Talks are continuing this evening at the Labour Relations Commission over the dispute at the Eastern Health Board's Refugee Application Centre in Dublin. The talks resumed at lunchtime on the dispute over staffing and services. Nine hours of discussions, which ended last night between officials of the Eastern Health Board and the IMPACT trade union, failed to resolve the problem.

The union claims that the increase in the number of people seeking asylum has led to overcrowding and safety problems. Separate negotiations between the Department of Justice and workers charged with security duties at the centre also took place this afternoon.