A referendum on abortion ‘shouldn’t be done on foot of a tragedy or a very hard case’, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A referendum on abortion should not take place in the run-up to a general election because candidates might be forced into making commitments, Ministe(...)

Socialist Party TD Clare Daly has congratulated Simon Coveney on his additional appointment as Minister for Defence as well has having responsibility for Agriculture, the Marine and Food. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister for Agriculture and Defence Simon Coveney has received praise from an unexpected quarter.Socialist Party TD Clare Daly congratulated him on h(...)

Portlaoise hospital: the report says the hospital is “not set up to provide safe acute and elective surgery”. Photograph: James Flynn/AP.

“Urgent correction and reconfiguration” is needed to avoid the “collapse” of care processes at Portlaoise hospital, according to an unpublished revie(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is expected to publish abortion regulations on Friday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dáil.

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is expected to publish abortion regulations on Friday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dáil.Mr Kenny described the (...)

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(...)

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe: warned that the DAA must be allowed raise the cash it needs to implement Government aviation policy.

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has stepped into the row over plans to cut Dublin Airport’s passenger charges by issuing a warning that the hub(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: said savings could “sometimes be illusory. If you then end up plugging gaps in the service through agency staff, it can actually cost more in some cases”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

The health service will not be able to meet targets set by the Government to reduce staffing levels, said Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. He said wh(...)

 The health service has  2,669 whole-time equivalent employees above the employment target.  Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

The HSE has said it would have to shed about 700 staff per month between now and the end of the year to meet new employment targets set down by the Go(...)

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