As the scheme remains to be finalised, it is not yet exactly clear who will qualify but, according to a spokeswoman for the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, it will be open to practising and developing artists and creative arts workers. Photograph: iStock

How would you like to get €250 into your bank account each week, no questions asked? Over the coming months, as many as 2,000 artists and creative wor(...)

People Before Profit tabled a motion to increase the minimum wage in the Dáil on Wednesday, which the Government did not oppose.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

People Before Profit have called for the minimum wage to be raised to €15 per hour with people now experiencing a “cost of survival crisis”. The par(...)

From 2016 to 2018, the minimum wage increased on three occasions, rising from €8.65 to €9.55 per hour. Photograph: iStock

Some low-paid workers saw a reduction in hours as a result of increases in the minimum wage between 2016 and 2018, but average take-home pay rose, a n(...)

Labour Party Leader Alan Kelly (right) with Louise Haigh MP (left) speaking to media before the opening of the Labour Party Conference in the Mansion House tonight. Photograph: Sam Boal /

Labour Party leader Alan Kelly has hit out at the “arrogance” of other opposition parties and said there is a “third option” between them and Governme(...)

The Taoiseach said that the intention had been to use Budget measures to protect people in respect of cost of living increases. Photograph: Gareth Chaney / Collins

Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar have admitted that the budget will only lead to a modest increase in most people’s standard of livi(...)

Mr Varadkar said that as well as helping businesses and workers through the immediate challenges facing them, the Government also had to look to the longer term. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Ireland’s high national productivity figures before the Covid crisis masked significant areas of underperformance in some parts of the economy, Tánais(...)

 Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar  TD arriving at Government Buildings for a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Low Pay Commission has been asked by the Government to look at the design of a “living wage” for workers in an Irish context. As part of its stud(...)

‘The gig economy model that is often believed to be the new utopia of opportunity is not so enlightening.’ File photograph: Getty

At the end of January 2021 almost 500,000 workers here were on the pandemic unemployment payment. The roll out of vaccination programmes has shifted m(...)

The ESRI study assessed the impact of the government’s decision to increase the minimum hourly rate from €8.65 to €9.15 per hour in 2016.

Fears that hiking the minimum wage in 2016 would lead to a significant increase in labour costs proved unfounded, a study by the Economic and Social (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Tom Honan/Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

The Government is considering how to transform the Low Pay Commission into a living wage commission to meet its programme for government commitment fo(...)

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