Less than 30%  of Irish retailers have an e-commerce capability on their websites, and 22%  have no online presence at all. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland’s town centres will struggle to survive if businesses do not get the support of the State in their fight against online giants, a leading reta(...)

Norwegian Air plans to double services from Dublin to Stewart International Airport in New York State, providing twice-daily flights from the end of April. Photograph: Diarmuid Greene/True Media

Monday Indicators: Irish construction PMI (Jan), new car sales (Jan); US consumer inflation expectations (Jan). Tuesday Results: PepsiCo, Under A(...)

There was an annual increase of 4.5%   in the value of retail sales during the month of December

The volume of retail sales was up 7.2 per cent in December compared with the same period the year before, according to the latest figures from the Cen(...)

Leo Varadkar on the first day of Luas passenger services on the Green Line extension. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

If the timing had been different, last week’s launch of the shiny Luas Cross City service would have provided a perfect platform for an ambitious youn(...)

Black Friday isn’t here yet, but retailers are already promising lower prices. Photograph: PA Wire

Black Friday is still more than 24 hours away, yet retailers who have adopted the US tradition on this side of the Atlantic have already begun slashin(...)

Overhead potential? Dún Laoghaire’s George’s St. Photograph: Eric Luke

With a shortage of housing supply and a lengthy lead-in time before enough new homes are built, it makes sense to examine how the State might maximise(...)

The Inside Business podcast being recorded before a live audience in the GPO.

One of the best known faces in Irish retail, Maurice Pratt, has said an Armageddon” in US retailing, that has led to mall closures, layoffs and shrink(...)

Retail Excellence Ireland has said that a leak in consumer spend to the UK threatens retail failure. Photograph: iStock

Retail Excellence Ireland has called for a cut in the VAT rate of 3 per cent to protect retailers from the worst excesses of Brexit. In its pre-budge(...)

Máire Whelan has her appointment to the  Court of Appeal rubberstamped by President Michael D Higgins, as crafty Leo looks on. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Taoiseach had a problem last weekend. He acted very decisively – with indecent haste, to be more precise – by bundling the former attorney gener(...)

 Will Ruth Coppinger TD be ejected for refusing to stand for prayer? Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Oireachtas Golf Society held its agm recently in Leinster House recently. Outgoing captain Eamonn Coghlan, who was one of the Taoiseach’s nominee(...)

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