Brendan O’Brien of Siptu said: “This is an issue where, for too long, two agencies refused to address the issue. The relationship has been characterised by competition, inter services rivalries. Somebody has to intervene and say this is not good enough we need to put patients safety first.” Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

Members of the trade union Siptu working in the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) are to ballot for industrial action in response to moves to transfer parts o(...)

Fianna Fail said lengthy ambulance delay represented a “clear and present risk” to patient safety. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Concerns have been expressed over a “clear and present risk” to patient safety in the aftermath of reports a Dublin man was left waiting for three-and(...)

At some point next year, all 2.2 million individual addresses in the Republic will be assigned their own seven-digit post code – to be known as an Eir(...)

The HSE pays Dublin City Council more than €9 million per year to provide Dublin’s emergency ambulance service, from a budget of €134 million for the national ambulance service.

A review of emergency ambulance services in Dublin, looking at patient care and value for money, is to be conducted by Dublin City Council and the (...)

The fire fighters’ union, the Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association, maintains, in an afidavit sworn by its chairman John Kidd, that the Scott breathing equipment currently in use has a high failure rate and is a danger to fire fighters. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

A request by some Dublin fire fighters for an injunction forcing the withdrawal from service of certain breathing apparatus which they maintain is unr(...)

Firefighters describe breathing equipment as one of their most important tools. Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography

Dublin Fire Brigade has been ordered to appear in the High Court tomorrow to defend breathing equipment that firefighters assert is failing repeatedly(...)

John Kidd,  national secretary of the Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association, who  has described comments by the Wicklow county manager as a ‘disgrace’. Photograph:  Collins Courts.

The head of a body representing firefighters has called for the resignation of Wicklow county manager Eddie Sheehy in the wake of the council’s trial (...)