Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has announced that the  Public Health (Alcohol) Bill will be published this summer.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill will be published this summer with a view to being made law by the end of the year, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar (...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has ruled out reversing cuts to public sector pay in “one big bang”. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Low-paid workers will be the major beneficiaries from the forthcoming talks on restoring public service pay, the Minister for Public Expenditure and R(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Another senior union official will today rule out additional productivity or reforms in return for pay restoration in the public service. (...)

Brendan Howlin: “What I have always said is that we won’t be able to undo the Fempi legislation in one year or, in fact, in two years either. It will be a gradual increase to restore pay”

Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin have indicated that any public sector pay rises will be staggered over a (...)

Inequality and inequity continue to be part of Irish healthcare. Most of it is not intentional.

‘Doctors, I believe, have a responsibility to advocate on behalf of patients and must continue to do so. There should be and will be no gagging clause(...)

Dr Gerard Crotty: ‘Patients are not getting the quality and timeliness of care they require, especially when waiting on trolleys or for appointments.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Trust – between doctors and their patients, and between doctors and the HSE – is a word frequently used by Dr Gerard Crotty, the president of the I(...)

A number of “very strange people” are advertising themselves as psychotherapists and counsellors and can do “real harm”, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has warned. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

A number of “very strange people” are advertising themselves as psychotherapists and counsellors and can do “real harm”, Minister for Health Leo Varad(...)

Minister Leo Varadkar said additional money was being provided for community beds, under the fair deal scheme, to free hospitals of the current level of delayed discharges.

Hospital managers and chief financial officers were told by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to “get to grips’’ with administration in the coming mont(...)

The Psychiatric Nurses’ Association has become the latest union to reject calls by Government ministers for increased productivity in return for pay increases.

The Psychiatric Nurses’ Association has become the latest union to reject calls by Government ministers for increased productivity in return for pay i(...)

‘Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin insisted he had not found recent comments by Fine Gael Ministers about increased productivity being the quid pro quo for pay rises in any way unhelpful.’

Fine Gael and Labour Government Ministers are “at one” in relation to their approach to pay restoration for public sector workers, according to Minist(...)