Recent news

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

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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Irish Republic: Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2019 is published

The government has put forward a Bill that aims to introduce gender pay gap reporting and proposes measures to ensure steps are being taken to reduce the gap …

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Irish Republic: Construction workers set to get pay rise within two years

Trade Minister Pat Breen has supported new minimum wage rates for the construction and electrical contract sectors that will be put forward for consideration in both houses of the Oireachtas (State Parliament) over the coming weeks in order to be adopted into law …

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Irish Republic: Laws limiting the freedom of Irish visa-holders to travel home abolished

With effect from May the 13th 2019, foreign nationals with a valid Irish Residence Permit (IRP) or Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) card will no longer need a re-entry visa to return to the Irish Republic …

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Irish Republic: Refusal to transfer amounts to resignation

Irish law remains unclear about what will happen where a transfer of undertaking (TUPE) leads an employee to object to the transfer …

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Irish Republic: One-in-five spending almost half of wages on rent

According to latest figures from Social Justice Ireland, in 2017, more than 1 in 5 workers spent half their wages on rent and around 1 in 10 paid over 60% in rent …

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Irish Republic: Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act limits the use of zero-hour contracts

The Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, which recently came into force, limits the use of zero-hour contracts, unless employers provide core terms and working time predictability, and guarantee salary levels …

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Irish Republic: Change to immigration arrangements for spouses and partners of Critical Skills Employment Permit holders

The spouses and partners of non-EEA workers on a Critical Skills Employment Permit have, up to now, been able to live in the Republic – but not work there, unless they obtained a DPSE Permit …

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