Employers should be restricted from being directors of companies for up to five years if they fail to meet their obligations to their employees, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions  has urged. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Employers should be restricted from being directors of companies for up to five years if they fail to meet their obligations to their employees, the I(...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Authorities here are concerned about the threat of “lone wolf” terrorists and the possibility of terrorism groups using the State as a base, a draft W(...)

Universal health insurance  would abolish Ireland’s existing two-tier system with a single tier system by effectively making everyone a private patient Photograph: Andrew Wong/Reuters

The annual cost of universal health insurance (UHI) to cover a standard package of benefits for one adult could be between €2,000 and €3,000, external(...)

The ASTI and TUI are recommending rejection of the  proposed new public service pay deal, while the  INTO has urged members to support it. File photograph: Stephen Shepherd/The Image Bank/Getty Images

The 23-member standing committee of the secondary school teachers’ union ASTI has urged the organisation’s overall executive to recommend rejection of(...)

Irish Congress of Trade Unions general secretary Patricia King. Ictu aims to set out the response of political parties to its charter at its upcoming conference in Ennis. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu) is to ask politicians and candidates running in the next general election to sign up to a new charter outlin(...)

The Association of Higher Civil and Public Servants (AHCPS) described the proposed new Lansdowne Road agreement as “deeply disappointing”.

The union representing higher civil and public servants is to urge members to reject the proposed new public service pay deal in a forthcoming ballot.(...)

Philip Smith  claimed he was made the ‘fall guy’ by RSA when certain issues emerged at the Irish business in October 2013. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Ireland’s biggest insurance company RSA plans to appeal the €1.25 million award by the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) to its former chief executive(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said the EU directive is not a “panacea” and that patients will have to pay upfront, and find someone abroad to accept their doctor’s referral. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

The HSE is to allocate €1 million this year to pay for treatment carried out abroad under new EU rules. Under the cross-border healthcare directive, (...)

Clerys staff and supporters during a protest outside Clerys on O’Connell Street, Dublin last week. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Minister for Communications Alex White has said the Government would amend company law if there was a need and a way to do so in the wake of the co(...)

Minster for Health Leo Varadkar has said it would be inappropriate to meet with GPs from south Tipperary where opposition is strongest to the Government’s plans. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin.

The Department of Health has said 74 per cent of GPs - 1,784 - have signed up to the proposed new contract for free family doctor care for children un(...)