Joe O Toole

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By combining the power of 16 credit unions, Metamo creates critical mass in bringing together credit unions with more than €3 billion in assets and 480,000 members. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Much of the recent commentary on the slow death of the Irish Credit Union sector is greatly exaggerated. It evokes an almost-Dickensian reflection of (...)

Credit unions represent more than 480,000 members and combined assets of more than €3 billion. Photograph: iStock

Sixteen Irish credit unions have joined with Fexco in a €10 million deal that is intended to support credit union sustainability and improve efficienc(...)

Director general of the Workplace Relations Commission Oonagh Buckley arriving for the public sector pay talks between the Government and trade unions at Lansdowne House. Photograph: Leah Farrell/

Talks on a new pay deal for public sector workers got under way this week. There won’t be any mention of percentages or quantum during these early day(...)

Bus Éireann workers outside Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Brian Hutton/PA Wire

Like Banquo’s ghost there is another player, invisible for the moment, hovering above the melee that is the bus strike. That’s the Government. Worker(...)

Employers pay about €360m a year into a National Training Fund through a payroll levy. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government is to seek additional cash from employers in return for thousands of new college places in areas linked to skills’ shortages. The move (...)

The ASTI  had walked away from the collegiality of the INTO and TUI and the shelter of the wider public sector unions within the Lansdowne agreement. Photograph: Eric Luke

Don’t believe that tosh about Lansdowne Road being dead in the water. Not a bit of it. The truth is that Lansdowne Road is only getting its second win(...)

A rally organised by the federation of Dublin anti-water charges campaign. Photograph: The Irish Times

Before he had to step down as chair of the commission on water charges during the summer, Joe O’Toole was accurate in his criticisms of the posturing (...)

Simon Harris, Leo Varadkar, Katherine Zappone and Simon Coveney.

Minster for Health Simon Harris The Department of Health has put an end to many a political ambition. How many new ministers have started full of(...)

The Government will shortly be in a position to mark 100 days in office. Fine Gael has little to show for it, other than a swathe of ministerial posit(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel with Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Berlin on Tuesday. After some poor judgment calls last week, murmurings of discontent about  Kenny’s leadership became uncomfortably loud. Photograph: Markus Schreiber/AP

The Taoiseach travelled light to Berlin. He left the knuckledusters and thumbscrews behind with his enforcers, just in case they might need them again(...)

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