The Department of Health’s secretary general declined to estimate what the deficit will be by the end of the year. Photograph: File Photo/Getty Images

The health service was €325 million over budget for the first nine months of the year, the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee has been told. Department (...)

Comptroller and Auditor General Seamus McCarthy said staff pension deductions were being deducted, but not paid over. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS)owes the State €10.3 million in pension-related deductions from staff, according to the Comptroller and Audi(...)

Former bookmaker and Fine Gael TD Ivan Yates said sources had told him the election would be held on November 20th. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has said former bookmaker Ivan Yates should be asked what odds he would give on an early general electi(...)

Ms Collins made her comments amid widespread speculation that the general election could be called after the Budget next month.

Fine Gael TD Áine Collins has claimed the election will be held on February 26th 2016. Ms Collins told her local radio station Corks 96fm she believe(...)

Cork City Hall: politicians in urban and rural areas are divided on plans to merge Cork city and county councils. Photograph: Getty Images

Cork politicians have clashed over a controversial report to merge the county and city councils. Most city-based TDS oppose the move to create one “s(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Aine Collins TD on a visit to Krust Bakery, in Dublin, in March. Ms Collins is one of two sitting TDs  selected to run for Fine Gael in Cork North-West  for the next general election. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fine Gael has selected its two sitting TDs in Cork North-West as the party’s candidates in the constituency for the next general election. Deputies Á(...)

Stephen O’Riordan: Hoping to take a seat in the three-seat Cork North West constituency which has been dominated by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael for decades

The brother of disability rights activist, Joanne O’Riordan who chronicled her story in the highly-acclaimed documentary, No Limbs, No Limits, is to r(...)

Tanaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton (left) and Mary Lou McDonald Sinn Fein, at the IBEC and Women for Election post-budget debate in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Budget 2015 got a cautious welcome at a debate hosted by Ibec and the Women for Election campaign group on Thursday, but there were complaints that it(...)

Public Accounts Committee chairmanJohn McGuinness on Thursday demanded the resignation of two senior civil servants over their handling of health spending. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Chairman of the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) John McGuinness has defended his call for the resignation of two top health officials over thei(...)

Nominations for the position close this afternoon, and the contest follows last week’s promotion of former chairman Charlie Flanagan to Cabinet as Minister for Children. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

FIACH KELLYFine Gael TDs and Senators will elect a new chairman of the parliamentary party tomorrow, with calls for a strong figure who can stand up t(...)