Steve Fitzpatrick, general secretary of the CWU, said members working in the 999 call service “have taken this decision [to strike] reluctantly but in the knowledge that they have exhausted every other avenue available to them”. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Staff operating one of the State’s three 999 emergency call answering centres are to stage a 12-hour strike on the day before the general election. T(...)

Conduit Global said the trade union was seeking to disrupt the emergency call service as part of a ‘self-serving’ move to gain bargaining recognition. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Staff operating the 999 emergency call answering service are considering a 12 hour work stoppage in a dispute over pay and trade union recognition. T(...)

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(...)

Founder and producer of the Other Voices live music series, Philip King. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The Government does not give the Arts the respect it deserves, despite the huge success of Irish artists, writers and performers in recent years, acco(...)

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(...)

 Irish officials collaborating with European counterparts on whether  overseas e-retailers are using Amazon and eBay to avoid paying the State VAT on products sold to Irish consumers. Photograph: Alan Betson

Hungarian venture The Turley family has bought out US firm Fagen’s 50 per cent share of their joint venture, Ethanol Europe Renewables, says the Sun(...)

Apart from Michael Collins, there were seven presidents and eight taoisigh to be considered, with one president and four taoisigh being “still alive”. Photograph: Hulton Archive

A proposed series of postage stamps featuring taoisigh and presidents were to include only deceased holders of the office, in part because next of kin(...)

Memo said former minister for communications Jim Mitchell would be pleased to see a ferry service to Cork, but was concerned about possible losses. Photograph: Joe St Leger/The Irish Times

A subsidy of £300,000 was suggested for a proposed Cork to Swansea ferry service, but the government was warned of the effects on B&I Ferries, Sta(...)

13/07/2015 - NEWS - Alex White TD Minister for Communications, at official launch of Eircode, Ireland's new postcode system, at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish TimesPhotograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The Department of Communications has controversially rejected a proposal by telecoms firm Eir to supply fibre broadband to 300,000 homes originally e(...)

Eir is awaiting to hear whether the Department of Communications has accepted its proposal to connect  300,000 homes to its new fibre broadband network. Photograph:  Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Telecoms firm Eir will find out next week whether the Department of Communications has accepted its proposal to supply fibre broadband to 300,000 hom(...)