Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland Patrick Honohan: would not favour any move to compel Irish banks to lower their standard variable rates. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Permanent TSB’s warning to potential investors that political pressure to cut its mortgage interest rates could impact on its return to profitability (...)

Brian Hayes has campaigned against what he views are “excessive” standard variable mortgage rates  charged by Irish banks since being elected to the European Parliament. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has told Irish MEP Brian Hayes that it does not plan to investigate the standard variable mortgage (...)

 CCPC chairwoman Isolde Goggin said cartels result in higher prices, poorer quality and less choice for consumers. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Illegal deals to rig bids for both public and private contracts are on the rise, according to the State’s competition watchdog, which is extending an(...)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Richard Bruton and Isolde Goggin, chair of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission at the launch of the new guide,

A new guide to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) comply with competition law when tendering as part of a consortium has been published.The guid(...)

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton on Monday published the long-awaited Competition and Consumer Protection Bill.

A substantial reform of consumer and competition laws will pave the way for a powerful new watchdog in the area, stiff rules to prevent “hello mone(...)

Construction cranes across the skyline along the south Dublin docklands in 2007. Developing a sustainable construction sector is one of the key aims outlined in the report from the National Competitiveness Council. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

FIONA REDDANIntroducing a site-value tax for commercial property to replace the current system of commercial rates should be explored in 2014 , The Na(...)

Isolde Goggin said the authority had received “few substantive complaints” since the Competition (Amendment) Act 2006 was introduced

Small producers may be unwilling to complain of coerced payments, sometimes called “hello money”, because of “fear of retribution” from retailers, the(...)