Some 33% of the 30 workers interviewed by the Migrant Rights Centre of Ireland had experienced ‘verbal and/or physical abuse’. File photograph: Chris Furlong/Getty Images

A survey of Filipino and Egyptian crew working on Irish fishing vessels found that just over 41 per cent had experienced discriminatory behaviour and (...)

General secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions Patricia King said a growing proportion of the working population is being subjected to precarious working arrangements. Photograph: Eric Luke

Workers in the community health, hospitality, retail and education sectors are being exploited by way of low-hour or “if and when” contracts, an Oirea(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said 9,000 jobs have been created in the hospitality industry since the lower rate of VAT was introduced in 2011. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has hinted that the reduced 9 per cent rate of VAT applied to the hospitality sector could be increased unless an (...)

Minister for Health James Reilly has proposed the introduction of standardised or plain packaging of tobacco products. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Some of America’s largest business organisations have urged the Taoiseach to rethink plans to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products. Such a m(...)

Tobacco smuggling is estimated to cost the State up to €250 million a year. Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

The public needs to be made aware that illegal tobacco smuggling is not a victimless crime, according to a prominent Government TD. Damien English, th(...)

Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Innovation and Enterprise Damien English said the recent  improvement in employment rates could be attributed in part to emigration. Photograph: National Youth Council of Ireland

Proper resources and funding need to be put into the implementation of the Youth Guarantee scheme as long-term youth unemployment increases, accoring (...)