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

Repeated reductions in hospital and mental health budgets over the past 5 years have undermined the delivery of frontline services, hospital consultan(...)

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

Ministers have been warned to scale back their spending demands for next year as the Government pursues measures in the October budget to ease the ta(...)

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

Trade union Siptu has poured cold water on hopes of an imminent solution to the long-running row over a €750 million hole in a pension fund operated j(...)

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

The Government has agreed a €44million package to assist families with the cost of water bills from next year.The Tanaiste and Minister for Social Pro(...)

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

Management in the HSE are “soft” on the compliance of the highest earners in the health service with Government pay policy, the trade union Siptu has (...)

 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

The trade union Unite has given €10,000 to support workers at the Greyhound waste recycling firm who have been on strike for more than a month.The wo(...)

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

The Health Service Executive has indicated that it would be seeking formal approval from the Department of Health to allow some voluntary hospitals a(...)

HSE director general Tony O’Brien who said an agency was used to fill a critical role which had proved impossible to fill for a variety of reasons. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Members of the Impact trade union at the Limerick group of hospitals have commenced industrial action in protest at the €250,000 salary paid to a seni(...)

Union members picket outside the gates of Dublin Castle in 2009. Photograph: The Irish Times

The new head of the union representing higher civil servants has said he will be urging the Government to reverse pay cuts for his members prior to t(...)

HSE has told an Oireachtas committee 34 senior managers in eight so-called section 39 organisations, which received over €3 million in funding from the health service, also receive other benefits

A total of 24 senior managers in organisations which receive substantial grant funding from the HSE are being paid more than €100,000 per year, new o(...)