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Ryanair has agreed to recognise pilot unions for the first time in its 32-year history, in a bid to stop its first pilot strike from taking place.

In a statement, Ryanair said it has written to the pilot unions in Ireland, the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal, inviting each of them to talks to recognise these unions as the representative body for pilots in Ryanair in each of these countries.

Ryanair's Chief People Officer Eddie Wilson said the airline made the decision to avoid travel disruption for customers.

Wilson said that this week is the right time to ensure all customers get home for Christmas, and the airline has written to unions asking them to withdraw the threatened strike action. 

He also said that Ryanair would look at recognising cabin crew and baggage handler unions. 


The charity Alone has described the problem of elderly renters who cannot afford rising rents as a ticking time-bomb and the next crisis in homelessness.

Alone predicts the numbers of elderly people being pushed in to homelessness will surge as Ireland's population ages.

The charity's CEO, Sean Moynihan, has said the trend is already happening on the run-up to Christmas, with new older homeless people knocking on the charity's door every day.

A recent ESRI report says the number of people over 65 is set to increase from one in eight people to one in six while the number of people aged 85 and over is set to double.






Today will be mainly dry with spells of sunshine, with highest temperatures of 9 degrees.