Fiona White, Mark Senn and Róisin Scott at one of the first events of Startup Gathering, which ends on Saturday. Photograph:  Iain White/Fennell Photography

A new initiative to boost Ireland’s standing as a startup hub has kicked off, with a programme of events planned for the week. The Startup Gatherin(...)

The work visa changes, which are contained in the Employment Permits (Amendment) Regulations 2015, have been introduced because of a skills shortage in a number of industries, most notably the IT sector.

Changes to existing regulations that make it easier for individuals from overseas to secure work visas in Ireland have been welcomed. The changes, wh(...)

Vodafone’s Anne O’Leary (centre) talks with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Communications Alex White at Vodafone Ireland’s new European sales centre in Carrickmines. Also pictured is Martin Shanahan of the IDA (far right) and Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton. Photograph: Alan Betson

Two hundred permanent jobs will be created with Vodafone Ireland as part of a €60 million investment in a new European sales centre in Dublin. Taoise(...)

 Mary Lou McDonald: found to have breached Dáil privilege by naming the politicians in the Dáil chamber.   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A whistleblower has named another former politician as having an Ansbacher account in a fresh document sent to politicians. Gerry Ryan, an official (...)

Gerry Ryan wrote to the PAC  alleging the Ansbacher accounts were used by prominent figures to evade tax in the 1990s. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

The Public Accounts Committee cannot examine evidence from whistleblower Gerry Ryan. Members met today to view the correspondence from Mr Ryan but le(...)

The Labour of Love campaign which focuses on the rights of workers in private homes across Ireland was launched by au pairs and domestic workers earlier this year. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

More than 20,000 Irish households are employing au pairs to look after children and clean homes, with the average au pair paid just € 100 for a 40-hou(...)

 Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton. The Department of Jobs has been criticised by the Carers’ Association for failing to engage with the National Carers’ Strategy. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Despite “repeated requests”, the Department of Jobs has failed to engage with the National Carers’ Strategy (NCS), the main advocacy body for family c(...)

The Royal Irish Academy was aware of a consultation process, but other stakeholders were not told. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An interdepartmental committee asked to devise a new scientific research strategy for Ireland has left out an important part of the process – the scie(...)

The number of work permits issued to workers from outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland increased in 2014, having been in decline for ove(...)

Last November, the Government confirmed that a local division of the Unified Patent Court will be established in Ireland, which would allow businesses to resolve disputes around intellectual property rights (IPR) locally rather than in other EU member states. File photograph: Getty Images

The establishment of a new court described as crucial to securing the future of the so-called “knowledge economy” will require a referendum to amend t(...)