Evening top 5: Trade Unions blast Bus Éireann over media reports; Waterford cath lab "a temporary solution to a permanent problem"

The top stories this Saturday evening

Trade Unions blast Bus Éireann over reports that Bus Éireann staff could be facing cuts to overtime and changes to annual leave

They have accused Bus Éireann of trying to condition staff into accepting cuts to their terms and conditions with information appearing in the media before talks can take place.

The Irish Times reports this morning that Bus Éireann staff could be facing cuts to overtime and changes to annual leave as part of a new plan to save the company from insolvency.

On Wednesday the company confirmed that it is facing insolvency within 18 months unless “decisive actions” are taken.

 

Waterford's new mobile cath lab "a temporary solution to a permanent problem"

A Waterford lobby group has accused the government of trying to “fudge” the need for a 24-hour lab in the city by providing a mobile one instead.

The South East Patient Advocacy Group (SEPAG) is going ahead with a demonstration today to highlight the need for a permanent cardiac care unit for the region.

Junior Minister John Halligan said yesterday that he'd received assurances from the Health Minister that a mobile lab would be going ahead.

However, SEPAG member Hilary O’Neill said the mobile lab is not enough calling the proposal a "temporary solution to a permanent problem.”

 

Munster and Glasgow played out a tense Champions Cup tie where the visitors prevailed 14-12 to book their place in the quarter-finals

The home side dominated territory early in the match and kicked in behind the Munster defence on numerous occasions. They also put the visitors under pressure in the line-out and won two early turnovers from Niall Scannell throws.

Munster conceded a scrum penalty which Finn Russell converted to give Gregor Townsend's side a 3-0 lead.

Munster won a scrum penalty of their own but Tyler Bleyendaal's effort from the half-way line dropped short. He did level the match minutes later when he converted a penalty after a high tackle on Keith Earls.

 

People are already queuing to get tickets to U2's Joshua Tree tour 

A number of fans of U2 have already begun queuing for tickets for the band's summer concert which go on sale on Monday morning.

Tickets for U2's Joshua Tree 30 year Anniversary concert in Croke Park will go on sale on Monday at 9am.

There are already people camped overnight at Ticketmaster outside Stephen's Green Shopping Centre. 

 

A protest has taken place in Limerick over the current overcrowding crisis in the University Hospital of Limerick

The protesters are calling on the Government to take action over the persistent overcrowding problem at the hospital.

A crowd of over 200 people were said to have gathered to call for solid action to increase bed capacity at the hospital.

Organiser Donal O’Brien, who is a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician, said that for the past ten years ordinary citizens have been wronged by this problem.

He said it was not a protest against frontline staff, but was aimed at Minister for Health Simon Harris, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and the Health Service Executive.