The Government should mandate the ESB to deliver the plan as a means of breaking the current impasse, according to Fianna Fáil communications spokesman Timmy Dooley.

‘Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

The Mercedes-Benz E300   plug-in hybrid arrives in Irish showrooms in  January, followed by the C-Class plug-in hybrids next June. What distinguishes these plug-in hybrids from rivals is that these will come in both petrol and diesel guise. Photograph: DaimlerAG

Mercedes boss: Diesel debate based on political interests rather than solid arguments

Sheils will lease the current premises at Motorpark on the Headford Road in Galway, but intends to move to a new location in the city in the near future

Deal sees Sheils become main Ford and Honda retailer for Limerick, Clare and Galway

Residential landlords paid tax on just 59 per cent of their rental income in 2016, claiming total deductions of some €1 billion

‘Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

Having a Dacia in the driveway during the recession suggested you were sensible with your spending

Starting at just over €17,000, it’s hard to argue with it as a rival for many family cars

The announcement comes as the company confirms its pricing for the new 3 Series, launched at the Paris motor show last week. Prices start at €43,700 for a 318d SE model

Prices fall on BMWs and Minis amid ongoing pressure from weaker sterling

A new 1 per cent surcharge on the Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) charged on all new diesel cars has been introduced in the Budget. It was the only move against diesel, contrary to expectations that excise duty may be increased on the fuel

VRT relief on hybrid vehicles extended to end of 2019

A drawing of  Howth Castle by W.H.Bartlett, published in circa 1841. The estate has been owned by the St Lawrence family for more than 840 years. It has now been bought by Irish investment group Tetrarch

‘Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

The Urus costs £165,000 (€186,000) in the UK, and that’s before you even glance at the options list.

Pin-point accurate steering, cornering and powerful engine make for a beguiling package

BMW chief Harald Krüger at the Paris Motor Show on Tuesday. ‘If there is no solution, then there will only be losers on both sides,’ he said.  Photograph: Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg

BMW, Toyota and PSA Group mulling temporary plant closures to minimise disruption

Peugeot’s stunning concept car, the e-Legend coupe

Several delights to be found on the show floor despite some big name no-shows

BMW’s outlines its electric plans. A new electric Mini next year is followed by the iX3, the iNext and the i4 coupe.

New electric Mini, two electric crossovers and an electric coupe in showrooms by 2021

New DS3 Crossback will be PSA’s first fully electric production model, arriving next year

Paris is emerging as the favoured financial trading hub for continental Europe

‘Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

Joe Duffy Motors will open a new two-storey BMW retail centre off the M50 at Charlestown, Dublin, at the end of October

In total BMW will operate 14 retail centres, operated by nine franchised companies

An illustration of Joe Duffy Group’s new BMW facility off the M50 at Charlestown, Dublin, following a €13 million investment. It is due to open at the end of next month.

Auto dealer expands its operations with new outlets as turnover reaches €282 million

Deirdre Somers, the Irish Stock Exchange’s recently-departed chief executive, had a €5.75 million pay day last year, driven by a cash windfall and bonuses tied to the group’s sale to Euronext

‘Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

As the algorithms come to know us so well, every process request and application  will be determined by the algorithm, not by the human. Photograph: iStock

Just because something can be done with technology doesn’t mean it has to be done

Judges for the first round of this year’s Irish Times Innovation awards: Lana Briggs of KPMG; Lisa Higgins of Science Foundation Ireland; David Keeley of Enterprise Ireland; Michael McAleer of The Irish Times; and Eric Donald of Teagasc. They were joined in the judging by (not in photo) Gearóid Mooney of Enterprise Ireland and Ciaran Heavey of UCD.

Fifteen finalists chosen from field of 85 entrants who qualified for judging process

Lexus UX: first impressions from behind the wheel is that this is the best suburban hybrid Lexus or Toyota has brought to market so far

Stylish new suburban crossover’s hybrid technology sets it apart from its mini-SUV rivals

One variant of Lexus’s entry-level crossover will be available to Irish customers: the 180bhp UX250h petrol-electric hybrid with front-wheel drive.

