CIF director general Tom Parlon hoped the resolution would ’avert the impending industrial action’ from February 24thPhotograph: Eric Luke /The Irish Times

An agreement was reached between employer and electrician unions today at talks aimed to a stop a threateend nationwide strike. The Const(...)

Talks are to get underway at the Labour Relations Commission on Thursday in a bid to head off a threatened nationwide strike by electricians. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Talks are to get underway at the Labour Relations Commission on Thursday in a bid to head off a threatened nationwide strike by electricians working i(...)

Around the Block

Lord McAlpine, the former Conservative Party treasurer who died last week, was hugely popular with thousands of Irish builders’ labourers and tradesme(...)

Stocking Wood, Rathfarnham

The new homes market has been dormant for some time, but with property price hikes reflecting pent-up demand in some areas, there are clear signs of a(...)

Priory Hall: the interests of builders and speculators were put ahead of those of home owners. Photograph: PA

For most people, the purchase of a new home is the most significant investment they will make during their lifetime. It is important, therefore, that (...)

In Dublin, prices grew by 2.3 per cent last month and are now 15 per cent higher than they were a year ago. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Property prices across the country have climbed dramatically over the past 12 months, with an increase of more than 6 per cent recorded nationally and(...)

ISME chief executive Mark Fielding said today’s budget would go some way towards helping Ireland to regain its competitiveness. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Reaction from the business community to today’s budget was mixed. The retention of the 9 per cent VAT rate for the hospitality sector was broadly welc(...)

A ‘Start Your Own Business Scheme’ for people who have been unemployed for 15 months or more and  a tax break for home renovations are included in a range of Budget measures announced today.

A two-year tax break for unemployed people who start their own business has been welcomed as the boost that might reignite the almost stagnant constru(...)

Lessons of Priory Hall

Few victims of the property bust have been quite so unfortunate as the 240 residents of Priory Hall. Not only did they pay inflated prices for their a(...)

Ulster Bank chief economist Simon Barry: “Significantly, overall activity rose for the first time in over six years, as the headline PMI jumped by six points.”

Construction activity grew last month for the first time in more than six years, according to figures due to be published today.The Ulster Bank Constr(...)

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