Developer Michael O’Flynn insists it is vital the Government takes steps to cut the cost of private sector development. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fianna Fail TD Barry Cowen’s suggestion that VAT be reduced from 13.5 to nine percent for three years is a good idea but comes “a few years too late” (...)

Twitter: In its last results in February the company reported sales totalling $717 million (€672 million) in the fourth quarter, up only about 1 per cent compared with the previous year. Photograph: Reuters/Dado Ruvic

Monday Results: Halliburton, Hasbro, Hyundai, Office Depot, Villeroy & Boch, Volvo Indicators: German business climate (Apr); UK business optim(...)

As Theresa May’s trigger finger gets itchy – article 50 is due to be activated by the end of the month – the lion’s share of intrigue will be  on how the next two years might alter Irish-UK trade relations. Photograph: Bloomberg

MONDAY Results: YouGov Indicators: Euro zone labour cost index and wage growth (Q4) Meetings: Girls in Tech launch event (Bank of Ireland, Grand(...)

RSA Insurance Ireland: three former staff have been fined a combined £182,000 (€206,090) by the UK Financial Reporting Council.

Three former RSA Insurance Ireland staff have been fined a combined £182,000 (€206,090) under sanctions tied to an investigation by a UK accounting wa(...)

Kieran Walkin, entrepreneur: “Besides music, which I’ve kept my hand in, I don’t know what else I’d do if I wasn’t an entrepreneur, because it is constantly challenging and rewarding in so many ways.”
Why I became . . .

Kieran Walkin, entrepreneur I studied music in UCD. I knew there wasn’t money in pop music and I didn’t want to make it as a star. Nor did I want to (...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster: claimed the Republic was “poaching” investment at the North’s expense while political instability rather than concern for Northern Ireland was driving the Republic’s post-Brexit strategy. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ireland may lose out in the race to encourage UK businesses to move here in the wake of Brexit due to competitive and infrastructural failings, Dublin(...)

“That Irish consumers are eschewing brand names in favour of the own-brand offerings on the shelves of Aldi and Lidl in greater numbers than ever should come as no surprise.” File photograph: Getty Images

The share of the Irish grocery market held by the German discounters Aldi and Lidl has just increased dramatically, with confirmation due on Monday th(...)

Michael Healy-Rae: Independent TD survived a seven-hour talks marathon on heavy-duty painkillers after being attacked and injured by a calving cow on his farm last weekend. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Another Good Friday agreement was always too much to hope for, but it would be nice if the government negotiations could finish in time for the summer(...)