The latest premium hybrid will go on sale in Irish showrooms from next March

The number of imported used cars registered for the first time in the Republic reached 68,784 at the end of last month, up 10.7 per cent on last year. Photograph: David Hecker/Getty Images

Low sterling exchange rates and fears over EU emissions tests driving used import sales

Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort is for sale from today, with a price tag of €45 million for the five-star resort

‘Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

The new BMW X4 xDrive M40d

It’s styled like your obese uncle squeezed into spandex, but the new X4 drives like Jagger

Toyota’s next generation family hatchback will go under the Corolla name instead of Auris and joins the firm’s hybrid “invasion”

Toyota’s best-selling hatchback and saloon unified under Corolla name as part of major hybrid product offensive for 2019

A  new report from AIB argues that rising investor interest among big funds and pension schemes in large Irish apartment schemes is “critical” to solving the State’s housing supply crisis and easing rent growth, as they provide much-needed funds to support construction in the sector

‘Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

Electric car giant Tesla’s Irish operation recorded a €19,640 profit on the back of €2.8 million in sales for the year ended December 31st, 2017

Electric car giant has sold 107 new cars in the Republic so far this year with prices topping €100,000 each

Almost 13 years after Séamus Brennan raised the prospect of introducing mandatory pensions, the Government is seemingly getting around to it

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

The scale of the so-called gig economy isn’t as significant as some reports suggest, according to a new study by the ESRI.

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

The biggest percentage gainer was former Paddy Power Betfair chief executive Breon Corcoran whose remuneration package rose 105.7 per cent. In the year he left the betting company Mr Corcoran, now the chairman of Bank of Ireland, received €3.2 million

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

Martin Shanahan, chief executive IDA: Sunday Business Post reports more than three dozen grants of millions of euro were made by the government agency to foreign multinationals in return for jobs

Amazon eyes UK Homebase stores and Ford warnings over Brexit

Average rents in Dublin are now above €1,900 a month,  13.4 per cent or €229 a month higher than they were just a year ago, according to a new report

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

Elon Musk last week shocked investors with his announcement on Twitter to take Tesla private for $72 billion.

Tycoon says Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund has approached him multiple times

Toyota was the most popular new car brand in July, according to CSO data

Figures indicate that 9% of newly registered cars remain untaxed

Ryanair faces strikes in five countries today after the airline’s last-minute court bid to halt a walkout by Dutch pilots failed

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

BMW i3:  Like the current crop of hybrids on the road, it recycles resistant energy from braking and the like.

This electric car has captivated critics and is destined to develop a cult following

Car prices may rise significantly on the back of new emissions tests being rolled out over the next 12 months

As in 2008, changes to the motor tax regime can have unfortunate unintended consequences

Fairfax has the right to convert its  bond into ordinary shares from September 23rd at an exercise price of €8.50. FBD’s share price was trading at €10.40 in Dublin on Thursday, which puts Fairfax in line for a €15.6 million profit.

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

The best-selling brand for new cars remains Volkswagen with 12,335 registrations for the year to date, giving them a market share of 10.8 per cent

New car sales fall in July as volume of used imports from UK continues to grow

Permanent TSB will receive €1.3 billion in cash from Start Mortgages, backed by US private equity group Lone Star, for a batch of bad home loan secured on 10,700 properties (of which about 7,400 are private homes) that had a face value of €2.1 billion

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

Reality TV series Love Island, has proved an great buy for TV3 Group, with average per-episode ratings of almost 150,000 this summer up 223 per cent on its last run

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

A report in the Sunday Times discusses an OECD working paper  which said the country would have to address the widening productivity gap with multinationals like Google

OECD warns over stagnating productivity and House of Fraser woes

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and US President Donald Trump depart after speaking to the news media in the Rose Garden of the White House

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

The sudden death of Sergio Marchionne is a major blow not only to the troubled Fiat Chrysler group but also the motor industry in general. Photograph: Reuters

Boss of Fiat Chrysler saved both brands from bankruptcy

Central Bank report into the culture of Irish banks in the wake of tracker-mortgage scandal says customers suffer as Irish bankers remain caught in crisis-era ‘firefighting’ mindset

