European commission president Jean-Claude Juncker: first-round call for projects has attracted over 2,000 proposals from across Europe. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

The Government wants Irish Water and the Metro North scheme to be included in the EU’s ambitious €315 billion investment plan. It has also prop(...)

 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(...)

Minister for Health  Leo Varadkar. File photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Department of Health is seeking a €680 million supplementary budget for the Health Service Executive next month, as part of a €1.18 billion in ext(...)

Gordon Jeyes, chief executive of the Child and Family Agency/Tusla, said an additional €45 million was required next year just to keep services at a standstill. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Department of Health has privately lobbied for staffing numbers at the Child and Family Agency to be cut, internal documents show. Staff tr(...)

 Minister for Public Expenditure and  Reform, Brendan Howlin TD. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Public Enterprise Brendan Howlin has given a commitment that the new national children’s hospital will be fully equipped and staffed whe(...)

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 Health Leo Varadkar has said the Government has enough money to build the new national children’s hospital but not to equip it. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

The Government has enough money to build the new national children’s hospital but not to equip it, according to Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Mr V(...)

The Irish Medical Organisation  has strongly opposed the introduction of any co-payments as part of the scheme, but individual GPs who were surveyed in a recent study favoured their introduction as a way of discouraging inappropriate attendances. The mooted fee is €5  per visit.

  Family doctors are to be given the option of charging patients a nominal fee when free GP care is introduced for under-6s and all over-7(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: Independent TD Billy Timmins claimed the €70 million mentioned by the Minister that will come on stream in 2016 was already included in the HSE five-year capital plan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

A row has broken out between two Government departments over Minister for Health Leo Varadkar’s capital building plans. Earlier this month, Mr (...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin: his department, as part of the Government’s recent review of State expenditure, has been warned against further cuts.

Government departments will have to increase their spending on expensive external legal advice if the budget of the attorney general’s office is cut (...)