Up to now, the Irish regulatory bodies have encouraged consumers to move supplier as the antidote to differential prices charged to stayers and movers. Photograph: iStock

The late Screaming Lord Sutch was a British entertainer who ran in many by-elections to gain publicity. One of his most memorable slogans was “Why is (...)

Some of the people worst served by the legal system are lawyers themselves, especially younger entrants or those who wish to join its ranks but find themselves facing insuperable obstacles. Photograph: Alan Betson

If one were to start from first principles and design a system for the provision of legal services from scratch today, it’s safe to say that it would (...)

The new Lidl store to reopen in Fortunestown Lane, Tallaght, Dublin. The German discounter has complained about rivals in the grocery sector routinely objecting to planning permissions that it seeks for new stores or extensions. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

As the German discount supermarkets Aldi and Lidl have found in the morass that is the Irish planning system, das Leben ist kein Ponyhof. Life is no p(...)

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg speaking in France last year. More information is needed from the tech giant, said EU justice commissioner Vera Jourova. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

Facebook officials will be traveling - or at least making phone calls - to Europe to respond to concerns that the data of as many as 2.7 million peopl(...)

 Dr Dan Crowley (left), a member of the  National Association of General Practitioners’ council, with  the organisation’s president Dr Emmet Kerin. Photograph: Jim Coughlan.

A number of valued members have quit the National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) due to concerns over internal governance issues, the gro(...)

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(...)

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