The paper says the cost will increase to €385 million in 2025, significantly above the previous estimate of €186 million for the years 2023 to 2026. Photograph: iStock

Separate report suggests political costs of pension reforms may be manageable

In addition, unions want pay rises of 4 per cent annually for three years, starting in October, as part of an amended sectoral employment order. Photograph: Getty Images

Unite says some employers sending workers home without pay during inclement weather

Prof Philip Nolan said the rise in hospital and ICU admissions was ‘far less’ than ‘if we didn’t have so much of the population protected through vaccination’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Pattern of infection in coming weeks ‘really quite uncertain’, says Prof Philip Nolan

The number of people receiving the special Covid-19 pandemic unemployment payment has fallen to its lowest level

Figure receiving the payment is now below 200,000, Minister says

A HSE report found a number of internal control weaknesses over recruitment and contracted hours in Sligo-Leitrim mental health services. Photograph: iStock

Management say majority of staff involved were being redeployed to alternative roles

Defence Force members training at the Glen of Imaal. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Concern in Government that pay commission could jeopardise centralised pay agreements

The department has suggested looking at whether existing pay and remuneration structures for military personnel are “fragmentary, overly complex” or out of date and if there is “scope for consolidation, modernising and streamlining”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Department suggests Defence Forces commission reviews remuneration structures

The proposals would see a new composite pay rate of €23.50 per hour from next October, which would incorporate shift and premium payments for about 1,700 drivers with a five-over-seven-day contract .  Photograph: Alan Betson

Management plan would reassign drivers from specific routes to multiple ones

The Daa, the operator of Dublin airport, says   the changes requested from the workers are “no different and in many areas considerably less than that sought from other colleagues across our business”. Photograph:   Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Unions likely to oppose any move to transfer direct employment to third-party companies

Ictu general secretary Patricia King: she said the new revised code “must be accompanied by enabling legislation to ensure its provisions are legally binding”.  Photograph: Frank Miller

Unions claim move to publish updated code of practice ‘wholly inadequate’ to tackle misclassifying of workers as self-employed

Mary O’Dea, Mediator, Local Employment Scheme, Limerick and Deirdre Keenan, Guidance Worker, Local Employment Scheme, Dublin North West Partnership, at the protest  in Monaghan on Thursday.

Department says community sector encouraged to bid to be part of services expansion

Heather Humphreys said new code ‘set out the law as has been developed in the courts through case law’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Employed or self-employed? Government to put new code on legal footing

The biggest fall in numbers receiving the PUP was in the accommodation and food services sector. Photograph: Andy Gibson.

Minister says 202,000 people receiving PUP this week, lowest level since scheme began

Resumption of indoor dining for vaccinated is likely to take place from July 26th

Paul Gallagher ‘annoyed and frustrated’, seeking detail on exclusion of unvaccinated people

Indoor dining will resume for the fully vaccinated next week without time limits

Two-metre table distance to apply if children present and Covid certs to be shown

Former health service official Cornelia Stuart was appointed by the HSE to investigate the Beacon Hospital surplus vaccine distribution incident. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Inquiry separate to that commissioned by Dublin private hospital’s own board

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly: “Our cases are increasing rapidly and a proportion will inevitably require hospitalisation.”   Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘Significant challenges’ to health service capacity could emerge in mid- to late August

Beacon Hospital chief executive Michael Cullen (left) pictured in 2016 showing then minister for health Simon Harris around the hospital’s expanded endoscopy unit. Photograph: Eric Luke

Hospital board says it has full confidence in chief executive as report summary is released

The board of Beacon said on Monday it regretted that the incident happened but having considered the review it had determined it retained full confidence in its chief executive Michael Cullen.

Chief executive made decision alone ‘in a time-pressured situation’, says review

Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar

INMO members say staffing levels compromising patient care

Employers and unions seem set to clash over plans for a revision of pay and conditions for more than 50,000 workers in the construction sector.  Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Employers pitching at 1.6% as Labour Court seeks submissions on pay for 50,000 workers

The report says Ireland’s rate of employment amongst people with disabilities is half the European average.

Ibec paper urges reforms to boost employment opportunities

A Department of Health source said there is ‘concern but not alarm’ at current trends. File photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly warns Seanad of ‘roaring’ growth in virus infections

Government sources confirmed that lands at the Port, in the east of the city, are among sites under ‘active consideration’ for development by the Land Development Agency. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

CIÉ land and former Cathal Brugha Barracks among sites being examined in new report

There are ‘an unprecedented number of retirements due and only 36 recruits to be employed this year’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Union says fire vehicles unavailable across city due to lack of trained staff

Conditions that might benefit from medicinal cannabis include spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis; intractable nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy; and severe, treatment-resistant epilepsy. Photograph: EPA

Stephen Donnelly says move will assist in alleviating effects of severe conditions

The Review of Disability Social Care Demand and Capacity Requirements report says about one in seven people in Ireland, or about 643,000, have a disability or long-term condition.

