Pat Deering pictured with party leader Enda Kenny: “I do not see any benefit in going in November. We will have more of a benefit from the budget in February.” Photograph: Liam Sweeney.

The general election will be held in early 2016 rather than in November, a majority of Fine Gael TDs believe. The Irish Times made contact with 34 Fi(...)

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda: A man found 44 files containing sensitive patient information on a nearby road

The HSE and the Data Protection Commissioner have launched separate investigations after a cache of files containing sensitive patient information wer(...)

Water protesters on a demonstration at Merrion Square. Minister of State Simon Harris said the Coalition has provided “claritiy” on charges. Photograph: The Irish times

Minister of State at the Department of Finance Simon Harris has called on Opposition parties to be honest with the Irish people after it was reported (...)

 Seán Haughey: surprisingly defeated by Deirdre Heney at the Fianna Fáil convention for the Dublin Bay North constituency.   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil is likely to add former junior minister Seán Haughey to a general election ticket following his surprise defeat at a constituency selectio(...)

Peter Fitzpatrick had suggested he could run for a different part amid rumours of Fine Gael putting an extra candidate forward in Louth. File photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

A Fine Gael TD who said he was not standing for the party in the general election has changed his mind following a meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny. (...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said there has been no impact on beef prices ‘and we are pretty confident that all of the new markets we have opened and the ambition that we have for growth in those markets this year and into next year can still move ahead as planned’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

If the suspected case of BSE in a cow in Co Louth is confirmed Ireland is likely to lose its “negligible risk” status for the fatal brain disease, Min(...)

‘Panti Bliss’ aka Rory O’Neill with John Lyons TD at the Central Count Centre in Dublin Castle, Dublin, where the result of the same sex marriage  referendum was announced. Photograph: PA

All the eastern counties have voted in favour of the amendment on same-sex marriage. This is how it played out in the counties: Meath: “It (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: ‘We will always have locums.’  Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

About 100 of the thousands of X-rays and other scans reviewed because of errors identified in the work of three locum radiologists required a follow-(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: said further reviews would be necessary in a number of other hospitals where the locums worked. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The locum radiologist at the centre of a major recall of patients at Cavan Monaghan Hospital was not on the specialist register of the Medical Counci(...)

Speaking at an Oireachtas committee, Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan said difficult lessons have been learned from events of recent years. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Scandals over recent years have impacted on public trust in An Garda Síochána but ongoing reforms will create a “world class” police service, accordin(...)