Dr Maurice Hayes called for “the transfer of substantial powers and responsibilities to a reinvigorated local government”. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Ireland’s political difficulties are compounded by a “lack of engagement” by the electorate and especially by the young, the MacGill Summer School ha(...)

The Seanad reform campaign group Democracy Matters has criticised the Government for the delay in implementing change to the State’s Upper House. In t(...)

The dispute between the HSE and the St Vincent’s healthcare group centres on whether consultants employed in the public hospitals on a particular contract known as type B can engage in practice in the group’s private facility.

The St Vincent’s Healthcare Group has said it disagrees with the HSE over whether consultants paid by the exchequer and employed in its public (...)

St. Vincent’s hospital, Elm Park, Dublin: HSE director general Mr O’Brien said it was essential there was “absolute clarity” in relation to governance across the whole of the St Vincent’s Hospital group, in particular as this relates to public hospitals.

The HSE is seeking a clear separation between the public and private hospitals on the St Vincent’s campus in south (...)

HSE director general Tony O’Brien: In a letter to the chairman of the St Vincent’s Hospital Group, Mr O’Brien set a deadline of today for it to reply to demands. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The HSE is planning to cut all capital or development funding to St Vincent’s and St Michael’s hospitals in south(...)

An operation in progress at  the   National Surgical Centre for Pancreatic Cancer at St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. The departure of Nicky  Jermyn as chief executive of the State-funded hospital comes on foot of controversy over whether the group was compliant with public service pay rules. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Chief executive of St Vincent’s University Hospital Nicky Jermyn is to step down from the post from next Monday. He told staff today that(...)

The board of the Rehab group will meet today to discuss whether to make public the current remuneration of its group chief executive, Angela Kerins. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The board of St Vincent’s Healthcare Group is expected to meet in the coming days to consider the plan by the HSE to dock the funding of St Vincent(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the financial practices of the charity were ‘indicative of a time in Irish politics’ that he hoped was long gone. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has described revelations that the former head of the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) received a secret €742,000 retirement pay-off(...)

Brian  Conlan resigned as chief executive of the CRC in December amid controversy both over salary levels paid to executives in the organisation and the manner in which he had been appointed.

The former chief executive of the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) Brian Conlan has said it is inaccurate to suggest that money donated by the public was(...)

From left, Feargal Quinn, Senator Katherine Zappone and Michael McDowell SC, at a Democracy Matters event in Dublin last September. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

Democracy Matters, the campaign group established to oppose the abolition of the Seanad, has criticised the Government for delays in implementing what(...)