Business News

Shops miss out as consumers splash the cash on online sales

Shoppers increased their spending in December, but it was mainly driven by a rise in online sales. Read more

New thinking – and new taxes – are necessary as we all move online

The impressive retail figures in Ireland should not be a surprise. Ireland is the fastest-growing economy in Europe.  Read more

Property tax overhaul could be fairer on hard-hit Dubliners

A complete overhaul of property tax has moved significantly closer after a dramatic intervention by the Minister for Housing, who says bills should no longer be solely based on the value of homes and the annual charge needs reform. Read more

Brexit sectoral analyses highlight UK’s extensive links to Ireland

Northern Ireland exports around £20m (€22.6m) of fish products to the Republic annually, the UK exports around twice as much freight to Ireland than it imports, and Ireland is the fourth most visited country by UK travellers. Read more

Amazon plans new data centre for Dublin

Undeterred by objections to a proposed data centre campus in Dublin, Amazon is looking to build yet another data centre in the capital. Read more

Bad debts cost Irish SMEs €1.7bn a year

Irish SMEs are writing off €1.7bn every year due to bad debts, according to a new report. Read more

Work permit rules now under review

Heather Humphreys has said she won’t rush into a decision to relax the work-permits regime to let in low-skilled workers from outside Europe. Read more

Irish households have ‘never been better off’ – employers’ group

Irish households have never been better off and now have a combined €4bn more of savings than they owe in debts. Read more

Supermac’s Pat McDonagh to spearhead insurance group battling for reforms

A PRESSURE group is set to launch in the coming week to fight for changes to ensure lower insurance costs for businesses. Read more

Leading Irish supermarket confirms it will pay all staff the living wage

A leading Irish supermarket has confirmed it will pay all staff the so-called ‘living-wage’ of €11.70 an hour. Read more