A total of 507 schools will be closed Thursday as members of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland stage the first in a series of stoppages over lower pay rates for recently recruited staff

More conciliatory stance taken towards gardaí and doctors who are pursuing pay claims

Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Justice: insisted that a resolution to the dispute could only be found within the terms of the overall Lansdowne Road agreement. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

There is caution on whether new proposals will be enough to prevent threatened strike

AGSI president Antoinette Cunningham: “It is disappointing that we are not in a position to report any meaningful progress.” Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Escalating industrial action campaign by AGSI to continue on Friday

The public is to be consulted on the future of the State’s railways on foot of a review on  Iarnród Éireann, which warns of line closures if  significant additional State investment is not provided.  Photograph: Iarnród Éireann

Galway TD says regional development means not just retention of line but its expansion

A recent ASTI protest outside Leinster House: all ASTI members will forfeit a day’s pay while the strike takes place. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Teachers not planning to strike will be paid if declarations are signed

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin last night said the Government should have included money in the budget for next year to cover a faster pace of pay restoration for public service staff. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Government and unions to meet again on Tuesday as four days of industrial action loom

The National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) warned that the closure of rail lines would “obviously have industrial relation ramifications” for trade unions, it would also have significant political fallout. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Rail review says more than €600m needed to keep rail network fully operational

The rail review concludes that the under-funding of Iarnród Éireann “cannot continue indefinitely”. Photograph: Irish Rail

Major increase in State funding needed, according to National Transport Authority report

Carrick An Suir railway station: Iarnród Éireann  is set to  lose €11 million this year. Photograph: John D Kelly

Rail routes face closure due to deterioration of system and €600m needed

Public-sector industrial action has been looming for months. A strike could destabilise pay deals, budgetary strategy and perhap(...)

The first of the ASTI’s seven one-day strikes in the dispute is scheduled for next Thursday. It is set to close two out of three of the country’s secondary schools. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Teaching unions’ ‘equal pay’ protest at Government Buildings set to coincide with strike

Antoinette Cunningham, president of the Association of Garda Sergeants & Inspectors (AGSI) and John Jacob, general secretary of the AGSI. Discussions had commenced on contingency planning, said Ms Cunningham. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Department of Justice to meet with GRA as gardaí begin limited industrial action

 Nóirín O’Sullivan: It emerged yesterday that the Minister for Justice  had not had discussions with the Garda Commissioner  regarding plans to deal with planned industrial action by gardaí.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Department of Justice says contingency planning for Garda strikes is ongoing

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan is present at the International Association of Chiefs of Police in San Diego and is not due to return until later this week. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Commissioner in San Diego for conference as senior officers’ union begins work-to-rule

The Department of Justice is due to hold talks with the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (Agsi) on Thursday and with the Garda Representative Association (GRA) on Friday. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Department of Justice adopts conciliatory approach ahead of garda talks

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has not yet discussed contingency plans with the Garda Commissioner for dealing with planned strikes by gardaí, according to Department sources.

Department of Justice considers plan a matter for Garda management

Senior officials have cautioned Ministers that the public sector pay framework will collapse if pay claims are successful, the consequence of which would be an unwinding of the budget. Photographs: The Irish Times

Senior officials say if demands of gardaí and teachers are met budget will unravel

 Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe during an announcement on the public service pay commission at Government Buildings, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister says Lansdowne Road pay deal is only option amid threats of industrial action

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on public expenditure and reform Dara Calleary and Fianna Fáil spokesperson on finance Michael McGrath. A lack of trust has developed between the Government and the unions, said Mr Calleary.   Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Public service pay commission will advise Government but not make decisions on pay

Supervision payments to be restored if agreement reached on ‘Croke Park hours’

The National Bus and Rail Union has said it and other unions would be look for Bus Éireann workers “to be treated no less favourably than their counterparts at Dublin Bus”.

Management at firm has ruled out pay rises and has plan to separate Expressway service

The GRA has urged members of the Garda specialist units to remain on duty during planned industrial action next  month. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Skeletal cover to remain in place in key areas to protect security of the State during strike

The National Parents Council does not want to be ‘dragged into’ the second level teacher dispute in which children are ‘being used as pawns’, president Paul Mooney has said.  Photograph: iStock

Children ‘being used as pawns’ and ASTI and government should be talking ‘24 hours a day’ to sort

Minister for Education Richard Bruton said that for a newly-qualified teacher recruited last September, the deal would be worth €6,700 by January 2018, an increase of 22 per cent to €37,723. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister concedes they would still be €1,800 behind those appointed in earlier years

Minister Frances Fitzgerald  has asked her officials to start work on changing legislation to allow gardaí access to the Labour Court and the Workplace Relations Commission. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

In face of strikes by teachers and gardaí, Ministers stick to Lansdowne Road deal

