Some 40,000 hospital  staff will vote on strike action over the HSE’s alleged delay in implementing a scheme for evaluating the roles of workers. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Dispute concerns delays by HSE in implementing evaluation of workers’ roles

 A Dart service in Dublin. Trade unions have warned of industrial conflict on the railways unless Iarnród Éireann reduces working hours for train drivers and improves pay and conditions. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Iarnród Éireann must agree to reduce hours for train drivers, NBRU and Siptu warn

The report maintained the  former chief executive of the Saolta group of public hospitals  should have declared to the HSE  a business relationship that he had with a UK company which secured contracts worth nearly €340,000.

Internal audit highlighted potential conflict of interest of former Saolta chief Bill Maher

 Gardaí protest outside Government Buildings against the Government’s public pay cuts. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Government imposes financial penalties after GRA’s rejection of Lansdowne Road deal

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association called for significant increases in funding for acute hospitals and mental health facilities in the budget for 2017. Photograph: Reuters

Ageing machinery so old that parts have to cannibalised from equipment in Japan

John Pepper, chief executive of St John of God group. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Top executives received buy-out payments ranging from €3,874 to €649,371

There is now a growing potential for strikes in Dublin Bus. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Government aware Luas settlement could spill over into other areas of transport sector

Unions at Dubln Bus  rejected proposed pay increases of about 2 per cent per year, or   8 per cent over four years.

Labour Court rules Dublin Bus staff should get a 8.25 per cent wage rise over 3 years,

At the beginning of this year the minimum wage was raised by 50 cent per hour to €9.15 following the Government’s acceptance of the first report of the Low Pay Commission. Photograph: Getty Images

Low Pay Commission’s recommendation ‘very disappointing’, says Labour Party

A key difference with the earlier benchmarking process is that public service pay levels will be compared with those for similar groups in other countries. Photograph: Getty Images

Ministerial pay and pensions in addition to those of other office holders also on agenda

Auditors question use of premium pay overtime for clerical duties

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe said the new Labour Employer Economic Forum does not represent a return to days of social partnership. Photograph Nick Bradshaw.

Paschal Donohoe says move does not represent a return to days of social partnership

HSE internal audit finds former Saolta chief executive Bill Maher confirmed he had a business involvement with Northgate as a consultant prior to his being seconded to work for the HSE in the West in January 2012.

HSE internal audit report finds a business relationship should be been declared

Siptu said the dispute was about the conditions of employment for members in the national ambulance service.File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Siptu says emergency service will be provided during dispute over conditions

The report, which was released by the HSE on Tuesday, says that Tusla management was unable to provide a signed contract of employment for its chief executive during the audit process. Photograph: Alan Betson

Nearly 120 Tusla staff receiving personal allowances not identified on official scales

It is understood a recommended increase in the minimum wage will be significantly lower than last year when it rose by 50 cent from €8.65 to €9.15

Terms of reference will also allow study of salary levels paid in private companies

Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane said flags had been raised in relation to problems at the suicide bereavement charity many years before the internal audit was established in 2015.

Executive director general tells PAC charity provided value for State money it received

Tony O Brien of the HSE will appear before the Dáil Public Accounts Committee on Friday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

HSE director general to appear before Dáil Public Accounts Committee on Friday

ASTI protest: The Department of Education said that penalties, which were provided for under financial emergency legislation (Fempi Act) introduced last year, would be applied to teachers in voluntary secondary schools as the ASTI was the representative union in this sector. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Department of Education says union repudiated Lansdowne Road agreement

A file image of a Psychiatric Nurses Association protest  outside  HSE headquarters in Dublin. Psychiatric nurses working in the community could receive additional payments of about €5,000 under a new proposals being considered by the HSE. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Payment, floated in talks with HSE, would acknowledge ‘unique role’ played by workers

The €182,000 salary paid to John Pepper, group chief executive of St John of God organisation, is considered not to be  compliant with public service pay policy due to the recent disclosures by the HSE. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Organisation questioning why it should co-operate with audit process

Photograph: Waterford Airport/twitter

Union says the dispute centres on cuts to working hours and lack of ‘meaningful’ engagement

Paschal Donohoe: I expect and the Government expects fairness and the clear application of Fempi. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

St John of God says group chief executive John Pepper is exempt from measures

 The former head office of the Console suicide prevention charity in Celbridge, Co Kildare. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

David Hall to present list of Paul, Patricia and Tim Kelly’s assets to the High Court

The Central Bank of Ireland  in a statement on Monday said it was satisfied an industrial action at its mint would have no impact on the availability of cash in banks and the retail sector. File photograph: Getty Images

Waterford Regional Airport workers vote for industrial action linked to VLM carrier closure