Review calls for up to €800m extra to pay for more residential care and ‘unmet need’

Eilis O’Brien, director of communications at University College Dublin, said it admitted 4,474 students in 2020, which was a jump of 323 on the numbers admitted in 2019.

Association hopes Government plan will dampen potential rise in college points

‘This project has gone on far too long for us to be looking to do something fundamentally different right now,’ says Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly

Move would add to costs and timeline but no option taken off the table, Minister says

Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath: ‘The public have a very strong desire for realistic and timely delivery of major capital projects and I want to ensure these expectations are met.’ Photograph:  Photo:Gareth Chaney/Collins

Mc Grath seeks requests for tenders for new external assurance process

The group of doctors at Limerick hospital also complained about IT difficulties, training requirements, staffing problems and roster gaps. Photograph: Google Street View

Group also argues hospital worst top-level centre in State for medical registrar training

The union is calling for a halt to what it describes as moves to allow private companies to bid, as part of a tender process, for State contracts. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Department issues tender request to increase dedicated resources, it says

Garda superintendents and chief superintendents  commenced working “in strict compliance with the core duties of the Garda code”. Photograph: Getty Images

Top level officers will cease carrying out key role in policing reforms

Unions said it ‘beggared belief’ that the HSE had come to the table empty handed after all the hard work carried out by staff. Photograph: Alan Betson

Unions say HSE maintained it had no mandate to make any proposal

Sinn Féin’s Brian Stanley: said he and other TDs had been assured in the past that ‘stringent penalties’  would apply in the broadband contract. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Committee told no provision in contract to apply penalties if targets not met

The HSE report says a total of 23,412 of its employees received total payments in excess of €60,000 last year. Photograph: iStock

Two other employees received more than €500,000 in total payments from HSE

Trade union Siptu told its members in the health service last week that it welcomed the intervention of the commission.

Workplace Relations Commission to hear from unions seeking ‘special recognition’

There are divided views in the hospitality industry on antigen testing. File photograph: Getty

Coalition facing mounting pressure for introduction of ‘vaccine passport’ antigen testing

State financial watchdog the Comptroller and Auditor General said the HSE had sought to purchase additional ventilators to increase its capacity to treat patients with respiratory symptoms as the Covid-19 pandemic hit early last year. File photograph: iStock

Decision made to increase capacity to treat respiratory problems as pandemic took hold

Leading figures in Nphet have repeatedly expressed reservations about the limitations of antigen testing. Photograph: Laura Hutton / The Irish Times

Working group involving Government and hospitality industry to meet on Monday

Restaurant Association chief executive Adrian Cummins said  Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly “must instruct Nphet to attend”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Government facing increased calls for antigen testing to be used in indoor hospitality sector

Chief of the Health Service Executive Paul Reid. File photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Department reports 562 new Covid-19 cases, the highest number since early May

In 2020 the HSE spent nearly €1 billion on personal protective equipment. Photograph: Alan Betson

Some protective equipment had to be rationed early in 2020, consultants’ report reveals

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan said the State wasfacing “a significant wave of Delta-driven transmission and we are going to be in the same situation in that respect as all of the rest of western Europe”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Government considering offering one-shot vaccine to people under 35

The report notes that the HSE paid more than the NHS in the UK and Australian Health Service for comparable items of personal protective equipment. File photograph: The Irish Times

Clinical demand indicates health service is carrying up to 41 years’ supply, notes report

Military officers are suing the State over their working hours, it has emerged. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Army, Navy and Air Corps officers seeking implementation of working time directive

Civil and public servants earning between €70,000 and €150,000 will benefit from the pay restoration. Photograph: iStock

Final restoration of pay cuts imposed in 2008 to come into effect from Thursday

There is expected to be additional choice on exam papers in next year’s Leaving Certificate

Alternative exams are planned after Leaving Cert for students affected by illness, bereavement

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said the real value of large companies keeping their data in Ireland was that they were much more likely to bring other operations to the State. Photograph: PA

Tánaiste says up to a third of all electricity produced may go to powering data centres

Fórsa said minimum qualifications had not been altered since the introduction of the “childcare assistant” scheme in 1979. Photograph: iStock

Ireland is out of step with international standards for SNA qualifications, says Fórsa

