The study, which was commissioned by the Irish League of Credit Unions (Ilcu) and carried out by i-Reach Insights, involved 1,000 adults across the State.  Photograph: iStock

Six in 10 credit card users don’t know what interest rate they pay, according to a new survey. Slightly more, seven in 10, agree that adults in Irelan(...)

LacPatrick chairman Andrew McConkey, Lakeland chief executive Michael Hanley and Lakelands chairman Alo Duffy

Lakeland’s takeover of rival dairy LacPatrick has been given the green light by regulatory authorities in the Republic and in Northern Ireland. The (...)

Shareholders last October backed Lakelands’ proposed purchase of LacPatrick, which would create a dairy processor with yearly sales of more than €1 billion. Photograph: Getty Images

Dairy co-op Lakelands moved closer to a takeover of rival LacPatrick after one of two regulators scrutinising the deal gave an initial indication that(...)

The only one who seemed well-prepared and asked a succession of erudite, intelligent questions – and who seemed genuinely interested in the answers – was Sinn Féin senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn (pictured, with microphone, in 2017). Photograph: Alan Betson

Business journalists don’t get out that much. We tend to be kept locked in the basement to crunch numbers and write about profits and bonds. If we’re (...)

The acquisition required approval from the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission before it could be completed.

Irving Oil, the Canadian fuel group which last year acquired the family-owned Tedcastle group, has said it is wants to grow its business in the Republ(...)

The issue of no-shows  has become a hot topic in the trade in the run-up to the busy Christmas period. Photograph: iStock

Restaurants have been advised by legal experts that taking deposits at the time of booking, to be forfeited in the event of a “no-show”, may turn the (...)

Unsold restaurant tables at a time of excessive demand are akin to empty aircraft taking off while leaving queues at the boarding gate. Sheer waste

Farmers make hay while the sun shines, but restaurateurs do it over Christmas. The month of December is by far the busiest across all levels of the tr(...)

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(...)

Total turnover of Irish craft beer producers in 2017 amounted to €44.3 million. Photograph: Tom Honan

There has been an explosion in the number of Irish craft breweries opening up over the past decade, with a vast and growing selection of beers now ava(...)

Airline Stobart Air will operate some services from London City Airport services on behalf of British Airways in a deal similar to one involving Aer (...)

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