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

Like its nomadic namesakes, the Touareg may struggle to stay relevant in a changing world

After much speculation, the car firm confirmed it’s going to sell its most powerful Polo in the Republic

Ford Ireland chairman and managing director Ciarán McMahon with the newly arrived Ford GT, destined for a buyer in the Republic

The car is one of only 50 being sold in Europe, but at least two have been sold to Irish customers

Former bestseller an attractive option for families thanks to new choice of formats

Facebook moderators were instructed not to remove extreme, abusive or graphic content from the platform even when it violated the company’s guidelines, an undercover investigation by Channel 4’s Dispatches team reported last night. Photograph: Getty Images

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

Ibec  says  the money to be set aside for the “rainy day” fund should be used instead to address the funding crisis in higher education, which it described as one of the biggest issues facing the State.

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “I am not going to Brussels to compromise our national interest.” Photograph: BBC handout via Reuters

Seen & Heard: Solving Ireland’s pension problem, data privacy and the housing crisis

Ryanair will cancel up to 30 flights from the Republic to the UK tomorrow, hitting about 5,000 passengers, as a result of its the first planned strike by its Irish-based pilots.

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

Carla Wentzel: will take over from Tom Fleming

South African has worked for the German car giant for nearly 30 years

Cliff Taylor outlines why, for all the positives to be taken from the latest raft of economic data, the awkward bit politically for the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe is that expectations are rising and delivery of real improvements is tricky and takes time

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

Volkswagen remains the most popular brand on the market, with 9,504 sales. Photograph: Fabian Bimmer/Reuters

Fall in 181 registrations contrasts with 12.8% rise in used-car imports

Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2D 4WD Premium Plus Auto

Space is still its big selling point but the pricey Korean is no longer the value option

New C4 Cactus has some original traits, even if it has lost some of its distinctive identity by abandoning the plastic “air bumps” that used to blister out from the bodywork.

Road Test: Model boasts advanced comfort seats, new suspension with progressive hydraulic cushions, and improved acoustic systems (...)

Apple CEO Tim Cook visits Irish developer Hostelworld in Dublin. He said the company was committed to Ireland. “We’ve been here since 1980. We have a very long-term relationship with the country”.

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

Volkswagen’s Touareg N1 commercial model is a five-seat SUV that fits the criteria for commercial tax, meaning a saving of a whopping €23,400 on the equivalent passenger version.

New tax regime comes into force from July 31st

WeWork has signed on to become the anchor tenant at  the old Central Bank tower on Dublin’s Dame Street

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

Well-built, poised executive saloon makes comfort and refinement its priorities

The fintech conference, Moneyconf, at RDS has attracted more than 5,000 attendees from 84 countries. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson on the Border issue: “We’re allowing the whole of our agenda to be dictated by this folly.”

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

This is a complete premium package but with the performance of a thuggish hot hatch

The RS3 saloon has proper motoring menace and a welcome nod to old Quattro fogeys

Used car imports in May stood at 8,979 for the month, up 18.4 per cent on the same month last year, bringing the year to date total to 43,738, up 13 per cent.

New registrations up in May but new car market is down 4.3% so far this year

New research  from the Central Bank warns that nearly 4 per cent of Irish mortgages taken out before the crash could default in the event of a financial shock

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

A single teacher could have purchased a two-bed home in Dublin 4 back in 1995, but today - if they can get the necessary loans - will be looking at an apartment in Tallaght

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

A whaling station on  South Georgia.  The island has been declared rat-free after centuries of rodent devastation. Photograph: Andrew Orr/ Barcroft Images/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Remarkable story of South Georgia rat clearance demonstrates power of persistence

Builders BAM and Sammon face competition from rivals such as JJ Rhatigan and Sisk to build and run six schools left unfinished by the collapse of British group, Carillion

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

Up to 25,000 new pharma jobs could be created in Ireland if the EU changes the rules on manufacturing of medicines for markets outside the member states

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

The latest recall relates to a cable connecting the battery and a  blower fan  which can potentially catch fire

German car firm is recalling 3-Series models over potential fire hazard

First drive: VW Touareg brings a proper premium fit and finish to the market, showcasing Volkswagen in a very positive light

Murphy and Gunn BMW garage in Milltown, Dublin. It’s believed Murphy and Gunn is seeking to retain a servicing and repair contract with the car firm. Photograph:  Aidan Crawley

Other well-known outlets also likely to leave brand by October, industry sources say

Volkswagen is recalling its new Polo model due to an issue with the rear seatbelt. It’s estimated the recall will affect 2,000 cars in the Republic.

