Richard Boyd Barrett at a water protest in Dun Laoghaire on Saturday morning. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Thousands of protestors turned out to oppose water charges at Right2Water demonstrations across the country on Saturday. In Dublin City Centre, at th(...)

Mary Lou McDonald:  Denied move was an act of “desperation” by Sinnn Féin. Photograph: The Irish Times

A union leader behind the policy principles that form the basis for a left-wing voting pact has urged parties and TDs not to take an a la carte app(...)

John Douglas, president of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, speaking at a Right2Water press conference in March. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The trade union movement is not interested in the Government’s plans for “ social dialogue” if it confines and constrains the legitimate role of all i(...)

It is understood businessman Noel Smyth will tell officials from Mandate and Siptu that Fitzwilliam’s plans for Arnotts include the continued operation of the department store as an independent retailer

The businessman Noel Smyth, whose Fitzwilliam Finance Partners got control of the Arnotts department store earlier this year, is to meet union lead(...)

Mandate explained workers at the Gorey branch of Dunnes Stores were called into a meeting at 6pm where they were informed of the “immediate closure”.

Dunnes Stores in Gorey, Co Wexford is to close with unknown consequences for about 100 staff members, the Mandate trade union has said. In a statement(...)

Mandate general secretary John Douglas (above) wrote to Margaret Heffernan, the company’s director, saying workers allegedly dismissed since the strike must be reinstated. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Mandate trade union will meet solicitors on Monday to seek advice for union members it alleges have been “targeted” by Dunnes Stores management fo(...)

Workers and union representatives on the picket line at Dunnes in  Henry Street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

The trade union Mandate has said its one-day strike at Dunnes Stores was a “massive success” and warned that the dispute could escalate. The union’s (...)

Ictu president and general secretary of the Mandate union John Douglas

A senior trade unionist has told the Sinn Féin ardfheis he looks forward to working with the party in government, “both north and south”.John Douglas,(...)

Ged Nash: he has declared that 2015 is the year of the pay rise across the economy

Before the Government’s new Low Pay Commission even held its first meeting this week, the battle lines were drawn between unions and employers on what(...)

Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: cautioned of the psychological effects a defeated referendum would have in the run-up to the 1916 centenary. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has said fear of change will be a great weapon to the No side in the campaign on marriage equality. Speaking at t(...)