Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath briefed the Cabinet  on the preliminary talks on a new public service pay accord. Photograph: Collins

Formal talks between the Government and public service trade unions on a new pay deal for more than 340,000 State employees are expected to begin late(...)

The NBRU has said it is not the job of a bus driver to police public health guidelines. Photograph: The Irish Times

Bus drivers have said there was “mayhem” on some bus services in Dublin on Thursday as excessive numbers of passengers sought to travel on services, t(...)

The union says that of these a quarter of healthcare workers who contracted Covid-19 were nurses. Photograph: Alan Betson

The new National Children’s Hospital will not be able to open all its beds when completed due to shortages of nurses, an Oireachtas committee has been(...)

The HSE has said  it is “engaging with private hospitals to provide services at a number of different levels”

The HSE is seeking to take over up to 40 per cent of activity in private hospitals, potentially for two years, to deal with further surges in Covid-19(...)

The number of people receiving the benefit now stands at 228,858.

The number of people receiving the pandemic unemployment payment has increased by 23,265 over the last week following the extension of Level 3 restric(...)

 Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly arriving at Government Buildings this wee. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Government will increase permanently the number of critical care beds in hospitals, the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has said. The Minist(...)

Tusla is responsible for the delivery of residential care services for children and young people in the care of the State. .Photograph: Alan Betson

The cost of the provision of residential care for children by the child and family agency Tusla has increased by more than €40 million over recent yea(...)

The Cabinet also decided on Tuesday that the pandemic unemployment scheme is to be kept open for new entrants until the end of the year.

The Government is to extend until November 30th a current suspension of the rights of workers who have been laid off temporarily to seek redundancy fr(...)

It is understood the Construction Industry Federation  asked  Leo  Varadkar   “to use his office to defer the (pay) increase due in the current circumstances”

The unions Connect and Unite have served notice of industrial action on employers in the mechanical construction sector specialising in areas such as (...)

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys: in the last seven days, 9,974 people have closed their claim for the payment. Photograph: Alan Betson

The number of people receiving the Covid-19 pandemic unemployment payment has fallen by nearly 10,000 to 209,941 over the last week. The Department o(...)

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