Sports Direct was among a list of brands criticised for keeping their outlets open despite a nationwide lockdown of all non-essential retail. Photograph:  Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Several high-profile retailers in the Republic have been accused of abusing the current Covid-19 restrictions by staying open while others have been a(...)

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(...)

Joël Durand, owner of Blackrock Cellar off-licence in Dublin, has already reduced his opening hours, and now closes at 8pm instead of 10pm, because ‘there is no business after 8pm’. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

The National Off-licence Association (Noffla) has warned against any changes to the opening hours of small, family-owned businesses, adding that minim(...)