Nine in every 10 hotels and guesthouses are concerned about the impact of insurance costs on their business. Photograph: Getty Images

The Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) has made a fresh call on the Government to address the spiralling cost of insurance premiums. Almost two-thirds of I(...)

Irish Hotels Federation president  Michael Lennon and  chief executive Tim Fenn at the federation’s annual conference in Killarney, Co Kerry. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

There has already been a sharp drop in bookings for hotels and guesthouses outside of Dublin even in advance of the UK’s departure from the EU, the Ir(...)

The 9% VAT rate was the “right rate for the sector”, according to the Irish Hotels Federation

A mooted Government move to single out hotels for an increase in the special lower VAT rate would be “absolutely incredible” and would undermine the s(...)

The hotel sector is still a number of years from achieving sustainability in certain regions, the IHF has said. Photograph: iStock

An increasing number of visitors from North America and continental Europe has boosted business in the hotel sector, the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF)(...)

Businesses across the country were forced to close last week as a result of storm Emma. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Irish businesses reopening on Monday morning were counting the cost of the effect of lost trade last week as a result of storm Emma which lead to wide(...)

Brown Thomas concierge  Jim Kearns puts a sign up in the Dublin city-centre store announcing its temporary closure due to adverse weather. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Bad weather will wipe about €15 million off turnover for Dublin city’s traders, business promotion group Dublin Town has said. The group expects foot(...)

Tow Path (2001) by TP Flanagan, included in SB Kennedy’s TP Flanagan: Painter of Light and Landscape

GEMMA TIPTON What would you like in your stocking? I have been lusting after a set of Irish artist John Gerrard’s Bone Cutlery for years. They’d fit n(...)

Eamon Dunphy’s books of the year
  • Books
  • November 30, 2013, 06:00

Not for Turning, volume one of Charles Moore’s Margaret Thatcher (Allen Lane), is magnificent. Moore enjoyed complete access to his subject, her fa(...)