Restaurants have seen insurance premium increases of 45 per cent, a level the Restaurant Association of Ireland deems “unsustainable”. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish businesses have begun looking outside the State for more affordable insurance premiums as the spiralling price of cover becomes an increasingly (...)

Ires Reit chief executive Margaret Sweeney:   Ires’s €40m acquisition of 128 apartments at the Hampton Wood development in Finglas is expected to generate a gross yield of 6.25 per cent.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

MONDAY Indicators: Irish retail sales (Apr); German import prices (Apr). TUESDAY Results: Kainos, Frutarom, HP. Indicators: Irish overseas tra(...)

Simon Harris: the  Minister for Health is scheduled to meet his party’s Senators ahead of the debate to discuss some of their concerns. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fine Gael Senators have criticised “unworkable” and “politically correct” plans to hide alcohol from display in small shops. Minister for Health Simo(...)

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(...)