At the heart of the minimum-wage debate is whether employees deserve a share of a recovering economy, or whether in the wake the Brexit vote the key job now is to protect employment. Photograph: iStock

Two issues have reignited Ireland’s debate about the minimum wage. First, the Low Pay Commission, whose job it is to recommend what the hourly rate(...)

Sinn Féin spokesman Maurice Quinlivan said more than 70,000 people in the State depended on the minumum wage. Photgraph: Aidan Crawley

The Low Pay Commission was independent of the Government, Minister of State for Jobs Pat Breen told the Dáil. “I want to make it very clear that I c(...)

Minister for Transport and Independent Alliance member Shane Ross.

Minister for Transport Shane Ross wrote to the Taoiseach insisting he was “uncomfortable” at a proposal to make an appointment to a €275,000-a-year jo(...)

Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash  said it was well-known  the vast majority of those who were paid the national minimum wage were women. File photograph: Getty Images

The Government has asked the Low Pay Commission to investigate why so many women are paid only the national minimum wage. Minister for Business and Em(...)

The USC was introduced in 2010.

The Universal Social Charge is one of our more unpopular taxes; indeed so much so that some call for it to be abolished. Reductions in USC have been c(...)

Chairman of the Low Pay Commission Donal de Buitléir, Tánaiste Joan Burton and Taoiseach Enda Kenny during the official launch of the commission’s report on the national minimum wage at Seán O’Casey Community Centre, East Wall, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Employers may introduce a “slight adjustment” in the hours they give to workers as a result of the 50 cent increase in the minimum wage, the chairman (...)

Before the banking inquiry ...  Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern “accounted for his stewardship   with some aplomb.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The banking inquiry has not produced the fireworks and public humiliations anticipated by many, but it is all the better for that. If it induces a sen(...)

Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash. The chairman of the Low Pay Commission has told an Oireachtas committee that the commission will make its first report to Mr Nash by July 15th. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A total of 46 submissions have been received by the Low Pay Commission, which is to advise the Government on the appropriate rate for the national min(...)

Dr Donal de Buitléir: chair of the new Low Pay Commission which will advise the Government on the rate of the national minimum wage. File photograph: Paddy Whelan

Former banker and HSE Board member Dr Donal de Buitléir has been made chair of the Government’s new Low Pay Commission. The commission will advise the(...)

Third-level education is one of the best investments that one can make; this is increasingly realised by Irish people. OECD figures show that t(...)

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