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(...)

Talking about Nama, Tánaiste Joan Burton said: “We made a decision that politicians should be removed out of the process.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said she would be “perfectly happy’’ to see Nama co-operating with the investigation in the North into the controversial sale(...)

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(...)

The Health Service Executive spent almost its entire agency staff budget in the first five months of the year. Figures released by the HSE show 82(...)

Minister Kathleen Lynch missed the deadline for nominations ahead of the selection convention next Thursday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch has confirmed she will be standing in the next general election. The Cork North Central L(...)

Matt Moran, former chief financial officer at Anglo Irish Bank, arrives for a hearing of the Committee of Inquiry into the Banking Crisis at Leinster House, Dublin, September 3rd, 2015. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been called on to clarify comments he made before the Banking Inquiry which were directly contradicted on Wednesday. Mr Kenny(...)

 Billy Kelleher: called waiting lists an ‘appalling indictment’ of the Government. Photograph: Alan Betson

More than 13,000 children and adults are waiting to be assessed to determine if they require speech and language therapy, the HSE has said. Figures(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Billy Kelleher: “It’s bad enough that the Minister moved the goalposts on waiting times. Now it seems he can’t even read the scoreboard.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is standing over his claim of substantial improvements in hospital waiting times despite discrepancies between his fi(...)

Minister of State for Health Kathleen Lynch: hospital is ‘actively recruiting nursing staff’. Photograph: Alan Betson

There are difficulties in staffing the new inpatient cystic fibrosis unit in Cork University Hospital, Minister of State for Health Kathleen Lynch (...)

Leo Varadkar: ‘One of best things about general practice in Ireland is that they are independent, autonomous practitioners with different sources of funding.’ Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Minister for Health says he favours the return of a former scheme whereby people paying PRSI could recoup some of the costs of their dental care.(...)