The Irish Medical Organisation  said the Government’s plan could not go ahead without negotiations and the provision of adequate resources for general practice. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Scheme will not deliver cards before next summer and will require new legislation

 Ryanair aircraft at   Rome’s Ciampino airport. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Airline says in surprise move it will recognise trade unions in bid to head off strike action


Additional compensation to be pursued for escalating costs of housing and childcare

The Department of Health said all people in receipt of carer’s allowance were to receive a GP visit card, but the National Association of General Practitioners  said the  announcement was “a populist move to win votes”. File photograph: Getty Images

Harris criticised by doctors over plan after acknowledging existing capacity shortage

Medical bodies tell Oireachtas most doctors exceeed their contractual hours

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe said it was very important that the right candidate was secured to carry out the job of Garda commissioner. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ministers told pay of up to €250,000, allowance for accommodation may be required

Minister for Health Simon Harris: says it is recognised the delivery of healthcare is an “inherently risky activity” and it is inevitable things may go wrong on occasion.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Licensing system for hospitals proposed by Simon Harris

Minister for Health Simon Harris with Rachel Flynn of Hiqa: the National Patient Experience Survey 2017 found most patients rated their stay in hospital to be good or very good.  Photograph: Julien Behal

Taoiseach says two fewer outpatients per GP per week would free up hospital capacity

There were 497,721 people on the out-patient waiting list nationally at the end of November. Photograph: PA Wire

Number of people waiting for consultant appointment rises by another 3,000

Trains sit idle on the platforms at Heuston Station, Dublin last month  during a  second one-day strike by Irish Rail train drivers over pay and conditions. Photograph: PA

Train staff set for pay rises of 2.5% for 3 years and €500 tax-free voucher to resolve strike

21.4 per cent of female non-consultant hospital doctors and 11.5 per cent of male non-consultant hospital doctors report that they had experienced sexual harassment in the previous two years. Photograph: Getty

IMO says bullying, sexual harrassment are common features of Irish medical practice

The  IMO maintained that nearly one third of women non-consultant hospital doctors reported being bullied on the basis of their gender. File photograph: iStock

Workplace bullying common in medical practice, says Irish Medical Organisation

The Department of Health said  it was essential  it was in a position to attract candidates of calibre for what would be a considerable health reform programme. Photograph: Getty Images

Department of Health sought €24,000 performance bonus for new post

The Minister for Employment and Social Protection Regina Doherty said the new legislation would significantly improve the employment protections for people  in less secure arrangements. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Minister says Government will strengthen rights for workers on insecure contracts

The Department of Health has proposed a five-year contract as part of the recruitment process for the person appointed to implement the Sláintecare health reform plan.

Department recommends salary package of up to €171,000 for Sláintecare lead role

Siptu’s Paul Bell said  the failure of the Government to commit to a process to restore the pay of Section 39 organisation workers in line with HSE staff and others providing the same services was  unacceptable. Photograph: Eric Luke

Dispute arises from not getting pay cut restorations given to direct State employees

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe:     “Many pensioners feel that they have earned their pension and should not have to ‘sign on’ as a jobseeker in order to receive a portion of it.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Age Action warns against two-tier retirement system

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe said the decision of State employees to remain on after the traditional retirement age of 65 would be optional. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The new changes will not apply to frontline groups such as gardaí and firefighters

 Patricia King, general secretary Irish Congress of Trade Unions, aid the report confirmed there was now “an urgent necessity” for Government to address the problem.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Nearly 160,000 people have significant variations in their hours of work

“This approach would move to a more equitable position of financially recognising performance.” Photograph: iStock

Introduction of merit pay system would ‘not be for the faint-hearted’, study finds

Dr. Rhona Mahony: ’I can only conclude there is a positive effort to prevent recruitment’. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

NMH master criticises ‘quiet disgrace’ of number of doctors not on training schemes

A HSE report urges the Government to assign powers to the  Health Insurance Authority to require that insurers only reimburse consultants employed by public hospitals for the treatment of subscribers where contractually they are allowed to do so. File photograph: Getty Images

Call for insurers to be stopped from paying for work carried out in breach of contract

Unions have strongly criticised the current two-tier pay structure which has seen those recruited since 2011 paid less than those in place prior to that date.

Submission to Public Service Pay Commission critical of ‘inequality’ in the profession

Family doctors have warned further increases in eligibility for free GP care in the absence of increased capacity will lead to waiting lists. Photograph: PA.

