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Is fuel in for a hammering due to increased carbon taxes?

Ever since the water charge protests, Irish governments have approached any new source of tax with extreme caution. Water charges themselves were binn(...)

“My wife would kill me if I said how much the ring  cost me, but it was a fair whack”

Are you a saver or a spender? When I was in my early 20s, I was spending like it was going out of fashion. Then I hit my 30s, the house, the family, (...)

US-China trade tensions kept stock market gains muted on Thursday. Photograph: Reuters

European stocks edged higher on Thursday, boosted by strong corporate earnings, although concerns over China-US trade tensions and new sanctions again(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney will travel to London for the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has denied that Dublin is “meddling” in UK politics by taking part in talks at Westminster on the restorati(...)

Things which help demonstrate a borrower’s desirability to a bank include savings and paying rent. Photograph: iStock

It has never been easy being a first-time buyer but it has rarely been harder than it is today. Banks that 10 years ago were throwing stupid sums of (...)

It started with my phone. Or I think it did. I’ll never know for sure. My phone started going wonky. The signal would drop and the only way to get it (...)

The Economic and Social Research Institute  is forecasting 24,000 new home completions this year, a figure that is widely queried. Photograph: Chris Ison/PA Wire

In an era of tightly controlled mortgage lending, weakened banks and sluggish wage growth, how is it that we have double-digit, turbo-charged house pr(...)

Smurfit Kappa chief financial officer Ken Bowles with chief executive Tony Smurfit. Photograph: Maxwells

Packaging maker Smurfit Kappa plans to spend an extra €1.6 billion on expanding its operations and buying rivals over the next four years. Interest p(...)

Street soccer in Trenchtown, Kingston, Jamaica. Photograph: Phil Clarke Hill/Getty Images

“Can I go again?” I asked the chap holding the rope over the waterfall. His face cracked into an infectious smile. “Yeah, mon. If it’s nice, do it tw(...)

A Union flag, an EU Flag and a ‘One Way’ street sign in London: Leave voters are unlikely to blame a disappointing Brexit on their own decision last year. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

It was shortly after 7am and the cafe was already filling up nicely, with huddles of bantering builders gathered around most of the formica-topped tab(...)

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