The number of visitors between July and September increased by 7.9 per cent, with a total of 2,440,400 visiting the State during the summer period.  Photographer: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

The number of overseas visitors to the Republic in the first nine months of 2014 was over 9 per cent higher than the same period last year, the Centra(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin presented Budget 2015 in the Dail today. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Organisations around Ireland have been responding to Budget 2015. Here’s what they had to say on...The 9 per cent VAT rate Irish Hotels Federation: T(...)

Tourists in Temple Bar, Dublin. The Irish Hotels Federation said the 9 per cent tourism VAT rate was ‘one of the most successful job creation initiatives in modern times’.

Retention of the special 9 per cent tourism VAT rate has been welcomed by the restaurants and hotels sectors, who described it as vital to sustaining (...)

Siptu vice-president Patricia King is expected to argue that Minister for Finance Michael Noonan should withdraw the reduction in VAT from 13.5 per cent to 9 per cent for the hospitality sector, “as the benefits have not been passed on to customers, employees or the exchequer”.

Ministers have urged employers in the hotel and restaurant sector to engage with unions as part of a reformed process for determining terms and condit(...)

People walking dogs on Rossnowlagh Strand in Co Donegal. The number of overseas visitors to Ireland rose by nearly 10 per cent during the summer, according to the CSO. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

The number of overseas visitors to Ireland between June and August was almost 10 per cent higher than last year, the Central Statistics Office has sai(...)

Tourists in Temple Bar. The majority of hotels and guesthouses have seen an increase in business

Some 87 per cent of hotels and guesthouses in Ireland have increased their business this year, another signal that the recovery in the hospitality sec(...)

Irish Hotels Federation president Stephen McNally said fewer than one in 10 room nights booked in Ireland is sold through Hotels.com. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

On Monday an unseemly spat broke out in the hotel sector about, of all things, the strength of the recovery in the industry.It followed the publicatio(...)

In Dublin, the index suggests, prices over the first six months jumped 15 per cent to €107

The accommodation website Hotels. com, one of the biggest resellers in the Irish market, said prices of rooms booked via its site rose 10 per cent (...)

Cheerleaders from University of Central Florida during a pep rally in Dublin’s Meeting House Square. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

An American Football game may have robbed Mayo and Kerry fans of the opportunity to watch the All-Ireland semi-final replay in Croke Park today, but t(...)

 Garth Brooks: believed to have watched a live webstream of Dublin City Council’s Monday meeting. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Concern about legal action taken to stop his Croke Park concerts contributed to Garth Brooks’s decision to cancel the events, according to Labour R(...)