The Public Accounts Committee chairman John McGuinness said getting value for money is central to proper procurement, but in the case of the HSE “that is simply not happening”. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

The Health Service Executive is failing to get value for money for the taxpayer by failing to procure goods and services competitively, according to a(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: reiterated the independence of Nama and the presence of a good oversight mechanism.  Photograph: Etienne Laurent/ EPA

Mick Wallace wanted to do the Taoiseach a favour. It had to do with vultures. And the way they might peck at you. But Enda wasn’t particularly bothe(...)

Chairman of the PAC John McGuinness said it was extraordinary that families were being forced to sleep in hotels after leaving rental accommodation. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

A report by the Comptroller and Auditor General discovered “significant issues” with internal fraud measures in two social welfare offices in 2013, an(...)

Bobby Aylward (centre) has his hand raised by Carlow-Kilkenny Fianna Fáil colleague John McGuinness on his arrival at Leinster House after winning a byelection in the constituency at the weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil put on a united front as it welcomed Carlow-Kilkenny byelection winner Bobby Aylward back to Leinster House. Mr Aylward (60) arrived to t(...)

Voters have rejected the opportunity to reduce the minimum age for candidates from 35 to 21 years of age. 2:14

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the presidential age referendum got “sidelined” because attention was focused on the same-sex marriage poll. The (...)

Which way? Yes and No posters on Merrion Street, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Senior Government figures are increasingly confident the same-sex marriage referendum will pass. Sources predict the Yes vote could be as high as 60 (...)

Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness. The party has said that Mr McGuinness has broken no rules by stating that he will vote No in the same-sex marriage referendum. File  photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

John McGuinness has broken no rules by confirming he will vote No in the same-sex marriage referendum, Fianna Fáil has said.The party’s justice spokes(...)

John McGuinness TD: intends to vote No in both referendums. Photograph: David Sleator.

Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness has confirmed he is voting No in the same-sex marriage referendum.Mr McGuinness will not back the official party posit(...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin with Carlow-Kilkenny byelection candidate Bobby Aylward at the Fianna Fáil Ardfheis in  Dublin last month. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins

Fine Gael is making a late push in the upcoming byelection in Carlow-Kilkenny as it senses its candidate could beat the current favourite, Fianna Fáil(...)

John McGuinness, Fianna Fáil’s senior man in the Carlow-Kilkenny constituency, has jetted off to the Canaries for a week in the sun as the party’s byelection campaign is getting into gear. Photograph: David Sleator

The Government fired the starting gun for the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection on Wednesday. It’s all hands to the pumps for the political parties. E(...)