Budget 2019 elicited a range of varying reactions from the business community. File photograph: Getty Images

“Removing the 9 per cent VAT rate in today’s budget is a kick in the teeth for the hospitality sector,” Vintners’ Federation of Ireland “After a (...)

Money is to be spent on expanding the Luas

The Government plans to spend €286 million on roads and other infrastructure next year. The money is part of an overall €1.4 billion extra that the (...)

Abbey executive chairman Charles Gallagher. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government should scrap VAT on houses to boost the supply of new homes, even it means higher profits for developers, according to Charles Gallaghe(...)

Chairman and group chief executive of Ballymore Group Seán Mulryan: “Because there aren’t enough tradesmen, they’re going to call the tune.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Ballymore Group’s founder Seán Mulryan, one of the highest-profile developers s to come through the property crash, has warned that surging construct(...)

 Anglo-Irish bank Headquarters on St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Seamus Murphy was something of a maverick in Dublin’s small stockbroking community in late 2006 when he suddenly turned negative on Irish banks. That(...)

Construction Industry Federation director-general Tom Parlon warned that “myriad State agencies and regulatory bodies” did not match national commitments. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

State agencies, councils and regulators are slowing the construction of new homes in the Republic, builders say. In its pre-budget submission, the Co(...)

Aislinn Smith with her fellow manufacturing technician apprentices Marc O’Rourke, Ben Madden,  Garrett Collins and Paul McDonnell.

College has long been sold as the be-all and end-all of education. In recent years, however, that narrative is changing. In 2014, Solas took over th(...)

Dublin city is  facing a shortage of residentially zoned land within four years. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Proposals to rezone for housing large tracts of Dublin’s industrial estates have been welcomed by private and social housing providers and business g(...)

Apple has abandoned plans to build an €850 million data centre in Athenry, Co Galway. Photograph: Collins Courts
Failure to plan

Apple’s decision in May to abandon plans for an €850 million data centre in Athenry, Co Galway, has highlighted what many believe are profound problem(...)

The Construction Industry Federation says many schemes that had been granted permission remain “unviable”. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Dublin’s developers are sitting on planning permission for more than 25,000 houses and apartments, new figures compiled by the four Dublin local autho(...)

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