‘This is the first time trades unions have opposed a Stormont deal. On every previous occasion, the ICTU and individual unions have hailed the outcome as a welcome contribution to the consolidation of peace’. Photograph: Getty Images

One of the factors behind Sinn Féin’s decision on Monday to pull out of the Stormont House Agreement was a series of trade union demonstrations tomorr(...)

Paul Galvin: will add considerable experience to manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s already formidable panel. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

He’d hung up his boots, written his own book, gone and done the ring thing, and he’s not finished yet, Paul Galvin making perhaps the most unexpected (...)

‘We’ve conquered ... fear and replaced it with hope.” If only. Tánaiste Joan Burton set out Labour’s stall on Saturday at its annual conference in Kil(...)

Labour delegates overwhelmingly passed an emergency moton opposing the sale of Aer Lingus to IAG under the terms currently offered. Photo credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire 2:20

Labour delegates overwhelmingly passed an emergency moton opposing the sale of Aer Lingus to IAG under the terms currently offered.The motion, which w(...)

Kieran Donaghy: This time last year the conventional wisdom suggested he was all but done and dusted. Now he’s captain of the All-Ireland champions.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Around lunchtime on the day of last September’s All-Ireland football final, a rumour travelled via the Croke Park bush telegraph that Kieran Donaghy w(...)

The union Siptu will seek assurances on the future of 1,500 Aer Lingus jobs before deciding whether or not to back the bid. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Britain’s competition regulator could end up playing a key role in International Consolidated Airlines Group’s (IAG) €1.36 billion bid to take over Ae(...)

IAG chief Willie Walsh has already conceded that some jobs could be lost in the Aer Lingus head office and in areas such as IT. Photograph: The Irish Times

Trade union Siptu will seek assurances on the future of 1,500 Aer Lingus jobs before deciding whether or not to back a €1.36 billion bid for the carri(...)

Willie Walsh and Aer Lingus chief executive designate Stephen Kavanagh met outgoing Irish Congress of Trade Unions general secretary David Begg, Jack O’Connor of Siptu and Shay Cody of Impact to discuss IAG’s bid. Photograph: Alan Betson

International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) chief executive Willie Walsh met union leaders yesterday as his campaign to win support for his compa(...)

Siptu chief Jack O’Connor: Wants to see increases of 5% across the economy. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

In December Labour Minister for Employment Ged Nash said 2015 would be “year of the pay rise”.While few workers are likely to have actually received p(...)

 Minster for Business and Employment Ged Nash. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Hotel operators have said that the re-introduction of wage -setting mechansims inthe sector to determine pay and conditions for staff would jeopardise(...)