Micheal Buckley of Greyhound: “I know the pay cuts we are looking for are big, but if [the workers] win, and get what they want, then we are out of business.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Michael Buckley claims his company is suffering from ‘race to the bottom’ in the waste industry

Executive director of Greyhound Recycling Michael Buckley said he wants workers at his depot in Clondalkin, Dublin, to return to work under protest, at the rates he is seeking to impose, pending a “binding determination” by the Labour Relations Commission. Photograph: Alan Betson

Director claims union accepts competitors paying lower rates than those his firm is seeking

Dr Don Thornhill, chairman of the National Competitiveness Council. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

National Competitiveness Council warns against return to 'things we saw between 2002 and 2007'

Ireland is set for growth rates exceeding the European average, says Moody’s. Photograph: Alan Betson

Economy set for above average growth levels, according to ratings agency

“The main meal was over, some of the children were playing football on the all-weather pitch, and it was still warm enough to stretch out on the grass and take in the blue and green of the idyllic countryside, when a loud noise drowned out the sound of laughter and birdsong. It was a drone.”

Who will rid us of this buzzing nuisance?

Workers on strike at the Greyhound Recycling and Recovery buildings at Knockmitten Lane protest as replacement workers operate the waste collection trucks yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Cost-cutting has led to environmental breaches and staff pay dispute

Workers on strike outside the Greyhound Recycling and Recovery buildings at Clondalkin Industrial Estate, near Crag Crescent, yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Calin Bogdan not on State list of licensed employment agents and agencies

Former Quinn Group chief executive Liam McCaffrey: “We are hopeful that if the deal goes ahead, ourselves, management and Endless will invest further in developing the company and creating new jobs.” Photograph: Collins

Offer of £80m-£90m for former Quinn packaging/construction supplies divisions

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