David Begg, general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions David Begg is to retire. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions David Begg is to retire.Mr Begg told the executive council of Congress today that he would(...)

Norma Gibson:
placed great importance on serving the community

Norman Gibson was a major figure in the higher education and sociopolitical landscape of Northern Ireland for more than 30 years. He was a founding ac(...)

Nowhere has the impact of recession been more keenly felt in than in the high numbers of Irish households where no one is working. Nearly one quarter (...)

Helen Johnston, author of the report for the NESC: Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Almost one-quarter of households in Ireland are classified as “jobless”, far above the EU average, according to a report yesterday by the National Ec(...)

After the excitement of a property boom, the crisis in banking and the departure of the troika, what next? The general population may now be faced wit(...)

A year of public renewal

We may be in the midst of winter but perhaps we can begin to think of an Irish spring. For the last three years of life under the Troika, Irish public(...)

Planning for the future

Keeping the State afloat, mending fiscal leaks and chopping away fallen spars has dominated the Government’s agenda for the past number of years. Now (...)

Container traffic in Dublin Port: “There has been a significant recovery of cost competitiveness, and an improvement in export growth,” the NESC report found.

Ireland’s success in adhering to the “remarkably large fiscal adjustment” in the bailout programme has done much to repair the country’s reputation in(...)

Michael McCarthy: The committee, chaired by the Labour TD, was asked to consider draft proposals for climate change legislation and an accompanying detailed report prepared by the secretariat of the National Economic and Social Council.

A parliamentary committee examining proposals for new climate change legislation is divided on the issue of setting binding targets for emissions redu(...)

Two reports on similar aspects of the Irish economy have reached the same conclusion – the economic downturn has hit those in the younger age g(...)