• May the Medical Scientist Workforce be With You

    All hands on deck for COVID-19 testing in the Mercy Hospital Cork
  • COVID 19 Hidden Heroes

    Preparing specimens for COVID 19 testing in Our Lady Of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda
  • MLSA AGM 2019

    MLSA Executive Committee at MLSA AGM 2019, part of LabCon 2019 in Kilkenny
  • LabCon - joint biennial conference of MLSA and ACSLM



The Union for Medical Scientists is to recommend to members that it reject the terms of the new Public Service Pay deal offered by Government. 

Terms of a new pay deal were set out before Christmas, however the National Executive Committee of the Medical Laboratory Scientists Association (MLSA) has said the terms do not deal with key employment issues in the sector. 

MLSA Chairperson Kevin O’Boyle said the Executive had discussed what was proposed following negotiations between the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DEPR) and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU... Read More


The virtual MLSA 2020 AGM on Saturday 17th October was attended by a record number of members and an update on motions is available in the Members’ Area of the website. Thanks to all members who participated. The attendees voted unanimously in favour of balloting members for industrial action if progress is not made on the MLSA pay claim. The MLSA has today issued a press release about the strong mandate it has received from its members, which can be found here.



The 2020 MLSA AGM will be held on Saturday 17th October at 10.30am by Zoom webinar. The meeting will be entirely virtually this year in line with COVID-19 Level 3 public health restrictions. All current members should have received an email invitation with a link to register in advance for the meeting. Please contact MLSA Head Office at mlsa2@siptu.ie if you did not receive an email and wish to attend. The meeting agenda, standing orders and motions are available in the Members' Area of the website. 


The MLSA Executive Committee wishes to announce that the rescheduled MLSA 2020 AGM will take place on Saturday 17th October at 11am. Due to the latest public health measures announced on Tuesday, it is currently planned to conduct the meeting in an entirely online format. All members will be able to attend virtually but registration in advance will be necessary. Online attendees will be able to speak at the meeting and to participate in voting. We regret that we cannot have all members in physical attendance at the AGM and that we must currently plan for an... Read More


The MLSA and ACSLM have today issued a joint press release calling for investment in clinical diagnostic laboratories, particularly in staffing and the long-awaited integrated Laboratory Information System. The joint statement summarises the issues raised in a joint submission to the Oireachtas Special Committee on COVID-19 response in June and is issued ahead of the AGM of the ACSLM today. The press release is available here.


The MLSA was invited to make a submission to the Oireachtas Special Committee on COVID-19 Response in June 2020. The MLSA Executive Committee and the Council of the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine collaborated to produce a joint submission which can be viewed here.


The motions for the 2020 AGM are now available in the Members' Area of the website. The Executive Committee is continuing to review options for holding the AGM in 2020 with an Autumn meeting a potential option under consideration, subject to necessary public health advice.


At the first meeting of the 2020-2021 MLSA Executive Committee on Thursday 7th May the following Executive Committee Officers were elected:

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The MLSA Annual Report and Accounts are now available in the Members' Area of the website. All members are encouraged to read the report of the union's activities for 2019, the proceedings of the 2019 AGM and the audited financial accounts of the MLSA for 2019.


The Executive Committee has announced the Cyril Keogh Academic Bursary awards for 2020 and the names of the winners can be found in the bursary section of the Members' Area. As the number of eligible applicants was less than the number of bursaries available, there was no need for a lottery and all six eligible applicants were successful. MLSA Head Office is in the process of contacting the winners to make arrangements to pay the €500 award to each one.