Dublin city centre in lockdown: “Each time there is a lockdown, fewer jobs will return after the reopening and fewer businesses will make it back. The floor level of unemployment will rise.” Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

The gap between the people whose income and jobs are being hit by the pandemic and those largely unaffected risks being turned into a chasm by the new(...)

Cost of PPE will be a ‘substantial drag on businesses for some time to come’, said Isme. Photograph: iStock

The Government is effectively profiting from the maintenance of public health by charging businesses VAT on the purchase of personal protective equipm(...)

Remote working ‘will continue by necessity’ into 2021, said Ibec. Photograph: iStock

Economic uncertainty arising from Brexit and Covid-19 is seen as the prime challenge for Irish businesses over the next 12 months, prompting half of c(...)

The Irish economy is likely to contract by around 1.3%  in the fourth quarter, according to Davy stockbrokers economist Conall Mac Coille

Economists have warned that GDP is now likely to fall again in the final quarter of the year and the unemployment rate will head back over 20 per cent(...)

Chamber leaders around the country have called on the Government to introduce supports for  businesses by Covid-19 restrictions quickly. Photograph: iStock

Business groups have called for added supports for companies forced to close once again under the Government’s measures to try to suppress Covid-19 in(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin addresses the  nation at Government Buildings in Dublin on Monday night. Photograph: Julien Behal/Pool/AFP via Getty

The Government has announced Level 5 restrictions across the State for six weeks from Wednesday night/ Thursday morning at midnight until December 1st(...)

Retailers argue that losing at this time will seriously curtail the Christmas shopping season.

A forced closure of non-essential retail at this time of year would do “permanent and serious damage” to the Irish non-food retail sector costing an a(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe during a photocall at Government Buildings prior to the announcement of Budget 2021.  Photograph:   Julien Behal

This week’s budget saw plans for an unprecedented hike in Government spending. The total package was close to €18 billion, including the roll-forward (...)

Cork Chamber has warned of the impact of Ryanair’s decision to close its base in Cork Airport over the winter period

Ryanair’s closure of its Cork and Shannon airport bases for the winter threatens existing jobs along with efforts to ease the impact of Covid-19 and B(...)

 People eat at an outdoor table in front of a shuttered business near Times Square in New York on Wednesday. Photograph:  EPA/Justin Lane

It is “disappointing” that once again businesses are being subjected to increased restrictions at such short notice, the Irish Business and Employers (...)

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