Prof John McHale, chairman of the Fiscal Advisory Council, last night said the Government needs to stick to an adjustment of €2 billion in the budget. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Government plans to ease tax burden on low- and middle-income families

Trade union Impact, which represents Aer Lingus cabin crew and other staff at the airline as well as at the DAA, said it would be balloting members on the expert group proposals for the pension scheme. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Impact to ballot on proposals to resolve row with Aer Lingus and Dublin Airport Authority over insolvent retirement scheme

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton outside government buildings earlier this month. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Plan for free GP cards for all children over the next three years

Siptu organiser Paul Bell. File photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Union criticises move by HSE to seek approval for agencies to retain top-up pay

 Workers on strike at the Greyhound Recycling and Recovery buildings at Knockmitten Lane as replacement workers operate the waste collection trucks. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Trade union delegation visits picket line at the waste recycling facility

The HSE’s deputy director general, Laverne McGuinness, said the business cases were being reviewed by the HSE. Photograph: Alan Betson

Business cases submitted for 67 executives

HSE director general Tony O’Brien who said an agency was used to fill a critical role which had proved impossible to fill for a variety of reasons. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Manager, employed under a contract, was paid €258,000 over a 13-month period

HSE has told an Oireachtas committee 34 senior managers in eight so-called section 39 organisations, which received over €3 million in funding from the health service, also receive other benefits

HSE gives Oireachtas Committee details of executive pay levels in grant-aided bodies

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