Apple for Athenry: A group  supporting the planned Apple data centre in Galway celebrate after the judicial review rejected both challenges to  the project. Photograph: Courtpix

More than two and a half years after Apple first announced it would invest €850 million in a data centre in Athenry, it all came down to a judicial re(...)

Tayto Park founder Raymond Coyle launching the Viking Voyage water ride. The Co Meath theme park has been a big hit since opening in 2010, emphasising that if you build attractions visitors will come. Photograph:  Photocall Ireland

With the budget just four days away, the tourism industry is collectively camped beneath a picture of the Sacred Heart praying that its 9 per cent VAT(...)

Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy has bemoaned a lack of ‘respect’ for lobbyists. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

This month saw the second anniversary of the State’s lobbying disclosure regime. Was there a cake and candles? Was there, hell. Two years in, one thin(...)

  Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise and Innovation  Frances Fitzgerald with  Enterprise Ireland chief executive Julie Sinnamon     at the Robotics and Drives stand at the National Ploughing Championships in Offaly. Photograph:  Karl Hussey/Fennells

What would you do with an extra two days off per week? This was the question posed to Irish dairy farmers this week by Dutch agri-robotics company Le(...)

Every morning since February 23rd, 2015, the people of Athenry have woken up to find the promised Apple data centre is still not there.  Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

It is two years, six months and 24 days since Apple announced its intention to invest €850 million in a data centre in Athenry, where the news was gre(...)

Starbucks has presented virtually no threat whatsoever to Ireland’s independent coffee sector. According to figures, Ireland’s independent cafe sector grew by 8.5 per cent last year.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

It is almost two decades since the animated television series South Park brilliantly satirised the predictable shrieks of anticapitalist outrage that (...)

Tourists in Dublin at the Molly Malone statue. US visitor numbers to the Republic have risen by more than 50 per cent since 2013. Photograph:  Photograph: Alan Betson

It’s all very well to say that growing numbers of US tourists to Ireland will make up for the Brexit-fuelled decline in UK visitor numbers. The latter(...)

A Bank of Ireland ad has had a mystifying Twitter backlash for highlighting “Orla” and her boyfriend, who moved home to save up a deposit.

An unintentionally funny episode of the pointless drama over a Bank of Ireland blog about a house-hunting young couple arose on Pat Kenny’s Newstalk s(...)

Digicel Chairman Denis O’Brien: accused web giants of peddling fake news and threatening the future of newspapers. Photograph: Swoan Parker/Reuters

Denis O’Brien won’t let up in his long-running pursuit of internet giants, such as Google and Facebook, to force them to share a slice of their garga(...)

If reducing the 14 per cent gender pay gap between men and women is the aim, then boosting paternity leave entitlements and uptake is an obvious lever to pull.

When it comes to policies to encourage new fathers to take time off work when babies are born, Ireland is still in nappies. It emerged this week that (...)