Isme chief executive Mark Fielding: indicators for current and future sales in an Isme survey are at their highest level in eight years. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The economy has been in what Ibec has called a “sweet spot” over the past year or more – and the SME sector seems to be finally reaping some gains. N(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that Fine Gael will commit the party to completing tax equalisation for the self-employed by 2018 if returned to government. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fine Gael’s manifesto for the general election will commit the party to completing tax equalisation for the self-employed by 2018 if returned to gover(...)

Brendan Ogle, secretary of the ESB Group of Unions: “Why there are drawings of me in the papers pulling out the Christmas lights, I don’t know.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Potential strike action at the ESB will not lead to a Christmas blackout although the exact timing of any power cuts has yet to be outlined, the secre(...)

ISME chief executive Mark Fielding said today’s budget would go some way towards helping Ireland to regain its competitiveness. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Reaction from the business community to today’s budget was mixed. The retention of the 9 per cent VAT rate for the hospitality sector was broadly welc(...)

Isme chief executive Mark Fielding said SME dissatisfaction with government was due to upward only rent reviews and extortionate utilities. Photo: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Business satisfaction with the government continues to improve, a new survey shows.Conducted by Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (Isme),(...)