The Department of Health offices in Dublin. Departmental briefing documents, drawn up in June, state that independent actuarial projections forecast that the cost of settling clinical indemnity claims overall in 2014 will be in the region of €200 million. Photograph: Frank Miller

Cost of clinical claims estimated to rise

Hiqa contends that it received official approval as far back as 2007 to appoint its directors on the salary scale of assistant secretaries in the Civil Service

Hiqa says it received official approval to pay amounts to directors

Medical organisations claimed the cuts led to a brain drain among doctors and left the health service unable to fill a number of key medical posts. Photograph: Thinkstock

Senior figures say move does not mean general public sector cuts under Croke Park and Haddington Road agreements will be reverse(...)

Proposals for revised pay and career structures are  aimed at changing the hospital system into a “consultant-delivered” service, as distinct from consultants leading teams of non-consultant doctors.

Increases would see entry-level salaries rise to maximum €175,000

Bus Éireann routes earmarked to be put out to tender include commuter services from Dublin to Tullamore, Portlaoise and Kildare, as well as a number of routes in Waterford city.

Move aimed at securing better service at the same cost, says Paschal Donohoe

 Dr Ambrose McLoughlin, secretary general Department of Health:   in June he forecast a €500 million HSE deficit for the year. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Supplementary funding expected in autumn

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin who said health spending by the Government has remained almost unchanged since 2011, and was down just €19 million. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

IHCA warns of excessive cuts, Howlin says health spending has been static since 2011

Prof John McHale, chairman of the Fiscal Advisory Council, last night said the Government needs to stick to an adjustment of €2 billion in the budget. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Government plans to ease tax burden on low- and middle-income families

Trade union Impact, which represents Aer Lingus cabin crew and other staff at the airline as well as at the DAA, said it would be balloting members on the expert group proposals for the pension scheme. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Impact to ballot on proposals to resolve row with Aer Lingus and Dublin Airport Authority over insolvent retirement scheme

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