Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that Fine Gael will commit the party to completing tax equalisation for the self-employed by 2018 if returned to government. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fine Gael’s manifesto for the general election will commit the party to completing tax equalisation for the self-employed by 2018 if returned to gover(...)

Michael Noonan said the new tax credit is a central plank of the Government’s strategy for addressing criticism that risk-takers are being disadvantaged by the tax system

The Government achieved a rare feat by uniting many of the groups that vocally represent small businesses and entrepreneurs in praise of the budget. F(...)

Mark Fielding of the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association: “Big businesses must streamline their payment processes to avoid delays and must not be allowed to insist on lengthy payment timelines.” Photograph: Frank Miller

The Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (Isme) says many of its members still experience difficulties getting paid by other companies, desp(...)

Retail sales volumes decreased by 4 per cent last month, when compared with July 2015, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

The recovery in consumer spending remains on track, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office, which show a 9.3 per cent rise in th(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: likely to summon bankers following his appearance at the banking inquiry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish mortgage lenders are set to again come under pressure from the Department of Finance over their standard variable rate (SVR) mortgage offerings,(...)

Pat Spillane near his home in Kenmare, Co Kerry. “I think rural Ireland is now on the political agenda, for the first time possibly ever.” Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Pat Spillane works with the Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas. “I still see a two-tier economy in Ireland, with the gap between u(...)

Mark Fielding, chief executive of Isme: said €1.62 billion was being drained from the economy annually because of business crime. Photograph: Frank Miller

More visible policing, increased CCTV surveillance and tougher sentencing have been called for by the representative organisation for small business,(...)

Figures provided by the Department of Education in response to a Freedom of Information request show that one retired school teacher received a lump sum of €165,862

Eleven secondary school teachers last year received pension lump sums between €150,000 and €165,000 on retiring in a pensions bonanza, new figures sho(...)

Isme estimates that the amount of money lost to the black economy amounts to at least 14 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP)

The Government has been urged to crackdown on a so-called ‘nixer culture’ which is hitting job creation and making it difficult for law-abiding busine(...)

Ibec’s Danny McCoy: claimed the real value of the minimum wage had actually increased during the crisis. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Business groups and the restaurants sector have strongly opposed any increase in the minimum wage of €8.65 ahead of reports that the Low Pay Commissio(...)