An €80 million event centre in Cork was granted planning permission by the city council. Photograph: iStock

Cork City Council has granted planning permission for an €80 million event centre on the site of the former Beamish & Crawford brewery in the city(...)

Claire McAree: ‘There is a shortage of people on this island who know anything at all about tariffs. It’s a minefield. It could be problematic. But we’ll cope.’

Budget 2020, the Minister for Finance solemnly told a hushed Dáil on Tuesday, is “a budget that has been developed in the shadow of Brexit”. For Irel(...)

According to Fáilte Ireland, hotels and tourism businesses near the border have already suffered a 30 per cent downturn in business as a result of the fall in the value of sterling and the general uncertainty surrounding the UK’s departure from the EU. Photograph: iStock
Bracing for Brexit

While opinions differ on the price impact of a no-deal Brexit on Ireland’s tourism industry, there is general agreement that it will be bad news. Acco(...)

AA Ireland was highly criticial of the increase in carbon tax

There was a cautious welcome from business groups to Budget 2020 with a hike in commercial stamp duty going down badly along with an increase in the c(...)

 UCC (above):  Students protested in September 2018   over the cost of accommodation at Amnis House. Prices this year per room  range from €228 to €244 per week.

The Irish Hotels Federation is attempting to block a large student accommodation facility in Cork being rented out on a short-term basis to tourists. (...)

Apprenticeships are industry-led and based around the staffing needs of small, medium and large firms so, almost by definition, all apprenticeships are for roles in high demand. Photograph: iStock

What’s most surprising about apprenticeships? Is it that it took a recession – and the near collapse in the numbers of school-leavers taking them up(...)

Nine in every 10 hotels and guesthouses are concerned about the impact of insurance costs on their business. Photograph: Getty Images

The Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) has made a fresh call on the Government to address the spiralling cost of insurance premiums. Almost two-thirds of I(...)

Irish Hotels Federation president  Michael Lennon and  chief executive Tim Fenn at the federation’s annual conference in Killarney, Co Kerry. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

There has already been a sharp drop in bookings for hotels and guesthouses outside of Dublin even in advance of the UK’s departure from the EU, the Ir(...)

Great Britain is one of the most important markets for tourism to the island of Ireland. Photograph: iStock/file photo

Regardless of a hard or soft Brexit, bookings for regional and rural hotels and guesthouses are already in decline, with calls for the Government to f(...)

The former Beamish & Crawford site in Cork.

A number of Cork business groups have come together to urge both the Government and Cork City Council to clarify what exactly is happening in relation(...)

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