Minister for Health Simon Harris said he did not believe the new initiative would be controversial. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty

Ireland’s largest supplier of cigarette vending machines has said it will go to court over proposed legislation banning them from dispensing tobacco p(...)

Pictured are Peter Gaughan (left), Incoming Vice President CSNA and Vincent Jennings, CEO of The CSNA. Photograph: Patrick Browne.

A quarter of newsagents described feeling “extremely concerned” over the level of aggressive or violent customers they have to deal with, in a survey (...)

The Convenience Stores and Newsagents Association said  there was clearly a problem with disposable coffee cups  which  members wanted to help resolve – but not if it heaped extra costs on them. File photograph: Getty Images

Proposals for a ban on single-use plastics items and a “latte levy” to promote use of compostable coffee cups were not properly costed and “poorly eva(...)

Insurance Ireland:  Kevin Thompson, the organisation’s  chief executive,  said he was “keenly aware” of the public concern over rising costs. Photograph: Bryan Meade

Businesses are “under siege” from a barrage of bogus insurance claims, which are “gnawing away” at confidence and driving many to fold, an Oireachtas(...)

Dr Eamon de Valera (left) with Maj Vivian de Valera and editor Tim Pat Coogan reading the 50th anniversary edition of the ‘Irish Press’ at Burgh Quay. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

1919-1921: Over $5.1 million (or $68 million in today’s money) is raised in a bond drive in the US to support the fledgling Irish state.1927: Éamon de(...)

 Enda O’Doherty, a subeditor at the ‘Irish Press’ group, giving out the final issue of the XPress – the publication produced by NUJ members during the dispute. Photograph: Jack McManus/The Irish Times

A hundred metres down the street from Denis O’Brien’s Communicorp headquarters is a small brass plaque reading “Irish Press plc”. It is a humble remin(...)

On the way: some of the plain packaging mandatory for cigarettes sold in Australia. Photograph: Reuters

Vincent Jennings is upfront about representing the interests of 1,200 retailers who sell cigarettes and other tobacco products. He is also upfront abo(...)

Dr Donal de Buitléir: chair of the new Low Pay Commission which will advise the Government on the rate of the national minimum wage. File photograph: Paddy Whelan

Former banker and HSE Board member Dr Donal de Buitléir has been made chair of the Government’s new Low Pay Commission. The commission will advise the(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly after the Cabinet’s decision earlier in June to approve the publication of the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2014, which will place Ireland as the first country in the European Union to legislate for plain packaging for tobacco products. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government is to ban cigarette vending machines as part of legislation that will also outlaw the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and impose strict(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly has said he is confident challenges used by big tobacco in Australia – including heavy political lobbying, advertising and criticism of “nanny state” policies – can be resisted. Photograph: Alan Betson

Big tobacco has begun lobbying retailers on the impact of plain cigarette packaging on revenues, using advertisements in the trade press as well as o(...)