The report supports earlier comments made by Patrick Honohan, the outgoing governor of the Central Bank. Speaking last February at the Trinity Economic Forum, Mr Honohan said first-time house buyers clearly represent a safer prospect for lenders. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

First-time buyers are 30 per cent less likely to default than those trading up or down, research from the Central Bank has found. In a technica(...)

Beef farmers at a protest outside the Department of Agriculture. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Beef farmers remain “deeply frustrated” over cattle prices despite some agreements being reached with producers at talks earlier this week. The execu(...)

Livestock farmers Jimmy Gibbons from Trim and John Hayden from Kilcullen (Centre) at a protest about the price for beef paid to farmers.

A farmers’ lobby group has reacted angrily to an intervention by the newly-formed Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) in the beef pr(...)

Photograph: Sonali Paul/Reuters

Farmers are planning to protest outside meat factories for two days in an escalation of the IFA’s dispute with meat processors over cattle prices.It i(...)

Michael Dowling is an Irishman running a large healthcare group in the New York area

If a certain beer company did health services, they would most probably do them without making people wait. But they don’t – and so we are stuck wi(...)

Michael Dowling: “In my organisation I can do the hiring and firing. If people are not producing [in the US] you can change them. I notice that’s very, very hard to do in Ireland”

A few weeks ago Michael Dowling returned to west Limerick where he grew up in the late 1950s. He was astonished at how dramatically the area had chang(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has claimed  the country was now in “a different space” from the situation a few years ago, when unemployment and interest rates soared as 250,000 lost their jobs.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Irish health service should introduce a policy of having no waiting lists and incentivise staff to achieve this goal, a conference on health servi(...)

People are most likely to seek out better deals on car insurance, mobile phones, broadband and electricity. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Irish households can together save almost €2 billion each year by switching key services, with individual “po(...)

Prices are rising, transaction levels are up and first-time buyers are back in the market, accounting for about one in every two property purchases in(...)

Financial adviser and mortgage broker Michael Dowling plans to become a debt adviser under the new insolvency legislation. Photograph: Alan Betson

Debt is big business. And it is leading to a mini-boom in the number of companies and professionals offering to help navigate debtors through a(...)