John Pepper, group chief executive, Saint John of God Group. A St John of God spokesman said Mr Pepper is currently not a Section 38 employee and is not currently in receipt of benefits. ‘Fempi no longer applies to him.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Siptu seeks clarification in wake of St John of God revelations on chief executive’s salary

Minister for Health Simon Harris said the NTPF would also be given €15 in the Budget in October to tackle waiting lists. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister hopes to use reactivated fund to cut numbers on the endoscopy waiting list

The National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin 2. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

National Maternity Hospital staff may retain controversial salaries following HSE talks

Nine hospitals across the country face having emergency trauma services permanently shut under new health service reform plans  being drawn up, a newspaper reported. File photograph: Getty Images

Trauma Steering Group to say nine hospitals should have trauma services shut - report

The HSE has  written to all voluntary hospitals and agencies it funds  to find out about payments

It said it was in breach of public service pay rules if it was paying salaries of €182,000

Minister for Education Richard Bruton said the ASTI “now appears intent on proceeding with their action, which will lead to disruption in schools in the new school year” as of September. File photograph: Getty Images

Comments follow Asti rejection of proposals aimed at halting rows over Croke Park hours

New official figures published on Friday showed the numbers queuing for in-patient/day case hospital procedures and out-patient appointments continued to rise in recent weeks. File photograph: Getty Images

Figures show numbers queuing for in-patient and out-patient appointments on rise

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform said the number of days lost to sick leave per full-time equivalent jobs across the public service had fallen by 1.0 days to 8.5 days. File photograph: Getty Images

Reforms of sick leave arrangements see costs fall by more than €104m to €317.9m

Staff at the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC)in Dublin have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Union members back potential strikes following closure of pension scheme

Staff at the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) are today expected to back industrial action in a dispute over the sudden closure of their pension scheme. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Organisation wants Government to allow staff access to public service pension scheme

The Central Remedial Clinic in Clontarf, Dublin. The CRC will not pursue its former chief executive Paul Kiely to recoup the controversial €741,000 severance package he received on his retirement.  File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Board concluded cost of taking legal case would outweigh amount it could recoup

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe: “As a country we are still borrowing for day-to-day spending and, if we have learned anything from the [economic] crisis, the excesses of a pro-cyclical fiscal policy must be avoided.” File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Paschal Donohoe says repealing law behind public service cuts could jeopardise economy

Labour Court is hearing claims from the NBRU and Siptu for all 3,300 staff at Dublin Bus, including drivers. Photograph; Collins

Management making case to employment body after unions set out position in morning

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill, assistant manager Roy Keane and the rest of the management team are to receive new contracts by the FAI. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Siptu says while management team get new contracts, workers given ‘unsatisfactory’ deal

Jim Mulligan Deputy President GRA, Donal Flannery Acting General Secretary GRA and Ciaran O’Neill President GRA with GRA members during a GRA protest over Garda salaries at Leinster House on Thursday.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Government sources said allowances could be restored in return for cooperation with reforms

Thousands of gardaí and teachers will incur financial penalties, imposed on them by the Government, from Friday. Photographs: The Irish Times/Getty Images

Sanctions follow rejection of Government’s Lansdowne Road public service pay pact

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland criticised as “dysfunctional”

Buses are seen in the Dublin Bus Harristown Bus depot. Staff at the company are seeking a pay rise that will give them parity with Luas drivers.

Workers at the bus firm are seeking parity with new wage terms secured by Luas drivers

The GRA is calling for the Government to complete a pay review due under the Haddington Road agreement. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Morale of gardaí ‘in the gutter’ as new recruits face financial strain from low pay

An archive photograph of nurses and midwives protesting outside the offices of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, in Blackrock, Co Dublin in 2014. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Whistleblower raised concerns with Department of Health in November 2014

The offices of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, in Blackrock, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Report identifies serious organisational and financial shortcomings in NMBI

A report into the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, to be published today,  maintains that existing arrangements for dealing with fitness-to-practise complaints against nurses are “unfit for purpose”. File photograph: Getty Images

Review of NMBI finds fitness-to-practise arrangements are unfit for purpose

 The Association of Garda Sergeants  said it had been told by the Government and Garda management that issues surrounding Garda pay would be dealt with as part of a review of the Garda. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Garda sergeants and inspectors to vote again on Lansdowne Road pay deal in August

Members of the Garda Representative Association (GRA) also  likely to forfeit increments after it too rejected the accord.

