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Transdev have put all Luas staff on protective notice

Luas operator Transdev has placed all staff on protective notice, in letter was circulated to workers this evening. The union SIPTU says the move means staff can be laid off at a day's notice. It's now considering ballotting for an all out strike. Transdev says in the letter that it may make deductions from the pay of drivers and supervisors.

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil continuing talks after 'constructive and cordial' meeting

Talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil on the formation of a minority government are continuing today. The two parties are set to get into substantive negotiations around policies after a 90 minute meeting last night that was aimed at building trust between them. After last night's meeting, the same short statement was issued by both parties saying the talks were "constructive and cordial".

AGSI conference hears of threats received by frontline gardaí 'on a daily basis'

The Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan has refused to comment on possible garda strikes at their annual conference in Co Mayo. The AGSI, which represents mid-level gardaí, agreed a motion to mount a campaign of industrial action over pay starting with a uniformed protest. If no progress is made to meet garda pay claims before June, the association says it will consider striking amid the penalty of jail.

Reality TV star and music producer David Gest has died, aged 62

The 62-year-old was found dead in the Four Seasons hotel in Westferry Circus on Tuesday morning. A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "A post-mortem will be held in due course. Next of kin are in the process of being informed." The former Celebrity Big Brother star was married to Minnelli from 2002-2003, but they only officially divorced in 2007.

Dublin Fire Brigade release photos showing dangers of charging phones

Dublin Fire Brigade have issued yet another public warning about the dangers of covering mobile phones while charging. The capital's fire brigade posted images on Twitter from the scene of a fire, which started because a phone was left charging in a handbag, leading to dangerous heat levels.