Taoiseach Enda Kenny  told   Fine Gael Ardfheis in City West Dublin  the election would be a choice “between a clear plan to keep the recovery going; or putting the people’s hard-won progress at risk”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fine Gael will today pledge to give greater financial assistance to the middle classes to pay for the cost of medication if re-elected to government.(...)

The HSE is planning to appeal an Employment Appeals Tribunal  compensation award  to doctors for the failure of the HSE to pay higher salaries agreed under a revised contract seven years ago. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Government could do a deal with doctors on compensation for failure by the State to pay them higher salaries agreed more than seven years ago, Mi(...)

 Christy Moore entertains  protesters at the  anti-nuclear protest at Carnsore Point, Co Wexford, in 1978. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

For the first few decades following the foundation of the State, environmental issues were not on the agenda for many, least of all those in governmen(...)

Former  minister Pat Carey: has “absolutely and unconditionally” denied “any impropriety” after sexual abuse allegations against a politician, adding  he did not know if  allegations related to him. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has appointed TD Billy Kelleher as the party’s director of elections for next year’s general election, following th(...)

Tim Collins has been active in the media sector for more than a decade.

Newstalk has appointed Ocean FM head Tim Collins as its chief executive, subject to regulatory approval. As well as leading Northwest-based Ocean FM, (...)

Leo Varadkar: “Those who wish to do private practice in their own time should be allowed to do so, provided they honour the terms of their public contract.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Over the last decade or so, going back to Mary Harney’s time as Minster for Health, the State has sought to exert greater control over the working arr(...)

A file image from 1988 showing Pauline O’Hara (left), Mrs Bridget O’Hara (centre), and Mrs Mary Nolan who protective masks distributed yesterday by local GP, Dr Conor O’Hanlon, in a protest at Government inactivity over smog levels in Dublin. A smoky coal ban was introduced in the city in 1990. Photograph: The Irish Times

There will be a nationwide ban on smoky coal within the next year, Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said. However, Mr Kelly said that Iris(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A State-wide ban on the sale and use of bituminous or “smoky” coal is expected to be announced by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly on Monday. T(...)

Mary Harney, who helped push through the ban on ‘smoky coal’ in Dublin in 1990. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

In September 1990, following a series of winters during which Dublin city was engulfed in thick black smog, a ban on the sale, marketing, and distribu(...)

Leo Varadkar: Wins kudos for his straight-talking. Photograph: The Irish Times

Leo Varadkar has steadied a shaky health ship since becoming minister in July 2014 but he has struggled to make in-roads in tackling the deep-seated p(...)