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Hospitality businesses have been closed for much of the last 22 months and have borne the worst of the Covid-19 restrictions. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

The announcement that Covid-19 restrictions on hospitality will be lifted from 6am on Saturday has been welcomed with relief and joy within the indust(...)

Beer kegs delivered to a Dublin pub on Tuesday. The budget was a ‘disaster’ for the hospitality industry,  said Restaurants Association of Ireland chief Adrian Cummins. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Business groups have given a mixed response to Budget 2022, with some measures welcomed and others branded “underwhelming”. Alongside relief at the c(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Public Expenditure  Michael McGrath have been trying to perform the traditional pre-Budget two-step, telling the public that the economy is strong, but trying to persuade their ministerial colleagues that there is no extra cash to spend. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

The economic bounceback is on – and it is outpacing what pretty much anyone had expected. A straw poll of business people tells the story – “flying”, (...)

The coalition of 25 organisations  is calling on Minister for Justice Heather Humphreys to amend the proposed scheme ‘to include as many undocumented people as possible’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A coalition of 25 business, trade union and civil society organisations has written to Minister for Justice Heather Humphreys expressing their “deep c(...)

Ian Talbot: “As a priority we must ensure that Budget 2022 supports urban recovery and tackles vacancy, both residential and commercial”

The Government has been urged to develop a national urban strategy “to radically address” the issues of vacancy and dereliction in the State’s cities (...)

Simon Harris acknowledged companies had already experienced ‘massive’ upheaval caused by Brexit and Covid-19. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Most Irish businesses will have to re-skill and undergo radical change in the coming decade to meet the climate change challenge as Ireland seeks to h(...)

Irish employers have been too quick to refuse to negotiate company-level agreements on remote working, says ICTU. Photograph: iStock

Trade unions have welcomed Government plans to allow people to have a legal right to seek to work from home, while business groups stressed the need f(...)

The Irish economy is likely to contract by around 1.3%  in the fourth quarter, according to Davy stockbrokers economist Conall Mac Coille

Economists have warned that GDP is now likely to fall again in the final quarter of the year and the unemployment rate will head back over 20 per cent(...)

Chamber leaders around the country have called on the Government to introduce supports for  businesses by Covid-19 restrictions quickly. Photograph: iStock

Business groups have called for added supports for companies forced to close once again under the Government’s measures to try to suppress Covid-19 in(...)

Retail Excellence  said the budget  “delivered some reassurance to concerned retailers”. Photograph: iStock

Business groups have broadly welcomed the measures in Budget 2021, saying the package of supports would help many businesses cope with the worrying do(...)

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