Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton has said any public sector pay deal must include reforms to work practices. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Comments from Fine Gael politicians suggesting that any reversals to public sector pay cuts must be accompanied by measures to increase productivity (...)

The taskforce report is expected to recommend a number of measures to ease hospital overcrowding, including more weekend discharges and greater access to clinical decision-making and diagnostics from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. Other recommendations will include the discharge of patients before 11am, seeing patients in emergency units within an hour, and a reduction in overnight stays. File photograph: Tim Ockenden/PA

Government Ministers will on Thursday unveil a €70 million plan to ease hospital overcrowding and cut waiting times for patients.Under the plan to be (...)

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(...)