IMO president Dr John Duddy said the prime concern of doctors is the care of patients and no doctor wants to take industrial action.

IMO had planned to hold vote amongst members over €3,000 ‘living out’ allowance

ASTI has said if members reject the new proposals its current directive banning co-operation with junior cycle reform will remain in place

Union sets out measures which may come into play if members reject new proposals

Bus Éireann says  its financial position is unsustainable, and without action on costs  it will go out of business within two years. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A number of unions say they will not attend talks on the company’s survival plan

Shane Ross told the Dáil that Bus Éireann was losing €6m a year, mainly due to losses being run up by its commercial Expressway arm

Bus Éireann unions to meet next week to consider joint strategy and have warned of potential industrial action

Bus Éireann’s acting chief executive Ray Hernan has said proposals to cut premium payments and overtime rates for staff represent ‘the only and best way to safeguard the maximum number of viable jobs’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Bus and rail workers threaten action over firm’s ‘stomach-churning’ survival proposals

The Haddington Road public service agreement provided for a longer working week for staff which generated about five million additional hours for the HSE

Unions to press for abolition of longer working week in forthcoming talks WI

Bus Éireann has offered non-pensionable pay rises of up to 3% per annum in some cases. This would be conditional on there being no industrial action of any nature over the course of the deal. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

State-owned company warns of cuts in premium payments and potential layoffs of staff

Paschal Donohoe: said the new pay arrangement was conditional on adherence to industrial peace in the public service

Minister says money will be found through ‘savings and efficiencies’ identified throughout the year

There are indications that Bus Éireann could discontinue operating some of its existing Expressway services. Photograph: Eric Luke

Taoiseach urges unions and management to engage in constructive talks

File image of INMO members protesting outside St Vincent’s hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

INMO will not finalise strike plan until after new talks with Government

A file image of trade union groups protesting in Dublin over austerity measures. The Government has decided to bring forward a €1,000 pay rise for public service staff but unions say anomalies are yet to be addressed. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times.

Government accelerates increase amid unrest over deal made with gardaí last year

 Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe has said a process to deal with public service pay anomalies would be completed by the end of January. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Government is considering bringing forward salary increases after deal with gardaí

Bus Éireann’s acting chief executive, Ray Hernan, has said  the company faced a “very uncertain future due to the precarious state of our finances and threat of insolvency”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Measures will include limits on overtime, recruitment and hiring in of private buses

 Bus Éireann is to introduce radical measures aimed at generating savings of up to €8 million within the next few weeks. Photograph: Eric Luke

Firm tells Minister for Transport Shane Ross it could run out of money within 18 months

INMO chief Liam Doran said “we are 3,500 nurses short and our members have had enough”. Photograph: The Irish Times

INMO bristle over long-running problem of staff recruitment and retention in service

Union president Ed Byrne said if the new proposals were rejected in a forthcoming ballot, he could not rule out further school closures.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Union urging its 18,000 members to reject proposals drawn up before Christmas

INMO general secretary Liam Doran said members had given the union a mandate for a mixture of one-day strikes and continuous industrial action. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

INMO planning strike action over recruitment and retention of staff

Chief executive says Expressway service would ‘continue to be part of Bus Éireann’. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Acting chief executive says loss-making Expressway service will remain part of company

Bus Éireann chairman Aidan Murphy said:  “We are ready to implement, as a matter of urgency, the structural changes and efficiency initiatives which are required to position the business for future growth and viability.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Chief executive Nolan announces departure and Hernan takes on acting role in his place

Last autumn ‘The Irish Times’ reported that management at Bus Éireann had drawn up plans to separate Expressway from the rest of the company. Photograph: Eric Luke

Consultants’ report says getting out of Expressway business could be only viable option

Broadstone depot in Dublin: up to 10 depots would face closure  if Expressway, the commercial arm of  Bus Éireann, was shut down.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

More than 500 staff could lose their jobs if company’s commercial arm closed down

Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation protesting outside Leinster House last September. Members have backed industrial action by a margin of 90 per cent. Photograph: Eric Luke

