HBO’s  Game of Thrones. Jury selection in Mitre’s case against HBO begins.

Jury selection is expected to start on Monday in a trial in which Home Box Office faces libel claims over a report linking British sporting goods c(...)

Striking workers and union representatives on the picket line at Dunnes Stores on Henry Street, Dublin, last week. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 2:04

Almost exactly 25 years ago, I was talking to the trade union organiser Peter Cassells, then general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. (...)

Janet Yellen, chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve, speaks during a news conference following a Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting in Washington, DC . Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

US employers added the fewest jobs in more than a year in March amid signs the economy was starting to take strain from a strong dollar and lower oil (...)

Indiana senate president David Long (left) and house speaker Brian Bosma during a press conference at the Capitol in Indianapolis. Photograph: Aaron P Bernstein/Getty Images

Republicans stepped back from Indiana’s “religious freedom” law as state lawmakers moved to change the legislation amid uproar that the anti-gay stat(...)

Jenna Morris trims Nick Bonora’s hair at Bernadette’s Barbershop in  Lafayette, Indiana.  The store is one of several that display a sticker stating: “This business serves everyone.” Photograph: Nate Chute/Reuters

The national uproar over new religious freedom state laws has shown how the conflict between defenders of religious liberty and opponents of discri(...)

Wal-Mart is so big that its action will probably lead to raises for millions of workers employed by other companies. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/Bloomberg

In February, Wal-Mart, America’s largest employer, announced it will raise wages for half a million workers. For many of those workers the gains will (...)

Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates has been deemed the world’s richest man by Forbes magazine, which said he had a net worth of $79.2 billion (€70.8 billion) in 2015. Photograph: Cole Burston/EPA.

Bill Gates’s net worth has increased by $3 billion over the last year to $79.2 billion (€70.8 billion), Forbes magazine said.That figure puts him at t(...)

Staff benefiting from the new policy will from April earn at least $9 an hour, Walmart said. Photograph: EPA/MIKE NELSON

Walmart plans to spend $1 billion raising the pay for about 500,000 US staff this year as the world’s largest retailer by sales offered further signs (...)

Ryanair put in another strong performance, on back of steady volumes, closing the day 29 cent or 3.3 per cent up at €9.96 following a sector-wide trend. Photograph: Robin Townsend/EPA

Stock markets around the world clung to modest gains on Thursday, with European equities retreating from seven-year highs, after Germany rejected a(...)

Protesters outside a Wal-Mart store late last year. Photograph: Reuters

An improving jobs market is doing wonders for US consumer confidence. The number of workers filing claims for jobless benefits fell by a more-than-pro(...)