The return of domestic demand may being adding a degree of fizz to the economy but Irish drinkers are shunning Champagne, the popularity of which was (...)

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(...)

 The excise increase of 41 per cent imposed on wine in last year’s budget was significantly higher than the increases imposed on other alcoholic beverages.

The Irish Wine Association has appealed to the Government to reverse excise duty increases to protect Ireland’s competitiveness as a tourist destinati(...)