Oireachtas committee hears of ‘Victorian’ position of nurses in general practices

Minister for Health Simon Harris whose department is expected to receive additional funding of almost €200 million to cover overspending. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

New supplementary estimate to be proposed despite earlier opposition to such a move

Bus Éireann management says “it remains of paramount importance that these rosters ... are introduced as planned”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Unions say plans to implement new rosters for drivers unilaterally will be resisted

Global, regional and national health workforce demand is expected to increase in the years ahead, Minister for Health Simon Harris said. Photograph: Alan Betson

Harris launches new framework to support recruitment and retention of personnel

The Government is to publish new employment rights legislation in the coming weeks. Photograph: Getty

Mandate says thousands of workers put up with week to week income changes

The design and implementation of new Bus Éireann rosters has proved to be problematical. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill.

The NBRU warns of ballot for industrial action if drivers’ rosters are changed

Organ receiver transport: patients must present at the transplant centre in the UK within four hours of notification of a donor heart becoming available and within six hours of a liver becoming available.

State must juggle expense of night flights to England with loss of organs when available

The Irish Coast Guard: could be requested to recruit a dedicated aircrew to operate its Dublin-based helicopter at night, if available. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

Air Corps or Coast guard no longer able to fly patients to UK for transplants at night-time

The three further strikes are planned for Tuesday, November 14th, the day of Ireland’s home World Cup play-off tie with Denmark; Thursday, November 23rd; and Friday, December 8th, traditionally a busy Christmas shopping day. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Irish rail staff would receive 7.5% pay increase plus €500 voucher under Labour Court recommendation

AGSI members back accord by 91 per cent to 9 per cent

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar:  will not benefit from the unwinding of pay cuts provided under the Bill for other public servants by 2022. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Bill aims to restore emergency legislation cuts for most State staff by July 2021

 Irish Rail: Unions argue that the 3,800 employees at the company have not had a pay rise in 10 years. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Unions at Irish Rail due to meet on Friday to consider expected recommendation

People attending an ASTI protest seeking equal pay for younger teachers outside Leinster House, Dublin, last year. File photograph: Eric Luke

Central executive council of ASTI vote to continue to suspend action

Striking rail workers outside Heuston train station in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Two 24-hour strikes in a week have caused huge disruption

Irish Rail staff are seen on a picket line outside Ceannt Station in Galway during Tuesday’s  24-hour rail strike. Photograph: PA

David Franks warns staff this dispute could damage the company and workers’ earnings

Members of the TUI and the ASTI picketing during a strike in 2014. Members of the INTO, the TUI and the ASTI have all rejected the public service pay accord. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Public servants outside pay deal face nine-month delay in salary increases

Trains sit idle on the platforms at Heuston Station, Dublin, during a second  one-day strike by Irish Rail train drivers over pay and conditions. Photograph: PA

Irish Rail warn CIÉ of the risk of a five-day strike which would cost it €1.5 million

 A deserted  Connolly Station with parked up trains  during the first of five 24-hour stoppages by Irish Rail workers on November 1st, 2017. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Tens of thousands face another day of disruption as rail staff to strike on Tuesday

Empty tracks and train platforms at the Navan Parkway station as a result of strike action by Iarnród Éireann over pay. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Tens of thousands of passengers disrupted as staff at rail firm take action over pay

Minister for Health Simon Harris: was warned that tackling the spread of superbugs in hospitals could clash with plans to deal with overcrowding in emergency departments this winter. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Oversight group to discuss national response to CPE bacteria linked to deaths in Limerick

“This dispute could escalate beyond the five strike days already planned unless a serious attempt is made to engage meaningfully with unions.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Thousands of commuters affected by first of five days of stoppages over pay claim

“We are prohibited from trade union membership, affiliation to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions by extension and any form of industrial agitation”

Representative body argues lack of union rights puts it at disadvantage in pay talks

Broombridge station, near Cabra in Dublin. Iarnród Éireann wants to increase services on the Maynooth line to connect with the Luas cross-city service to the station. Photograph: Alan Betson

Union members to distribute leaflets to commuters day before first 24-hour strike

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and  Minister for Health Simon Harris at the official sod turning ceremony of the new national children’s hospital.  Photograph:

‘Phoenix Children’s Hospital Ireland’ echoes name of Arizona institute

HSE director general Tony O’Brien: the State depends on the voluntary sector for many services.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Tony O’Brien says HSE funds more than 2,200 State bodies or voluntary agencies

The HSE is seeking nearly €8m in additional funding to allow it to recruit about 80 key personnel such as microbiologists and laboratory staff to deal with the threat. File image: iStock

HSE urges Government to prioritise tackling antibiotic resistant bacteria called CPE

An Bord Pleanála said given the nature, height, scale, form and layout of the planned new hospital  the installation of life-safety sprinklers throughout the building was required.

