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Minister of State for Employment Pat Breen issued a sectoral employment order setting the rates that electrical contractors should pay employees. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennells

Electrical contractors cannot be forced to contribute to the builders’ pension scheme following the latest round of a court challenge to a Government (...)

National Electrical Contractors Ireland this week succeeded in getting in the High Court to stay part of a sectoral employment order for their industry. Photograph: iStock

Electricians could potentially spark a constitutional crisis of sorts in the building industry with their challenge to the latest sectoral employment (...)

National Electrical Contractors Ireland members must  increase electricians’ pay to between €23.49 and €24.34 an hour, depending on service, from about €18 to €21 an hour. Photograph: iStock

A Government order setting minimum pay for electrical contractors could close businesses and cost jobs, the High Court heard this week. Following a L(...)

EnglishLanguage school pic

Teachers working in commercial English language schools are poorly paid, on precarious contracts and employed in a sector where low morale is commonpl(...)

Former British Conservative minister Greg Hands co-chairman of the Alternative Arrangements Commission, pictured in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A former British Conservative minister backing “alternative arrangements” to the contentious “backstop”after Brexit believes they could form the basis(...)

US president Donald Trump and first lady Melania departing from Southampton Airport for Shannon. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

For the most part, the Taoiseach’s face remained frozen in a polite smile. Leo Varadkar was a study in statesmanlike serenity, face tilted attentivel(...)

US first lady Melania Trump  signs the visitors book at Shannon Airport as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and US president Donald Trump  watch on. Photograph: Pool/Getty Images.

US president Donald Trump has told Co Clare TD and Minister of State Pat Breen that he will be returning to Ireland in the future. Speaking after he(...)

Tommy Haugh carries a US flag to festoon the streets of Doonbeg village ahead of a visit by US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is due to discuss Brexit, Irish access to US working visas, and the political impasse in Northern Ireland when he meets US pres(...)

Marine One. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Marine One, the US presidential helicopter that will transport Donald Trump between Shannon Airport and Doonbeg this week, made a test run between the(...)

‘This is not about president Trump; this is about Irish-American relations.’ Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

People have a right to protest over Donald Trump’s visit to Clare but the US president should be welcomed to support US-Ireland relations, the most se(...)

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