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 (...)

“A more thorough analysis of a defendant’s ability to pay, possibly in conjunction with the Criminal Assets Bureau in certain cases, may be warranted,”  the Department of Public Expenditure says

The State could cut its criminal legal aid bill by using the Criminal Assets Bureau to carry out a “more thorough” analysis of defendants’ ability (...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar with his predecessor James Reilly, who  announced the expert panel earlier this year. Photograph: Frank Miller

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has promised to reform the discretionary medical card system after a report called for greater sensitivity in the way(...)

Under EU procurement rules, framework agreements can be put in place as a way of achieving cost savings.

The Comptroller and Auditor General has identified a “significant level of non-compliance” with procurement rules within the Health Service Executiv(...)

National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts and  History, Collins Barracks. Photograph: Thinkstock

The National Museum of Ireland is being forced to close galleries and has had to cut back on educational guided tours due to funding cuts and staff r(...)

Senator John Whelan: ongoing speculation unfair to staff and public

Labour Senator John Whelan has called on the Minister for Health and the head of the HSE to make a statement on the future of the Midland Regional Ho(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar with  Minister of State Kathleen Lynch and  secretary general of the Department of Health Tim Breslin  during the press conference  yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is resisting calls for a reduction in the €2.50 per item prescription charge in next month’s budget.The St Vincent de(...)

 Gordon Jeyes: “It’s about getting people to face up to the consequences . .  . If I get a standstill budget, I will have to make reductions.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Social services will be reduced to a “basic child protection service” next year unless significant additional money is made available, the head of th(...)

The Mater hospital, Dublin, which was rejected by An Bord Pleanála as a suitable site for the national children’s hospital. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Most of the €40 million spent on developing the new national children’s hospital at the Mater site in Dublin will be written off, it has been confirm(...)