Hospital development board had appealed the conditions for a fire safety certificate

An ASTI protest outside Leinster House in 2016. Photograph: Eric Luke

Two-tier pay the sticking point as ASTI joins dissenters, but strikes are unlikely for now

 ASTI delegates at a meeting in June. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Leadership to consider industrial action after members oppose accord by 51.5% to 48.5%

Leo Varadkar and Simon Harris with children from the Youth Advisory Council as they urned the sod at a new paediatric outpatients and urgent care centre at Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Name ‘ill conceived’ in context of sick children, clashes with Arizona facility

A spokesman for Iarnród Éireann said it viewed the failure rate among contractors’ staff as a significant concern. File photograph: Eric Luke

Firm may bring in compulsory checks for external workers after one-in-seven test positive

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: with Minister for Health Simon Harris he will launch work at Connolly Hospital in west Dublin and a redevelopment of the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dún Laoghaire.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Work to start on facilities at Connolly and National Rehabilitation Hospital

An artist’s impression of the proposed new National Children’s Hospital at St James’s Hospital, Dublin

Board says the fire safety design is ‘compliant with and indeed exceeds current regulations’

Train in Heuston Station: Unions argue it is not credible for Iarnród Éireann to continue to play the “poor mouth”.   Photograph: Eric Luke

Iarnród Éireann staff taking lead from bus and Luas actions in call for pay increase

Rank -and-file gardai have voted to accept the new public service pay agreement.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Members of GRA support by 62.7% to 37.3% agreement which will give wage hikes

Iarnród Éireann and unions failed to reach agreement after 12 hours of talks at the Workplace Relations Commission. Photograph: Eric Luke

Stoppages will be held on November 1st, 7th, 14th and 23rd; and on December 8th

Tony O’Brien said that when pay for public service employees was being cut in the wake of the economic crash, “corollary high-level reductions” were made to gross funding of Section 39 organisations.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Restoration for state organisations but none offered to community service providers

Iarnród Éireann union members are being balloted for strike action. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Union warns of disruption to rail network within days if no tangible pay offer made

Minister for Health Simon Harris: HSE circular provides for a “risk mitigation”  for each consultant post where the appointee does not hold the qualifications specified for the appointment. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Consultants body says 81 doctors working at public hospitals who are not on specialist register

 Minister for Health Simon Harris who got Cabinet agreement on Friday for the establishment of an independent group to advance the Sláintecare plan. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

This is the third radical overhaul of the health care system in roughly a decade

Bus Éireann said it continued “to liaise with unions and staff as part of a major business restructure to reverse insolvency and make the company efficient”. Photograph: Getty Images

Regina Doherty claims ‘unofficial labour dispute’ cost company €150,000 last week

Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

New group to assess impact of eliminating private practice in public hospitals

The Government’s  expenditure report said the HSE needs to start considering how it would manage pensions costs going forward to ensure that it did not impact on outcome for patients

Military pension bill now almost 50% of cost of pay for serving Defence Forces personnel

Recent growth in public service staffing means that at the end of 2017 overall numbers will be approaching peak levels.

Numbers on State payroll growing by 8,000 per year , Government expenditure report suggests

Blocked beds: the budget provided an extra €37 million to tackle delayed hospital discharges, which contribute significantly to the trolley crisis in emergency departments. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Budget 2018: Extra €471m for capital spending; just €25m for shift to primary care

Exchequer spending on the ‘Fair Deal’ scheme – which covers about 23,000 people – increased by about €34m over the last three years to €917m this year. File photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Budget 2018 paper says spending on programme covering 23,000 ‘sustainable’ so far

The Department of Public Expenditure has argued that removing the obligation for public servants to work the ’Croke Park hours’ would impact on the provision of public services.

Retain the additional hours public service staff must work since 2013, says department

The health service is to receive a €40 million package of support measures for hospitals to allow for the opening of new units next year and to improve access to diagnostics and “surge” capacity. Photograph: Getty Images

Increase to cut waiting lists and provide more homecare packages and transitional beds

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association  is to write to the Medical Council about the issue this week. Photograph: Alan Betson

Consultants’ body to tell Medical Council crisis is due to HSE difficulties recruiting and retaining staff

More than 90,000 patients, many elderly and frail, received some part of their acute hospital care on trolleys last year, and this number looks very likely to increase this winter, conference told

Avoidable deaths taking place in hospitals due to unacceptable treatment delays -- IHCA

‘Will politicians, backed by clinicians, be willing to stand up to drinks industry?’ Minister asks

Simon Harris  was very pleased that the HSE apologised very quickly and was investigating how the incident could possibly have happened.

