Informed sources have suggested any industrial action could involve stoppages on Dart, commuter and national rail services for short periods. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Train drivers are expected to vote today in favour of strike action in the weeks ahead in a row over payment for past productivity. Trade unions Sipt(...)

Leo Varadkar: “Those who wish to do private practice in their own time should be allowed to do so, provided they honour the terms of their public contract.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Over the last decade or so, going back to Mary Harney’s time as Minster for Health, the State has sought to exert greater control over the working arr(...)

An Post office in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

An Post is understood to be considering issuing protective notice to some of its staff if a strike involving a contractor continues. The disput(...)

 The Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise.

Many of the risks within the country’s emergency departments would be significantly reduced if recommendations previously made by HIQA had been implem(...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar who said the HSE would be abolished over the term of the next government. Photograph: Collins

The Health Service Executive (HSE) is to be dismantled in the term of the next government, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said on Saturday. He also(...)

Dr Gerard Crotty says Irish acute hospitals are dangerously overcrowded. Photograph: Getty

Patients are facing an even more severe crisis in hospital emergency departments this year compared to last winter, the head of the Irish Hospital Con(...)

The IHCA report said  more than 20 consultants ceased private practice in 2014 because of the unaffordable cost of indemnity. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

There are no obstetricians working exclusively in the private sector, the Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) has said. In its annual repor(...)

.Post boxes at the GPO were closed as members of the public tried to post letters.Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Minister for Communications Alex White has urged parties involved in an industrial dispute, that has seen postal services across the State ground to h(...)

The personnel concerned maintain mail-sorting equipment at An Post’s centres in Dublin, Cork, Portlaoise and Athlone. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Mail services could face disruption on foot of strike action by staff at the An Post maintenance operator IO Systems in a dispute over new rostering (...)

Minister for Business and Employment, Ged Nash has brought in regulations that will see an hourly wage increase for those working in contract cleaning and security. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

About 50,000 workers in the security and contract cleaning sectors are to receive pay increases under new employment regulation orders. Under the new(...)