Updated: 27/09/17 : 14:53:12
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Zero-hours contracts could be outlawed by Christmas

Laws outlawing zero-hours contracts will be introduced by Christmas, if the Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty gets her way.

Ms Doherty says it is time for the most vulnerable workers to get job security.

Meanwhile, the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed says the system is often too complex for jobseekers.

Last week, it was announced that unemployment was down to 6.2%, with fewer than 70,000 who are long-term unemployed.

Thomas Fitzgerald is one of them, and he says it can be hard to swallow the good news.

Mr Fitzgerald said: "It is great to hear things like this, but do I really believe it? No not really.

"I do believe that there is a lot more work that can be done for people like myself that are unemployed and incentives to get people back to work."

This morning the Social Protection Minister said she would fight to ban zero-hour contracts, where people have precarious jobs with no guarantee of work.