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Only 10 per cent of phone users have switched mobile phone handset due to coverage or signal problems and of those, 55 per cent found that switching improved their coverage, compared to 4 per cent who found that their service deteriorated. File photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The number of adults with a mobile phone has reached 98 per cent with smartphone penetration now 83 per cent according to new research published by co(...)

 “Social norms will develop over time, and it will be interesting to see if the fear of being without one’s phone – nomophobia – starts to become more widely recognised.” File photograph: iStock/Getty Images.

Irish consumers use their smartphones an average of 57 times daily with some heavy users admitting to checking their devices more than 100 times every(...)

 European Commissioner for agriculture and rural development Phil Hogan said the document marked “a significant step change in the implementation of the CAP”. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Less red tape and a more equitable payment system for struggling farmers are among the key elements proposed by the European Commission in a potential(...)

When taxes are excluded the Republic is  the second most expensive place for domestic electricity in the EU. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Irish electricity bills are the fourth most expensive in the European Union and 13 per cent higher than the EU average according to new figures from E(...)

Repak chief executive Séamus Clancy says waste wrapping from online deliveries has to be “collected, gathered and recycled” which leaves Repak members paying approximately €500,000. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Online shopping will create a 7,500 tonne waste mountain in Ireland this year, but Amazon and other online retail giants do not pay any of the recycli(...)

Irish broadband: quality of service is a pressing issue for thousands of households. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Ireland is one of the most expensive countries in the developed world for broadband, with prices here almost four times those in the cheapest country (...)

In the days before storm Ophelia supermarkets were buoyed by a sales bounce as shoppers battened down the hatches, Kantar Worldpanel has said. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

The imminent arrival of ex Hurricane Ophelia to Ireland last month led to a mini-Christmas sales period among large retail chains with a double-figure(...)

The Dublin at Christmas procession on  Grafton Street as the city’s Christmas lights are switched on. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

“Sanyt €5” a sign propped up outside the pop-up grotto in the cab of a horse and carriage on College Green reads. “You’re after spelling Santy wrong,(...)

The gift voucher business is worth more than €300m in the Republic each year. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish consumers continue to be “fleeced” by merchants selling gift vouchers with overly restrictive terms and conditions while the Government sits on (...)

Minister of State for Trade and Employment, Pat Breen said that while progress was being made and while information and training were available to farmers, there was a need to change the mindset and culture. Photograph:  Arthur Ellis

The majority of agricultural deaths recorded so far this year have been among farmers over 65, with increased workloads and more pressure at the root (...)

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