Minister Varadkar says that his comments were aimed at management, not doctors and nurses.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar has insisted that he was not talking about doctors and nurses when he called for greater efficiency in the hospital (...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan at the launch of Fine Gael’s  economic plan. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Fine Gael says abolition of the universal social charge (USC) will cost €3.7 billion but this will be partly offset by raising more than €1.2 billion (...)

Taoiseach  Enda Kenny at the launch of the Fine Gael general election campaign  at the Alexander Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

In and out of the Dáil in less than a minute. After months of dropping hints, Enda Kenny burst from the blocks and was gone, leaving a bewildered col(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said €13.6 billion was being allocated for health services this year.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said reform will have to accompany any further funding of the health services. He said €13.6 billion was being allocated t(...)

 A patient on a trolley in a corridor in the  Accident and Emergency Department of St James’s Hospital. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said reform will have to accompany any further funding of the health services. He said €13.6 billion was being allocated th(...)

Going negative: Fianna Fáil’s first billboard poster of the 2016 election campaign. Photograph: Eric Luke

In May 1988 George HW Bush’s quest to become the first sitting United States vice-president in 150 years to win a presidential election was in trouble(...)

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said that it was his intention to stand for election again as party leader at the next Sinn Féin Ardfheis.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said it was his intention to stand for election again as party leader at the next Sinn Féin Ardfheis and to continue t(...)

Galway County Council workers placing sand bags to prevent flooding at the Bridge Road in Portumna. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Home-owners and businesses along parts of the Shannon face the highest danger of flooding in 20 years later this week, following days of heavy rain an(...)

Michael Martin leaving Portlaoise Circuit Court, after been given a 17 years sentence. Photogaph: James Flynn/APX

It could be argued that, if more resources were diverted from the penal side of the criminal justice system towards the probation side, the rehabilita(...)

Michael Martin, who abducted an 11-year-old girl. Photogaph: James Flynn/APX

A man who attempted to abduct a young girl in Laois has been sentenced to 17 years in prison, with the final four years suspended. Michael Martin (36)(...)