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Yoga and Pilates studio owner Colm Walsh: ‘I’ll have to get another job, even though I still have to run a business which paid over €100,000 in income tax and VAT last year’

“Disproportionate” and “devastating” were the reactions among business owners who responded when The Irish Times asked how their business would survi(...)

‘Nobody wants to see vacant premises in our towns and villages or our shopping centres,’ the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar, said

The Government has urged commercial landlords to provide “concessions” such as rent reductions and rent-free periods to tenants struggling to meet the(...)

An almost deserted Grafton Street. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Up to two-thirds of retailers are still carrying rent arrears arising from the lockdown of April and May, industry research suggests, as the Governmen(...)

Debenhams staff and supporters protesting  outside Debenhams store on Henry Street, Dublin, before marching to the Dáil. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Last March it was abruptly announced by Debenhams Ireland that it would go into liquidation with the loss of more than 1,000 jobs. The company initia(...)

Online orders and deliveries from retailers and restaurants have grown during the pandemic. Photograph: Alan Betson

The scale of disruption faced by the retail sector since the beginning of March is hard to overstate. All shops, save for those deemed essential, were(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Marc MacSharry hit out at what he described as “Stasi” guidelines for pubs serving food. Photograph: iStock

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has said that there will be no additional administrative burden on pubs and restaurants under the temporary measu(...)

The impact of prolonged public health restrictions on independent and small-scale retailers carries ‘the risk of accelerated urban dereliction’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Some sectors of the Irish economy could take years to emerge from the “havoc” and “prolonged disruption” inflicted by coronavirus, according to docume(...)

Former minister for education Joe McHugh has turned down the offer of a junior ministry. Photograph: Leon Farrell/PA Wire

The leaders of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have sought to rectify the regional imbalance of their ministerial appointments with a series of new junior m(...)

Josepha Madigan has been appointed a Minister of State. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A Fianna Fáil TD has accused Taoiseach Micheál Martin of insulting him and his community by passing him over for a junior ministerial post. (...)

New Fine Gael TD Jennifer Carroll MacNeill could be in line for a quick promotion. She has worked in different government departments as an adviser, is close to Leo Varadkar and is a strong media performer. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Groups of TDs gathered around Leinster House and the National Convention Centre for nervous conversations about their prospects, conscious that they a(...)

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