The Health Service Executive (HSE) is now to launch a new two-week campaign aimed at encouraging people to take the flu vaccine. Photograph: Thinkstock

A new flu vaccination campaign is to be launched by the HSE and additional palliative care beds are to be opened in the west and south-east in an atte(...)

Trade union Mandate says that under the Tesco plan supermarket staff could lose up to  €2 perhour. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Retailer Tesco is seeking to reduce pay and conditions for about 1,000 longer serving staff as part of a move to a more “flexible “ contract of employ(...)

Staff operating the 999 emergency call service have been told they must report to management before and after taking toilet breaks, a trade union has claimed. File photograph: Getty Images

Staff operating the 999 emergency call service have been told they must take no longer than seven minutes for toilet breaks, their trade union has cla(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny  told   Fine Gael Ardfheis in City West Dublin  the election would be a choice “between a clear plan to keep the recovery going; or putting the people’s hard-won progress at risk”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fine Gael will today pledge to give greater financial assistance to the middle classes to pay for the cost of medication if re-elected to government.(...)

The number of people on trolleys in hospitals across the State has been approaching record levels as the health system struggles to deal with a rise in admissions caused by flu. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Health service management are understood to be considering contracting beds in private hospitals to assist in tackling the problem of large numbers of(...)

Staff operating the 999 emergency call answering service are planning to ballot for industrial action. Photograph: Getty Images

Staff operating the 999 emergency call answering service are planning to ballot for industrial action in a row over pay and conditions. The Communica(...)

Students march past  Trinity College in protest against  fee increase and reductions in grants.  Academic staff in institutes of technology represented by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) are to ballot for strike action over concerns about elements of new legislation being proposed by the Government. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Academic staff in institutes of technology represented by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) are to ballot for strike action over concerns about ele(...)

Talks aimed at averting a planned strike at the Luas light rail system in Dublin get underway at the Workplace Relations Commission on Friday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Further strikes by workers on the Dublin Luas light rail system may be announced in the coming days following unsuccessful talks on Friday aimed at re(...)

Nigel Stephens, Ireland and UK chief executive of Transdev, which operates the Luas, has said employees’ existing pay, terms and conditions were generous. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Staff working at the Luas light rail service in Dublin and the company operating the system are to attend talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (...)

Staff working on the Luas  in Dublin are to stage two 48-hour work stoppages next month as part of a campaign for pay increases. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government is facing about half a dozen strikes or potential industrial disputes in key areas such as education, transport and health in the run-u(...)