It is going to be very difficult to keep schools open next month after second level teachers who are members of the ASTI union withdraw from supervision and substitution duties, the Minister for Education Richard Bruton has said. Photograph: Eric Luke

Teachers to withdraw from supervision and substitution duties from November 7th

Asti has announced seven days of strikes which will close most secondary schools. Photograph: The Irish Times

Government plans to hire parents as supervisors to avert closure of hundreds of schools

Finian McGrath: the Minister of State  said “we’re just coming out of the recession and we’re going into Brexit”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

All TDs and Ministers ’should take the hit’ and forgo rises, says Finian McGrath

ASTI president Edward Byrne at a press conference at the union’s  headquarters after they announced they were embarking on seven days of strike action. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

State’s slavish adherence to Lansdowne Road accord behind lack of progress, says president

A total of 80% of ASTI members backed industrial action on the issue of restoration of full-pay equality for newly-qualified teachers. File photograph: Getty Images

Hundreds of schools face closures starting on October 27th in ASTI pay dispute

 The move effectively reverses a previous Government decision that such an incremental credit arrangement should only apply to nurses who graduated in 2016 and not to those who finished their degrees in the years between 2011 and 2015. FIle photograph: Frank Miller

Incremental credit for placements restored for workers who qualified between 2011 and 2015

 Dublin Bus workers on the picket line at Donnybrook bus depot in September. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Union has financial weapon in €19.5m contingency fund, says general secretary Joe O’Flynn

The move by members of the ASTI to back industrial action over new entrant pay levels and on penalties imposed on them for ‘repudiating’ the Lansdowne Road public service agreement could lead to the closure of about 500 schools where the union has representation rights. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

With others unions watching, change of tack on public pay strategy appears unlikely

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe at a photocall to present Budget 2017 at Government Buildings. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

No money allocated for additional rises over and above Lansdowne Road agreement

The 10 cent increase in the national minimum wage to €9.25 an hour was recommended earlier this year by the Low Pay Commission.

Budget 2017: Labour senator Ged Nash says ‘paltry’ increase will be eroded by inflation next year

In his budget speech the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe announced an allocation of an additional €290 million to meet public service pay costs next year.

Despite calls for wage restoration, Government sticks with Lansdowne Road deal

File photograph of members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association protesting in Dublin. Psychiatric nurses have become the latest group in the public service to press the Government for an accelaration in pay restoration. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Psychiatric Nurses Association calls for the early payment of money owed to staff

Health Minister Simon Harris, who has been asked by the IMO to restore the living-out allowance to non-consultant hospital doctors. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

IMO protests following restoration of ‘analogous’ payments to firefighters and teachers

ASTI secondary school teachers are balloting for industrial action over a number of issues, including the pay of recently-recruited teachers and penalties imposed on them by the Government for “repudiating” the Lansdowne Road agreement. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Teachers’ withdrawal from supervision duties could lead to widespread disruption

ASTI members are currently balloting on proposals for industrial action over the issue of pay for recently-recruited teachers and the salary cuts of recent years.

Asti chief says teachers are being asked to ‘collude in the downgrading of education’

In the Dáil last June, Minister of State at the Department of Health Helen McEntee said “more complex and highly dependent residents are catered for by the public system, whereby private nursing homes may not have the available skill set and multidisciplinary personnel to cater for such complex needs”. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Private sector outcry expected over lower rate it receives under ‘Fair Deal’ scheme

Higher costs: A HSE report to be published this week is expected to acknowledge that it costs significantly more to operate a long-stay facility in the public service than in the private sector. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Accommodating a patient costs up to €2,089 per week, according to HSE report

State could have to reimburse about 2,000 doctors over failure to pay higher salaries agreed in 2008

 The emergency department at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Limerick.  Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Health chiefs call for update of rules on eligibility and access to services

Increasing numbers of consultants working in private hospitals are paying more than €100,000 per year for clinical indemnity cover, the Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) conference has been told. Photograph: Reuters

IHCA wants State to offer clinical indemnity on a commercial basis

The health service will this year come in on budget for the first time in a number of years, the Minister for Health Simon Harris has said.

Minister says additional money will go towards service development, not to fill black hole

Up to 350 patients are dying each year as a result of capacity constraints in intensive care units, the annual conference of the Irish Hospital Consultants Association has been told.

Ireland spending lot of money on health but outcomes consistently poor, conference told

Ireland has been lucky so far to have avoided a major healthcare calamity during surges in activity in hospitals in winter, the president of the Irish Hospital Consultants Association has said. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Thousands of additional hospital beds needed, Irish Hospital Consultants Association says

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association has said Ireland was no longer internationally competitive in attracting highly-trained specialists.

