Shoppers on Grafton Street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish retailers can look forward to a “bumper Christmas”, with the economic recovery taking hold and consumer sentiment rising each month, the Retail (...)

A Retail Ireland conference has heard that consumers will soon have to wait no longer than an hour for online purchases to arrive on their doorstep. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Consumers will soon have to wait no longer than an hour for online purchases to arrive on their doorstep, a major retail conference in Dublin heard ye(...)

 Banking and Payments Federation of Ireland figures show a decline in mortgage approvals and drawdowns for the first time in two years

Central Bank rules capping mortgage lending at 80 per cent of the value of a home, and 90 per cent in the case of first-time buyers, are making it har(...)

A screengrab of the Dublin Well Woman Centre advert which Facebook refused to allow as a post.

Facebook has blocked the Dublin Well Woman Centre from promoting a post about breast cancer because it said it was overly sexual in nature. The adver(...)

Just under 800,000 people have applied for the Water Conservation Grant. Photograph: Thinkstock

The deadline for people to apply for the so-called water conservation grant has been extended by two weeks. More than 500,000 people eligible for the (...)

Views on being sought on  legislative changes that would mean all restaurants would have to publish comprehensive details of the calories of the food they serve.

Views are being sought from the public and food businesses about legislation that will make calorie counts on restaurant menus mandatory. Under the le(...)

Irish hotel prices could start to fall after Europe’s largest online travel agent platform was rapped over the knuckles and forced to change its polic(...)

A budget boost would mean more disposable income for hard-pressed consumers. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

In 2012 the average Irish household had a disposable income – once rent or mortgages had been taken care of – of €1,516 a month, according to the Cent(...)

With these changes Ní Ógáin can cut her outgoings by €51 while not noticing any appreciable difference to the quality of her life. Photograph: Getty Images

Bernadette Ní Ógáin divorced in 2009 and lives with her adult daughter in Co Wicklow. She has a household income of just over €2,000 a month. Her mor(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: Is likely to freeze property tax at existing level. Photograph: The Irish Times

For the first time in more than six years Irish people have grounds for looking forward to a budget – or at least not dreading it. With more than €1.5(...)