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File photo of Minister Brendan Howlin. Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
Croke Park

New Croke Park deal close to completion

The Minister for Public Expenditure, Brendan Howlin, arrived at the talks in Lansdowne House in Dublin in the past hour.

A DEAL ON the extension to the Croke Park Agreement is close to completion, following overnight talks between trade unions and public service management.

The Minister for Public Expenditure, Brendan Howlin, arrived at the talks in Lansdowne House in Dublin before 7 am this morning.

Bernard Harbour, spokesperson for ICTU Public Service Commitee told talks have been ongoing since 10 am yesterday morning and they “continued right through the night”.

Last night four unions walked out of the talks including The Irish Medical Organisation, The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, the Civil Public and Services Union and Unite.

Harbour said that “talks went ahead regardless of the unions walking out” and that ”it’s better to be at the talks table than to be outside it”.

At the moment work is being done on the final wording of the deal, which is expected to be announced in the coming hours.

Read: Update: INMO, CPSU, Unite and IMO leave Croke Park extension talks >

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