Shane Bissett: royal mint ‘a strong consumer brand’.

As the UK royal mint is more than 1,100 years old, it’s not surprising to discover it had become a little stuck in its ways. The appointment of Dub(...)

The Waterford Crystal building in Waterford City. About 50,000 high-end pieces of crystal are made each year in the company’s manufacturing facility in Waterford, where it also runs factory tours

The company that owns the Waterford Crystal brand increased its profits by 57 per cent last year in spite of booking redundancy and other once-off co(...)

 File photograph of former Waterford Crystal workers protesting. This weekend they voted for a pension deal. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

CONOR KANE Joy mixed with relief and some sadness were the overwhelming emotions of former Waterford Crystal workers and their families followi(...)

In  House of Waterford Crystal in the city, in 2010, after the former company went into receivership. Photograph: David Sleator/Irish Times

Conor Kane When the first lump-sum payments from the Government reach former Waterford Crystal workers in the coming months they will symbolise a vic(...)

Waterford Crystal workers have voted to accept propsoals to resolve their pension difficulties. File photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Waterford Crystal workers have voted unanimously to accept proposals to resolve their pension difficulties. The 1,770 former Waterford Crystal workers(...)

The Waterford Crystal plant at Dungarvan, Co Waterford. The company collapsed in 2009. Photograph: The Irish Times

Former Waterford Crystal workers will get a lump sum of €1,200 per year of pensionable service in the company, along with their “modest” pensions, Tan(...)

 Former Waterford Crystal workers during  a Unite rally outside Leinster House in Dublin last year.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former Waterford Crystal workers held a Walk for Justice protest in the city on Saturday to mark the fifth anniversary of their fight to secure pensio(...)

Former Waterford Crystal workers protest outside Leinster House, calling on the government to protect the workers’ pension entitlements. Photograph: Eric Luke

The changes to the rules around how defined-benefit schemes are wound up may well prove to be a case of too little, too late but they are welcome none(...)

 Former Waterford Crystal workers, at the UNITE rally outside Leinster House, calling on the government to protect the workers’ pension entitlements.Legislation is a welcome and long overdue effort  by State but will no doubt face legal challenges

Over four years after Waterford Crystal closed its doors, leaving its workers without a job or most of their pension benefits, the Government finally (...)

 The sharp dividing line between pension benefits accrued before the end of this year and those coming later has created a monster in terms of calculations which will ensure the healthy fee income of pension advisers for years to come. Photograph: Getty Images

Hitting pensions in the budget was not unexpected. But the Government still drew fire over its new levy, and for the complex way in which it is adjust(...)