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Spending this December is likely to be €4.21 billion, up from €4.05 billion in 2015, says Retail Ireland. Retail prices are remaining low due to aggressive competition. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

A weak pound and pressure on retailers to offer bigger discounts means Irish consumers can expect to get better value this Christmas than last as hous(...)

The majority of motorists are in favour of a new public register which would ‘name and shame’ drink-drivers, according to the latest research from the AA. File photograph: David Sleator

The majority of motorists are in favour of a new public register which would “name and shame” drink-drivers, according to the latest research from the(...)

“Two wrongs”: Pat Kenny. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

For those of us who still cling to such fuddy-duddy notions as balanced reporting and dispassionate analysis, Wednesday’s discussion of new Dublin tra(...)

Half of those wishing to enter today’s property market have not managed to do so before the age of 35. Photograph: iStock

Owning your own home is an Irish rite of passage but people are becoming increasingly older before getting a foot on the ladder, new data has shown. (...)

Motor insurance premiums have risen dramatically and could rise by a further fifth, says Conor Faughnan of the Automobile Association. Photograph: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

Insurance companies are pulling out of Ireland because of the lack of information about the costs of meeting claims, the Automobile Association warned(...)

Dublin Bus services will stop at 9pm today ahead of a two-day strike on Thursday and Friday the company said. Photograph: The Irish Times

Trade unions have warned of a potential “long and damaging period of industrial conflict “ at Dublin Bus in the weeks ahead as a dispute over pay inte(...)

Motoring costs: the AA calculates that the 38.6 per cent increase recorded in inflation figures over the past year by the Central Statistics Office cancelled out savings from falling fuel costs. Photograph: Barry Batchelor/PA

Motor insurance rises have wiped out any savings motorists have made on fuel prices from the falling cost of oil, according to AA Ireland. The motori(...)

Falling fuel prices at the pump are partly the result of a recent drop in the cost of oil. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Consumer confidence remains strong despite Brexit and is driving spending increases across virtually all sectors, according to the latest Consumer Mar(...)

Up to 40 per cent of smokers with life insurance don’t admit to the habit when applying or renewing health insurance and their propensity to lie costs non-smokers money, figures from AA Life Insurance suggest. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters.

Up to 40 per cent of smokers with life insurance do not admit to the habit when applying or renewing health insurance and their propensity to lie cost(...)

Gardaí and the AA have appealed for motorists to exercise caution this bank holiday weekend following one of the deadliest weeks on Irish roads in recent memory. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Gardaí and the AA have appealed for motorists to exercise caution this bank holiday weekend following one of the deadliest weeks on Irish roads in rec(...)

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