Minister for Marine Simon Coveney who is developing the Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth strategy for the marine sector. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Government’s prioritisation of the “blue economy” in the budget has been welcomed by those working on marine research and ocean energy projects.Mi(...)

A 40 cent increase on the price of 20 cigarettes will bring the cost of most packs to over €10. File photograph: Bloomberg 6:13

When it comes to raising money in the Budget, the Old Reliables don’t appear to be so reliable any more after the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan (...)

Ian Talbot: “It is vital that no new taxes are introduced in Budget 2015

Business groups have called on the Government to reduce taxes on labour and investment in October’s budget.In their pre-budget submission documents, (...)

Delegate Louise Young from Harold Engineering at the Small Firms Association’s annual conference in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Availability of credit is still a key issue for many small businesses, but companies need to begin looking beyond the banks if they want to grow, acco(...)

AJ Noonan of the Small Firms Association called for a reform of capital gains tax for entrepreneurs, with the introduction of a 20 per cent CGT rate to make it competitive with the UK offering

Radical changes are needed in finance, taxation and public procurement in order to increase employment in the small business sector, Small Firms Assoc(...)

Liquidator Kieran Wallace of KPMG. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimon

A former director of Irish Nationwide Building Society has told the Minister for Finance it is “preposterous” that the two special liquidators (...)

Minister of Finance Michael Noonan speaks during an interview in New York  on Wednesday. Photograph: Photograph: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Bank executives will have to wait until the State has sold its shares in the Republic’s financial institutions before the return of bonuses and the en(...)

The Minister for Finance Michael Noonan, who said ahead of Moody’s decision that “before too long, there will be funds flowing from China to the Irish sovereign”. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

The credit rating of the Irish Government has been raised to investment grade by Moody’s the most influential of the international credit rating agenc(...)

Moody’s, which gave Ireland its top Aaa grade in 1998 before the euro was introduced, cut the country’s rating to non-investment grade, or junk, in July 2011 following the financial collapse.  Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

The credit rating of the Irish Government has been raised to investment grade by Moody’s the most influential of the international credit rating agenc(...)

Danske, which has 100,000 personal and 10,000 business customers, was the second bank in a week to announce plans to close. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The decision of lenders such as Danske Bank to pull the plug on their Irish operations will put further pressure on small businesses when it comes to (...)