Candles for the victims of Germanwings Airbus fight sit on a table during a church service at the altar at the cathedral Notre Dame du Bourg  in Digne-les-Bains, France. Photgraph:  Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

Media coverage of the Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz, who flew 149 people and himself into a mountainside in the French Alps last Tuesday, has been (...)

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” (...)

‘We say we want to avoid the old boom/bust cycle, but we don’t always behave that way. Patricia King (above), the new general secretary of the ICTU says every employee deserves a pay rise. Business lobbies are calling for lower tax. There are demands for more public spending and investment from a range of lobbies. We simply can’t afford it all. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

It is hard to imagine a more favourable scenario for economic growth. Interest rates are at rock bottom. The euro has collapsed on international marke(...)

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(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said he will invite public service unions to talks after the Government receives exchequer figures for the first quarter.

There is no certainty that a deal can be reached between the Government and trade unions on pay restoration for public service staff, a senior officia(...)

‘This is the first time trades unions have opposed a Stormont deal. On every previous occasion, the ICTU and individual unions have hailed the outcome as a welcome contribution to the consolidation of peace’. Photograph: Getty Images

One of the factors behind Sinn Féin’s decision on Monday to pull out of the Stormont House Agreement was a series of trade union demonstrations tomorr(...)

The union meeting followed talks this week between IAG and a Government body set up to review its proposed €2.55-a-share offer for Aer Lingus. Photograph: Artur Widak/PA Wire

Trade unions could lift their opposition to a takeover of Aer Lingus by International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) if some concerns were address(...)

The union meeting followed talks this week between IAG and a Government body set up to review its proposed €2.55-a-share offer for Aer Lingus. Photograph: Artur Widak/PA Wire

Trade unions could lift their opposition to a takeover of Aer Lingus by International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) if some concerns were address(...)

David Begg who has retired as general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

David Begg, who has retired as general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), has been a true champion for workers, Tánaiste Joan Bur(...)

An Airbus A330-300 passenger aircraft, operated by Aer Lingus  , stands on the tarmac at Dublin Airpor. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Trade unions say they remain unconvinced over IAG’s commitment to protect jobs and maintain connectivity at Aer Lingus following talks with group chie(...)