Regulations permit State to take action where unions reject collective accord

Impact said CRC staff who are members of the scheme had been paying into it for a minimum of 15 years. It said staff contributed 10% of their gross pay to the pension fund. Photograph: The Irish Times

Collapse of pension scheme means action seems ‘inevitable’, says trade union Impact

The Haddington Road deal formally expires on Thursday night, leaving employer unions and staff associations  outside a collective agreement. Photograph: Getty Images

Loss of valued increments could be catalyst for alarming industrial relations difficulties

The President of the Garda Representative Association Ciaran O’Neill says that they are ‘ruling nothing out’ in terms of industrial action

GRA president says gardaí ‘ruling nothing out’ in terms of industrial action

Siptu president Jack O’Connor: working-class people across whole swathes of the UK have been alienated. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Ictu says Brexit vote and loss of confidence in European project caused by austerity policies

GRA accuses Government of failing to deliver pay review as protections expire on Thursday

 Taoisech Enda Kenny said on he was ‘saddened and disappointed’ by the result of the Brexit referendum in the UK. Photograph: Collins

Kenny sees no immediate change to flow of people, goods and services between UK and Ireland

 Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe (left) and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan, at the publication of the Summer Economic Statement for 2016, at Government Buildings, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Teachers, gardaí facing financial penalties while bus workers seek 30 per cent pay hike

Console is also the subject of an audit by the Department of Foreign Affairs, which has funded its UK operation, and may also face an investigation by the UK Charity Commission. Photograph: Getty Images

Committee should investigate charity as it receives public funds, says Fine Gael deputy

Members of the Association of Secondary Teachers, Ireland (ASTI) voted several weeks ago to withdraw from working extra  hours agreed under the Croke Park pay deal. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

ASTI union members voted to withdraw from working 33 additional hours per year

Minister for Health Simon Harris: says Government’s priority is “to ensure the continuity of services in relation to counselling, particularly in relation to bereavement counselling”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

HSE says limits on charity’s spending put in place in 2009 after concerns raised

The founder and chief executive of Console, Paul Kelly, has resigned following controversy over funds governance at the suicide charity

British regulator considers investigation of suicide charity as Foreign Affairs seeks further details

The Irish Times reported on Thursday that gardaí were examining the use of funds at Console amid concerns over financial management. Photograph: iStock

Gardaí examining suicide charity Console’s use of funds

PTSB shares have slumped to €1.99 from the €4.50 price at which the bank and government sold shares in the institution a year ago. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Cabinet papers show uncertainty at start of bailout about lender’s ability to survive

 Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe said regardless of the recommendations of the commission on public service pay, the Government would continue to negotiate directly with its staff. Photograph: Collins

Minister says Government will retain ability to negotiate directly with its employees

In a letter sent on Friday, the Public Service Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions urged Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe (pictured) to use the annual review of the operation of FEMPI later this month to repeal the legislation. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Public service representatives also want talks on lower paid workers and extra hours

Members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association  (PNA) during a protest in Dublin three years ago. Talks aimed at averting industrial action by PNA members are to continue next week.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

PNA members scheduled to begin escalating action including strikes as of June 29th

Minister for Health Simon Harris called the ESRI publication a “timely and important contribution to our thinking on how to improve health services and healthcare in this country”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Free GP services for children could provide model for similar services, says think tank

 Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar,  singer Brian Kennedy    and with Ciarán Rose, co-chairman of GLEN,  outside City Hall on Dame Street, Dublin,  where a commemoration was held   to honour those who were killed in the Orlando nightclub massacre. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

Leo Varadkar says terrorists cannot be allowed to change how people live their lives

Some unions see faster pay restoration as their first requirement, while others view reversing cuts to allowances for new entrants, ending additional hours which their members have had to work in recent years or increasing overtime rates as their priorities. File photograph: Getty Images

Move decided at annual meeting of Ictu public service committee

Talks on pension issues in the CIÉ group will re-commence this week at the Workplace Relations Commission between unions and management. Photograph: The Irish Times

National Bus and Railworkers’ Union says deficit in pension schemes close to €500m

Gardai said the vehicle was subsequently removed from the sea but there were no occupants inside.

No occupants found inside vehicle near Quilty village, say gardai

Gardai said the man had been diving at Ardmore, Co Waterford.

Man got into difficulty in water near Ardmore

 Other transport workers set the 18 per cent increase over four years secured by Luas drivers as the starting point for their own demands. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Pay deal was a long time coming, but its impact should not be understated

Former head of the Workplace Relations Committee Kieran Mulvey has reached retirement. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former head of Workplace Relations Commission believes independence is key

A file image from 2013 of Psychiatric Nurses Association members protesting outside the HSE’s headquarters in Dublin. Photograph: The Irish Times

Psychiatric Nurses Association will decidethis week on the nature and time of action

The HSE in its service plan for the year had envisaged generating savings of €110 million this year on drug costs. Photograph: iStock

Talks on a new deal with pharmaceutical companies proved unsuccessful

It is understood the Department of Education’s payroll system does not discriminate between ASTI and TUI members. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Department of Education payroll does not take into account union membership

“An extra 1,300 staff have been employed in the health sector in the first quarter of 2016.”  Photograph: Frank Miller

IMO chief says ban is a ‘hammer blow to efforts to tackle the serious manpower crisis’

Following the controversy more than a decade ago over people with medical-card entitlements being charged for care in State-run facilities, the then government put in place a repayment scheme

Minster told about 400 doctors may sue State over failure to pay salary increases

Impact general secretary Shay Cody said that without a constitutional referendum there would be continuing fear and debate about privatisation.

