Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said 9,000 jobs have been created in the hospitality industry since the lower rate of VAT was introduced in 2011. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has hinted that the reduced 9 per cent rate of VAT applied to the hospitality sector could be increased unless an (...)

Minister for Health James Reilly has proposed the introduction of standardised or plain packaging of tobacco products. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Some of America’s largest business organisations have urged the Taoiseach to rethink plans to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products. Such a m(...)

Tobacco smuggling is estimated to cost the State up to €250 million a year. Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

The public needs to be made aware that illegal tobacco smuggling is not a victimless crime, according to a prominent Government TD. Damien English, th(...)

Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Innovation and Enterprise Damien English said the recent  improvement in employment rates could be attributed in part to emigration. Photograph: National Youth Council of Ireland

Proper resources and funding need to be put into the implementation of the Youth Guarantee scheme as long-term youth unemployment increases, accoring (...)

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