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

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton outside government buildings earlier this month. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Plan for free GP cards for all children over the next three years

Siptu organiser Paul Bell. File photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Union criticises move by HSE to seek approval for agencies to retain top-up pay

 Workers on strike at the Greyhound Recycling and Recovery buildings at Knockmitten Lane as replacement workers operate the waste collection trucks. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Trade union delegation visits picket line at the waste recycling facility

The HSE’s deputy director general, Laverne McGuinness, said the business cases were being reviewed by the HSE. Photograph: Alan Betson

Business cases submitted for 67 executives

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