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),(...)