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 The increase in the Green vote means its current two Dáil seats – Eamon Ryan in Dublin Bay South and Catherine Martin in Dublin Rathdown – are secure.  Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

The results of the local elections will be pored over in the coming weeks to discern trends for the next general election, with strategies and tickets(...)

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 (...)

Siptu said a new national children’s hospital workforce framework report would recommend  there be a ratio of 90:10 between nurses and healthcare assistants in the paediatric hospital. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The new national children’s hospital could potentially face a shortfall of almost 400 nursing posts as a result of staffing proposals to be published (...)

Hospital cleaners are among the thousands of support staff across the country who will be balloted on strike action. File photograph: Getty

The Government is facing a potential national strike by support staff in hospitals across the country including porters, security personnel, cleaners (...)

Siptu has about 4,000 nurse members across acute, community and mental health settings. Photograph: Frank Miller

The trade union Siptu has said it would be “premature” to put the proposed new nursing contract to a ballot. The union also signalled that proposals (...)

The trade union Siptu, which represents the health staff concerned, is holding talks on the claims on Thursday with health service management and officials of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. File photograph: Reuters

Siptu has said it anticipates that there will be a series of strikes in hospitals in the summer after talks over pay for healthcare assistants and che(...)

The introduction of a new contract and a new higher-paid enhanced nurse grade were key elements of previous Labour Court settlement proposals which led to the suspension of strikes by members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The leadership of Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) is to recommend that its members accept proposals aimed at resolving its recent disput(...)

Natasha Linehan, a chef at St Finbarr’s Hospital in Cork. Photograph; Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

About 1,000 chefs employed by the HSE in hospitals and other health facilities are to ballot for strike action in the weeks ahead. The chefs, who bel(...)

Paul Bell, Siptu health division organiser, said the Government had refused to engage on findings that his union’s members had been ‘underpaid for many years’. Photograph: Eric Luke

More than 7,000 hospital support staff are to ballot next month for strike action as part of disputes over pay. The staff involved include about 1,00(...)

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