Astrid Gundersen  (3), from Swords, at the Friends of the Earth protest outside the Dáil on Wednesday as the joint Oireachtas environment committee began hearings on the Waste Reduction Bill. Photograph: Alan Betson

There are strong indications that legislation for a mandatory “deposit return scheme” in Ireland for plastic bottles and a ban on single-use plastic m(...)

Nigel Farage: he  declared the day of the Brexit referendum result as Britain’s “independence day”

Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage produced a head-scratcher this week when he suggested he was “warming” to the idea of a second referendum on Britain’s(...)

Ibec’s brief argues that the USA v Microsoft case has global implications and that endorsing the US justice department’s position would set a dangerous international precedent. Photograph: David Ryder/Bloomberg

Business representative group Ibec has submitted a brief to the US supreme court in relation to a landmark case involving attempts by US law enforceme(...)

Year-on-year growth in Irish comsumer spending inched up 2.5 per cent in 2017, Visa said, with online shopping rising 7.4 per cent in the year.   Photograph:  Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Irish consumer is seeing a “good rather than a great economic recovery” a new economic survey suggests, which notes that while consumer sentiment (...)

Households are benefiting once more from higher incomes, and  they are now rapidly approaching Celtic Tiger highs. Photograph: Getty Images

Too many of us are living lemonade lifestyles on champagne budgets, judging by Ibec’s pronouncement’s on the financial wellbeing of the Irish. Drawi(...)

Peter Sutherland, the former European commissioner, attorney general and chairman of Goldman Sachs International, has died aged 71. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Leading academics, European figures and Irish business executives have reacted with sadness to the death of Peter Sutherland. Mr Sutherland was prai(...)

Arnotts’ winter sale. Ibec predicts that consumer spending over Christmas will come in 2.6 per cent ahead of the previous year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Irish economy has moved beyond the recovery phase and into a period of “strong and sustainable growth” with expansion forecast to reach 4.2 per ce(...)

The two German-owned rivals  are renowned for having the best entry-level hourly pay rates in the industry. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Supermarket group Lidl has pledged to match the pay rise for entry-level store assistants that was announced on Friday by its rival, Aldi, amid what i(...)

Grafton Street, Dublin: Waterstones MD James Daunt points out that online retailers don’t pay commercial rates because they don’t have shops, but VAT is meant to be charged on all purchases. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Commercial rates have long been a bugbear of retailers, who claim the charges decimate their bottom lines. So here’s a novel idea from James Daunt, th(...)

Retail Ireland’s rival body Retail Excellence estimated at the weekend that Irish consumers had spent €300m with UK websites in the first three weeks of December. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Shoppers boosted spending this Christmas but overseas online outlets cut the growth enjoyed by Irish retailers, the industry says. Industry body Reta(...)

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