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The council is seeking Government sanction to impose a levy on vacant sites in the city to “encourage” developers to bring their land back into use.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Developers engaged in “land hoarding” could be forced to sell up under Dublin City Council plans to rid the capital of vacant sites. The council is se(...)

Strategies for growth

How best to drive economic growth? With the Irish economy in the first quarter of this year slipping back into recession for the second time since 200(...)

The view from Ibec is that the economy turned a long time ago, but that the “confidence genie” is refusing to come out of the bottle to boost the domestic sector and create much-needed jobs.  Photograph: Alan Betson/THE IRISH TIMES.

There is an air of positivity in the Dublin offices of the Irish Business and Employers’ Confederation (Ibec) that is in contrast to the way the econo(...)

Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy: “Budget 2014 must clearly signal that the end of austerity is in sight.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government should reduce the adjustment in the forthcoming Budget by €500 million by abandoning new tax increases, according to the employers’ gro(...)

  Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy questioned  whether the main focus of industry efforts should be on looking at the best way to wind down defined benefit pension schemes.  Photograph: Alan Betson

“Malign neglect” by the State is jeopardising not only the pension rights of workers but also the very survival of companies, Ibec chief executive Dan(...)


Across Europe there is a major debate 
going on 
about energy prices, and the Irish presidency of the Council of the European Union is 
fundamentally
helping to shape that debate.

Why do large businesses in Northern Ireland pay nearly the highest energy prices in Europe? According to the North’s utility regulator, i(...)

Employers group chief Danny McCoy Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Whatever about Seamus Heaney’s hope and history rhyming, yesterday we had the employers’ group chief, Danny McCoy, rhyming with President Miche(...)

Ibec chief executive  Danny McCoy: “We can take our foot off the brakes a bit”. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The employers group Ibec has added its voice to those calling for an easing up on austerity, urging the Government to a(...)

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