Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: The larger-than-expected bailout for the Department of Health will mean the equivalent sum is carried forward into next year’s account, though Mr Varadkar insists it will have no impact on next year’s available funding. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The overall supplementary estimates required by Government Departments, including Health, for this year will be in excess of €1.1 billion.Minister fo(...)

Five Government Departments, including Health, have submitted supplementary budget requests for 2014 totalling more than €1 billion. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Four Government departments have submitted supplementary budget requests for 2014 totalling almost €500 million, in addition to the record €680 requir(...)

Minister of State Paudie Coffey and Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly at the launch of the Social Housing Strategy 2020. Photograph: Eric Luke

The most important thing a society can do for its citizens is to provide them with housing, according to Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly. At t(...)

The cross that was cut down from the top of Carrauntoohil in Co Kerry will be reinstated before Christmas

The cross that was cut down from the top of Carrauntoohil in Co Kerry will be reinstated before Christmas, after a unanimous vote to restore the cross(...)

Mary Heanue, Inis Turk; John Walsh, Bere Island; Simon Murray, Inis Boffin; Aisling Moran, Sherkin Island and Mairtin O’ Mealóid, Cape Clear met to discuss a move by two government departments to temporarily avert funding cuts for development offices. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

English-speaking island communities say they are “not one bit happy” with a move by two government departments to temporarily avert funding cuts for d(...)

Protests had been staged at the Belcoo site amid fears the controversial fracking technique would be used if large reserves of gas were found.

Two Stormont departments could be facing a billion pound lawsuit over thwarted plans to drill for shale gas in Co Fermanagh, it emerged today.Lawyers (...)

 Brendan Howlin Minister for Public Expenditure at a joint Budget 2015 Press conference at Government Buildings. Photograph: Alan Betson

Many Government departments argued against budget cuts and instead pitched for significant increases in spending as part part of the Government’s lat(...)

 Tánaiste  Joan Burton: expressed concern that Irish Water not dealing with customer queries ‘efficiently, reliably and in a timely way’.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Irish Water has rejected a suggestion by Fianna Fáil that performance-related payments or bonuses were paid to its staff this year. Fianna Fáil(...)

Adamstown’s underutilised train station. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Irish Planning Institute has warned against lowering apartment standards in a “knee-jerk” reaction to the housing crisis.The institute was respond(...)

Hilary Quinlan resigned as a director of Irish Water  yesterday but will continue working as a private driver for Minister for State Paudie Coffey

The appointment of Hilary Quinlan as a driver for the Minister of State for the Environment while he was also a director of Irish Water, which comes u(...)