HSE director general Tony O’Brien  said Ann’s family had been encouraged to stop sending their daughter to the foster home from 2009 but were not told of the abuse concerns.

The HSE did not tell the family of a woman with severe intellectual disabilities of its concerns about a risk to her of sexual abuse at a foster home (...)

The case at the centre of the row involves a woman who, as a child, was placed in a care home in the south east in 1989. She was 11 and remained there until 2009, during which period she was allegedly subject to severe abuse. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

HSE director general Tony O’Brien has promised to give a comprehensive answer to the Public Accounts Committee over accusations it lied to members in (...)

Fine Gael’s John Deasy accused the HSE of lying to the Oireachtas over the apology. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Senior Health Service Executive (HSE) officials have been accused of “lying” to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) over claims it apologised to a vul(...)

Could it happen in here? In Britain, Tory MP John Bercow (right) has been regularly re-elected as House of Commons speaker thanks to opposition support. Photograph: PA Wire

As the phoney election campaign continued along predictable lines this week, with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael trading predictable blows, Enda Kenny did (...)

Former president Kieran Byrne, who left WIT (above) in 2011, is understood to have rejected  allegations on spending, which are the subject of legal proceedings. File photograph: Paddy Whelan/The Irish Times

Waterford Institute of Technology has sought repayment of more than  €100,000 in spending on travel and hospitality and other items incurred(...)

Minister for Children Dr James Reilly: The Taoiseach gave him a dressing-down in front of his party’s ministerial team over his comments calling for a repeal of the Eighth Amentment. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been urged by three of his senior Ministers to address concerns surrounding the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution. (...)

Mr Justice Nial Fennelly. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Two commissions of inquiry will have cost the State €7.6 million by the end of 2016, the Department of Public Expenditure has said. Secret(...)

Fine Gael TD John Deasy said the public had a right to know how much the commissions would cost before their establishment. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Public Accounts Committee is to request the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform provide a detailed cost analysis before a commissio(...)

 Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee John McGuinness outside Leinster House. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has warned of signs of a “blank cheque” for funding of forthcoming State inquiries despite the fin(...)

At a  meeting of the Public Accounts Committee, Jimmy Martin, assistant secretary general at the Department of Justice, said “our perception is that the judiciary didn’t view burglary as a serious offence”. File photograph: Getty Images

The Department of Justice has said there was “no question whatsoever” of one of its senior officials being made to apologise for comments that judges (...)