beers, the world’s biggest diamond producer, to cut output from 34 to 30 million carats this year as demand drops. Photograph: Reuters.

De Beers, the world’s biggest diamond producer, cut its output target for the year as demand for the gems weakens and prices fell for a second quarter(...)

Rise in consumer sentiment as  survey hints at an expected broadening of the recovery in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Dublin consumer sentiment improved sharply in early 2015 as optimism about economic conditions increased and the outlook for jobs brightened. T(...)

The 20 acres zoned for a range of town centre facilities next to The Mill shopping centre in Clondalkin, Co Dublin

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With Ireland’s first-time buyers now often a decade older than in years gone by, securing a mortgage at an older age can pose its own challenges.A 45-(...)

Aer Lingus shed some of the gains it made on Thursday on the back of reports the Government was close to agreeing to sell the State’s stake to  IAG. Photograph: Alan Betson

European stocks slid on Friday as concern over the impact of Greek debt was exacerbated by declines in the US and Asia. A two-hour blackout at news a(...)

Mortgage arrears service at KBC Bank. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Finance Correspondent KBC Bank Ireland and the Irish Mortgage Holders Organisation (IMHO) have agreed to extend their initiative to provide advice and(...)

Interest rates have never been lower, and anyone with a few bob to put aside is paying the price. Photograph: Thinkstock

What’s the landscape like for Ireland’s savers?  Not great. Interest rates have never been lower, and anyone with a few bob to put aside i(...)

‘Consumers need to put more pressure on the banks by threatening to switch their business’

Paul from Dublin has been in touch with a story we think is instructive. He says he succeeded in persuading Bank of Ireland to reduce the interest (...)

Despite February’s drop, the underlying trend in Irish consumer sentiment remains positive. Photograph: David Sleator

A sharp fall-off in consumer sentiment last month was blamed on post-Christmas blues.The latest KBC Bank/ESRI Consumer Sentiment Index fell to 96.1 in(...)