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Ialpa  has given Ryanair a midday deadline for a union recognition agreement. Photograph: PA Wire

Would-be Ryanair passengers will be keeping a close eye on developments between the airline and pilots’ union Ialpa today, with the latter having give(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris said VHI wanted to ensure it remained a commercial semi-State body on a sustainable basis into the future. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Health Simon Harris has said he would be very cautious about State-owned health insurer VHI acquiring private hospitals. However, Mr Har(...)

High-quality home broadband requires a monthly contract either for a landline or a mobile and it is best to plan ahead for this as soon as you know where you are going to live. Photograph: iStock
Top 10 things to plan

Housing It’s no secret that housing costs in Ireland are rising rapidly. This means rents and house prices will continue to escalate even while peopl(...)

The Beacon Hospital, Sandyford: VHI  approached its owners a few months ago about a possible purchase.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

State-owned health insurer VHI is understood to be looking at acquiring or buying into private hospitals in what would represent a major change to its(...)

Employee benefits from workplace wellness programmes include enhanced self-esteem, reduced stress, improved morale, increased job satisfaction, improved health, and improved sense of wellbeing. Photograph: iStock
Getting the balance right at work

Current research shows that employers who help staff achieve a better balance in their working lifestyle are rewarded with a happier, more productive (...)

Research suggests the cost of presenteeism to Irish employers could run as high as €15 billion a year. Photograph: Getty

Just being there is never really enough when it comes to work, but sometimes being there can actually be the problem. Presenteeism, a phenomenon where(...)

Vhi can assist firms through its occupational health and employee assistance programmes which it currently delivers to more than 600 companies in Ireland.

It’s well established that healthy workplaces tend to be more productive and enjoy lower rates of absenteeism than their less healthy counterparts. Bu(...)

Our reader booked the elements of the trip separately so requested the cancellation confirmation from Aer Lingus for the outward journey and the accommodation provider, Sixt car hire and Ryanair (for the homeward journey). There was no problem with any provider but Ryanair. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

“Following an accident on September 16th my husband sustained a serious spinal injury and we were unable to travel on our holiday the following week,”(...)

Low glycaemic index carbohydrates provide a steady supply of glucose to the brain and help us concentrate and learn. Brown rice, quinoa, seasonal vegetables and sweet potato are among the best choices

Poor dietary, exercise and sleep habits negatively impact employees’ work performance and can cost companies dearly in terms of lost productivity, abs(...)

Home-heating costs have seen the biggest jump, according to the AA’s cost-of-living survey.

When the cost of most everything from food, mortgage payments, utility bills, motoring, phones, a modest social life, insurance, school and childcare (...)

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