Consumer confidence is on the rise and Christmas sales this year look set to be at their highest level since 2009. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Irish economy will significantly outperform the rest of Europe and grow by a “spectacular” 5.7 per cent this year, the employers’ group Ibec has (...)

Retailers have reported “fairly significant footfall” for Christmas so far, which might suggest it could be “a little bit quieter” in these last few days. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

While most of the business world is winding down at this stage, it is make-or-break time for retailers who will be hoping for hoards through the doors(...)

The airport management firm has indicated that it does not intend to increase the €72 million already on the table

Siptu could demand that the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) increase its €72 million contribution to a new staff pension scheme after the union’s memb(...)

New legislation on the employment law framework seeks to reduce costs, increase efficiencies and simplify a process of referral

Last month, details of the conditions endured by three Filipina maids at the residence of the ambassador from the United Arab Emirates made national h(...)

European commissioner for economic and financial affairs, taxation and customs Pierre Moscovici (left) and French finance minister Michel Sapin at the start of the Ecofin meeting at the European Council headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Ireland has “nothing to fear” from European proposals to tackle multinational tax avoidance, the Minister of State at the Department of Finance Sim(...)

Britain is “playing Ireland at Ireland’s game” in terms of actively encouraging foreign direct investment, IBEC director   Danny Mc Coy said in Brussels today. (Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES)

A British exit from the European Union would represent a major challenge to Ireland, the director of IBEC said on Tuesday in Brussels.Speaking at the (...)

Simply having a frugal Christmas time

  Total savings so far: €4,660 Can we help you save €5,000 a year without draining the colour from your life? We think so. Austeri(...)

New Central Bank rules for mortgage lending should be introduced on a graduated basis, Property Industry Ireland  has recommended. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

A key property industry lobby group has urged the Central Bank of Ireland to modify proposed new rules for mortgage lending. In a submissi(...)

Michael Moriarty, general secretary of Education and Training Boards Ireland, said Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan had made “significant concessions”. Photograph: Maura Hickey 2:42

More than 730 schools are closed today as secondary teachers across the State strike over a junior cycle reform plan.The action is affecting the 333,1(...)

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan: she has described school-based assessment as integral to reform of the junior cycle. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Secondary teacher unions have begun initial discussions on a possible compromise on junior cycle reform but have resolved to put the talks on hold un(...)