Dublin Bus vehicles parked  in Conyngham Road garage in Dublin.  The trade union Siptu is to ballot Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann driver members for industrial action, in protest at National Transport Authority plans. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Introducing tendering for some bus routes traditionally operated by State companies has the potential to save taxpayers’ money, according to the Minis(...)

 Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: “the economy could not sustain the immediate restoration of all those reductions.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Public service trade union leaders believe that talks with the Government on pay restoration will now begin in early May.The public service committe(...)

Under  current privatisation plans, orbital routes in Dublin rather than city centre services, such as those between Blackrock and Rialto, and Chapelizod and the Square shopping centre in Tallaght, will be put out to tender. File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The prospect of industrial action in the State-run transport sector has increased following the collapse of talks over the potential privatisation of(...)

St James’s Hospital made  an application to the Department of Health in May 2014 that  chief executive Brian Fitzgerald be allowed to  retain a €30,000 allowance for lecturing on top of his salary. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Department of Health has rejected a bid by St James’s Hospital to allow its chief executive to retain a €30,000 allowance for lecturing on top of(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar told the Dáil last week that the Government was committed to achieving compliance with the provisions of the directive. Photograph: The Irish Times

It will be 2017 at the earliest before most non-consultant hospital doctors see their working hours complying with limits set out in an EU directiv(...)

Unite regional secretary Jimmy Kelly said: “Not only does Ireland now have a low-pay crisis – we also have a widening gap between wages at the bottom, which are falling, and those at the top which are rising.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The national minimum wage should be increased by €1 to €9.65, the trade union Unite has urged. It said an increase in the national minimum wage should(...)

The HSE intends to use the premises as a community and step-down facility for patients who have completed treatment in acute hospitals.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Heath Service Executive is expected to provide more details next week on its plans for operating the former Mount Carmel private hospital in Dubli(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said he is looking for more money for the Fair Deal nursing home scheme. He said overcrowding in hospital emergen(...)

Minister for health Leo Varadkar. File photograph: Collins

The Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said to the best of his knowledge no-one in the Department of Health is disputing the draft Hiqa report into (...)

Billy Kelleher: suggested funding for top-ups could be coming from car parks

There is anecdotal evidence that restrictions on executive pay are making it difficult for the health service to recruit the right talent, the HSE has(...)