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(...)

Fire services personnel protest outside Government Buildings in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Firefighters may strike if the Government proceeds with a proposed reduction in crewing numbers, according to trade union officials.Speaking at a rall(...)

‘If you are discouraging people from calling 999 in the case of a genuine emergency, that is appalling policy that is inevitably geared towards putting human lives at risk,” said Conor Faughnan of AA Roadwatch. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Almost half of the €9.3 million owed to local authority fire services by Irish homes and businesses last year was not paid, figures reveal. Accordin(...)

A rally in support of the jailed protesters will be held in Dublin today, Friday, and is expected to draw thousands of people. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 0:57

The jailing of five water protesters for defying a court order has been portrayed as a “political act” by a leading figure in the anti-water charge(...)

Davos selfie: attendees enjoy a lighter moment at the 45th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. Photograph: EPA/Laurent Gillieron

Within an hour of touching down in Davos, The Irish Times bumped into one of its compatriots – businessman Denis O’Brien. Dressed in a sharp pink shir(...)

Simon O’Brien: will relocate home to England to take up a bigger job. Photograph: Eric Luke.

A very public clash with outgoing GSOC chairman Simon O’Brien last February began a short and brutish period for then Garda commissioner Martin Callin(...)

Simon O’Brien: “This is a significant opportunity and I am looking forward to the new challenge. The new post will bring me back home to be with my wife and young family in London”

Head of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) Simon O’Brien has announced his resignation despite still having two years to run on his contr(...)

Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission chairman Simon O’Brien will step down from his position at the end of January. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Head of the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc), Simon O’Brien has announced his resignation despite two years remaining on his contract.The As(...)

Minster for Communications Alex White: ‘No guidelines or ministerial orders can extend what’s in the legislation passed by the Oireachtas.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Communications Alex White has rejected suggestions that his new media mergers guidelines are “too late” and said expectations that exi(...)

Fire at Hadden’s department store in 1984 changed the centre of the town, thankfully there were no fatalaties

What started life as an attic clear-out and developed as a popular online presence has now been crystallised as a book for anyone with an interest (...)