People walk past a house with billboards displaying portrait of incumbent Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh in Djibouti. Photograph: AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINASIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images Facebook: in the High Court. Photograph:  SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images

When Facebook, Twitter and Google established their international headquarters in Dublin, they didn’t just bring investment, exotic tax accounting pr(...)

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   ahead of the Council of State, meeting to consider legislation reforming the asylum application system, at Aras an Uachtarain.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

A new survey by Isme, the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association, reveals overall satisfaction with the Government’s performance is at its hi(...)

SFA director Patricia Callan: “There is certainly a ‘war for talent’ in trying to attract and retain the best people”

Big multinationals are not the only ones looking to take on more employees in the coming year. Start-ups and small and medium-sized Irish companies ar(...)

Michael Noonan said the new tax credit is a central plank of the Government’s strategy for addressing criticism that risk-takers are being disadvantaged by the tax system

The Government achieved a rare feat by uniting many of the groups that vocally represent small businesses and entrepreneurs in praise of the budget. F(...)

Mark Fielding of the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association: “Big businesses must streamline their payment processes to avoid delays and must not be allowed to insist on lengthy payment timelines.” Photograph: Frank Miller

The Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (Isme) says many of its members still experience difficulties getting paid by other companies, desp(...)

Pat Spillane near his home in Kenmare, Co Kerry. “I think rural Ireland is now on the political agenda, for the first time possibly ever.” Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Pat Spillane works with the Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas. “I still see a two-tier economy in Ireland, with the gap between u(...)

Ibec’s Danny McCoy: claimed the real value of the minimum wage had actually increased during the crisis. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Business groups and the restaurants sector have strongly opposed any increase in the minimum wage of €8.65 ahead of reports that the Low Pay Commissio(...)

The number of people signing on the Live Register fell by 2,600 (0.7 per cent) last month as conditions in the labour market continue to improve. Figu(...)

19/02/2015 BUSINESS FINANCE NEWS POLITICS Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan at the SBCI funding for SMEs, at The Liffey Trust, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Irish firms gave the Government a positive satisfaction rating for the first time since the crash, according to a survey by Isme, the Irish Small and (...)