The Small Firms Association chief executive Patricia Callan: says Ireland’s younger population relative to its European peers means there is no need to act now on a mandatory pension

The Small Firms Association is affiliated to employers’ lobby group Ibec. On that basis, it might not seem too surprising to hear it coming out strong(...)

The model Lily Cole who spoke at last year’s Web Summit in the RDS.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Tech conferences are all the rage these days, from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to IFA in Berlin. (...)

Former minister for finance  Charlie McCreevy: sought  pay moderation back when Averil Power was starting out in Fianna Fáil. Photograph: Alan Betson

Averil Power’s exit from Fianna Fáil prompted The Irish Times to revisit her first appearance in the paper. Occasion: the Fianna Fáil ardfheis. Date: (...)

Chinese premier Li Keqiang: several parts of the country were practically on lockdown while he was ferried about Galway and Mayo

Irish officialdom went into overdrive last weekend for the visit of Chinese premier Li Keqiang. Several parts of the country were practically on lockd(...)

Some of the banks are set to announce cuts in their standard variable rates while others will open up and advertise fixing rate options for those on variable rates

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan was quick to declare victory after his meeting with bank chief executives this week. You can debate how much of wh(...)

Robbie Keane: fundamentally solid, occasionally infuriating, but remarkably consistent

The announcement by Eircom on Tuesday that it had rejected a bid of up to €3.3 billion for the business was peculiarly timed. The offer was apparently(...)

The Government was expected to have decided by now on whether  to sell the State’s holding in Aer Lingus to IAG

At least some in Government seem keen to push the idea that a decision on the sale of the State’s 25.1 per cent stake in Aer Lingus will somehow hinge(...)

Chilly response to Danny McCoy’s bold (and highly questionable) claim that Ireland could follow Britain out of the EU.

Ibec and the trade unions are rarely at one – and so it is with Danny McCoy’s bold (and highly questionable) claim that Ireland could follow Britain o(...)

The commission raided the offices of CRH subsidiary Irish Cement last week.

At least some people believe that the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission’s (CCPC) investigation into part of the Republic’s cement industr(...)

The banks are not being subjected to the rigours of competition law in order to speed their return to profitability

One voice notable by its absence in the debate on variable rate mortgages is the Competition Authority, or, as it now known, the Competition and Consu(...)