The Dáil: there is a clear view in the OECD report that parliamentarians’ role in the policy deliberations around the budget is much too limited. It is hard to see the “big picture” about what the Government is trying to achieve, or indeed to track whether the Government is making progress towards its goals. Photograph: David Sleator
OECD: How to reform the Dáil

The budget is, for any country, a critical tool of national policy and largely determines whether, and how, plans and ambitions can be transformed int(...)

A €10 million deal on rural GP allowances has been  arrived at days before Government TDs in Clare and Mayo, including Taoiseach Enda Kenny, face strong electoral challenges from two rural doctor candidates. File photograph: Getty Images

The number of GPs qualifying for rural allowances is to double to more than 300 under a series of significant pay concessions agreed between doctors a(...)

Minister For Health Leo  Varadkar: signalled need to change State’s policy over seeking to exert greater control of working arrangements of senior doctors. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The State’s agreement on working practices and pay with hospital consultants is arguably one of the most important in the Irish healthcare system. How(...)

The scales  of justice on the roof of the Four Courts  in Dublin
Judgments: Key cases in brief

A certificate is required to appeal a costs order to Supreme Court. Rowan vs Kerry County Council, IESC 99 (Supreme Court, Dunne J, McKechnie J, Decem(...)

HSE chief executive Tony O’Brien: had called for a major reform of the health service. Photograph: David Sleator

Fine Gael will commit to a major reform of health service funding in their general election manifesto. The party is to propose multi-annual budgeti(...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar with Tony O’Brien, director general of the HSE, at St James’s Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin have again clashed at Cabinet over funding for the heal(...)

The HSE needed a €600m supplementary estimate this year after overrunning its budget. Photograph: Getty Images

Planned new health service initiatives could be put on hold and hospital building programmes might have to be deferred if the Health Service Executive(...)

HSE said the country’s public acute hospital system needed investment of more than €465 million next year. Photograph: Thinkstock

In its confidential submission to Government on its funding requirements for 2016, the Health Service Executive said the country’s public acute hospi(...)

Mr Justice Nial Fennelly. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Two commissions of inquiry will have cost the State €7.6 million by the end of 2016, the Department of Public Expenditure has said. Secret(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Two years after the controversy began over millions of euro in top-up payments being made to health service executives, the Department of Health and t(...)