Ian Guider: Reasons to be cheerful as we weather a tough year

We may be back in Covid-19 restrictions hell, but the overall economy continues to demonstrate its resilience in the face of the pandemic

Dublin city centre: the hospitality industry is again suffering severe trading restrictions. Picture: Fergal Phillips

And so the year ends for many businesses as it began, with the hospitality industry again suffering severe trading restrictions, the night-time economy shuttered and the events sector also operating at limited capacity.

Tens of thousands of workers have been forced back onto the pandemic unemployment payment (PUP). It is a bleak end to the year for them. The grim outcome that has afflicted hospitality has overshadowed an overall strong year for the economy and ...