Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin with   Labour Leader and Tanaiste Joan Burton   at the Labour Party pre-autumn parliamentary meeting in Whites Hotel Wexford . Howlin has already given his cabinet colleagues a bit of a dressing down for making spending demands that far exceed the available resources. (Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES)

The staggering scale of the economic turnaround revealed by the latest growth figures could be a lifeline for the beleaguered Coalition but the recove(...)

Senator John Whelan: ongoing speculation unfair to staff and public

Labour Senator John Whelan has called on the Minister for Health and the head of the HSE to make a statement on the future of the Midland Regional Ho(...)

Making it plain: cigarettes waiting to be packaged. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Eight European Union countries have lodged concerns about Ireland’s plain tobacco packaging proposals, with the deadline for objections ending today.(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin gave a “helpful and important update” on the Budget to Cabinet this morning, Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has confirmed.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin gave a “helpful and important update” on the Budget (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar with  Minister of State Kathleen Lynch and  secretary general of the Department of Health Tim Breslin  during the press conference  yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is resisting calls for a reduction in the €2.50 per item prescription charge in next month’s budget.The St Vincent de(...)

 Gordon Jeyes: “It’s about getting people to face up to the consequences . .  . If I get a standstill budget, I will have to make reductions.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Social services will be reduced to a “basic child protection service” next year unless significant additional money is made available, the head of th(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin alleged that the Government has “cooked the books” and misled the opposition and the public about its health budgets(...)

 Micheal Martin said the Government had consciously and deliberately presented a budget last October knowing the figures to be wrong on health spending. HPhotograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin has alleged that the Government has “cooked the books” and misled the opposition and the public about it health budg(...)

Chairman of the IMO’s GP committee Dr Ray Walley: “Over 150 new GPs qualify each year, yet we are seeing no increase in the numbers of GPs practising here.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Organisations representing doctors have taken issue with the Department of Health over its claims that there is no evidence of a mass exodus of GPs f(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan, Eoghan Murphy TD, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD and Senator Catherine Noone take a selfie at the Fine Gael event in Fota Island resort yesterday. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

What? No starting pistol?Perhaps the animal welfare people had a word in Fine Gael’s ear – the party is holding its annual think-in next door to a wil(...)