Some 653,000 households will get the water support payment.

The exclusion of thousands of low-income households from both a new water support payment and a new water tax credit, is “wrong” and “very concerning(...)

Joan Burton: Brendan Ogle of the Unite union said she should apologise for “getting up in the Dáil like Marie Antoinette and insinuating if people can afford a phone they should pay for water”

Saturday’s march through Dublin will be seen as the “tipping point” into “a massive revolt against this Government”, say those involved in the Righ(...)

Brendan Ogle: If the ESB thought having to deal with the demands  of the former union leader  was a headache, just wait until its consultants get a load of the shenanigans at BPC

The ESB, fresh from recent battles with its unions that led to threats of power outages for Christmas, must be a glutton for punishment. (...)

File photograph of Brendan Ogle addressing protestersat at a Unite trade union protest in 2010. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh / THE IRISH TIMES

Brendan Ogle, the ESB Group of Unions (GoU) secretary who led its workers to the brink of industrial action shortly before Christmas, will step down f(...)

The endgame started on Thursday, when Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte (above) asked the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) to intervene. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

The two sides in the ESB dispute held tentative talks at the company’s head office early last week, but made little headway. The endgame started on Th(...)

Avoiding a blackout

The public will be greatly relieved that a threat of strike action by the ESB group of unions has been averted. A pre-Christmas blackout would have ca(...)

 ESB group of unions secretary general Brendan Ogle (above) suggested yesterday that as a result of the LRC deal the company would have to include an extra liability of €369 million in its accounts, but added that that was a matter for the ESB and its auditors. Photograph: Alan Betson

The ESB will be responsible for any deficit in its employees’ pension pot as a result of the deal struck between the company and its unions that avert(...)

ESB Group of Unions general secretary Brendan Ogle who said this morning that ‘if there is disruption to services from December 16th, responsibility for this will lie in totality with ESB management’. Photograph: Collins

ESB unions have confirmed strike notice documents lodged with the company will be withdrawn by lunchtime.The move follows a deal reached yesterday on (...)

Unite official Brendan Ogle claimed landmark victory for unions in the negotiations.

The threat of widespread electricity blackouts in the run-up to Christmas has been averted after ESB management and unions last night resolved their d(...)

Brendan Ogle of the ESB group of unions said the sides were very far apart last night. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Department of Energy has said contingency plans are in place in the event of a strike by ESB workers next month and has expressed confidence disru(...)