In his first day as the new chief executive of Aer Lingus, Stephen Kavanagh moved to reassure staff over the bid  for the airline from International Airlines Group (IAG). Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

FIONA REDDAN Aer Lingus union leaders are sceptical about assurances that existing agreements with the company will be honoured if International Cons(...)

Willie Walsh, chief executive  of International Consolidated Airlines Group SA: has not given up on his group’s proposed €2.55-a-share offer for  Aer Lingus. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

International Consolidated Airlines’ Group chief executive Willie Walsh will next week respond to Government and workers’ demands that the group bols(...)

Willie Walsh and Aer Lingus chief executive designate Stephen Kavanagh met outgoing Irish Congress of Trade Unions general secretary David Begg, Jack O’Connor of Siptu and Shay Cody of Impact to discuss IAG’s bid. Photograph: Alan Betson

International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) chief executive Willie Walsh met union leaders yesterday as his campaign to win support for his compa(...)

The death has taken place of former Labour Party TD and mayor of Limerick Frank Prendergast at the age of 81.  Photograph: Pat Langan

President Michael D. Higgins has paid tribute to former Labour Party TD and mayor of Limerick Frank Prendergast who has died at the age of 81.Mr Prend(...)

Dr Donal de Buitléir: chair of the new Low Pay Commission which will advise the Government on the rate of the national minimum wage. File photograph: Paddy Whelan

Former banker and HSE Board member Dr Donal de Buitléir has been made chair of the Government’s new Low Pay Commission. The commission will advise the(...)

Pádraig Ó Ríordáin: the panel was clarifying a number of issues with the union Siptu and  Ictu. Photograph: MacInnes

Actuaries hired by trade unions representing past and present airport workers appear to back calculations used by the company to arrive at the figure(...)

Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: cautioned of the psychological effects a defeated referendum would have in the run-up to the 1916 centenary. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has said fear of change will be a great weapon to the No side in the campaign on marriage equality. Speaking at t(...)

Outgoing Irish Congress of Trade Unions general secretary David Begg told the Public Service Executive Union’s social protection divisional conference that Ireland needs a ‘national understanding’ on income distribution. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu) has called for a “national understanding” on income distribution.Outgoing general secretary David Begg said (...)

Jack O’Connor, general secretary of Siptu, said the union wanted increases of 5 per cent in the public and private sectors and that it would be seeking the introduction of a minimum living wage of €11.45 per hour. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The employers’ group Ibec has criticised as “reckless and foolish” calls by the trade union Siptu for a 5 per cent pay rise across the economy. (...)

David Begg, whose second term ended last week just as the third proposal from IAG was materialising

While all eyes are on the Aer Lingus board’s next move, it’s interesting to note that it is not actually at full strength. In fact, it is effectively (...)