Axa chief executive John O’Neill:    meeting with Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton  last October was arranged by Anthony Lavin, a Fine Gael councillor and customer care manager at Axa.  Photograph: Mac Innes.

A Fine Gael councillor who works with Axa Insurance sought a meeting for his boss with a Minister last year so the company could “explain the difficu(...)

Export revenues currently account for 40 per cent of Obelisk’s turnover

Cavan-headquartered telecoms services group Obelisk is to create 200 new jobs after raising €6 million in funding to drive expansion in the UK and So(...)

Au pair agencies have said the State urgently needs to legislate for au pairs to work as part of a cultural exchange programme. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Irish “live-in au pair” could become a thing of the past if minimum wage laws were enforced following a controversial ruling this week. Agencies(...)

A meeting at Farmleigh, in Dublin, organised by the Department of Jobs, Innovation and Skills, marked a turning point. Photograph : Bryan O’Brien

The early response to the Government’s new science policy has been generally positive, including, somewhat unexpectedly, from members of the science c(...)

A passion for the sea and hard sleepless nights on a rolling platform are prerequisites among crew seeking a berth on a trawler. Photograph: EPA

Dangerous, dysfunctional and overregulated in parts: the fishing industry rarely makes headlines for any of the right reasons. A passion for the sea (...)

Richard Bruton: spokesman said  ensuring an adequate supply of skilled workers was a key objective of the Government. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Government has introduced reforms to the work permit system to address skills shortages. As part of the moves that came in yesterday, some occupa(...)

Joan Burton described events at Clerys as “predatory capitalism”. She said she would “use every legal avenue to vindicate the State and taxpayers’ rights”

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton is considering placing a representative of her department on a committee which would inves(...)

A new €5 million research centre which will see industry and academia collaborate on specific health projects was officially launched today.The Applie(...)

Minister of State at the Department of Jobs Ged Nash (left), who  fronts the Low Paid Commission, has been pushing for a series of pay increases over the next few years but Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton (right)  disagrees, insisting this is not the time for wage rises. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Department of Finance has argued against increasing the minimum wage in a submission to the Low Pay Commission. Officials in Michael Noonan’s depa(...)

Mandate wrote to Minister of State for Jobs Ged Nash on Wednesday as reports came in “from all over the country” of Dunnes management moving to “target” workers who had participated in last week’s strike. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Mandate trade union has written to the Minister of State for Jobs Ged Nash describing alleged intimidation by Dunnes Stores management of strikers(...)