Shelbourne Hotel general manager  Stephen Hanley addresses a staff training workshop. The Irish Hotels Federation is urging the Government to maintain the special 9 per cent tourist industry VAT rate introduced in 2011 to aid recovery in the sector by allowing it to cut costs and compete with the rest of Europe.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Hotel room rates in Dublin will return to their 2007 peak of €109 a day next year on the back of growing demand and a lack of new supply, a report pu(...)

 Economist Alan Ahearne: his report on the role of the reduced VAT rate in restoring competitiveness in Ireland’s tourism industry was published at the “Strength in Resilience” conference. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Members of the Irish hotel industry gathered at the Slieve Russell hotel in Cavan over the past two days for their annual conference with “Strength in(...)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe was one of the speakers at the annual Irish Hotels Federation conference. The conference heard how the Government’s special VAT rate was crucial to lessening the rate of insolvency within the industry. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

There were 145 insolvent hotels in the State at the end of 2014 and the industry would have been in much worse shape were it not for the Government’s (...)

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This week the Central Bank of Ireland made what was, arguably, a long-overdue intervention in the property market. It proposed that banks be forbid(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin alleged that the Government has “cooked the books” and misled the opposition and the public about its health budgets(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: meeting in Fota Island will be dominated by forthcoming budget. Photograph: Maxwells

A little like pre-season friendlies in soccer, Irish politics eases itself into the autumn with the “away” parliamentary meetings, or think-ins as the(...)

National house prices have fallen by some 50 per cent from peak to trough, and new house building has declined more rapidly in that time. The d(...)

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‘A bonanza . . . bananas . . . both!” says one estate agent in Galway, summing up a property market that bounced back last year at twice the Du(...)

Prof Morgan Kelly: “We haven’t had the real crisis yet.” Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

The recent figures on employment show that rapid growth has returned to the Irish economy, according to economist Morga(...)