Strike action by nurses, doctors, health support staff in the offing in the weeks ahead

“There is a real crisis in our GP services at the moment,” said Dr Padraig McGarry, chairman of the IMO’s GP committee. Photograph: Thinkstock

Government, HSE and Irish Medical Organisation to begin talks within next fortnight

Siptu plans to ballot healthcare assistants, radiographers, home helps and other grades in a fortnight. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

Siptu seeking new job evaluation scheme for healthcare assistants, home helps

Members of the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) take part in a strike  over a pay dispute in  November.  Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Lansdowne Road agreement undermined by Luas, Dublin Bus and Garda settlements

There are now nearly 150 more senior managers in the Health Service Executive (HSE) than at the time of  the economic crash, new official figures show.

New official figures show the number of managers increased by 95 over the last year

Iarnród Éireann: According to the State-owned rail operator, a draft report by the regulator drew “conclusions that are unsubstantiated and often on the basis of individual opinion”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Iarnród Éireann must heed advice and ‘comply with the regulator’s directions’

Oberstown youth detention centre in Lusk, Co Dublin. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Staff postpone industrial action as union secures agreement for independent review

Iarnród Éireann said it was committed to working with the commission to ensure the highest standards of safety were achieved. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ross acknowledges ‘concerns’ but says no immediate risk to safety

The rail regulator  says that from 2015 Iarnród Éireann began “taking a noticeably different approach towards safety regulation”

Commission for Railway Regulation criticises rail operator on its attitude to safety rules and challenges to regulator’s (...)

The report said only Dart trains in the greater Dublin area have an automatic protection system in operation which automatically applies the brakes if a driver fails to obey a restrictive signal or speed limit. Photograph: David Sleator

Some equipment 30 years old and does not offer expected protection levels, report finds

A   train tests the  rebuilt Malahide Estuary Railway bridge in 2009.The Commission for Railway Regulation has criticised the company’s attitude to safety. Photograph: The Irish Times

Railway regulator says relations with the State rail company are ‘strained’

Sources have suggested the Government could look for greater contributions towards pensions from staff earning more than €50,000. Photographs: Getty Images

Minster says pensions will be on table in planned pay talks with trade unions

INMO members voted by 90 per cent this week in favour of a campaign of one-day strikes. Photograph: Frank Miller

Nurses looking for financial incentives to encourage staff recruitment and retention

Minister for Health Simon Harris: industrial action “will not reduce the numbers of patients on trolleys in emergency departments”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Simon Harris says strikes not the solution to dealing with health service staffing problems

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation says previous recruitment drives to attract back young nurses and midwives who emigrated “failed miserably”

Union wants financial incentives to keep staff which would likely lead to knock-on claims

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation wants incentives to recruit workers and secure adequate staffing levels. File photograph: Frank Miller

Union has mandate for mixture of one-day strikes and continuous action, says Doran

Minister for Health Simon Harris says he wants   nurses and midwives returning to Ireland for   Christmas  to consider coming home to stay

Special recruitment fairs in Dublin after Christmas to offer ‘walk-in’ job interviews

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has said there was “no problem” in recruiting new entrants to the public service in general on existing terms. File photograph: Getty Images

Commission hears remuneration for most State employees remains very attractive

Minister for Health Simon Harris:  insisted the budget allocated to the health service for 2017 is the largest in the history of the State.    Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Service Plan will outline risks to the delivery of health services, including new drug costs

 The Irish Hospital Consultants Association  said its case would challenge the discriminatory salary scales which have been imposed on new-entrant consultants. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

New-entrant consultants starting on salaries 25% lower than older colleagues, says IHCA

The AGSI described the Horgan report as a “missed opportunity” to forensically examine pay, allowances and industrial relations matters in the Garda organisation.

GRA chief Ciarán O’Neill questions whether Horgan proposals ‘fair, just, legal or lawful’

Report estimates that, if the value of the cost of the provision of pensions is taken into accout, total remuneration for gardaí would be in excess of €100,000. Photograph: David Sleator

Average remuneration for gardaí ‘in region of €100,000’ when pensions included

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

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