Alan Barry, Lidl Ireland’s property director, says around two-thirds of Lidl’s applications are opposed by its rivals

As confidence flows back into the economy, competition is hotting up in the €9 billion supermarket sector. It was always intense, especially since Ald(...)

The problem of people booking tables and then not turning up was “rampant across the country” over Christmas, according to the Restaurants' Association of Ireland

Restaurant owners have been urged to take non-refundable deposits from customers, in order to halt the growing problem of “no-shows”. The Restaurants(...)

Blocked beds: the budget provided an extra €37 million to tackle delayed hospital discharges, which contribute significantly to the trolley crisis in emergency departments. Photograph: iStock/Getty

The Government is undoubtedly seeking to make inroads into the very contentious problems of waiting lists and hospital trolleys in its health budget f(...)

Firmer director of Aston Carpets and Flooring Brendan Smith was fined €7,500 and given a three-month suspended prison sentence. Photograph: Collins Courts

The path to the State’s first bid-rigging conviction took five years to complete. The long journey for prosecutors ended with just a suspended prison (...)

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has launched an investigation into the sale of concert tickets. Photograph: Robin Pope/EyeEm/Getty

Live concerts have found an audience in the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC). The watchdog is investigating claims that ticket se(...)

Queuing for a viewing. Fianna Fáil TDs said landlords had exposed loopholes in legislation and Mr Coveney needed to act immediately. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Fianna Fáil has called for the Competition Authority to investigate a group of landlords who are threatening to bring in a number of new charges for t(...)

The Irish Road Haulage Association said the industry has particular difficulty obtaining competitive quotes for motor insurance. Photograph: iStock

Hauliers need a change in the law to allow them shop around for insurance in Europe, the president of the Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA), Vero(...)

The Bar Council kept the right to refuse membership of the Law Library to barristers in employment, partnerships or new business models. The Law Society retained financial and accounting oversight of solicitors. Photograph: Katie Collins/PA Wire

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) says, in its annual report, that it hopes the law overhauling the legal professions will pro(...)

Allianz block at Elm Park: rent roll of €3,961,740 is to be reviewed on upwards-only basis at the end of next year.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Less than four months after buying Elm Park, the vast office and residential development on the Merrion Road in south Dublin, the US investor Starwood(...)

Bridgewater Shopping Centre: the nine-year-old centre has a rental income of €2.9 million

The global financial investment group Goldman Sachs has acquired Bridgewater Shopping Centre in Arklow, Co Wicklow, in an off-market deal for €33.25 m(...)

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