Government urged to take action over pay and working conditions for senior medics

The Civil Public and Services Union wants the €1,000 payment due from September next year brought forward to January

CPSU says outcome of Dublin Bus and Luas disputes should be reflected in public service

 Minister for Public Expenditure and  Reform Paschal Donohoe speaks at a major international investment conference on priority capital investment areas for Ireland on Friday. More than 120 senior business and other delegates from diverse sectors in attendance to hear and engage with speakers from government, the EIB, the European Commission, and key national experts from the housing, energy and investment sectors.

Donohoe says solution to pay disputes must be through Lansdowne Road Agreement

 Dublin Bus workers on the picket line at Donnybrook bus depot. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Gardaí and teachers are threatening strike action over public service salary agreement

The deal reaffirms the implementation of current rules for changing Dublin Bus schedules

Dublin Bus says additional cost of pay deal to be financed by off-setting efficiencies

Dublin Bus workers on the picket line at Donnybrook bus depot. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Drivers to receive 11.25% rise over three years after talks between firm and unions

The Government’s response to the prospect of industrial action by teachers and gardaí in the weeks ahead will show how far it is prepared to go in defending the agreement. Photograph: Getty Images

Strategy for bringing groups into Lansdowne Road deal and isolating ASTI has unravelled

Dublin Bus workers on the picket line at Donnybrook bus depot. WRC director general Oonagh Buckley said while there had been “an uptick in the levels of industrial action”, this was coming from “an extraordinarily low base”.  Photograph: Eric Luke.

Oonagh Buckley says the scale of strike action remains relatively low

Pat Ennis general secretary of the  Garda Representative Association speaking to the media at the Tullamore Court Hotel, Co Offaly. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Ministers believe concessions would lead to collapse of overall public service pay policy

The Government has “affirmed” the Garda Representative Association’s (GRA) right to have direct access to future pay talks. Photograph: Frank Miller

Government agrees to Garda Representative Association having direct access to future pay talks

Bus Eireann depot in Broadstone, Dublin.  File Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Company want to separate loss-making service from rest of operation; cut jobs and pay

Minister for Education Richard Bruton has said the teachers’ deal reached with the INTO and TUI will cost about €20 million. File photograph: Stephen Shepherd/The Image Bank/Getty Images

Deals between unions and Government departments will cost close to €25m

General secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation Liam Doran outside Leinster House. Photograph: Eric Luke

IMNO: Government ‘going to have to address hours issue for nurses and midwives as well’

Rank-and-file gardaí will have to make a number of commitments in exchange for the restoration of more than €4,000 in rent allowance, under the terms of a draft pay deal. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Gardaí must make a number of commitments under terms of draft document

Gardaí will in future be permitted to work the unpaid additional hours required by the Government under productivity reforms in modules of 15 minutes at the end of their shifts. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Changes to productivity requirements form part of new deal being considered by GRA

Dublin Bus workers on a picket line during day 5 of ongoing strikes at Conyngham Road Bus Depot. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Rolling dispute: Intensive talks set to begin on Tuesday in pursuit of elusive resolution

 Dublin Bus strikes: For the moment at least, work stoppages planned for tomorrow and Wednesday are still scheduled to go ahead. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Two-day strike still scheduled for Tuesday despite plan for talks without preconditions

Dublin Bus workers on the picket line at Donnybrook bus depot Saturday. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Stoppages to go ahead Tuesday, Wednesday as Minister rules out extra money for company

Members of the Garda Representative Association  protesting outside Government Buildings last July.   Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Deal leaves the ASTI secondary teachers’ union isolated over Lansdowne Road accord

Minister for Transport Shane Ross met Bus Éireann chairman and chief executive on September 12th. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Cost-saving plan involves potential redundancies, pay cuts in addition to outsourcing

Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Sources claim Minister was given more detailed proposals from company on September 11th

 Dublin Bus drivers and staff striking outside the Harristown Bus Depot, Dublin.  Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Unions criticise Minister over failing to play role in resolving Dublin Bus strike

Bus Éireann’s Expressway fleet. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Analysis: Unions say the licences are driving a race to the bottom

Bus Éireann has proposed highly controversial re-structuring plans which would see its Expressway separated from the rest of the company’s services. Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

National Transport Authority says it has issued five new licences for routes in five years

Buses at the Broadstone bus depot in Dublin: commuters are facing another two days of disruption in a stand-off between transports chiefs and bus drivers over pay. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Dublin Bus services to terminate at 9pm on Thursday ahead of latest 48-hour stoppage

About 400,000 Dublin Bus passengers face inconvenience on Friday and Saturday as staff stage the fifth and sixth days of strikes in a dispute over pay.

