The Convenience Stores and Newsagents Association said  there was clearly a problem with disposable coffee cups  which  members wanted to help resolve – but not if it heaped extra costs on them. File photograph: Getty Images

Proposals for a ban on single-use plastics items and a “latte levy” to promote use of compostable coffee cups were not properly costed and “poorly eva(...)

Insurance Ireland:  Kevin Thompson, the organisation’s  chief executive,  said he was “keenly aware” of the public concern over rising costs. Photograph: Bryan Meade

Businesses are “under siege” from a barrage of bogus insurance claims, which are “gnawing away” at confidence and driving many to fold, an Oireachtas(...)

Adrian O’Sullivan, of the Environmental Health Association said the legislation was a practical measure to limit the visibility and availability of alcohol.

New legislation is aimed at both “de-normalising” the sale of alcohol and reducing impulse buying, which accounts for almost one-third of alcohol purc(...)