Regina Doherty

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 Grace and Mathew Drysdale, great great grandchildren of executed 1916 leader Thomas MacDonagh, at  the State commemoration  at Arbour Hill, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The use of private enterprise to solve the issues facing Irish society “does not sit easily” with a Republic trying to offer equal rights to all citiz(...)

The move will also benefit the many thousands of contractors who work for multinationals and smaller companies around the State on a self-employed basis. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Self-employed workers will be able to benefit from a welfare payment of €203 a week should they find themselves out of work from November. It will be (...)

Parental leave take-up rates among fathers  in Ireland have been put as low as 10-20 per cent.

Back in the 1980s, women who wanted to maintain their careers while raising their family had to contend with just 14 weeks of maternity leave – and th(...)

Regina Doherty: she said the  new  leave would  be on top of existing entitlements

The decision to introduce extra paid parental leave later this year will be “extremely costly” for small businesses even if it is good that fathers ar(...)

Vlad new pic to support hdline

Fine Gael Ministers are to step up their attempts to “woo” potential coalition partners such as Labour and the Greens as a general election approaches(...)

Ministers last week consented to the change, which will seek to resolve the issue that arose after the referendum approving same-sex marriage was passed in 2015. File Photograph: Getty

An anomaly in the law that prevented male same-sex couples from receiving adoptive leave and benefit is set to be resolved by legislation that has bee(...)

 Billy Kelleher meets up with Clare hurling legends Brian Lohan and Niall Gilligan  while canvassing in Ennis, Co Clare, for the European elections. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Usually, political party leaders want their people to attend parliamentary party meetings. Recently, however, the presence of Anne Rabbitte irked Mich(...)

Paul Kiernan ceased driving  for   Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty (above)  in November 2017, the Labour Court heard. File photograph: Dara MacDonaill

A Government ministerial driver who served in his post for six years has failed in his claim that a Government department breached workplace legislati(...)

If your work is under the control of someone else, if you receive a fixed hourly, weekly or monthly wage, if you cannot subcontract your work, if you work set hours; and if you work for one person or one business, then you should be considered to be an employee.

There’s a worker who cleans offices Monday to Friday. But even though he works regular hours, all his gigs are set up for him and he’s paid the minimu(...)

Richard Boyd Barrett said ‘there is a notion abroad that the film industry is exceptional and that the normal rules do not apply to it’. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Film workers who appeared before an Oireachtas committee a year ago to highlight abuses of employees’ rights have been blacklisted by producers in rec(...)

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