A view of  Westport, Co. Mayo. Photograph: The Irish Times

Some towns are beating out-of-town shopping centres thanks to a system of ‘health checks’, a conference will be told today. The annual conference of (...)

From left: Stephen Faughnan (Irish Property Owners’ Association), Tara Buckley (RGDATA), Noreen O’Sullivan (Vintners Federation of Ireland) and Irish Farmers’ Association president Eddie Downey. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Four of the State’s biggest lobby groups for small businesses have joined forces to argue that the basis on which negotiations between banks and small(...)