Minister for Health Simon Harris. Medical organisations maintain introducing pay parity for all consultants would cost about €40 million. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Difficulties recruiting medical specialists have prompted the Government to begin closing the pay gap between new hospital consultants and their longe(...)

Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The new paediatric urgent care centre at Connolly Hospital in Dublin will open on schedule on Wednesday but its hours of operation are to be restricte(...)

In a statement on Tuesday the HSE said that it was ‘very concerned about the impact the action will have on patients in many 24/7 psychiatric facilities nationwid’. Photograph: iStock

The majority of community mental health services are likely to be cancelled in the days ahead as a result of a planned overtime ban by psychiatric nur(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris: ‘We need to have a situation where people enter the Workplace Relations Commission or the Labour Court in other cases that they do not engage in industrial action during that time.’ Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Psychiatric nurses have said the impact of an overtime ban put in place on Thursday morning will get progressively worse and that a potentially very s(...)

Psychiatric nurses are to stage a de facto overtime ban from Thursday July 11 in protest at what they described as a lack of meaningful progress in dealing with recruitment and retention difficulties in the mental health services.   File Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Industry Correspondent Care for patients in the mental health services will be negatively hit as a result of a new overtime ban to be put in place by(...)

Free GP care is already provided to children under the age of six. File photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has pledged to offer seven- and eight-year-old children free GP care from next year, but doctors immediately warned that tough (...)

Ictu president Sheila Nunan said lowering tax rates had superficial appeal for workers but was a deliberate sleight of hand. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Ireland’s trade unions are to press for European Union-wide legislation in a bid to overcome Irish laws that allow employers not to recognise unions i(...)

Siptu health service support staff such as healthcare assistants, laboratory aides as well as porters and cleaners backed strike action by 94 per cent. Photograph: Alan Betson

Thousands of health services support staff in more than 30 hospitals and other facilities are set to take industrial action in the weeks ahead over pa(...)

Siptu had initially announced that it would ballot about 7,000 health service staff, mainly healthcare assistants and laboratory assistants, for strike action arising from a job-evaluation process . However it later decided to expand this ballot to cover all support staff in 36 hospitals countrywide, including porters, security personnel and cleaners

Thousands of healthcare assistants, hospital chefs and other health service support staff are expected to vote for strike action over pay issues in a (...)

Senior general secretary designate of Fórsa Kevin Callinan said “advances in new technologies and work organisation could defray much of the cost of reduced working time in the public service and elsewhere”. File photograph: Laura Hutton

The country’s largest public service union is to seek talks on reducing the working hours for State employees back to pre-crisis levels as part of a m(...)

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