Among the areas where health services are under serious pressure are hospital emergency departments and maternity services, while there are also growing waiting lists for vital procedures and primary care. File photograph: Getty Images

The head of the HSE has privately warned the Government that patients will face clinical risks this year due to funding shortages for health services.(...)

 Scales of Justice: in refusing the make the budget cuts the DPP said she was “not in a position to decide not to prosecute a class of crime, or crimes in a particular area of the State, in order to make the saving sought.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) told the Government it could not take part in last year’s expenditure review as the mooted bud(...)

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton was told the information was “a matter of public record” and was being used for the purpose it was gathered. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Publishing details of all births, marriages and civil partnerships on the internet would be a “fundamental incursion into the privacy of individual(...)

Personal information held by banks and financial institutions should be available to State agencies for the purposes of means-testing entitlements and(...)

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said: “Now that the economy is recovering, I can assure older people that they have nothing to worry about, and that their pensions are secure.” File photograph: Getty Images

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has said the Government will not cut the State pension and is committing to maintaining the c(...)

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(...)