Members of the Mandate trade union and Dunnes Stores workers pictured outside the Labour Court in October 2014. They are seeking more secure working hours and earmings for all workers in the company. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Staff threaten industrial action over working conditions at major retailer

Letters on their way to Santa in the North Pole

An Post snowed under sorting North Pole replies to 140,000 Santa letters

A woman  uses an automated teller machine at a branch of Sberbank in Stavropol on Monday. The Russian central bank has raised its benchmark interest rate to 17 per cent. Photograph: Bloomberg

Someone with a €300,000 mortgage would see monthly repayments rise by €2,700

Aisling Jones: arranging car hire in advance kept transport costs to about €30 a person for the week, including petrol. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Our five-grand challenge – which tells consumers how to save more than €5,000 a year – ends today with advice on cutting holiday c(...)

‘What I would really like to do at this stage is cancel Vodafone and move back to Eircom,’ says our reader

Customer switched after ‘a long and pushy campaign and a moment of madness’

Not likely anytime soon: a snow scene near Ladestown on the outskirts of Mullingar. Photograph: Alan Betson

Met Éireann says mild southwesterly due on December 23rd, but longer forecast uncertain

Fun palace: Google employees enjoyed hair-raising rides at the company’s office party in Funderland at the RDS. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Tech giant creates Googleland ‘for one night only’ on 13-acre site

Some children in a hurry at the Larch Hill Santa Days for Beaver Scouts at Tibradden, Dublin. Ppotograph: Fergal Phillips.

The 14th Annual Santa Days for Beaver Scouts took place at Larch Hill in Tibradden, Co Dublin

One of the reasons people are so downbeat is because they have had to increase spending on nondiscretionary items such as utility bills over the past six months.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Two in five less optimistic about disposable income, according to survey

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