David Begg

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Stephen Kavanagh, who is to step down as  Aer Lingus  chief executive at the end of the month. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

If Stephen Kavanagh was anymore down to earth he’d be subterranean. The Dubliner is as unassuming as they come, particularly among the officer ranks (...)

David Begg insisted however that he was ‘not an absolutist in this matter’. File photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Labour Party Leader Brendan Howlin has challenged former general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions David Begg who said he “cannot in con(...)

Pope Francis meeting President Michael D Higgins at the Vatican last May: The Catholic Church came late to the awareness of the value of Church-State separation and the autonomy of the secular. Photograph: PA Wire

Is it time to reboot the relationship between religious believers and atheists? Recent years have been characterised by noisy and often self-defeating(...)

The minister paced the corridors of power as a civil servant waited patiently to brief him on urgent Dáil business. He was on his mobile phone to a c(...)

Pensions Authority chairman and veteran trade unionist David Begg said that “from a public policy point of view, it is time to do something”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Another minister, another consultation on what to do about pensions. Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar sounded as genuine as all his predece(...)

Lynn Ruane, President of Trinity College Students Union with her daughters Jaelynne and Jordanne. “She will be one of the most interesting politicians in the new Oireachtas, irrespective of how long it lasts.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

It is truly to be hoped that Seanad Éireann will never again be elected under the current absurd system. That said, the 2016 Seanad results have throw(...)

ASTI members protesting outside school in  Co Dublin last year. The union has threatened industrial action this autumn. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The country’s main second-level teachers’ union has voted not to enter into talks with the Department of Education over issues such as working hours (...)

Maura Hopkins busy canvassing in Wicklow town for the upcoming Seanad Éireann election 2016. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

On April 12th at around midday, Daithí de Róiste pulled up his car at the Springhill Hotel on the outskirts of Kilkenny. As he parked, he noted that(...)

David Begg: ‘The trick is not letting everybody getting so dug-in that relations are destroyed or trust gone. There can be a lot of collateral damage’. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

David Begg, former general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) says the government being formed should focus on stabilising the cur(...)

Sixth-class pupils on the Luas. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

People who depend on public transport are unlikely to be in a reflective mood about the current Luas dispute and the historical parallels with events (...)

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