Carmaker warns seatbelt could be unintentionally released in some ‘rare situations’

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

Liam Kavanagh (left), managing director of The Irish Times, presenting the overall Irish Times Innovation award to John Browne and Dr James Kennedy from Kastus at the 2017 Irish Times Innovation Awards. Photograph:  Conor McCabe Photography

Previous winners have secured investment funding and increased their operations

While some shops or hotels may wish to change their three-word address to match their advertising,  the word combinations are already assigned so you can’t change your three words

What3Words has mapped the planet into 3m boxes, and assigned three words to every box

Here’s proof that technology needn’t get in the way of traditional driving pleasure

The three final overseas bidders for a portfolio of up to €2 billion of non-performing AIB loans are using Irish-regulated vehicles to overcome mounting political opposition to portfolios being bought by firms beyond the Central Bank’s oversight.

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

The Johnson and Perrot premises at Mahon Point, Cork

Takeover estimated to have cost €10m and will bring combined turnover to €100m

The new Lexus ES: replacing the current GS, the new hybrid will arrive in Ireland towards the end of year

New Lexus ES will take on big-selling German rivals like Mercedes E-Class and BMW 5-Series

Siobhan Talbot, Glanbia group managing director,  speaking at the Glanbia Co-Op Special General Meeting at Punchestown Event Centre in Co. Kildare. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan.

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

Irish patients are being denied access to nine drugs that are widely available across Europe, largely on cost grounds.

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

19/05/2016-NEWS-Post sack.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

A-Class features car-sharing via an app and can give information on parking spots

 Richard McConnell and Liam McQuillan from Liopa  with Hal Wilson, Partner, techstart NI.

Technology has multiple uses including improving quality of voice control systems like Siri or Alexa

A premium pick-up, but could havebeen so much better if built on G-Wagen pedigree

For Irish buyers a pick-up is ideal for the farmyard and the forest, far less so for a city centre car park

Shares in the music streaming service Spotify climbed in the minutes after it began trading through a direct listing on the stock market

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

Volkswagen is the best-selling car brand in the Republic so far this year

Volkswagen best selling brand, but Nissan’s Qashqai overtakes Hyundai Tucson as best selling car

Tesla shares were back on the ropes on Monday, dropping more 6 per cent within minutes of the opening bell as investors continue to digest the slate of negative headlines around the electric car company

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

Web Summit’s co-founder Paddy Cosgrave: the Lisbon move has proved very lucrative to the firm behind the event

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

BMW X2: despite its size it can tackle the rough and tumble of driving through mud or snow

BMW X2 and VW T-Roc offer the best mix of quality, styling and driving fun

Netflix doesn’t publish subscriber numbers on a country-by-country basis, but the latest findings of a survey by communications regulator Comreg, suggest it is used by at least 500,000 Irish households

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

As reported in The Irish Times last Monday, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner initially raised concerns over Facebook’s data collection and process in 2011.

Seen and heard: Health sector jobs plan, a new cider on the Irish market, and new money on the Sunday Times richlist

It’s an amazing eight-hour trek in a Mazda CX-5 across frozen Lake Baikal in Russia’s far east

Volkswagen design chief Klaus Bischoff in the VW ID Vizzion at the Geneva International Motor Show

Designer Klaus Bischoff is designing the next generation of VW cars as it attempts to shake off the Dieselgate scandalVolkswagen h(...)

Tougher EU emission targets taking effect by 2021 are forcing many car brands to reconsider their model line-ups at the very least. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Toyota move to end diesel car production for Europe overshadows opening day of show

The new Peugeot 508 first edition on display  at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday. Photograph: Getty Images

Peugeot’s 508 just what the saloon market needs to survive against the SUV onslaught

More articles