Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Irish Republic as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

Irish Republic: Lidl Ireland commits to paying staff latest living wage increase

Lidl Ireland has promised to pay its employees at least the latest “Living Wage” hourly rate of €12 …

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Irish Republic: Supreme Court clarifies the right to legal representation

There has remained some legal uncertainty about whether an employee could be represented by a solicitor in an internal company investigation …

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Irish Republic: Enhanced benefits for employees

The Government has now published its Parental Leave and Benefit Bill …

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Irish Republic: Higher salary thresholds for critical skills employment permits

With effect from January 1st 2020, the minimum annual salary for Critical Skills Employment Permits will rise by 6 …

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Irish Republic: Building services investigation

A study is underway, at the investigation of the labour court, into terms and conditions in the mechanical engineering building services sector …

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Irish Republic: Population now at highest level since Great Famine

Over the year to April 2019 the population of the Irish Republic surged by 64,500 to 4,921,500 …

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Irish Republic: Extra-terrestrial bribery law

One of the reasons why the Irish Republic has never prosecuted any company for bribery abroad is because its extra-terrestrial bribery law requires the offence to be unlawful in both Ireland and the country concerned …

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Irish Republic: Government to consider law on right to switch off from work emails

The Business Minister, Heather Humphreys has asked the government’s Interdepartmental Steering Group to examine the scope for legislation concerning the right of workers in companies with a workforce of 50* to “disconnect” digital devices outside normal working hours …

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Irish Republic: Unpaid parental leave to increase to 26 weeks

A measure to amend and extend the Parental Leave Act 1998 has been signed by the President …

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Irish Republic: Labour productivity growing at three times EU rate

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has recently issued a report indicating that, between the years 2000 and 2017, labour productivity in the Irish Republic grew by an average of 3 …

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Irish Republic: Earnings and labour costs annual – 2018

Between 2017 and 2018, average annual earnings increased by 3 …

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Irish Republic: One year ‘unbroken’ stay needed for Irish citizenship

A High Court Judge, Mr Justice Max Barrett, has ruled through a formal “opinion” that those who wish to apply for Irish citizenship through naturalisation must have remained on Irish soil for an unbroken period of 12 months prior to making the application …

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Irish Republic: Double Taxation Treaty between Ireland and the Netherlands

A new Double Taxation Agreement (DTA) has been concluded between the Irish Republic and the Netherlands …

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Irish Republic: Ictu to press for introduction of EU collective

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions is lobbying the European Commission to introduce an EU Directive obliging employers to recognise trade unions in pay disputes …

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Irish Republic: Man with dyspraxia unfairly dismissed

The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) has found that an Aircraft Service Agent at Dublin Airport was unfairly dismissed …

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