ISME chief executive Mark Fielding said today’s budget would go some way towards helping Ireland to regain its competitiveness. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Reaction from the business community to today’s budget was mixed. The retention of the 9 per cent VAT rate for the hospitality sector was broadly welc(...)

A ‘Start Your Own Business Scheme’ for people who have been unemployed for 15 months or more and  a tax break for home renovations are included in a range of Budget measures announced today.

A two-year tax break for unemployed people who start their own business has been welcomed as the boost that might reignite the almost stagnant constru(...)

Lessons of Priory Hall

Few victims of the property bust have been quite so unfortunate as the 240 residents of Priory Hall. Not only did they pay inflated prices for their a(...)

Ulster Bank chief economist Simon Barry: “Significantly, overall activity rose for the first time in over six years, as the headline PMI jumped by six points.”

Construction activity grew last month for the first time in more than six years, according to figures due to be published today.The Ulster Bank Constr(...)

It’s raining corporate shindigs at the moment. You can’t walk 20 yards across town without bumping into some business head in a tuxedo.Last night, it (...)

Construction industry wants VAT rate cut to 9 per cent for two years to get houses built

Budget Day looms and speculation is growing that there will be a range of measures announced for the property sector. There’s cautious optimism that (...)

and MARK PAULState assets agency Nama should be prepared to fund housebuilding in Dublin and its commuter belt to avoid a bubble developing in residen(...)

There’s a bit of house-keeping going on over at Property Industry Ireland (PII), the industry lobby group that represents the building professions suc(...)

The anomaly that has seen house prices rise in some urban areas, despite lagging prices elsewhere, has been further highlighted by a call from housing(...)

Paul van Riel, chief executive of Dutch multinational Fugro, with Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton and Barry O’Leary, IDA chief executive. Photograph: Kenneth O’Halloran

While the number of people out of work decreased during the second quarter of this year, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remains at a “stub(...)

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