A proposed new EU/US trade deal could allow American multinationals to sue a future Government for loss of profits if it raised the minimum wage, ICTU president David Begg (above) has said. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

(...) raising the minimum wage on the grounds that such a policy decision affected its profits”, he said.Mr Begg(...)

 People taking part in the anti-water charges protest march, in O’Connell Street, Dublin, earlier this month. Photograph: Eric Luke

(...) people the ability to manifest dissent from government policy: it can be an outlet for outrage. Peaceful(...)

Alan Kelly, Minister for the Environment, at a press conference in Government Buildings outlining revised water charges. Photograph: Alan Betson

(...) and defend a policy only to see Ministers backing down when the protests get too hot. We have had to(...)

Immigration policy

Sir, – As the immigration debate returns to the forefront of American political debate, I note that you refer in several of your reports to “undocumen(...)

Anti-water charges campaigners try to block Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Dublin city centre last Sunday. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall

(...) policy, so people could have been forgiven for asking what the point of protest was. There is no sense(...)

Dublin Port. Photograph: Frank Miller /	THE IRISH TIME

(...), according to a member of the State’s fiscal policy body.Addressing this year’s Tourism Policy Workshop(...)

IBRC Assurance was restructured by management under its then chief executive Mike Aynsley. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

(...) has net assets for policy-holders worth €187.5 million and has substantial cash reserves for(...)

New life?: ancient oaks could be encouraged to spread. Illustration: Michael Viney

Native Woodlands Trust sticks to community projects in the lowlands.Agricultural policy, meanwhile, is(...)

Firing enthusiasm: Shaun Holly, who teaches science at Kinsale Community School. Photograph: Dan Linehan 2:43

(...) shaping education policy, is urging countries to avoid the mistakes of the Anglo-American model, with its(...)

(...) sweep of commercial policy in Ireland at the time – speaking at the launch of O’Kelly’s book, Dr(...)