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Irish competitiveness gains overstated says watchdog, as skills gap pushes up costs

A global ranking highlighting a marked improvement in Ireland’s competitiveness shouldn’t distract from outstanding problems, the head of the State’s competitiveness watchdog has warned.

Irish manufacturing growth slows to near three-year-low

Growth in the Irish manufacturing industry slowed to a near three-month-low in May, new figures have shown.

Unemployment hits new post-crash low of 7.8%

Latest official figures points to annual decrease of 38,300 or 1.8 per cent

Prime retail rents jump as sector becomes latest to feel shortage of space

Prime rents for shops on Henry Street in central Dublin have increased 14pc on the past year, as the retail market continues to show signs of improvement.

Ireland more competive than the UK, global report shows

Ireland has shot up a global ranking measuring competitiveness.

Shell becomes a player in the recovery of oil

The latest recession in the oil sector has thrown up some truly remarkable business paradoxes.

Amazon to create 500 new jobs in Dublin base

Tech giant Amazon is to create 500 new jobs in Dublin over the next two years as the firm bids to up its European headcount.

How to knock €138K off your mortgage

You could shave hundreds of thousands off your mortgage by switching lender, writes Louise McBride

Servicing State debt ‘costs each worker €3,400 in tax a year’

The interest on the national debt is costing each worker in the State €3,400 in tax per year, the head of the National Treasury Management Agency has revealed.

State to get €275m from liquidation of former Anglo Irish Bank – estimates

The state is expected to get €275m from the liquidation of the former Anglo Irish Bank by the end of this year, according to the best estimate of liquidators Kieran Wallace and Eamonn Richardson.

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