Today is one of the big driving days on the calendar, as thousands of people around Ireland load up the car and head away to make the most of the bank holiday weekend.
Most commentators agree that the worst of the recession is now over. Across almost every sector of industry, business has picked up and is expected to continue picking up in 2015 and beyond.
Small businesses are losing more than just their profit margins, according to a survey by office supplier Viking. The majority of Irish small business owners admit to losing sleep because of the recession, with 50% admitting that fear of not being able to pay their bills is keeping them awake at night.