In  opinion published on Thursday  Luxembourg Court states workers are entitled to a minimum rest periods, and Ireland’s decision to exclude training time from the calculation of doctors’ working time “encroaches on that minimum rest period”.

The health service will have to appoint significant numbers of additional doctors and re-configure existing hospital services in some areas if it is t(...)

The corporate element of Arthur Cox’s work for child and family agency Tusla is worth €800,000 a year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The legal firm Arthur Cox has received more than €16 million from Government departments and State bodies since 2011, according to newly released figu(...)

Union members at one of the State’s largest windfarm service providers are to go on strike as part of a row over pay increases and cuts to allowances. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Staff at one of the country’s largest windfarm service providers are to go on strike on Friday as part of a row over pay increases and cuts to allowan(...)

Figures released by the HSE show that in January it spent €27.398 million on agency staff.

Expenditure by the health service on agency staff increased by more than 10 per cent in January compared with the same period last year, official f(...)

Siptu said that a re-configuration of services at the Central Mental Hospital had led to an erosion of workers’ terms and conditions.

About 100 staff in the Central Mental Hospital who are members of the trade union Siptu are to share a compensation package of more than €2 million fo(...)

Mount Carmel Hospital in Dublin’s Churchtown was bought by the HSE to provide 65 extra short-stay beds.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A major industrial relations row is looming over plans by HSE management to outsource the operation of a new State-owned facility providing community (...)

An oversight group for the Haddington Road Agreement has intervened in a bid to avert planned industrial action by prison officers. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Moves are underway aimed at averting forthcoming industrial action in the State’s prisons.The National Oversight Group of the Haddington Road Agreemen(...)

Leo Varadkar is  expected to bring the  new plans to the Cabinet subcommittee on health when it is agreed. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Additional funding will be needed to implement some of the proposals in the new plan for tackling emergency department overcrowding, Minister for Hea(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said he will invite public service unions to talks after the Government receives exchequer figures for the first quarter.

There is no certainty that a deal can be reached between the Government and trade unions on pay restoration for public service staff, a senior officia(...)

 Minister Ged Nash said a recent survey by employers’ group Ibec had indicated that 57 per cent of companies planned to increase basic pay this year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The trend for pay increases in many parts of the economy is expected to continue, the Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash has said.He said a(...)