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Dining outdoors on Grafton Street in Dublin. “Irish consumers are gradually if unevenly putting the extreme worries of the past couple of years – fuelled first by Brexit and then the coronavirus – behind them.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish consumer sentiment rose in August as optimism about the reopening of the economy built. The latest KBC Bank Ireland consumer sentiment index ro(...)

The State’s housing market continues to be stoked by pandemic-related factors. Photograph: Frank Miller

Seventy per cent of Irish consumers expect house prices to rise by at least 4 per cent per annum over the next three years, according to a survey by K(...)

The latest KBC Bank Ireland consumer sentiment index fell from a two-year high of 87.2 in June to 84.9 in July. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish consumer sentiment dipped in July as fears over the Delta variant and its potential to derail recovery took hold. The latest KBC Bank Ireland c(...)

On Monday the airline said the new aircraft would help Ryanair cut costs, fuel consumption, noise and carbon emissions. Photograph: DPA/AFP via Getty Images

Ryanair will hire 2,000 new pilots as it takes delivery of new Boeing jets over the next three years. The Irish airline group recently received the f(...)

People relaxing in St Stephen’s Green in Dublin this week. Consumer sentiment has risen this month. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Irish consumer sentiment has risen to its highest level in 12 months amid hopes that the vaccine rollout will soon normalise economic conditions. The(...)

Bank of Ireland reported that it swung into underlying pre-tax loss of €374 million last year.

Bank of Ireland shares rose on Monday as executives signalled they may launch a share buyback programme next year for the first time in almost two dec(...)

A man passes the entrance to the vaccination centre at the Helix in DCU, Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Irish consumers have emerged from the doldrums of January and are feeling more positive about the country’s economic outlook, on the back of vaccine h(...)

KBC Bank sentiment index drops amid surge in infections. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish consumer sentiment slumped again in January as coronavirus cases surged and the country entered another national lockdown. Having risen in Dece(...)

As part of its November consumer sentiment survey, KBC asked a number of supplementary questions regarding the impact of Covid-19 on housing demand. Photograph: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

The Covid-19 crisis has made home-ownership more of a priority for some people but financially more difficult for others, a survey by KBC Bank Ireland(...)

 A pub on Dublin’s Aungier Street advertising ‘cocktails to go’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Irish consumer sentiment tumbled again in October as the country faced a fresh onslaught of coronavirus cases. Having risen for three straight months(...)

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