The Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said the new scheme aims to save jobs for longer. Photograph: Julian Behal

1. What is the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS)? It is the continuation of Government efforts to prop up businesses and support employees hit by(...)

Chairman of Isme Ross McCarthy: in 2020 companies find   themselves obliged to send cheques, bank orders or postal orders to the Companies Registration Office. Photograph: Mary Browne

The Companies Registration Office (CRO) is making it harder for businesses to comply with the law by not facilitating online payment for forms that mu(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said efforts at assisting businesses badly hit by Covid-19 were disproportionately weighted toward loans and debt. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald dismissed the Government’s stimulus package as “miserly”, saying the tourism and hospitality sector would be underw(...)

A waiter holds a sanitiser at a restaurant in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday. Irish restaurants are set to reopen on June 29th. Photograph: Prakash Singh/AFP via Getty Images

The hospitality industry has welcomed the publication of new guidelines on how it can reopen safely as coronavirus restrictions begin to lift, but som(...)

   Women wearing face masks on an almost deserted Henry Street in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The head of insolvency at one of Ireland’s top corporate law firms has warned that recent criticisms of the State’s scheme to pay 70 per cent of worke(...)

The Government’s plan would see employers declaring they were “unable” to pay full salaries at this time. Photograph: iStock

An employers’ group threatened to advise its members to ignore the State’s scheme to cover 70 per cent of laid-off workers’ wages, unless problems wit(...)

The volume of retail sales increased by 2.6 per cent in November when compared with the previous month. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A jump in the sale of electrical goods ahead of Christmas linked to the annual Black Friday shopping spree boosted retail sales in November. Figures (...)

Employers’ groups such as Ibec  say any  rises in the training fund levy amount to an “employment tax”.  Photograph: Getty Images

Businesses are set to be given a greater say in shaping the type of higher education and training courses to be delivered over the coming years in exc(...)

CSO figures show the volume of retail sales grew by 4.7 per cent in the 12 months to August, but when car  sales are excluded, the annual increase was 6.7 per cent.  Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Retail sales continue to be dampened by the weakness in sterling, which has triggered a fall-off in new car sales here and a corresponding spike in us(...)

Paschal Donohoe and the public services card. The card scheme and the sharing of data in the public sector have created controversy in the past week

Small and medium-sized businesses have said the controversy surrounding the Government’s introduction of a public services card is “dishonest”, and de(...)

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