St James’s Hospital made  an application to the Department of Health in May 2014 that  chief executive Brian Fitzgerald be allowed to  retain a €30,000 allowance for lecturing on top of his salary. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Department of Health has rejected a bid by St James’s Hospital to allow its chief executive to retain a €30,000 allowance for lecturing on top of(...)

The National Maternity Hospital, Dublin: an  HSE audit  found  additional money from private sources was paid to three managers at the hospital, ranging from €30,000 to €39,000 a year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

The National Maternity Hospital in Dublin is facing fines from the HSE for continuing top-up payments to senior executives.The HSE said, in a report(...)

Former  Rehab chief executive Angela Kerins was assailed by “a pack of parliamentary vultures” when the  Dáil’s  Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was investigating State funding of the organisation, her lawyer has told the High Court.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Former Rehab chief executive officer Angela Kerins was assailed by “a pack of parliamentary vultures” when the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) (...)

From left, Barry Lyttle (33), Oliver Lyttle (74) and Patrick Lyttle (31) seen in a photograph celebrating New Year’s Eve in Sydney. Image: Facebook

Barry Lyttle held his head in his hands and broke down as Sydney’s Downing Centre local court was told about his brother Patrick’s ongoing medical iss(...)

Mark Ronson has been on kissing terms with the cultural zeitgeist before. He worked with Amy Winehouse on Back to Black to produce an album that be(...)

Frank Flannery has no official role in election planning, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and a Fine Gael minister have strongly indicated former party strategist Frank Flannery will not be given a senior election plann(...)

There are no plans to recruit new members to Fine Gael’s general election strategy team, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said.His comments came a(...)

File photograph: Former Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery (right) with Enda Kenny,  Phil Hogan and Richard Bruton. Minister for Children James Reilly has said he would welcome Mr Flannery back to the party.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Minister for Children James Reilly has said he “absolutely would welcome” former Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery back into the party. Dr Reilly sa(...)

Frank Flannery was spotted in the company of Taoiseach Enda Kenny in the days after the Christmas period. Photograph: Eric Luke

Former Rehab director and Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery could be set for a surprise return to the party as it gears up for the general election.(...)

A Government under siege

Administrative abuse, political complacency and lack of accountability provided the backdrop against which the Government was judged this year when th(...)