Siptu said “this revelation would seem to confirm the worst fears of Aer Lingus staff that a takeover by IAG will mean major job losses”. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times 3:36

An internal analysis commissioned by Aer Lingus has maintained nearly €60 million in additional cost savings could be generated at the company. The ai(...)

HSE director general Tony O’Brien: described the women’s accounts as “unverified” and said the draft Hiqa report lacks accuracy and balance. Photograph: Alan Betson

A controversial draft report into baby deaths at a midlands hospital makes more than 250 “adverse findings or inferences” affecting senior figures (...)

Waiting lists in the State’s public hospitals are continuing to rise with the numbers waiting for an out-patient appointment now close to 400,000, fig(...)

The audit did not identify the hospital or consultants, but it indicated it was referring to the HSE south/southeast region. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A significant risk that two consultants appointed through an agency to work in a public hospital were not suitably qualified has been highlighted in a(...)

 Revenue chair  Josephine Feehily: before Christmas,  Revenue  told the Public Accounts Committee  all files drawn up by Gerard Ryan were fully examined and followed up, a position outlined by Ms Feehily. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The civil servant who has made allegations of tax evasion against a number of former senior politicians has proposed giving evidence in private to t(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said he plans to tackle the issue of hospital beds after previous  measures failed to halt the current crisis. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said he is “sick to death” of the problem of overcrowding in hospital emergency departments and he plans to tackl(...)

Hallelujah: the singing Co Meath priest Fr Ray Kelly, in the video that went viral

The list of most-read stories of 2014 on tells us a little about what our readers like to consume, but it tells us more about media,(...)

Gordon Jeyes, chief executive of the Child and Family Agency/Tusla, said an additional €45 million was required next year just to keep services at a standstill. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Department of Health has privately lobbied for staffing numbers at the Child and Family Agency to be cut, internal documents show. Staff tr(...)

Leo Varadkar:  ‘As a member of a party I feel represents middle Ireland, why should we have to pay higher taxes for water when others will be paying nothing?’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said that anti-water charges campaigner Brendan Ogle wants to see middle-class people pay more tax for water.Mr(...)

Nurses and midwives protesting over plans by their regulatory body to increase their annual registration fee today in Blackrock, Co Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne, The Irish Times

Up to 2,000 nurses and midwives have staged a protest over plans by their regulatory body to increase their annual registration fee. In a joint campai(...)