Minister for Public Reform Brendan Howlin said protections in the Protected Disclosures Bill  related to both internal disclosures by gardaí and those made to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Legislation to protect whistleblowers moved a step closer after the Protected Disclosures Bill passed second stage in the Dáil yesterday. (...)

 Tánaiste  Eamon Gilmore: said that if a hospital “can charge for the private bed it ought to be able to charge for the public bed rather than having the entire cost of that fall on the taxpayer”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Legislation to charge health insurers for the use of public beds by private patients will be introduced before the Dáil summer recess. Tá(...)