Election posters outside Government Buildings in Dublin as the 2016 general election campaign gets underway. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

It’s the economy, stupid. The de facto slogan for Bill Clinton’s 1992 US presidential campaign is just as relevant for the general election campaign t(...)

Pubs will remain closed on Good Friday 2016 despite a campaign from vintners for the alcohol ban to be lifted. Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgeral(...)

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland said the Bill could “lay the foundations for a new relationship with alcohol in Ireland”, and specified that minimum unit pricing will increase the cost of affected products in off-licences and supermarkets by about €1.20 per month for “low-risk” drinkers. File photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

The Government’s Public Health (Alcohol) Bill has been met with broad acclaim by campaign groups, but drinks industry representatives say it will serv(...)

Despite dire warnings from lobbyists for Big Drink, the Irish pub sector has officially hit its second wind

Anyone who has been to anything where alcohol flows freely for the whole day – a wedding, perhaps, or every Thursday at college – will be familiar wit(...)

VFI chief executive Padraig Cribben: “The abuse and misuse of cheap alcohol being sold by supermarkets that sell alcohol as a loss leader needs to be urgently tackled, regardless of the measure.”

The Vintners’ Federation of Ireland (VFI) has urged Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to push ahead with plans to introduce a ban on below-cost selling(...)

 The Vintners’ Federation of Ireland is calling for greater supports and “equality” for the self-employed. (Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times)

The Vintners’ Federation of Ireland is calling for greater supports and “equality” for the self-employed.At its annual conference in Killarney on Mon(...)

The Intoxicating Liquor Act, when introduced in 1927, said alcoholic drinks could not be sold on Christmas Day, Good Friday and St Patrick’s Day. The St Patrick’s Day clause was repealed in 1960 to accommodate visitors coming from overseas to celebrate the national holiday

The ban on alcohol sales on Good Friday is set to cost the restaurant sector €15 million in revenue, the Restaurants Association of Ireland has cla(...)

Publicans have met Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald to call for the lifting of a ban on selling alcohol on Good Friday.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Publicans have met Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald to call for the lifting of a ban on the sale of alcohol on Good Friday. The Vintners Feder(...)

The 12 Pubs of Christmas hordes have returned. Although isolated crawlers have been spotted since mid November, this week marks the special point i(...)

A 40 cent increase on the price of 20 cigarettes will bring the cost of most packs to over €10. File photograph: Bloomberg

When it comes to raising money in the Budget, the Old Reliables don’t appear to be so reliable any more after the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan (...)