Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton picturted after their first joint press conference outside government buildings last week. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has admitted he finds reshuffles difficult as he prepares to sack some junior ministers this afternoon. He said he and Tánaiste J(...)

Cabinet reshuffle 4:45

The Cabinet reshuffle early next month will mean six senior Ministers being replaced by Ministers of State and Government backbenchers, according to (...)

The Assisted Decision-Making Capacity Bill was originally drafted and presented by Wexford TD Dr Liam Twomey in 2010, when he was in the Seanad.

The Government has published draft legislation for a Bill to allow terminally ill people to make “living wills” setting out treatments they wish, and (...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter; brought forward legislation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Long-delayed draft legislation to reform the legal profession is due to be formally brought before the Cabinet today barring any last-minute difficult(...)

Most lobby groups will be happy to hold on to what they have next year in the hope things might start to get better in 2015

The time for lobbying is over. The final budget decisions have been taken. Interest groups will now have to wait and see if the measures announced by (...)

Richard Bruton, director of Fine Gael’s campaign seeking a Yes vote in next month’s referendum on the abolition of the Seanad, during a press conference at Leinster House yesterday. Photograph: Frank Miller

Seanad Éireann has been branded a “watchdog that barks only once every 50 years” by the director of Fine Gael’s campaign seeking a Yes vote in next mo(...)

In total, the HSE paid about €2.5 billion to contractors – doctors, dentists, opticians and pharmacists – in 2011, representing about 20 per cent of its total spend. Fee cuts have seen reductions in payments for many professionals but this has been ameliorated by a rise in the number of people qualifying for medical cards.

A Dublin family doctor has earned more than €700,000 from the HSE for treating patients subsidised by the State under the medi(...)