David Staunton: “Ecotherapy takes into account the feelings of loss, hopelessness and denial that many of us are living with due to the gross injustices – climate change, pollution, the mass extinction of birds, animals and plants – that nature and our planet experience”

‘Ecopsychology” is part of the solution to climate-change denial and inaction on global warming, according to David Staunton, an “ecopsychologist” (...)

Catch it while you can but most pay rises will likely be small and hard won

It’s been a long time coming, but it looks as though pay rises are finally back on the agenda. With most workers having seen a substantial drop in liv(...)

The signatories are advocating that less funding emphasis be placed on economically-driven research. Photograph: The Irish Times

More than 800 leading research scientists have joined forces to lobby the Government as it prepares a new national strategy for scientific research. I(...)

The return of domestic demand may being adding a degree of fizz to the economy but Irish drinkers are shunning Champagne, the popularity of which was (...)

Some big-name companies such as McDonald’s (above), Tesco, JD Wetherspoon, Domino’s and Sports Direct have come in for heavy criticism for using zero-hour contracts in Britain. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Employers in Britain have found themselves in the firing line lately over their use of zero-hour contracts. Under these, employees must be availabl(...)

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(...)

 Minister Ged Nash said a recent survey by employers’ group Ibec had indicated that 57 per cent of companies planned to increase basic pay this year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The trend for pay increases in many parts of the economy is expected to continue, the Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash has said.He said a(...)

The Companies Act 2014 is expected to provide significant benefits to companies, in particular smaller firms, by reducing red tape

It’s not often new legislation comes along that is warmly welcomed by the business community. But the Companies Act 2014, which comes into effect in J(...)

Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Did Michael Noonan get beaten up by a Greek when he was younger? Perhaps it is just our wily Minister for Finance’s facetious way, but he seems to rev(...)

Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy: he is to call on the Government to further reduce income tax at the next budget and to invest heavily in infrastructure. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Business has no interest in a return to one-size-fits-all national pay agreements, the head of the employers group Ibec is expected to state today.In(...)