Costs arise mostly from accommodation and legal fees in direct provision system. Photograph: The Irish Times

The State has spent more than €700 million in the past five years on accommodation costs and legal fees for people seeking refugee or protection statu(...)

A rally in support of Dunnes Stores workers earlier this year. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Trade unions want greater protection for workers. Employers want greater flexibility. But is there a middle ground which can provide both freedom and (...)

Fine Gael TD John Deasy: has pushed for Enterprise Ireland to assess the underutilised harbours. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A group of large harbours across the State is not being used adequately to promote and develop fishing and seafood, the Dáil Public Accounts Committe(...)

Waterford Fine Gael TD John Deasy was told the Department of Finance did not contact the stock exchange or the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement about  increased share activity.

The Department of Finance does not have any records on Siteserv until after its sale by the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation to businessman Denis O’(...)

The Department of Finance had no records relating to Siteserv until after its sale by the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation to businessman Denis O’Brien.

The Department of Finance did not have any records relating to Siteserv until after its sale by the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) to busine(...)

Government hopes to see the legislation passed  by the end of July based on  proposals    brought to Cabinet by Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Cabinet will today consider draft new industrial relations legislation including long-promised reforms to give workers greater collective bargain(...)

John McGuinness, Fianna Fáil’s senior man in the Carlow-Kilkenny constituency, has jetted off to the Canaries for a week in the sun as the party’s byelection campaign is getting into gear. Photograph: David Sleator

The Government fired the starting gun for the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection on Wednesday. It’s all hands to the pumps for the political parties. E(...)

A Vietnamese woman sows rice plants: with a population of 93 million, Vietnam’s dairy industry is worth over $6 billion (€5.5 billion), making it the largest market in southeast Asia. Photograph: Reuters/Stringer

Bord Bia is to be given additional resources to establish an office in Vietnam – one of the fastest-growing dairy markets in Asia – following the lif(...)

Fine Gael TD John Deasy: ‘Nobody seems to know what is going on in these institutions.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

An expert panel assessing the bid for a technological university in Munster has criticised plans by the merging institutions to retain parallel manag(...)

 Mary Lou McDonald of Sinn Fein is disappointed and concerned at the development. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The Dáil Public Accounts Committee has decided not to interview a serving civil servant who has made allegations of tax evasion against a number of (...)