Current Issue, 25th February 2015

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NEWS FEATURE

Portlaoise prison officers retain allowance for dealing with "subversives"
The Prison Officers' Association (POA) has welcomed a new Civil Service Arbitration Board decision that backs the payment of the environmental allowance for prison officers at Portlaoise, paid to deal with prisoners from 'subversive organisations.'
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Aer Lingus - Government & unions to secure sufficient concessions from IAG?
While Aer Lingus unions were quick to close ranks after positive statements about the IAG bid by the secretary of the airline's consultation forum, they have also been careful not to rule it out. The Government, meanwhile, looks to be moving in the direction of a deal. (Read more>)

NEWS ANALYSIS

Departure of key HSE director highlights danger of 'brain drain'
The decision of the HSE's national director of acute hospitals, Dr Tony O'Connell, to resign over pay after just nine months in the job, raises the question as to whether recent public service pay cuts, particularly at senior level, have prompted a brain drain of our most experienced public officials. (Read more>)