The proportion of full-time workers who are on temporary contracts has doubled in the past decade or so, up from 5 per cent to 10 per cent. Illustration: John Holcroft/Ikon/Getty

It seems like the narrative of a quaint period drama: a time when newly minted graduates would enter a company and stay for the rest of their lives(...)

Peter Cassells: “There was actually a point where Dick Spring asked for that Monday to be declared a public holiday but Charlie Haughey basically told him to go to hell.”

“I’m one of the ones with regrets,” says Peter Cassells. “I regret that I didn’t just sell the fridge and go; or that I wasn’t of the ones that went(...)

Corrib Gas is the single most expensive energy infrastructure project in Ireland and the largest since the Ardnacrusha hydroelectric scheme on the Shannon in the 1920s. 8:37

The huge cost overrun on Corrib gas, the single most expensive energy infrastructure project in Ireland and the largest since the Ardnacrusha hydroele(...)

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.(...)

A protest outside Clerys in support of the department store’s workers. The store closed on Friday with the loss of 460 jobs. Photograph: Ciaran D’Arcy 3:03

A rally in support of Clerys workers outside the department store on Dublin’s O’Connell St has finished. The protest followed the news that 130 direct(...)

Campaigners attend a rally in Belfast to show their support for marriage equality. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Some 20,000 gay rights campaigners have marched in Belfast demanding a change in the law to allow gay marriage. The crowd, organised by Amnesty Inter(...)

The executive of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has joined  trade unions including Siptu, Impact and the Irish National Teachers Organisation in supporting the proposed Landowne Road pay deal.

The executive council of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) is to urge its members to support the proposed new agreement on public serv(...)

New media mergers guidelines have described  a holding or voting strength of over 20 per cent as  constituting a significant interest in a media company.

New guidelines will give the Minister for Communications power to decide if a proposed media merger is in the public interest in terms of diversity an(...)