Parents do not expect child to come into contact with bleach at dentists, Minister says

Minister for Health Simon Harris: decoupling  private practice from public hospitals, as recommended in  the Government’s Sláintecare report, “is certainly worth considering”.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

IHCA warns reforms could impoverish public hospitals and lead to catastrophic failure

Iarnród Éireann is the ‘new frontline’ in the battle to ensure the adequate funding of public transport in Ireland, Siptu members have heard. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Siptu says it will ‘vehemently’ oppose the underfunding of public transport sector

General secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions  Patricia King said the retention of the 9 per cent Vat rate for the hospitality sector was ‘pure wrong’.

Patricia King urges abolition of lower VAT rate for the hospitality sector in the budget

A restoration of the telephone allowance is also being examined as part of the overall package. Photograph: iStock

Bereavement grant, prescription charge caps and pension increases all on the cards

Siptu members Jaqueline Kirby, Liz Cloherty and Helen Power launching the union’s pay campaign for  workers in Section 39 organisations.  Photograph: Jimmy Weldon

Government claims pay discrepancy for agency workers is not a matter for the State

 Staff at Iarnród Éireann are currently balloting for industrial action as part of a claim for pay increases of about 3.75% annually without productivity concessions

Pay row at Iarnród Éireann likely to end in industrial action, Siptu conference told

Siptu president Jack O’Connor is to step down in the weeks ahead after 14 years in the post. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Jack O’Connor to step down as president of State’s largest union after 14 years

Siptu president Jack O’Connor. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Jack O’Connor claims the proposals would degrade public services and benefit ‘bandits’

Minister for Health Simon Harris “wants to work with GPs and address their concerns” over the free GP care scheme, a spokeswoman said. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

National Treatment Purchase Fund to begin endoscopy outsourcing plan this month

There will be no new overall contract for the provision of GP services negotiated with the Government this year, the IMO has signalled. File photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire

IMO also says extending the number covered by free GP care scheme is ‘not a priority’

Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General Seamus McCarthy was released on Friday. File photograph: David Sleator

Comptroller and Auditor General says issues highlight governance problems across sector

The trade union Mandate said this would represent the fifth such increase it had secured for members in Dunnes Stores in as many years.

Union says it will continue to pursue certainty of working hours and full time jobs

 Unions, including the National Bus and Rail Union and Siptu will ballot immediately for strike action. File photograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

NBRU and Siptu to ballot staff at Iarnród Éireann in the coming weeks over pay concerns

The Garda Representative Association said the Government move had ‘potentially stored up future grievances’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Government backs recommendation Garda bodies should not become trade unions

File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Bus company says disciplinary action will be taken ‘up to and including dismissal’

The working group specifically said Garda organisations should not become trade unions and gardaí should not be permitted to take industrial action. Photograph: Colin Keegan /Collins Dublin.

Analysis: a working group estabished by the Government said the law should remain

 Members of An Garda Síochána should not be allowed go on strike, a new Government report has urged. File photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Government review calls for new measures to prevent industrial action by Garda members

ASTI delegates at their meeting in Citywest Hotel in June. More than 1,200 members of the ASTI are estimated to have left the union between January and June. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

ASTI accuses TUI of recruiting a number of its members during dispute with Government

 INTO members attend a rally for pay equality for lower-paid teachers outside the Dáil, Kildare Street, Dublin, in December 2016. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Union faces backlash from members over decision to participate in the evaluation

Rail passengers could face disruption due to strike action next month.

Union threatens strike ballot if no ‘credible’ pay offer made by Wednesday

Earlier this week, the airline wrote to pilots offering them bonus payments of up to €12,000, deferred for a year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Further flight cancellations loom as airline’s roster solution deemed inadequate

Patricia King, general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. Photograph: Eric Luke

Patricia King says unions would intervene if Government fails to act on housing crisis

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “It’s the norm in many workplaces to step aside and to ask people to leave if they’re not performing.” Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Unions counter Taoiseach’s comments by saying performance management already ‘robust’

Ictu general secretary Patricia King.

Paschal Donohoe issues warning to public service groups who do not back new accord

Cancelled operations: elective surgery fell 54 per cent between 2012 and 2016, according to the Irish Hospital Consultants Association. Photograph: E+/Getty

Patients at one hospital wait up to nine years to see doctor, according to submission to Government

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