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 Conor Whelan, managing director of Eason, has overseen a root-and-branch restructuring to bring the business back to profitability. Photograph: Eric Luke

The retail business has staged a reasonable recovery in recent years, but it hasn’t been uniform across the sector. As with newspapers, the economics (...)

Clerys was the victim of a property play but the department store concept operated by Clerys had become old hat

US retail giant Macy’s announced this week that it was closing its shop in Dublin as part of a rationalisation of its store network. That was Dublin, (...)

Shoppers  in Dublin City centre on St Stephen’s Day. A weaker sterling has once again made Northern Ireland a cheaper shopping destination. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Readers who are queasy about cliches should look away now. Football is a game of two halves. And so, it appears, was the year 2016 for Irish retailers(...)

Inspectors were appointed by the Workplace Relations Committee after 460 workers at Clerys, 130 directly employed and 330 indirectly employed, were made redundant in June  2015. Photograph: Frank Miller

D2 Private and its owner Deirdre Foley have appealed the High Court’s decision to dismiss their challenge against powers used by inspectors investiga(...)

Protest  about Independent Newspapers pensions: three things that might change the culture of taking other people’s money are a sense of shame, powerful regulation and serious punishment. Photograph: Eric Luke

Before the great crash of 2008, there were four reasons not to be too worried if you were doing funny stuff with other people’s money. There was no sh(...)

Former Clerys workers stage protest  outside the store in O’Connell Street, Dublin. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

About 80 Siptu representatives protested on Friday afternoon outside an entrance to Clerys on Dublin’s North Earl Street which is being used as a bag (...)

 Supermac’s chief Pat McDonagh: “The process of developing a hotel is hard. It’s too long, too cumbersome. Certain people just try to block everything.”

Supermac’s founder Pat McDonagh is among the wiliest operators in Irish business. There’s a refreshing directness about the man that would be anathema(...)

Lynam’s Hotel: it was only put on the market in late September

Lynam’s Hotel on O’Connell Street in Dublin has been sold to a private investor for a figure believed to be close to €6 million – well more than the €(...)

The inspectors appointed by the Workplace Relations Commission, after 460 workers at Clerys were made redundant, took materials from D2 Private offices in Harcourt Terrace, Dublin

D2 Private and its owner Deirdre Foley must pay the legal costs of their failed challenge to the powers of inspectors investigating collective redunda(...)

Economist and UN special adviser Jeffrey Sachs in Dublin this week:  he described Apple’s tax arrangements in Ireland as “offensive”. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

New challenges have been highlighted to the State’s corporate tax practices as proposals for a Europe-wide corporate tax base were unveiled by the Eu(...)

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