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

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar speaking at the Fine Gael party conference in Castlebar last weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Leo Varadkar says members make ‘worship of the party line their religion’

The new memorandum of understanding says the substantive negotiations on the new GP contract will commence no later than March 31st, 2015.

Memorandum of understanding could pave way for free GP care

Ged Nash: he has declared that 2015 is the year of the pay rise across the economy

Employers rejects plans for raise as unions demand increase on €8.65 rate

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