HSE director general  Tony O Brien arrives at Leinster House for a Public Accounts Committe meeting at Leinster House on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The HSE would not contest any claims for damages from families or individuals arising out of the manner in which they were allegedly cared for at a f(...)

The work of predicting elections is ‘as ridiculous as expecting Galway to win the Liam McCarthy every year even though it’s nearly 30 years since they last did it’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

One of the skills required of a political journalist is knowing when and how to make predictions. Such tasks including calling the date of an electio(...)

The whistleblower says when he became aware of Grace in 2007, she had not had a HSE visit in six years. Photograph: Getty Images

The young woman at the centre of an abuse controversy in the southeast was twice brought to hospital to have bruising around her breast and thigh exam(...)

Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch discussed the case with HSE director general Tony O’Brien. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government is examining the establishment of a statutory commission of investigation into allegations of abuse at a foster home in the southeast. (...)

Louth County Council said its decision to evict Traveller families from Woodland Park (above) on the outskirts of Dundalk  was based “solely on its concerns for people’s health and safety”. File photograph: Google Street View

The solicitor representing 23 Traveller families evicted from an unofficial halting site in Dundalk, Co Louth, over the weekend plans to take a human (...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton with Abi Boxshall (2) at the launch of Labour’s ‘Standing Up For Families’ campaign in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Labour Party in Government would eliminate the Universal Social Charge on the first €72,000 of income, reduce primary-school class sizes to 20 an(...)

FAI chief executive John Delaney reportedly visited local soccer clubs and a barber shop with Alan Kelly in his Tipperary constituency and urged people to vote for him. File photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Two Government ministers have defended the reported involvement in political campaigning by Football Association of Ireland (FAI) chief executive John(...)

Dr Eoin Daly of NUI Galway said arguments citing “constitutional barriers to change and reform” in the area of religion in schools “have been overstated”. File photograph: Getty Images

The Constitution was being used in a “bogus” way to allow State-funded schools discriminate on the basis of religion, a leading expert on constitution(...)

One Family chief executive Karen Kiernan:  “It is unacceptable to continue to sentence a generation of children to a lifetime of poverty and poor life chances.”  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The proportion of people at risk of poverty has increased, with single parents and their children suffering the highest rates of deprivation(...)

Alan Kelly: The instruction to let him know well in advance of openings has caused tension, particularly over the opening of 52 homes in the Glen in Cork city earlier this year.

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly ordered all local authorities to tell him “early” about the opening of local authority houses so he could off(...)