The Department of the Environment believed the cost of the metering programme would come to €431.56m, it later emerged the final cost would be €539 million. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Bord Gáis says forecasts for Government produced before detailed survey work completed

A car carrying Tánaiste Joan Burton is seen surrounded by protestors in Tallaght last weekend.

‘Some of the violence last weekend was not in the interest of workers,’ says ICTU head

A proposed new EU/US trade deal could allow American multinationals to sue a future Government for loss of profits if it raised the minimum wage, ICTU president David Begg (above) has said. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Proposed EU/US trade pact would be ‘profoundly undemocratic’ says union leader

Addressing the TEEU conference, Minister for Jobs and Enterprise Richard Bruton said the issue of public service pay was a matter for Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

TEEU wants to recoup pension concessions given over ‘seven years of hardship’

The department confirmed it had received correspondence about the operation of the regulatory body for nurses, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.

Correspondence with department sent under new protected disclosure provisions

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: hopes Irish Water followed  through on decision not to pay bonuses this year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Siptu says unilateral changes to terms and conditions for staff “unacceptable”

The Nurses and Midwives organisation protest in Blackrock, Co Dublin, on Tuesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Health Minister concerned for patient safety if nurses de-registered for failure to pay

Minister for Environment Alan Kelly, who will unveil the final water charges plan today. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

New charges will be fixed at €160 for families and €60 for single adult houses

Nurses and midwives protesting over plans by their regulatory body to increase their annual registration fee today in Blackrock, Co Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne, The Irish Times

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland increase fee by 50 per cent to €150

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