Joan Collins: Independent TD said  the Minister for Education “insists on treating apprentices as students but they are not students. They cannot avail of student grants or other financial assistance available to students.”

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn will meet the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) to discuss the college fees levied in the budget on apprentices, (...)

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ESB unions have confirmed strike notice documents lodged with the company will be withdrawn by lunchtime.The move follows a deal reached yesterday on (...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: indicated that Labour Party TDs would be prepared to vote in favour of public service pay cuts if necessary. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has ruled out further negotiations on the proposed new Croke Park agreement to cut th(...)

 TUI members protesting outside the Fine Gael ard fheis in Dublin last year. The union’s president Gerard Craughwell has said it would vote against the Croke Park proposals at the meeting of the public services committee. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Members of the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI ) have voted overwhelmingly to reject the proposed new Croke Park agreement. The union said(...)

PJ Stone, general secretary of the Garda Representative Association protesting against propsed cuts in pay outside Leinster House today. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Organisations representing gardaí have pledged to continue their protests against cuts to members’ earnings under the proposed new Croke Park a(...)