Kieran Mulvey, Chairman, Irish Sports Council says that increased funding will increase participation and enhance high performance - A total of €8.16m will be invested in 22 Performance Plans which will support Ireland participation at the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Payday for the 59 national governing bodies of Irish sport - and with the Rio Olympic countdown well underway, Government funding for 2015 is up on la(...)

Páraic Duffy with the GAA president Liam O’Neill at the launch of the director general’s annual report at Croke Park. Photo: Paul Mohan/Sportsfile

The GAA’S director general, Páraic Duffy has defended the organisation’s commercial ventures and also launched a broadside at Dublin City Council for(...)

Doctors who are members of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) have voted to accept revised pay proposals for consultants working in public hospitals. Photograph: Getty Images.

The Government is expected to advertise for about 200 hospital consultants following the decision by members of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO)to(...)

Public service: lower-paid health workers want their pay concerns prioritised. Photograph: Alan Betson

Lower-paid staff in the public service want their pay concerns to be prioritised following new salary proposals put forward for hospital consultants(...)

The chief executive of the Labour Relations Commission Kieran Mulvey. Under new Labour Relations Commission proposals hospital consultants working exclusively in the public service could reach the maximum pay rate at a faster rate. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Hospital consultants working exclusively in the public service could reach the maximum pay rate of €175,000 at a faster rate under new proposals drawn(...)

Joanna Morgan, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award and Katie Taylor winner of the ‘Sports woman of the Year 2014’ surrounded by the monthly winners of 2014 on stage at the 10th Annual The Irish Times/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman of the Year awards.Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times 3:15

This year Katie Taylor stood above the rest but The Irish Times/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman of the Year ceremony was about all of the women ac(...)

 File photograph of former Waterford Crystal workers protesting. This weekend they voted for a pension deal. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

CONOR KANE Joy mixed with relief and some sadness were the overwhelming emotions of former Waterford Crystal workers and their families followi(...)

In  House of Waterford Crystal in the city, in 2010, after the former company went into receivership. Photograph: David Sleator/Irish Times

Conor Kane When the first lump-sum payments from the Government reach former Waterford Crystal workers in the coming months they will symbolise a vic(...)

Former Waterford Crystal workers at a Unite rally outside Leinster House last year  calling on the Government to protect the workers’ pension entitlements

The 1,770 former Waterford Crystal workers – along with the broader business community in the city – will undoubtedly be raising a glass this Christma(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said a mediated process had been a “very good outcome” for the former Waterford Crystal workers. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

A deal that has settled the long-running Waterford Crystal pensions dispute will cost taxpayers €180 million. A sum of €41 million will be made availa(...)