AGSI sources said the union would likely be prepared to accept some sort of “ground rules” in exchange for access to the Workplace Relations Commission, while GRA sources noted that other European police forces had waived their right to strike in exchange for higher pay. File photograph: Getty Images

Sources say any such moves would be done in partnership with Garda associations

The chief executive of Bus Éireann has told staff that the company’s finances are in a ‘perilous state’. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Company’s staff told its losses must be addressed and there is no money for pay rises

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal O’Donoghue. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Donohoe says pay commisison does not mark a return to ‘bad old’ benchmarking days

Bus Éireann reported losses of €5.6m last year, and is projecting a €6m deficit this year, most of which is understood to stem from its commercial Expressway intercity service. Photograph: Eric Luke

Shane Ross says there are no plans to axe six to eight routes or privatise the company

The threatened unprecedented strike by over 12,000 gardaí had seriously spooked some Ministers. Photograph:   Nick Bradshaw

Settlement will have significant and costly impact on Lansdowne Road agreement

ASTI general secretary Kieran Christie and president Ed Byrne. Photograph: Eric Luke

Union urges members against deal and says disruptions will target department, not pupils

ASTI general secretary  Kieran Christie  and president Ed Byrne at a meeting of the union’s central executive in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Union in dispute with Government over pay for new entrants and additional school hours

The industrial action was deferred to allow for talks with the Department of Education at the Teachers’ Conciliation Council. Photograph: The Irish Times

Union’s central executive must assess proposals reached after weeks of talks

Trade unions have said there is ‘considerable scope’ for increasing pay in private sector companies next year. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

Ictu urges its members to seek €1,000 or 4 per cent increase in basic pay next year

Company has received first draft of external review of Bus Éireann Expressway plan, which union has opposed

NBRU warns planned reforms to Expressway service will sound death knell for rural routes

The unions say any international pay comparisons must be comparisons of equivalent jobs or work of equal value, and must take account of the cost of living in the countries being reviewed.

Unions say this does not just involve cuts to basic pay but ‘other disimprovements’

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe: talks should be completed by the end of January. Photograph: Eric Luke

Negotiations on ‘anomalies’ arising from €50m Garda deal set to end in January

Plans for talks on pay also welcomed by Irish Congress of Trade Unions

Paschal Donohoe told the Dáil  he did not intend to provide any more than the €290 million currently allocated for pay improvements  in 2017. Photograph: Alan Betson

Acceleration of incremental pay restoration among options being discussed with unions

A patient with cystic fibrosis. The HSE says that to date Orkambi had been ‘considered unjustifiably expensive’. File photograph: Science Photo Library

Orkambi had been ‘considered unjustifiably expensive and not sufficiently cost effective’

Kevin Duffy said he could assure gardaí that they would receive a full impartial hearing by the commission.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Kevin Duffy faced criticism but Taoiseach insisted he was ‘outstanding individual’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said Kevin Duffy ‘will do an outstanding job as the chairman of the public pay commission’. Photograph: Inpho

Public service unions say any suggestion Duffy should step down would create a ‘serious problem’

A new company, the National Maternity Hospital at Elm Park, is to be set up to operate the new Holles Street maternity hospital.  Photograph: Eric Luke

‘Unedifying spat’ delayed urgently needed move from outdated city premises

AGSI president Antoinette Cunningham:  her organisation has asked Kevin Duffy to retract his  comments. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister backs pay commission chief Kevin Duffy after comments about Garda dispute

Siptu president Jack O’Connor: will  look at authorising strike ballots among his 60,000 members in  public service. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Negotiations with public service unions may not be enough to prevent strikes next year

Siptu president Jack O’Connor: “There is a widespread acceptance that the gardaí needed an accommodation.”  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Garda offer did not precipitate action the union decided to take, Jack O’Connor says

Siptu president Jack O’Connor had last week urged the Government to commit to holding such talks no later than the beginning of February. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Union executives meet to consider request to defer plan for pay talks ballot

John Douglas  of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions: “Workers in Ireland deserve a pay rise.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Employers criticise move as ‘crude opportunism’

Ictu said private sector unions would be seeking 4 per cent pay rises.

