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SSE Airtricity announced a price increase for gas and electricity that will see the annual cost for its customers rise by as much as €140. Photograph: iStock

Rising energy prices on world markets could leave consumers worse off by hundreds of euro over the next 12 months after they have covered the cost of (...)

Even with this sharp increase, the national cycle commuting population is under 3 per cent. Yet cyclists account for almost one in 10 people killed on the roads last year.

On January 1st, those with responsibility for road safety announced the “record low” rate of road fatalities in 2017. Just 158 people had lost their l(...)

A drawing room at Ballyfin Demesne in Co Laois which has been named Irish hotel of the year 2018 by the AA. Photograph: James Fennell

Ballyfin Demesne, a former boarding school in Co Laois, which underwent an extensive nine-year restoration before opening as a luxury hotel in 2011, i(...)

“All those who don’t bother packing their travel insurance are making a mistake. The mere sight of the medical bills that can be incurred as a result of an overseas illness would be enough to give you a heart attack.” File photograph: iStockPhoto

More than half of the Irish people who leave this country every year don’t bother with travel insurance. This is despite the fact that it is one of t(...)

According to AA estimates, the average motorist is still paying an extra 25.3 per cent for insurance than they were in November 2015. Photograph: PA

More than €100 could be immediately knocked off the average cost of a motor insurance policy in the Republic if relatively straightforward measures ai(...)

The AA argue that under investment in public transport had left people overly reliant on private cars for far too long. Photograph: Alan Betson

Most drivers favour increased spending on public transport, according to AA Car Insurance. A survey of 4,000 motorists by the insurer found that 65 p(...)

Frustrated: returning emigrants are being treated like 17-year-old boy racers.

The motor insurance industry has let Irish consumers down at almost every turn in recent years. First it engaged in a reckless price war that left the(...)

Minister for Transport Shane  Ross has said motorists travelling in excess of the speed limit may face “four, six, eight or more points, depending on how fast they are going”. Photograph: Frank Miller

Doubt has been expressed over plans to introduce harsher sanctions for excessive speeding. Road safety advocacy group Parc and motoring body AA Irel(...)

Home-heating costs have seen the biggest jump, according to the AA’s cost-of-living survey.

When the cost of most everything from food, mortgage payments, utility bills, motoring, phones, a modest social life, insurance, school and childcare (...)

An analysis of bus journeys on the north and south quays showed substantial time savings.

Bus journey times along Dublin’s Liffey quays have been reduced by up to 45 per cent following the introduction of restrictions on cars, according to (...)

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