Tánaiste Joan Burton after her address to the Labour party conference in Killarney. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times  2:20

A series of pre-election pledges including increased child benefit next year have been made by Tánaiste Joan Burton.In her keynote speech to the Labou(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the St Andrews Resource Centre in Dublin for the launch of the Low Pay commission. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has insisted he is worth his €3,500 a week salary.Asked at the launch of the Low Pay Commission in Dublin whether his €185,000 a (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking at the launch of the Low Pay Commission. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

It is morally unacceptable for families with people in work to be experiencing poverty, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. He said work should alwa(...)

Isme chief Mark Fielding said the national minimum wage, which is currently set at €8.65, had failed in its stated task of addressing poverty.

The national minimum wage should be scrapped, a business lobby group has urged.Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association chief executive Mark Fie(...)

The employers’ group Ibec has said there is no justification for increasing the current national minimum wage of €8.65 at this time.It said an inappro(...)

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(...)

Siptu chief Jack O’Connor: Wants to see increases of 5% across the economy. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

In December Labour Minister for Employment Ged Nash said 2015 would be “year of the pay rise”.While few workers are likely to have actually received p(...)

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. (...)

Siptu chief Jack O’Connor: Trade union movement is ‘back on the offensive’ to regain ground lost by workers during the recession.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Siptu, the country’s largest trade union, is to seek pay increases of 5 per cent across the public and private sectors. In a speech to be deliv(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and  Tánaiste Joan Burton  at a press conference after Cabinet meeting on jobs. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government’s target for achieving full employment has been brought forward by two years from 2020 to 2018, Taoiseach Enda Kenny confirmed after to(...)