Neary’s pub in Dublin’s Chatham Street. For tourists, pubs constitute the capital’s number one attraction.

It can be difficult, in the public space, standing up for anything associated with the alcohol industry. Nevertheless, there are many things that can (...)

ISME chief executive Mark Fielding said today’s budget would go some way towards helping Ireland to regain its competitiveness. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Reaction from the business community to today’s budget was mixed. The retention of the 9 per cent VAT rate for the hospitality sector was broadly welc(...)