Director general of the HSE Tony O’Brien:  had instructed its internal audit unit to review the issues raised. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Industrial action continuing at hospital group over high payments to executive

Dáil Public Accounts Committee told  the budget for developing the new children’s hospital was €650 million. File photograph: EPA

Site at St James’s is three times the size of site earmarked at Mater

The Positive Action offices on  Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin. The woman at the centre of the inquiry has been interviewed under caution but not arrested. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

€100,000 of support group’s funds were ‘spent by woman for own ends’

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: his department argued there was merit in the options for cuts drawn up by line departments before the budget. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Law Reform Commission’s abolition was also suggested in review

 Brendan Howlin Minister for Public Expenditure at a joint Budget 2015 Press conference at Government Buildings. Photograph: Alan Betson

Health and education sought more money

Recent analysis had demonstrated “the urgent need to address the ongoing viability of CIÉ, particularly Irish Rail, in the context of a significant reappraisal of the existing rail network”

Government advised that further funding cuts could lead to bankruptcy

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin told the Dá
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the primary purpose of the comprehensive review of expenditure was to provide an evidence base for Government decisions on ministerial expenditure ceilings for the next three years. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Education sought additional €500 million but was given just over €60 million

Chief equality commissioner Emily Logan: “The case highlights that discrimination continues to be experienced by Travellers.” Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Tribunal awards maximum compensation in discrimination case against funeral directors

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