Enda Kenny ‘stands by Lansdowne Road’; Ictu says agreement must be amended

The Government and the IMO agreed last month to an intensive three-week talks process on the “living out allowance” for non-consultant hospital doctors in a move aimed at resolving a High Court case on the issue. File photograph: Getty Images

Government officials say ‘not now in a position’ to negotiate €3,000 allowance

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: signalled that the Government will engage in talks with unions on a successor to the Lansdowne Road pay accord. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Kenny says Government willing to engage in talks with unions on new pay deal

The TEEU is the country’s largest craft union with about 45,000 members in both the private sector

TEEU leader says future of pay agreement is now in ‘considerable doubt’

Ictu general secretary Patricia King has said that pressure is building over private sector pay. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ictu chief also claims Government’s deal with gardaí breaches Lansdowne Road accord

Members of the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI)  in a strike at Beneavin De La Salle College, Dublin. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

After the transport workers, teachers and gardaí, others are set to ballot for action

Mr Keoghan said in 2014 Ireland became a net contributor to the EU budget for the first time, paying in €1.69bn and receiving €1.52bn

TEEU president calls for ‘hard-headed realism’ on part of Irish policy-makers

Minister for Health Simon Harris said the increases were required to maintain stability in the health insurance market. Photograph: iStock

Minister warns insurers over passing increase on to subscribers

Siptu president Jack O’Connor said the union would authorise ballots for strike action if the Government does not agree in principle by next Thursday to enter into a new pay talks process. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Government given ultimatum by Siptu ahead of key meeting of unions next week

Siptu president Jack O’Connor. He set a deadline of Thursday next week for the Government to announce that new pay talks would go ahead. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Siptu to ballot members in the public service for strike action unless Government agrees to early talks on new pay deal

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe: says Ministers have reiterated their commitment to the Lansdowne Road agreement and a collective approach to industrial relations. Photograph: Alan Betson

Government facing further pressure on public service pay as nurses warn of strikes

INMO’s Liam Doran said, if the ballot is carried, members may  match the level of services  to the number of staff available. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

INMO is seeking an acceleration of pay restoration and incentives for recruitment

ASTI picket at Monkstown Park College in South County Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

More than 500 of the State’s 736 secondary schools were closed on Tuesday

Liam Doran addressing members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation outside Leinster House in September. Photograph: Eric Luke

Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation to seek an acceleration of pay restoration

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has called for an end to the teachers’ dispute which has closed secondary schools. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Taoiseach calls for end to dispute as Siptu chief calls for more money for public servants

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: said Garda pay proposals fell within the parameters of  Lansdowne Road agreement. Photograph: Alan Betson

Divisions emerge in Cabinet over how €40m Garda pay settlement will be funded

The additional €40 million or so required to settle the pay dispute involving gardaí will have to come from within the existing resources of the Department of Justice, Minister for Education Richard Bruton has said. Photograph: The Irish Times

Noonan says Government cannot afford to extend pay deal for members of force to other unions

 Garda recruits at the Garda College in Templemore. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Analysis: Government’s timetable for negotiating a successor deal no longer tenable

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe has issued a strong warning that any additional pay rises for public servants will be at the expense of State services. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Government faces knock-on claims from groups in the public service after Garda deal

Bernard Harbour of Impact:  “It is in the best interests of all public servants  that their pay and working conditions are negotiated collectively.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

In light of gardaí offer, commission on public pay must report before any new negotiations

Teachers on strike on Griffith Avenue in Dublin last week. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

More than 400 schools to shut indefinitely as ASTI members plan industrial action

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said on Friday the Goverment does not have an endless pot of money and remained committed to implementing the Lansdowne Road public sector pay deal. Photograph: PA

Kenny says Government does not have ‘endless pot of money’ and is committed to pay deal

 Members of the Garda Representative Association (GRA) Ciaran O’Neill president (left) and  Pat Ennis general secretary speak to reporters before their decision to call off today’s planning strike. Photograph: Collins

