The finding that March was the worst month on record for overcrowding in Irish hospitals is worrying. Of even greater concern is that trends in the nu(...)

Fine Gael  and Fianna Fáil will intensify talks with Independents and smaller parties this week to secure support for either Enda Kenny or Micheál Martin’s candidacy for taoiseach. Photographs: The Irish Times

There is “no way” Fine Gael in opposition would support a Fianna Fáil minority government on a case-by-case basis, one of the party’s senior figures (...)

Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch: “We  concluded . . .  that the only way forward is to commission a statutory commission of investigation.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The formal establishment of a commission of investigation into allegations of abuse at a foster home in the southeast will be a matter for the next g(...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar (centre) with Stephen Mulvany, chief financial officer (right) with the HSE  and and Tony O’Brien director general HSE (left) at the launch of the HSE’s plan for 2016. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The 2016 HSE service plan carries a “substantial financial risk” arising from a €100 million shortfall in funding, the organisation’s director general(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has insisted that finance will be available to fully equip and staff the National Children’s Hospital once it is built.  Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has insisted that finance will be available to fully equip and staff the National Children’s Hospital w(...)

Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar: “The Department of Justice is not fit for purpose. They accepted what the gardaí told them.” Photograph: Frank Miller

A Government Minister has delivered the sternest criticism to date of the Department of Justice, describing the key ministry as “not fit for purpose”.(...)

Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar: many rural rail services will “no longer be sustainable”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A Minister of State has denied there is any Government plan to close down rural railway lines in the wake of (...)

The current M8 sign (left) shows how Irish is ‘squeezed’ and abbreviated to fit the limited space. The proposed design uses colour differentiation 	of languages and the Turas test typeface.

The Department of Transport has asked the NRA to trial run newly-designed road signs that would give the Irish language parity with English on the cou(...)