Evening Top 5: ASTI teachers set for industrial action; Ministerial pay rise to be scrapped

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Education Minister "disappointed" as ASTI teachers vote for industrial action

Members of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland (ASTI) have voted “overwhelmingly” in favour of industrial action.

The action is in response to lower pay for recently qualified teachers and the worsening of ASTI members’ terms and conditions.

A large majority of union members voted in favour of taking industrial action, “up to and including strike action” on the issue of recently qualified teachers’ pay

Thousands of Irish nurses set for pay increase

Nurses who qualified between 2011 and 2015 are set for a pay rise of up to €1500 from January of next year.

The rise comes through the reinstatement of an ‘incremental credit’ for the final 36 weeks of nurses training.

Traditionally, fourth year student nurses received payment for the final months of their training - which is spent in a clinical setting.

Bruton confirms proposed ministerial pay rise will be scrapped

It seems that Government ministers will not be getting a pay rise out of the budget after all.

They had been due to get a €12,000 boost over the next three years, as part of a pay restoration deal.

Following a public outcry however, Public Expenditure Minister Pascal Donohoe has asked them to waive the rise - meaning Ministers' pay will be frozen at €157,000 with no increases next year.

London Zoo recapture escaped gorilla

A Gorilla that escaped his enclosure at London Zoo has been recaptured.

The zoo was put on lock-down for several hours after 18-year-old Kumbuka escaped from his enclosure on Thursday afternoon.

Members of the public were evacuated or locked inside buildings as armed police were called to the attraction and keepers searched for the animal.

Bench warrant issued for the arrest of Independent TD Clare Daly

A bench warrant has been issued for the arrest of Independent TD Clare Daly

The Independents 4 Change deputy, with an address in Swords, was due to appear at Naas district court earlier today.

Judge Desmond Zaidan issued a warrant for her arrest when she wasn't present in court for the hearing.

Deputy Daly - who was in an Oireachtas Committee when the story broke this afternoon - was summonsed for failure to pay a speeding ticket.