Minister of State Kevin Humphreys: The 29 staff operated in two  buildings in Ballybay, which were in “poor condition”

TD claims loss of 30 jobs in Ballybay equivalent to 300 in a town of 15,000

Sinn Féin TD Michael Colreavy:  ‘JobBridge is a form of slavery. Unscrupulous employers are taking advantage of this scheme’

One third of Irish workers earn less than €20,000 with highest level of low pay in EU

On managers’ claims,  Taoiseach Enda Kenny said “obviously the HSE must answer to the Comptroller and Auditor General in respect of it”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dáil told of retired employee rehired and paid €156,000 for a six-hour week

Independent Senator David Norris has criticised what he called a ‘surreptitious attempt’ to make ‘savage cuts’ to the salaries of ushers in Leinster House. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Senator alleges ‘surreptitious attempt’ to reduce pay of Oireachtas attendants

 Minister for Children James Reilly said the move should protect children from starting to smoke. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Seanad passes legislation on packaging after technical amendments from Dáil

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: he said it had been the Government’s policy to allow banks to “dictate the pace, shape and nature of arrangements”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Martin asserts it is time to ‘call a halt’ on policy of giving banks veto over those in difficulties

O’Sullivan appeals to Kenny to act on swimming coach accused of sex abuse

Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton:  the job losses were “a reminder to us that every day is a battle”. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Company believes it has ‘strong future’ in Coolock, despite redundancies

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