Members of the Mandate trade union and Dunnes Stores workers pictured outside the Labour Court in October 2014. They are seeking more secure working hours and earmings for all workers in the company. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

About a dozen workers from Dunnes Stores and twice that number of the Mandate union officials have hand-delivered a Christmas card to the retailer’s h(...)

A woman  uses an automated teller machine at a branch of Sberbank in Stavropol on Monday. The Russian central bank has raised its benchmark interest rate to 17 per cent. Photograph: Bloomberg

While Russia slept, its policy makers put together a most unpleasant surprise for the nation’s borrowers. With the stroke of a pen Russia’s central ba(...)

Fun palace: Google employees enjoyed hair-raising rides at the company’s office party in Funderland at the RDS. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Most people settle for dodgy finger food, fairy lights and free booze as they sway drunkenly to Fairytale of New York at their Christmas bash, but thi(...)

One of the reasons people are so downbeat is because they have had to increase spending on nondiscretionary items such as utility bills over the past six months.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Consumers appear increasingly gloomy about their financial prospects despite upbeat assessments from political and economic circles about sustained re(...)

Tops for Tweets: Des Cahill. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

RTÉ broadcaster Des Cahill, aka @sportsdes, is the most influential journalist on Twitter, according to the #murraytweetindex, a new ranking by pub(...)

New figures from the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB) show rents across the State have continued to increase. Photograph: iStockPhoto/Getty Images

The cost of renting a home in Dublin has risen by just under 10 per cent over the last 12 months and the average monthly rent for an apartment in the (...)

New survey from the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission paints a very bleak picture of the level of customer support given to consumers

Covering the cost of bad customer service and poorly made goods, cost Irish consumers half a billion euro last year, a major new survey has revealed.(...)

Basic family survival skills Ghosts of Christmases past are lurking. People are walking on eggshells. If you don’t limit time with extended family, fa(...)

Maura, Fiona and Sean McHugh from Dublin on Henry Street last Friday. Prices are at their lowest since 2002. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Irish shops are bracing themselves for their best Christmas since the nadir of the economic collapse, with a new report suggesting consumers are set (...)

Paul O’Connell wins a line out ahead of Luke Jones of Australia during the game. Photograph:
Colm O’Neill/Inpho

While Ireland beat Australia in the rugby match last weekend handily enough, Irish rugby supporting twitter users were no match for their soccer count(...)