‘Fee freezes announced in the budget will do nothing to incentivise capacity growth.’ Photograph: Frank Perry/AFP/Getty

The childcare system in Ireland is reaching breaking point with waiting lists of up to 12 months in some cases. More capacity is urgently needed but, (...)

Childhood Services Ireland director Darragh Whelan. ‘Funding will need to double again over the next number of years to get us to a sustainable level,’ he says. Photograph:  Conor McCabe Photography

Affordable childcare delivered by a viable sector is at the very top of the agenda for Ibec’s newest industry association, Childhood Services Ireland (...)

 Minster for Business and Employment Ged Nash. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Hotel operators have said that the re-introduction of wage -setting mechansims inthe sector to determine pay and conditions for staff would jeopardise(...)

 Greyhound strikers  and  supporters outside the High Court in  Dublin earlier this month: the final vote was 52 in favour and 15 against the deal with one spoiled vote. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

The 14-week dispute between Greyhound workers and the company has ended with the workers agreeing to go back to work. Siptu members employed by Gre(...)