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) issued stark warnings about hospitalisation and deaths. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

Varadkar suggests Digital Covid Certificate for travel could be adapted for indoor dining

The Department of Social Protection said on Tuesday that just under 228,000 people received the pandemic unemployment payment (PUP) this week. File photograph: iStock

Government to extend Covid illness benefit until next February

Mr Varadkar said that as well as helping businesses and workers through the immediate challenges facing them, the Government also had to look to the longer term. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Tánaiste says Government seeking to have record 2.5m people in work in 2024

Businesses shut on Grafton Street as the Covid-19 pandemic continued. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Finite resources available to Government must be targeted ‘at those who need them most’

Paschal Donohoe arrives for an EU summit in Brussels last week. Photograph: Olivier Matthys/Pool/AFP via Getty

Continuing pro-cyclical stance would ‘undermine sustainability of public finances

Micheál Martin says details of the Government’s plan to increase housing supply over the next few years will be published shortly.

Taoiseach says substantially increasing housing supply priority for Government

 Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said not   all sectors  would recover at the same rate or to the same extent. Photograph: Collins

Minister says budgetary policy cannot keep expanding while growth accelerating

Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath:  told the Dáil the additional hours were “of significant value to the State and critical to supporting the delivery of public services, including in frontline services in health, education, revenue and social protection”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ictu claims €150m accord fund sufficient to undo measures introduced in 2013

The Government has formally approved the establishment of a new system for setting terms and conditions for workers in the childcare sector. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

O’Gorman says more favourable wages, working conditions necessary to attract staff

Currently, the Sisters of Charity plan to transfer the site for the planned National Maternity Hospital to a charitable entity

State to engage with St Vincent’s Hospital Group and Religious Sisters of Charity

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: he   described the decision to introduce the suspension on claims for redundancy payments during the Covid crisis as “a proportionate step to mitigate a risk to businesses and of course to jobs”.  Photograph:  Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Debts will be ‘parked’ for defined period under new scheme

People eating outside in Two Boys Brew cafe in Phibsborough, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

State Covid supports reduced work incentives but halved potential income loss

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said that he would be engaging with both the Religious Sisters of Charity and the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group on the issue. File photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Health says St Vincent’s remains best location for proposed new facility

The Irish Aviation Authority has urged that the military ‘should have full capability to detect potential aircraft infringements into our national airspace’.  File photograph: RAF/PA

State unable to detect who is flying in region unless aircraft actively alerts authorities

Nearly 60 per cent of employers would like the right to ask an employee if they have received a Covid-19 vaccine, survey findings show. File photograph: Piyal Adhikary/EPA

New research also indicates 41% of employers are planning some redundancies

The judgment was welcomed by unions and employer organisations. Photograph: iStock

Court upholds constitutionality of law on creation of sectoral employment orders

Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath  told the Oireachtas Committee on Finance last week that a reform agenda was part of the overall new public service agreement. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Work practice changes linked to new public service pay agreement

The legislation governing freedom of information was last updated in 2014 by the then minister for public expenditure Brendan Howlin. Photograph: iStock

Michael McGrath expected to set out new commission at conference on Thursday

The Employment Status Investigation Unit carries out inspections of  the construction sector, the committee heard. File photograph: iStock

Bogus self-employment can impact workers’ access to social protections, says committee

Isme’s Neil McDonnell told an Oireachtas committee some salons were renting chairs to hairdressers, rather than taking on full-time staff.

Some businesses being established without any full-time employees, Isme tells TDs

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys said the fall in the number of people  claiming the payment was a sign of ‘progress in reopening our economy and suppressing the virus’. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Minister says 214,000 fewer people making claims on scheme than in February

Businesses are being caught in the middle between staff who are refusing to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and others who are refusing to work alongside those who have not received a vaccine, an Oireachtas committee has been told. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

ISME criticises lack of clarity over right to know vaccination status of those returning to work

HSE chief executive  Paul Reid: The organisation provides a huge variety of services and its governance structures have become “quite complex”. Photograph: Leon Farrell

No redundancy scheme to cut staff needed due to extra demand, health authority says

The Minister said that a minimum annual remuneration threshold of €27,000 had been set for healthcare assistants recruited under the scheme. File photograph: Getty

Nursing homes among sectors now able to recruit beyond EU and European economic area

Under proposals being brought to Cabinet, employers will told to guarantee a minimum number of paid sick days annually from 2022. Photograph: iStock

Statutory regime may not be fully in place for years as employers given time to adjust

Proposals to provide diagnostic services around the clock appear to have been dropped in latest proposals to staff from Health service management. Photograph: iStock

