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(...)

Encouraging: Mark Fielding, chief executive of Isme. Photograph: Frank Miller

Small business group Isme says suppliers are getting paid one week earlier than at this time last year but further improvements are still needed. Pub(...)

Isme chief executive Mark Fielding: ‘These scams are particularly prevalent during the holiday periods.’

A business lobby group has warned of an upsurge in online fraud and so-called phishing scams aimed at businesses, including fake emails purporting to (...)

Isme chief executive Mark Fielding says businesses seeking cash to expand or hire new staff  cannot afford to have the banks slow down their plans. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Banks are further delaying decisions on lending to small business, according to a survey by one of the Republic’s lobby groups. The Irish Small and Me(...)

The number of people signing on the Live Register fell by 2,600 (0.7 per cent) last month as conditions in the labour market continue to improve. Figu(...)

19/02/2015 BUSINESS FINANCE NEWS POLITICS Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan at the SBCI funding for SMEs, at The Liffey Trust, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Irish firms gave the Government a positive satisfaction rating for the first time since the crash, according to a survey by Isme, the Irish Small and (...)