Employers group Ibec said steps were needed to cut the higher marginal tax rate and the number of workers who pay it. It also called for an overhaul of childcare. Photograph: Getty Images

Business lobby Ibec has called on the Government to boost capital expenditure next year by €1 billion and ease the income tax burden on higher earners(...)

A former non-executive director of the Central Bank and the financial regulatory authority has said they pushed concerns about the economy aside be(...)

David Begg, former General Secretary of ICTU & non-executive director of the central bank and CBFSAI.

Former Ictu general secretary David Begg has described the bailout Troika as an “uncaring technocracy of neoliberal zealots devoid of empathy”, althou(...)

Ibec’s Danny McCoy: claimed the real value of the minimum wage had actually increased during the crisis. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Business groups and the restaurants sector have strongly opposed any increase in the minimum wage of €8.65 ahead of reports that the Low Pay Commissio(...)

Building regulations: Dublin local authorities have significantly added to the general national requirements, often dramatically pushing up the cost of construction in the process.  Photograph: Frank Miller

The shortage of available housing in Dublin is now acute. It is creating enormous social problems, not least the very worrying rise in homeless childr(...)

The “living wage” calls for the introduction of an hourly rate of €11.45. Photograph: Getty Images

Employers’ group Ibec has said the introduction of a “living wage” would hurt employment but would not address the real challenges of poverty. Last we(...)

A rally in support of Dunnes Stores workers earlier this year. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Trade unions want greater protection for workers. Employers want greater flexibility. But is there a middle ground which can provide both freedom and (...)

Former president of the European Parliament Pat Cox. “My strong hope is that they can collectively find the wisdom to work together on a solution that is viable and acceptable to both sides”

Every effort should be made by Greece and its EU partners to work together, former president of the European Parliament Pat Cox, has said. Speaking (...)

The use of contractors in the IT, pharmaceutical, health and engineering sectors has been promoted by both employers and recruitment firms. File photograph: PA Photo

State agencies are stepping up investigations into companies who employ workers as self-employed contractors on a bogus basis to cut their overheads. (...)

Amendments to the Government’s climate change legislation will take the bare look off its commitment to engage seriously with global warming issues at(...)