Beyond the bonhomie, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron hope to leverage their close relationship to their mutual advantage as Britain seeks to renegotiate its relationship with the European Union. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

As they sat down amid the sumptuous elegance of Downing Street’s White Room on Monday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron w(...)

Danny McCoy: Ibec will  “take responsibility for returning details [to the public register] of lobbying we undertake on your behalf”. Photograph: Gary O’ Neill

Ibec, the employers’ representative group, has assured members it won’t reveal their identities under a new disclosure regime if it lobbies politicia(...)

Employers group Ibec said steps were needed to cut the higher marginal tax rate and the number of workers who pay it. It also called for an overhaul of childcare. Photograph: Getty Images

Business lobby Ibec has called on the Government to boost capital expenditure next year by €1 billion and ease the income tax burden on higher earners(...)

Ibec’s Danny McCoy: claimed the real value of the minimum wage had actually increased during the crisis. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Business groups and the restaurants sector have strongly opposed any increase in the minimum wage of €8.65 ahead of reports that the Low Pay Commissio(...)

Former president of the European Parliament Pat Cox. “My strong hope is that they can collectively find the wisdom to work together on a solution that is viable and acceptable to both sides”

Every effort should be made by Greece and its EU partners to work together, former president of the European Parliament Pat Cox, has said. Speaking (...)

The proportion of full-time workers who are on temporary contracts has doubled in the past decade or so, up from 5 per cent to 10 per cent. Illustration: John Holcroft/Ikon/Getty

It seems like the narrative of a quaint period drama: a time when newly minted graduates would enter a company and stay for the rest of their lives(...)

Thousands turned out to march in Dublin city centre earlier this month to demand better working conditions for Dunnes Stores workers, following a one-day strike by workers in April over low-hour contracts and rights to collective bargaining. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Employers’ group Ibec has warned the Government not to legislate against minimum hour or flexible contracts, saying such a move could be detrimental t(...)

Danny McCoy, head of employers’ group Ibec, says the tradition of a single job with a single employer has become the exception. Photograph: Gary O’Neill

Labour markets must reflect the future realities of work life including the need for flexible working, whether part-time, fixed-term or other atypica(...)

A bad move for Ireland

Britain’s vote on EU membership creates uncertainty for Ireland and the possibility of a British exit – Brexit – is a cause for concern, with many of (...)

Three key issues: the non-trickle-down effect, spending versus saving, and who’s first in the queue are all up for debate. Illustration: CSA/Vetta/Getty

So if someone were to take €6,500 from you and offer you, say, €1,500 back over the next few years, how would you feel? Furious because of what you(...)