Chief equality commissioner Emily Logan: “The case highlights that discrimination continues to be experienced by Travellers.” Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Tribunal awards maximum compensation in discrimination case against funeral directors

 In the first eight months of the year the number of new planning applications in Dublin increased by 35 per cent. There were also large increases in planning applications in Meath, Wicklow, Kerry, Clare and Cavan.

Significant rises in number of planning applications and building starts

A survey of secretaries general in Government departments found there was concern that some posts did not attract as strong an applicant pool as others.  Photograph: Eric Luke.

Concerns raised by secretaries general over capable staff not going for promotions

Minister of State for Business and Employment Ged Nash who said he had come across zero-hour contracts in the  retail,  hospitality and  carer sector.

Minister says he will make recommendations to Cabinet on foot of new report

A Comptroller and Auditor General report said that over €4 million was paid into the account between 2002 and 2009 by a range of State bodies including the Department of Health. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Former Siptu official Matt Merrigan seeking to appeal direction that he gives evidence

Siptu’s Paul Bell: It is time for health workers to see a return of their lost earnings. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Siptu says it no longer in space of pay cuts

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin  said there was no provision in Budget 2015 to meet any rise in public service salaries.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Rises to be dealt with in 2016 budget, says Howlin

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin numbers employed across the public service had been cut by 10 per cent but there would be no further overall reductions. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

New posts in education and gardaí but Howlin says no resources for unreformed services

Health authority to clamp down on €200m bill for agency workers

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