The doctors have been campaigning for some time for public health to become a consultant-led service and for public health specialists to be awarded consultant contracts ‘to reflect their expertise and specialist skills’. File photograph: Getty

New talks are to take place next week in a bid to resolve a threatened strike by public health specialists over pay and contracts. The public health (...)

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar: ‘The Cabinet signed off on temporary appointment of Robert Watt as interim secretary general. He is there on his existing salary.’ Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

The Government’s decision to sanction a pay rise of €90,000 per year for the post of secretary general of the Department of Health will no doubt lead (...)

Robert Watt, the longtime secretary general at teh Department of Public Expenditure, was appointed last week as interim secretary general of the Department of Health pending a forthcoming open competition. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The appointment by the Government on an interim basis of Department of Public Expenditure secretary general Robert Watt as the top official in the Dep(...)

Fórsa said it believed staff and service-users were “being unnecessarily exposed to potentially virus-spreading interactions in workplaces and on public transport, and that this will likely impede the national effort to contain the virus”. Photograph: iStock

Some public service employers are flouting Covid-19 rules and requiring staff to attend the workplace during the Level 5 restrictions, the largest uni(...)

The Department of Health on Dublin’s Baggot Street. File photograph: Bryan James Brophy/The Irish Times

The Government has approved a pay rise of more than €90,000 for the position of secretary general of the Department of Health, making the person to be(...)

 Informed sources have suggested that 15%  of private hospitals’ capacity could be taken over if Covid levels reached a certain threshold, while this could rise to 30%  if the position deteriorated further. Photograph: Getty Images

The HSE is looking at taking over up to 30 per cent of capacity in private hospitals depending on the number of Covid-19 cases in the country and the (...)

Decision to defer industrial action ‘based purely on ethical considerations and our commitment to do the right thing at a time of grave crisis,’ said IMO Public Health Committee chairwoman. File photograph: Andrew Lichtenstein/EPA

Public health specialists have deferred a series of planned strikes which were scheduled for later this month due to the deteriorating situation regar(...)

The 27-point incremental scale for teachers runs from €38,000 a year when they begin their career to €71,000, excluding additional allowances. Photograph: iStock

Anticipated pay increases for public servants in the future are the key driver of the dramatic surge in the estimated costs of public service pensions(...)

There were disputes involving gardaí and teachers in 2016 and nurses in 2019. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

The proposed new public service pay agreement would, if ratified, significantly change the way pay is determined for State employees . For the Govern(...)

Measures introduced  under the Haddington Road agreement in 2013  will be examined. Stock photograph: Getty

The proposed new pay agreement for State employees will cost more than €900 million over three years, the Department of Public Expenditure has said. (...)

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