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Sunday 30 April 2017

Dublin Fire Brigade planned strike action averted following talks with Lord Mayor

Willie Bermingham, Fire Fighter Paramedic, Tallaght protesting outside City Hall in Dublin. Photo: Arthur Carron
Willie Bermingham, Fire Fighter Paramedic, Tallaght protesting outside City Hall in Dublin. Photo: Arthur Carron
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Dublin Fire Brigade's planned strike action has been averted as a result of talks with the Lord Mayor of Dublin.

Union members had threated two 24-hour work stoppages later this month.

Now, representatives from both Dublin City Council and trade unions will engage in a negotiation process aimed at resolving the dispute.

"At the talks it was agreed by representatives of the management of Dublin City Council and the two trade unions which represent members of the Dublin Fire Brigade, that both sides will engage in a facilitated negotiation process aimed at finding a solution to this dispute," Lord Mayor Brendan Carr said this evening.

"I have requested the services of the chairman of the Government appointed Dublin North East Inner City taskforce, Kieran Mulvey, to facilitate the talks process."

He also requested the scheduled strike action on March 18 and 27 be suspended to facilitate the process.

Dublin Fire Brigade union members were set to strike following the announcement of plans to change the current operation of the Emergency Medical Service system.

Plans to implement this have also been suspended in anticipation of the talks.

"I am sure that it will come as a great relief to the residents of Dublin that the immediate threat of a strike by such key members of our city’s emergency services has been averted," Lord Mayor Carr said.

"At today’s talks I was impressed by the total commitment by both sides in this dispute to providing the best possible emergency medical service for the residents of Dublin.

"With this concern uniting both the management of Dublin City Council and the trade unions representing the members of the Dublin Fire Brigade, I am hopeful that an agreed solution can be found which ensures the best outcome for our city."

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