Senior garda says contingency plans in the event of a strike did not include martial law

Christy Morrison, Paul McDermott,  Antoinette Cunningham, Cormac Moylan and Chris Cronin of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors who called off the industrial action planned for Friday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Government set to accept pay deal that goes beyond €30m package rejected by GRA

A member of An Garda Síochána on duty in Dublin City Centre today. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

AGSI and GRA defer industrial action ‘pending the result of the ballot’

 Minister of Education Richard Bruton speaks to media in Government Buildings, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Richard Bruton says there has been no formal offer from ASTI ahead of industrial action

Pat Ennis general secretary of the GRA photographed at  after briefing the media of their strategy regarding Garda strike action. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Garda Commissioner instruction to go to work seems set to be widely disregarded

Antoinette Cunningham, president of the AGSI and John Jacob general secretary arriving at the Labour Court for pay talks at Lansdowne House. . Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Coveney says Cabinet not given details of contingency plan for industrial action

Members of the Garda Representative Association including Kieran O’Neill, President, right,  arriving at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) for talks. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Most unions oppose ‘special cases’ and want early talks on Lansdowne Road successor

Members of the Garda Representative Association including president Kieran O’Neill right arriving at the Workplace Relations Commission. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

GRA declines to call off strike but agrees to put any recommendations to ballot

Garda strike: Members of the Garda Representative Association leaving the Workplace Relations Commission this evening.Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Group representing over 10,000 rank and file officers awaiting real ‘progress’ on pay

General secretary of the  Civil, Public and  Services Union Eoin Ronayne: said State’s offering to gardaí was “a welcome precedent that we expect will facilitate the rollback of the 105-plus unpaid hours a year each of our members works”.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Proposals to Garda on rent and briefing pay could spark similar claims by other unions

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has urged officers to consider the long-term consequences of their intended strike action. Photographs: The Irish Times/Getty Images

Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan also orders gardaí not to participate in strike action

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan orders all gardaí to turn up for work on Friday

Government representatives tabled a revised pay offer to the Garda Representative Association, but it was rejected. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Garda strike now more likely as GRA rejects revised pay proposals

The focus in Government Buildings and Garda HQ in Phoenix Park will now shift towards the contingency plans that will have to be put in place to police the country, and make its citizens feel secure on Friday. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

In the event of a strike, between 300 and 400 officers will be left to police the State

The Garda Representative Association has rejected an offer from the Government aimed at averting planned strike action. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Group’s president says it is ‘still open for talks’ after latest intervention in dispute fails

The Government’s offer is understood to include the reintroduction of a €4,000 rent allowance for newly recruited gardaí and changes to shift payments. Photograph: The Irish Times

Donohoe refuses to be drawn on whether Defence Forces would be drafted on Friday

The Garda Representative Association (above) and the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors  are threatening to withdraw their labour this coming Friday.

Talks between garda bodies and department of Justice are continuing over the weekend

The Government is offering to pay members of An Garda Síochána for certain hours that are currently unpaid under measures designed to avert an unprecedented strike next week. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Move aims to avert next week’s planned unprecedented strike by gardaí

More than 2,00 gardaí are refusing to  use Pulse, the Garda’s internal computer system for a period of 24 hours.  File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

AGSI members boycotting Garda Pulse system today in work-to-rule action

On Friday of next week more than 12,000 gardaí are set to stage an unprecedented strike. On the following Monday, second-level teachers in the ASTI union are scheduled to withdraw from carrying out supervision and substitution duties.

Garda, teacher pay disputes: Lansdowne Road accord facing most serious challenge

Payments for supervision and substitution duties will be reintroduced for strking teachers if they agree to resume working additional unpaid hours which are in place across the public service, Minister for Education Richard Bruton said.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister to hold further talks with union, members of which are taking strike action

Staff at Loreto Secondary School, Bray, Co Wicklow stage industrial action. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Garda sergeants and inspectors to hold second day of action Friday

ASTI officias at the organisation’s headquarters prepare for the industrial dispute.

Government determined to hold firm line in row over pay rates for new staff

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

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