Talks aimed at resolving the dispute at the Eastern Health Board's Refugee Application Centre in Dublin resumed at the Labour Relations Commission this afternoon. Another twelve hours of discussions yesterday between the Eastern Health Board and union officials failed to make any breakthrough.
A spokesperson for the IMPACT union said that they expect the process will conclude today, and added that it is at a delicate stage. Community workers at the centre have accused the Health Board of failing to act on commitments it made in a deal which followed a dispute earlier this month.
The Federated Union of Government Employees said that its members, who work as porters at the Mount Street centre, are continuing to work normally. This follows talks yesterday with Department of Justice officials. Proposals for extra staff and remuneration are being examined.
An opposition motion of no confidence in the Minister for Justice, John O’Donoghue, was defeated in the Dail last night by 78 votes to 74. The motion had sharply criticised the minister's handling of policy on asylum seekers. During the debate the Minister of State, Liz O Donnell, said that in expressing her concerns about the issue last week she had not wished to insult anyone, least of all the minister.