The HSE, which provides about €200m for the public hospitals in the St Vincent’s Healthcare group, said it was not aware of Nicky Jermyn’s appointment. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Clash looming with HSE over appointment of former CEO as new director of strategy

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar  said a lot of the progress made in the area of hospital overcrowding  since the Government took office in 2011 had been reversed. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Minister for Health says much of progress made in area of overcrowding has been reversed

Consumer confidence is on the rise and Christmas sales this year look set to be at their highest level since 2009. Photograph: Eric Luke

Employers predict unemployment to fall further next year to about 9 per cent

Gerard (Ged) Nash of the Labour Party: ‘It is up to us to make sure that people can start to feel the real benefits of economic recovery.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Minister for Business says onus is on profitable firms who have kept pay down to raise salaries

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar “[It’s important] that we give the family and the doctors, who are facing enormous dilemmas now all the support that we can and we try to be as compassionate as we can and not overly certain.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/Irish Times

Leo Varadkar says he was aware of case when he made speech on abortion in Dáil

It is understood the pregnancy is in the second trimester and that the foetus is well below the threshold for viability outside the womb.

Woman suffered a brain trauma a number of weeks ago

Two midwives are to receive a pay increase and backmoney after the State decided not to contest potential infringement procedures being brought by the European Commission. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Row centred on how 10 per cent pay cut for new entrants was applied to two midwives

Brian Lenihan: The 2010 budget strategy memorandum was drawn up by the then minister for finance. Photograph Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Cabinet advised that compulsory lay-offs would trigger industrial relations strife

Gerry Quinn (centre, front) president of the TUI with union members during the teachers’ strike earlier this month. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Latest figures show scrapping Junior Cert would save over €20 million a year

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