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

Nurses and midwives are to protest in response to an increase in retention fees sought by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Nursing unions backed by Siptu urge non-payment in response to NMBI increase

Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash: said study into the extent of zero-hour contracts would be extended  to look at low-hour contracts for those working eight hours or fewer per week. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Minister says he will legislate or regulate on contracts if required

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is questioned by reporters this morning. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Michael Noonan heckled by water charges protesters in Limerick

Conventional Dublin Bus services currently run until 11.30pm or midnight, but the company also operates late-night Nitelink services until 4am in some cases. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Key talks with unions on plan to put 10% of routes out to tender

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