Lloyds has denied any wrongdoing in its claiming of phased fees in respect of a single prescription dispensed in one visit and has insisted its approach is no different from other pharmacy chains. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The controversial practice of some pharmacies claiming multiple payments in respect of single prescriptions was under investigation before it was leak(...)

PAC chairman John McGuinness: HSE  willl  be asked to explain “squandering” of public money in paying dispensing fees. Photograph:  David Sleator

The HSE is to be called before a Dáil watchdog to explain how pharmacies are able to claim multiple payments worth millions of euro for single prescri(...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald. 	File  photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has accused Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Labour leader Joan Burton of being “irresponsible” and “cr(...)

Fianna Fáil  leader Micheál Martin has previously ruled out a coalition with Fine Gael. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The possibility of a coalition or some governing arrangement between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael has been obvious from opinion polls for some time now, (...)

The new Kilkenny bridge and access road  under construction, with St Canice’s Cathedral in the background.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Everyone attending this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival should know they are visiting a wounded place, such are the deep feelings of hurt locally over t(...)

A member of management at the Beacon Hospital in Dublin has resigned following allegations of procurement irregularities between some hospital staff and a supplier. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

A member of management at the Beacon Hospital in Dublin has resigned following allegations of procurement irregularities between some hospital staff a(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern gave an hour-long interview to Miriam O’Callaghan on RTÉ Radio One on Sunday. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Following a lengthy stint in the banking inquiry’s witness box, former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has re-emerged to vent his spleen at the Mahon tribuna(...)

 Nama chairman Frank Daly and chief exective Brendan McDonagh  arriving at the Public Accounts Committee in Leinster House, Dublin, in early July. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

There’s an old joke about the driver who gets lost in Kerry and pulls over to ask for directions. “If I were you, I wouldn’t start from here,” replies(...)

Independent TD Mick Wallace. Photograph: Courts Collins

The Dáil Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is to issue another invitation to Independent TD Mick Wallace to appear before it in private session. Mr Wall(...)

Cleaning in the A&E Department at Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick. Photograph: The |rish Times

The Health Service Executive spent €38 million on external cleaning companies last year. In a letter to the Dáil Public Accounts Committee (PAC(...)