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Before you sign on the dotted line for a fixed-term mortgage, you need to consider what you might be giving up by fixing for so long. File photograph: Getty

Long-term mortgage rates have never really taken off in Ireland, despite their popularity elsewhere. In fact, the only mortgage rate with a term of mo(...)

Stylist Danny Law with customer Amy Smith at the Strand & Lock salon in Birmingham, England, where hairdressers reopened on April 12th. Ireland’s Hair and Beauty Industry Confederation has called for supports for the sector ahead of it reopening in the State. Photograph: Richard Vernalls/PA Wire

The Government is being pressed to provide “significant” financial support for hairdressers, barbers and salon operators when they reopen after more t(...)

Louisa Cameron of Raven Books: ‘I saw the difference that having a 90-second conversation from the garden gate could make to people.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Louisa Cameron has become a familiar sight over the pandemic, whizzing through coastal south county Dublin on her bike, its basket stacked high with (...)

Elephant & Castle, Temple Bar, is owned by Press Up

A report on the impact of anti-virus restrictions that was prepared for the Press Up hospitality group claims taxpayers could face an industry compens(...)

Economist Jim Power  said the VAT refund scheme contributes €108 million to the economy, with a large proportion of this spent outside Dublin

The Government has reduced the value threshold for VAT refunds on goods bought in the EU and exported overseas in order to help retailers affected by (...)

An interior shop of the Kilkenny shop on Nassau Street in Dublin, a popular destination with tourists. New legislation could limit VAT refunds on goods bought by visitors from non-EU countries.  Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Proposed tourist VAT refund changes threaten 1,200 jobs and risk the loss of €108 million to business, a report published on Monday claims. Brexit le(...)

The report claims workers could inject €2.6 billion into the economy. Assuming a conservative 1.5 times “multiplier effect”, the full stimulus would be €3.9 billion.

The Government has rebuffed a proposal from the company behind One4All gift cards to introduce a scheme that it claims could deliver a €3.9 billion st(...)

One of the reasons attributed by the sector to the collapse in  price of coaches is the decline of UK operators. Photograph: iStock

Irish coach hire companies have watched the value of their assets plummet due to the failure of UK operators and a flood of second-hand, unwanted vehi(...)

“Some commercial landlords seem to be oblivious to fact that Ireland is in an economic crisis.” Photograph: iStock

The Restaurants Association of Ireland has called on the Government to take urgent action to help restaurants deal with landlord disputes over the cha(...)

The last 106 days have had a devastating impact on the hospitality and tourism sector. Photograph: Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty Images

The Restaurants Association of Ireland has been consistently lobbying the Government tirelessly for the past 17 weeks calling on them to put in place (...)

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