Document sets out less specific on extension of services provision

Joe Brolly worked with RTÉ on The Sunday Game until 2019. File photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Barrister and former Derry footballer filed proceedings in the High Court this week

The rights of workers who had been temporarily laid off to seek redundancy has been suspended on a rolling basis over the past year. Photograph: iStock

Taoiseach promises ‘bespoke approach’ for calculation of redundancy for workers

GRA president Frank Thornton said it was “committed to a zero-tolerance policy on drug-taking by any members of the force. Photograph: Frank Miller

AGSI and GRA support concept of testing but seek clarity on how new system will operate

 Robert Watt, secretary general of the Department of Health, has waived the €80,000 pay increase for the moment in the light of current economic circumstances. File photograph: Collins Photos

No benchmarking process before €80,000 increase approved for Watt’s role, says civil servant

Local residents had objected to plans for a build-to-rent development including 416 dwellings in five blocks ranging from two storeys to 16 storeys on the former Player Wills/Bailey Gibson industrial sites, close to the South Circular Road. File photograph: Alan Betson

High Court judge rejects challenge by residents seeking to quash planning permission

  Defence Forces chief of staff, Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett, said the State must invest in its ‘defenders’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Navy staff shortages forced State to request support from EU agency to patrol waters

Children play in the snow in Sandymount, Dublin, February 2018. Photograph: Frank Miller

Plan tabled by Department of Education in return for public service pay rises

The Department of Foreign Affairs called for  ‘increased specialised capabilities within the Defence Forces’ including rapidly deployable units, bomb disposal teams, and more experts in peacekeeping and emerging military technologies

Government’s Commission on Defence is examining the future of the Defence Forces

Some employers have reiterated warnings that enhanced welfare rates available through the pandemic unemployment payment (PUP) are providing a disincentive for some people to return to work.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

Bosses repeat warnings about enhanced rates via pandemic unemployment payment

The trade union movement said Defence Forces personnel should enjoy the same basic employment rights as every other worker. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Government to bring military within scope of Organisation of Working Time legislation

Fórsa general secretary Kevin Callinan said Ireland remained an outlier in Europe when it came to collective bargaining. File photograph: Laura Hutton

New report says collective coverage at an historic low in Ireland

Proposed Government policing reforms would see civilian personnel lose their status as civil servants and be effectively ‘conscripted’ into An Garda Síochána, the trade union Fórsa has said.

Government wants force to become a single organisation with a single workforce

Unions said that Niac had opened up the question of whether it would be preferable to give a mRNA vaccine, such as Pfizer, as the second dose to people under 50 who had received Astra Zeneca as a first dose. Photograph: Fadel Senna/AFP via Getty

Trade unions seek clarification over link to very rare type of blood clots

The State-owned CIÉ transport group has signalled that it is moving to implement proposed changes to the pension scheme that covers managerial and administrative grades which is facing a deficit of more than €500 million.

Plan for managerial/administrative grades estimated to have €550m deficit

Fórsa said on Friday that there had to be consistent guidelines introduced in relation to roles that could be carried out outside of the office

Fórsa says it is losing patience waiting for deal with Government on blended work arrangements

The sector includes those who provide care for older people. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Union says some agencies losing one third of staff each year

Mr Donnelly said: ‘We must and are working to move care out of acute hospitals into the community.’Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

Minister for Health says 8,000 new staff in healthcare, recruitment to continue

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said HSE payroll teams had worked through the weekend and night ‘to ensure that those due to be paid last week and this week will actually get paid’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Health service says it is not possible to pay travel and subsistence claims at present

In a note to staff the HSE said on Monday it is ‘continuing to focus on this week’s payroll’.

Workers to receive payments, apart from deductions not being passed to third parties

The Minister said about €3.3 billion was likely to be spent on the pandemic unemployment scheme.

Social insurance fund facing projected deficit in excess of €4.2bn this year, says Minister

PDforra said it never sought a permanent pay-review body – which is supported by the organisation representing military officers. File photograph: The Irish Times

Oireachtas group hears about hundreds of vacancies in Defence Forces and retention problem

The weekly €350 PUP will likely be cut in three or four steps until it is at the same rate as basic social welfare payments. File photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

This week saw largest number of people closing their PUP claim since the start of the year

By law a person must wear a face covering on public transport, banks, post offices, credit unions, shops, hair saloons and bookies. Photograph: iStock

Association of Higher Civil and Public Servants expresses strong concern

John O’Dwyer, the chief executive of VHI: the investigation found that he received a Covid-19 vaccine at the Beacon Hospital due to his medical condition. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Health insurer says no senior staff sought or received vaccine by reason of their positions

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