NTA decided in 2013 that 10 per cent of the existing market should be tendered following a wide-ranging consultation.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has called on bus drivers not to stop work on May 1st over proposed privatisation plans for 10 per cent of public routes.“The st(...)

Our debate about tax is as incoherent as is the one in the UK; claims are made that often violate the basic principles of arithmetic

Next month’s UK election will usher in a period of unusual political instability. The campaign itself has already been quite extraordinary. All partie(...)

‘Labour leader Ed Miliband describes the 1.8 million zero-hour contracts in the UK economy as an “epidemic” and promises voters he will limit their usage to a three-month period, after which the employer will be required to offer a regular contract.’ Above,  Miliband at a visit to  engineering company David Brown Gear Systems in Hudderdfield, northern England,  last week. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

You have to wonder how interviews for internal promotions play out at Dunnes Stores. “Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?” Confused pause. (...)

Former minister for health James Reilly told an Oireachtas health committee it was not Government policy to change Portlaoise to a model-2 hospital because it had maternity and paediatric units. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Government “determined” Portlaoise hospital should have 24-hour surgery and critical care but did not ensure it was safely resourced to provide th(...)

Brendan Howlin, Michael Noonan, Enda Kenny and Joan Burton speak at small business funding event earlier this year. The four form the Government’s Economic Management Council. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Banks who stand in the way of “sensible” deals being struck with distressed borrowers could see their controversial veto – granted to them when a new(...)

Dunnes Stores workers, also  members of the Mandate trade union, pictured outside the Labour Court in October of last year. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has backed Dunnes Stores workers in seeking clarity on their working hours. More than 5,000 employees of the retailer who are mem(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has backed Dunnes Stores workers in their opposition to the company’s alleged use of low-hour contracts.Pickets are to be placed (...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: “There is no law which says you cannot say whether you attended the commission or not”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has claimed there is no legal reason to prevent the Taoiseach saying whether he was recalled to give evidenc(...)

Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton: received representations by pharma lobbyists complaining about pricing policy.  Photograph: Eric Luke

The Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association (IPHA), the main lobby group for drug companies, insists it “stands over” its claim that 500 jobs we(...)

Omaima, Fatima and Somaia Halawa, sisters of Ibrahim Halawa, who is currently in prison in Egypt. Mr Halawa is to go on trial in Egypt on Sunday, along with 493 others who were caught up in violent protests in Cairo against the authorities. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The family of Ibrahim Halawa has called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to intervene and have him released from jail in Egypt. Mr Halawa (19) goes on trial on(...)