Taoiseach Enda Kenny  responded to the Health Information and Quality Authority report on problems at the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise. File photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

The fact patient safety was not given the highest priority at corporate level in the Health Service Executive (HSE) was “disturbing, to put it mildly(...)

Mr Kenny said the fact that “people in the greatest hour of need were not treated with compassion, respect and dignity is an indictment of a health service in some locations”. Photograph: Getty Images

The fact that patient safety was not given the highest priority at corporate level in the Health Service Executive (HSE) was “disturbing, to put it mi(...)

Former taosiaech Bertie Ahern (left) and then minister for finance Brian Cowen pictured in 2008. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Former Fianna Fáil taoisigh Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen are receiving the highest State pensions for politicians, according to figures revealed to th(...)

The James Connolly monument located opposite Liberty Hall in Dublin City centre. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The works of James Connolly have been evoked by Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton in calling for support for the marriage equality referendum.She(...)

Talks between the Government and unions on restoring pay levels for about 300,000 staff across the public service get under way on Tuesday. Photograph: PA

Abolishing the pension levy should be the priority in talks to restore pay and pensions of public servants, Siptu general president Jack O’Connor has (...)

Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton  said the Irish election would be about economic recovery and would be very different to the UK contest.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said she does not believe Labour will suffer the same fate in the next general election as the Liberal Democrats in the UK el(...)

Eamonn Maloney (Labour): introduced  Private Member’s legislation allowing for the sale of criminal assets in two years rather than the current seven years.

Money obtained by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) should be used to fund Garda resources in investigating major crime, Labour TD Eamonn Maloney told (...)

Introducing the Thirty-Fourth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2015, Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger said cases had emerged, due to the 1983 abortion amendment, which had appalled people throughout the country and internationally. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

A referendum to remove the 1983 abortion amendment from the Constitution should be a matter for the next Dáil, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has sa(...)

Tanaiste Joan Burton

The Department of Social Protection used long-established principles in dealing with social welfare recipients with debts, Tánaiste Joan Burton told (...)

Independent Senator John Crown

There is an “unprecedented meltdown’’ in the health services, Independent Senator Prof John Crown has said.“Problems I identified 22 years ago, when (...)