Mary Lou McDonald of Sinn Fein is disappointed and concerned at the development. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

McDonald says mechanism to investigate claims must be found by Government

Civil servant Gerry Ryan had sent members of the committee a dossier several weeks ago setting out the allegations

Civil servant has made allegations of tax evasion against former senior politicians

Patricia King and outgoing General Secretary David Begg in Dublin. King was a lead negotiator in the talks with the Government that led to both the Croke Park and the Haddington Road agreements. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Unions face having to meet expectations of members as economy improves

Patricia King  has been appointed as the new general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. Photograph: The Irish Times/Frank Miller

Former Siptu vice president has been involved in trade union movement for 25 years

The Irish Pharmacy Union said there was evidence to show that schemes controlled by insurance companies had led to a reduction in the number and range of medicines accessible. Photograph: PA Wire

Groups criticise Government’s proposal for universal health insurance system

The proposed new system to end the existing two-tier health service was championed strongly by former minister for health James Reilly. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Department of Health officials warned Leo Varadkar that UHI plan was ‘unworkable’

Report says many people are critical either of universal health insurance in principle or of the particular model which has been put forward. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Concern that Government’s new health model would be ‘another form of taxation’ or result in loss of benefits

Healthcare professionals will remain in charge of decisions on patient treatment under the Government’s plans for universal health insurance. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to bring proposals to Cabinet after Easter

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