General Secretary of Fianna Fáil Seán Dorgan told TDs to rule out the possibility of the party going into coalition with Fine Gael or Sinn Féin after the election campaign. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil TDs must tell voters the party is ready for government and Micheál Martin should be the next taoiseach, it was claimed in a rebuke to t(...)

Billy Kelleher: Fianna Fail  will  not go into coalition with Fine Gael or Sinn Féin and will not support a Fine Gael-led minority government from the outside. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

As the election inches closer, the conundrum of how the next government is going to be put together assumes ever greater significance. That uncertaint(...)

Fianna Fáil director of elections  Billy Kelleher  at Leinster House. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fianna Fáil is unlikely to be part of the next government, the party’s new director of elections Billy Kelleher has implicitly acknowledged. Sp(...)

Brendan Howlin said the ‘desirable’ UHI model remains an objective for the Government. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The Government has insisted it remains committed to universal affordable healthcare despite dropping its original plan for Universal Health Insurance (...)

Leo Varadkar: he said they should be able to negotiate independent contracts to recruit managers and specialists in the way semi-State bodies now do. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government has been accused of wanting to privatise the health service into an Irish Water-style semi-State that would be managed by an accountan(...)

Leo Varadkar: “The growing and ageing population is causing a small but relentless increase in demand year on year”

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil he often sees overcrowded emergency departments but empty beds in wards when he makes unannounced v(...)

More than 18,200 children are on waiting lists for orthodontic treatment, including 6,800 who have been waiting for treatment for over two years, acco(...)

The Government had an overwhelming majority in the first vote on the Budget which was in favour of a 50 cent increase in the price of a pack of 20 cig(...)

Mattie McGrath: ‘Food at Leinster House has improved and there’s a lot more variety.’ Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

INDEPENDENT TD MATTIE MCGRATH What would be a typical day of food at Leinster House for you? I’d start with a bowl of fruit in the morning (...)

  Asked whether underperforming staff should be moved, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said such action would send the wrong message. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has backed down on his threat that a high-level public servant would have to be sacked if the trolley crisis in hospi(...)