Ictu general secretary David Begg said there should be restrictions on water charges. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

There is no room for tax cuts next year while water charges should be restricted to households with a gross income of more than €80,000, the trade uni(...)

Jim Power, chief economist, Friends First

A number of economists have warned that October’s budget may be too early for the Government to take action to lower the amount of tax paid by people(...)

A street in central Galway. More than 500 participants, including 59 international artists, are participating in the third annual Fringe festival 1:48

Suns never set on festivals in Galway, with two gearing up to open even as the film fleadh draws to a close. Sculptor John Behan initiated the city’s (...)

A rally outside the Dáil  protests about the proposed  changes to the Leader scheme, centralising control of rural development in new local government structures. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Up to 2,500 people from across the State protested outside Leinster House today at plans to change the way a key rural development fund is managed.(...)

Former trade union leader Peter Cassells has been named as chairman of a working group to examine how to fund third level education in the future.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Former trade union leader Peter Cassells has been named as chairman of a working group to examine how to fund third level education in the future.Mini(...)

Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar said yesterday he urged all parties involved to “accept the panel’s recommendations”. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar yesterday called on all parties to accept what he called the “best and last” opportunity to resolve a €750 mill(...)

Aer Lingus has said the provision of any additional capital ‘must be accompanied by a further exchange of value from employees’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Trade unions have told Aer Lingus they would have serious problems with any demands for staff to provide compensatory savings in return for investment(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin will bring the Registration of Lobbying Bill to Cabinet tomorrow. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The Government’s long-awaited legislation to register lobbyists will focus on the nature, targets and intensity of their activities rather than on (...)

The disciplinary code of the Bar of Ireland states that the tribunal’s procedures shall be in accordance with the rules of constitutional and natural justice. Photograph: David Sleator

Barristers don’t handle client money and they have less direct interaction with the public than solicitors. They are also fewer in number than the oth(...)

Workers at the Paris Bakery in Moore Street are staging a sit-in protest over the non-payment of wages. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Former workers at the Paris Bakery on Moore Street in Dublin will picket Leinster House tomorrow calling for changes to legislation where companies ce(...)