Brendan Howlin, Minister for Publin Expenditure and Reform, speaking to the media outside  Lansdown House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

In return for the increased earnings set out in the new Lansdowne Road agreement, unions will have to sign up to delivering greater productivity. T(...)

Maynooth University students find out more about converting their BBS to a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) or a BBS International by extending their degree by a year at the the university’s school of business

Finding a business course that suits you is a little bit like the process of a business takeover in that there are number of steps you should work thr(...)

Kurt Maflin reacts during his match against Mark Selby during the Betfred World Championships at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. Photo: Tim Goode/PA Wire

The survival instincts of Mark Selby rescued the defending world champion and left Kurt Maflin heartbroken as the Crucible witnessed an opening-day cl(...)

Ken Doherty during his match against Reanne Evans during the World Championship Qualifying at Ponds Forge. Photo: Tim Goode/PA

Former world champion Ken Doherty insists that Ireland cannot be complacent if is to preserve a fine snooker tradition.The 45-year-old from Dublin fai(...)

Former world champion Doherty beat Lee Walker 10-6 in the World Championship qualifiers.

Ken Doherty and Fergal O’Brien led an Irish charge towards the Crucible yesterday in Sheffield. Former world champion Doherty (45) beat Lee Walker 10-(...)

Ibec head of policy and chief economist Fergal O’Brien and chief executive Danny McCoy: despite  economic growth, the employers’ group has  warned that the Government still has limited room to manoeuvre on the fiscal front. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Unemployment will fall below 9 per cent and gross domestic product will grow by 5.4 per cent this year, a performance that will see Irish economic (...)

Consumer confidence is on the rise and Christmas sales this year look set to be at their highest level since 2009. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Irish economy will significantly outperform the rest of Europe and grow by a “spectacular” 5.7 per cent this year, the employers’ group Ibec has (...)

According to Ibec, 
It says 
the Irish income tax regime is “one of the most punitive” in the EU. Since 2010, 
Ibec
it says, income tax as a percentage of national income has risen from 8.7 per cent to 11.6 per cent, well above the EU average of 9.5 per cent.

More than half of Irish taxpayers would benefit from a cut in the marginal rate of income tax, employers group Ibec has claimed.In a riposte to what i(...)

Fergal O’Brien is into the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals. Photograph: Gareth Copley/PA Wire

Ireland’s Fergal O’Brien will meet Mark Selby in the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals after fighting back to beat Zhao Xintong on Thursday.Zhao, the 17(...)

Chief economist Fergal O’Brien said: Now is the time to secure the recovery. Photograph: Eric Luke /Irish Times

Recent improvements in Ireland’s headline economic numbers means the Government has scope to deliver €400 million in tax cuts in the budget , accordin(...)