Trinity College Dublin lost its status as Ireland’s only top-100 university in the latest QS World University Rankings. Photograph: Robert Alexander/Getty Images

Ibec has criticised the Government’s plan to establish a so-called “rainy day fund”, suggesting the pot of money to be set aside is too small to act a(...)

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Confidence among small businesses has fallen in the past six months, the Small Firms Association (SFA) said, as attracting talent becomes more challen(...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary. The low-cost airline is expected to report net profit in the region of   €1.42 billion. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Monday Results: Ryanair. In a year scarred by a roster fiasco and the subsequent push for greater union recognition, Ryanair nonetheless remains th(...)

A Dublin canal lock.  A spokesman for the Dublin Chamber of Commerce said the disruption so far has been at least on a par with the last period of severe cold weather in 2010. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government will provide extra resources to repair the damage caused by the severe weather, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said, as one Minister predicted (...)

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Small firms could create up to 25,000 jobs in 2018, but the Government must take steps to bolster growth, with a specific focus on tax competitiveness(...)

Latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel show that Aldi has a 11.4 per cent market share in the Republic. Photograph: Alan Betson

German retailer Aldi is reducing the time it takes to pay its small suppliers to 14 days. The new terms, effective as of September 11th, will apply to(...)

Earlier this year, Minister for Education Richard Bruton announced a proposal to raise an additional €200 million for the sector through increases in employer’s PRSI to the national training fund. Photograph: Istock

Employers are resisting Government plans to oblige them to contribute more to higher education through increases in a payroll levy. Earlier this year(...)

Companies that employ less than 50 make up more than 98 per cent of all businesses in Ireland. Photograph: iStock

When people say small businesses are the backbone of the Irish economy, they’re not kidding. Companies that employ less than 50 make up more than 98 p(...)

Simon Coveney: he warned three-quarters of the projected population increase of more than one million would be focused on Dublin and the east coast unless action was taken

The credibility of a new plan that aims to spread development towards regional cities will be undermined if there are too many political compromises t(...)

Patricia Callan: “The optimism that existed at the beginning of the year has given way to a much more cautious sentiment.” Photograph: Gary O’Neill

Irish small business owners are less confident facing into the new year, citing concerns about Brexit and wage inflation, and with just one in two exp(...)

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