The Union has not adopted an anti-water charges stance as policy

The HSE announced  no new staff at doctor, nurse or  midwife grades   will be taken on until further notice, and no further expressions of interest or formal job offers will be made. File photograph: The Irish Times

INMO urges Harris to prevent utter chaos in ‘already severely strained health service’

ASTI members voted by a margin of 68 per cent to 32 per cent to cease working the 33 Croke Park hours. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Association members voted to stop working 33 hours generally used for school and parent meetings

 Commuters walk the Luas line towards Dublin city centre during a strike earlier this month. File photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins Photo Agency

Move amid confusion over whether Siptu would ballot for an all-out strike action

An ASTI ballot box during the counting of ballots at ASTI headquarters in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

ASTI votes to stop working additional hours as HSE moves to suspend recruitment

Hospitals have been told the pause in recruitment will cover consultants, and that all posts are to be put on hold due to a review of staffing and pay bill management. Photograph: Getty Images

Hospitals told pause in recruitment to cover consultants and posts on hold pending review

Other unions which have accepted, with great reluctantce, unpalatable measures of their own under the various agreements will be watching carefully to see how the Government now deals with the ASTI. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Imposing financial penalties could lead to school closures and industrial unrest

The Impact conference heard 40 per cent of output the agri-food sector was exported to the UK and the agri-food sector supported 170,000 Irish jobs. Photograph: iStock

Tens of thousands of Irish jobs under threat if UK leaves EU, Impact conference hears

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions is not seeking to revitalise social partnership, its general secretary Patricia King told the Impact conference. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Conference told that a six-hour day could result in gains in efficiency and productivity

Gerry Madden warned if the dispute continued that Transdev would have to consider other lawful means to bring the dispute to an end and that all the company’s actions to date had been lawful.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Company says it is not prepared to offer increases that exceed 13% over three years

 Impact’s general secretary said all workers in the public service had their pay cut together under financial emergency legislation, known as Fempi (Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest). Photograph: Alan Betson

Conference hears that commission cannot be used to treat some groups more equally than others

A strike at 70 Tesco stores in the Republic,  scheduled to start last Monday, was called off to allow for  talks to take place. Photograph: PA

Dispute centres on plans to move staff hired before 1996 to less favourable contracts

Impact president Jerry King has said the  pace of the economic recovery, and the continuing likelihood of higher-than-expected growth, meant it was reasonable for unions to seek earlier engagement with the Government on pay restoration. File photograph: Getty Images

Country’s largest public service union seeking acceleration of pay restoration

The Labour Court is expected to determine whether temporary pay cuts in place since 2014 for staff at Iarnród Éireann should end earlier than originaly envisaged.

Unions want salary reductions to end prior to their scheduled expiry next autumn

Talk will get underway on Wednesday in the Workplace Relations Commission in a bid to resolve a dispute over controversial plans by retailer Tesco to introduce changes to the terms and conditions of longer- serving staff. Photograph: PA

Talks averted planned strike at 70 Tesco stores this week

The HSE in its service plan for the year had envisaged generating savings of €110 million this year on drug costs.  Photograph: iStock

Cabinet hears of plans to invoke legislation to allow health authority to reduce medicine costs

The scene at Sandyford Luas depot last week during  strike. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Siptu divisional organiser Owen Reidy says Transdev is ‘reckless and out of control’

Siptu president Jack O’Connor has said whoever works on the planned public sector pay commission must be ‘objective people’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Garda sergeants’ group to march on Dáil, is ‘seriously considering industrial action’

Dublin light rail operator Transdev is seeking to win the right to run bus services under new Government reforms. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Transdev will bid to operate routes as part of controversial reforms

Staff who are difficult to retain in the public service are likely to be considered  in a new public sector pay agreement. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

New agreement may include salary incentives for in-demand workers

“The 18 per cent pay award recommended for Luas staff – which was rejected – did not go unnoticed elsewhere.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Quicker restoration of pay is just one of the union issues being faced by the Government

‘Remain’ campaigners carry placards during British prime minister David Cameron’s speech on the referendum on the UK’s EU membership  in Witney, Britain. Ictu is to launch its campaign against a Brexit. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Body warns of job losses and an impact on living standards if the UK votes to leave EU

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