Analysis: Action at Bus Éireann and Iarnród Éireann has become a distinct possibility

Dublin Bus staff have so far staged four days of strike as part of a campaign for higher pay.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Dublin Bus CEO says if planned stoppages go ahead it could cost company €21 million

Management at Bus Éireann outlined its restructuring plans to trade unions at the Workplace Relations Commission on Wednesday. Photographer: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Company seeks introduction of reduced terms and conditions for staff and no pay rises

Labour Senator Ged Nash: “Some of these uncertain-hours practices have escaped Ireland’s suite of employment rights protections, such as the Organisation of Working Time Act.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Senator Ged Nash says legislation could aid those in hospitality, retail and care sectors

Bus Éireann depot in Broadstone, Dublin: management is set to signal changes and restructuring at its loss-making Expressway inter-regional coach services.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Action mooted over service restructuring plan and Dublin Bus strike set to go ahead

Tony O’Brien, Director General of the HSE: he said the new chief operations officer and chief strategy and planning officer positions would be filled by open competition. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Director general O’Brien plans reform at health authority facing ‘unprecedented demand’

Dublin fans making their way to Croke Park for the  All-Ireland Senior Football Final between Dublin  and Mayo today. Many such fans will have a hard time reaching the venue for the October 1st replay due to a further strike on Dublin Bus services. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Staff planning further work stoppage on day of football final - Saturday week, October 1st

Dublin Bus strike: A further 48-hour work stoppage is scheduled to take place next Friday and Saturday, with another two-day strike planned for the following week.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Shane Ross says move to open bus lanes to cars during work stoppages being considered

ASTI is balloting its 17,000 members on the issue of pay for newly qualified teachers, as well as voting on withdrawing from carrying out supervision and substitution duties

Agreement does not apply to ASTI and may result in industrial action by Christmas

The deal on teachers’ pay finalised on Friday  reinforces the pay gap that is emerging between teachers in different trade unions as a result of their stances on the Lansdowne Road agreement. File photograph: Getty Images

Recently recruited teachers to get pay boost of €2,000 on phased basis over next year or so

Minister for Education Richard Bruton said the agreement showed what was possible through dialogue and negotiation within the Lansdowne Road agreement. Photograph: Sportsfile

Controversial two-tier pay system for new and existing teachers will come to an end

Motorists in heavy traffic on the Naas Road, Dublin.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Some 400,000 people affected but Minister rejectes criticism of ‘being inactive’

Dublin Bus workers picketing at the Clontarf garage Dublin. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Escalation likely in dispute costing company €600,000 daily, but no settlement in sight

 Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross urged management and unions at Dublin Bus “to engage with each other immediately. Photograph: Eric Luke

Passengers face 13 more days of strikes in weeks ahead

Chief executive of VHI John O’Dwyer. VHI’s customers  across a range of schemes are facing a price increase of 3%. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Health insurer says hike is the result of the rising cost of claims in public hospitals

Buses lined up at Conyngham Road Bus Depot after an early return to the garage in advance of this week’s strike. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

New stoppages due to take place on various dates between September 27th and October 29th

A trade union has urged the Government to spend €2bn more next year on public services and critical infrastructure such as social housing. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Ictu calls for increased spending on public services and no tax cuts in Budget 2017

Bus strike: Siptu condemned what it described as “the lack of interest shown by the Department of Transport and management in trying to resolve the dispute.” Photograph: PA

Management warns work stoppages could leave door open to privatisation of services

Dublin Bus services will again terminate at 9pm on Wednesday in advance of planned strike action by staff on Thursday and Friday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins.

Services will cease at 9pm on Wednesday and will resume again on Saturday morning

Dublin Bus services will again terminate at about 9pm on Wednesday in advance of planned strike action by staff on Thursday and Friday.  Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins.

Company warns losses due to strike action inhibiting its ability to afford any pay rises

Buses in the depot  at Phibsboro Garage. In 2015, the NTA financed the purchases of 110 buses for delivery over 2016. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

National Transport Authority contradicts trade union claims over total subvention

A large crowd of striking Dublin Bus workers  on the picket line at the Harristown Depot near Dublin Airport on Friday morning. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Union pushes company ‘to engage in serious negotiations’ to avoid further shutdowns

Dublin Bus workers commenced the first of their 48-hour stoppages in Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Motorists warned to expect heavy traffic as unions warn of possible escalation of strikes

Striking Dublin Bus workers outside Ringsend Bus depot in Dublin, Thursday, September 8th, 2016.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

About 400,000 commuters will again have their travel plans disrupted on Friday

Dublin Bus workers picket in a dispute of pay rates. Photograph: Alan Betson

Unions to consider escalating industrial action as part of wage dispute with company

Dublin Bus has said it cannot afford pay increases greater than the 8.25% over three years recommended by the Labour Court

CIE company believes union’s demands for 15% rise would cost more than €50m

Brendan Farrelly: “Driving a bus is considerably more challenging than driving a Luas.”  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Drivers from Siptu and the NBRU outline why they have been forced into industrial action

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