‘It is not fair that homes built since 2013 should be exempt while those who own homes built earlier pay in full.’

French economist Thomas Piketty’s best-selling book showed how ownership of capital has, over time, become more and more concentrated in the hands of (...)

 The  carbon tax rate currently amounts to about 5 cent on a litre of diesel or around €2.40 on a 40kg bag of coal. Even doubling the rate, the ESRI said, would only increase diesel prices by about 7%. Photograph: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Ireland has to increase tax on carbon – by a lot and over a sustained period. Our greenhouse gas emissions are way above target and we will soon start(...)

Ibec says the biggest challenge to economic growth  is capacity constraints in the labour market.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The State’s largest business lobby group expects growth in the Republic’s economy to moderate to 4 per cent this year as the global economic cycle mat(...)

In a test at one property in Sutton, north Co Dublin, lead contamination was nearly 15 times over the legal limit considered safe to drink. File photograph: Getty

Only 71 households have availed of State grants to replace potentially harmful older lead pipes in their homes since the scheme was set up three years(...)

UK prime minister Theresa May and German chancellor Angela Merkel during a lighter moment at the start of this week’s emergency summit in Brussels. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel went out of her way to include UK prime minister Theresa May in a lighter moment at the start of this week’s emergency(...)

Angela McGowan, the CBI’s regional director for Northern Ireland: “The type of Brexit that Brexiteers are pursuing has never been adequately defined.” Photograph: Pacemaker

“Pandora’s Box has been opened and people want something,” says Angela McGowan, the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI) regional director for No(...)

“When the owners or managers of SMEs have got into detailed planning, they have found that they have been able to mitigate some of their risks very cost effectively,” says KPMG partner Ryan McCarthy

While much has been said about small firms being ill-prepared for Brexit, Small Firms Association director Sven Spollen-Behrens says this is not actua(...)

A hard Brexit would probably increase the cost of living for all households in Ireland by 2-3.1 per cent. Photograph: iStock

Brexit will increase costs for businesses and, ultimately, prices for consumers. The question is by how much. “Prices will go up for three reasons: i(...)

Brexit: The uncertainty just rolls on . . . and on. Photograph: PA Wire

For the Irish economy and businesses, the imminent threat of a no-deal Brexit has been taken off the table. The UK will not crash out without a deal o(...)

Dairygold Co-op chief executive Jim Woulfe believes a hard Brexit would add €50 million in costs to its UK cheese exports

It might be a very British exercise, but Brexit seems to be seeping into virtually every area of Irish life. The United Kingdom’s exit from the Europe(...)

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