Further four-hour stoppages are planned throughout June

Detention centre staff conclude industrial action

31 May Staff at Oberstown youth detention centre in Co Dublin have taken part in industrial action in response to a rise in violent attacks on staff since the centre started accepting detainees from the prison system.

Workers at the Chinon nuclear plant have joined the strike

French nuclear workers join strike action

26 May Power output in France fell by at least 5 gigawatts after members of the CGT union at utility EDF joined a rolling nationwide strike against planned government reforms, a union official said.

The Group of Seven leaders are holding a summit in Japan

G7 leaders debate global economic risks

26 May G7 leaders have voiced concern about emerging economies as their host, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, made a pointed comparison to the global financial crisis eight years ago.

GreeK PM Alexis Tsipras has brought in tough fiscal reforms which have led to new deal with the IMF and the EU

Eurozone agrees debt deal with Greece, IMF

25 May Eurozone governments have offered Greece debt relief in 2018, but left key details for later in a bid to bridge Germany's view that no immediate action was needed and the International Monetary Fund's call for decisions now.

Maxol says it is investing €2m in the expansion

50 jobs promised by Maxol in Mayo

24 May The Maxol fuel company has said it will create 50 jobs in Mayo, with the opening of two new retail locations in Westport and Castlebar.

Mark Carney said there was no political bias at the Bank of England

Bank of England chief defends Brexit comments

24 May Bank of England boss Mark Carney has denied accusations of giving out Treasury Brexit "propaganda" and said it was his job to "come straight with the British people" over the risks.

Last year the previous government made a pledge to increase public and private investment in research to 2.5% by 2020

Department warns of research funding challenge

23 May The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation has warned that it faces a significant challenge in sustaining funding for programmes aimed at driving research and innovation within firms based in Ireland if the capital allocation for such programmes is not increased.

IMPACT's General Secretary Shay Cody called for an acceleration of the pace of pay restoration

IMPACT call for acceleration of pay restoration

19 May The country's biggest public service union, IMPACT, has called for an acceleration of the pace of pay restoration, following the cuts to worker's salaries and conditions imposed since 2009.

Danger of a minority government avoiding difficult decisions is very real, according to Ibec

Ibec says Programme for Govt 'lacks ambition'

18 May Ibec has said the Programme for Government lacks ambition in its plans for infrastructure investment, saying the Government ought to push for a relaxation of EU rules to allow a higher level of capital spending.

Fears 'backpacker labour' will be hit by income tax changes

Australia to review planned 'backpacker tax' hike

17 May Australia will review a planned tax increase for foreign travellers who work in the country, following complaints from farmers that their supply of "backpacker labour" at harvest times may dry up.