The argument began on Monday when Dublin City Council announced that the Dublin Fire Brigade ambulance call and dispatch function would be transferred into the HSE’s control later this year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Union opposes to plans to transfer part of ambulance service in Dublin to the HSE

Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy: he is to call on the Government to further reduce income tax at the next budget and to invest heavily in infrastructure. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Employers group to use forum to call for more measures to stimulate economy

The Nursing and Midwifery Board said it had taken the decision to restore the €100 fee in the interest of   services and  the public to avoid a scenario where a large number of nurses and midwives who did not pay would not have been permitted to continue to work

Nursing unions had waged lengthy campaign against proposed rise from €100

 Eoin Ronayne, general secretary of the Civil Public and Services Union (CPSU). The CPSU said they are to seek a flat rate pay increase for lower-paid civil servants during forthcoming talks with the Government. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Civil Public and Services Union wants flat rate increase for lower-paid workers

Trolley hospital

Money would open more hospital beds, pay for nursing home places and provide for home help

Former minister for finance Brian Lenihan warned proposals for compulsory redundancies ‘could provoke a serious reaction’. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Finance minister sought to cut public service numbers from about 318,000 to 305,000

Irish Pharmacy Union president Darragh O’Loughlin: said pharmacists expected to be treated no differently from GPs or any other group. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Calls follow move to begin unwinding emergency cuts to GP fees

The Government has agreed a process to reverse some of the cuts imposed on GPs. Photograph: Getty Images

Work needed before Coalition’s plan for free GP care for everyone can be implemented

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Concerns raised about quality of medical procedures at hospital

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