Hiqa chief executive Phelim Quinn. File  photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Thousands of beds in State- run nursing homes are facing closure because facilities have not been upgraded to meet new accommodation standards set by (...)

Hiqa has been assessing nursing home standards since 2009, a few years after shocking revelations about the mistreatment of older people at Leas Cross. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The long-running and politically explosive issue of substandard nursing home accommodation is coming to a head and will be decided one way or another (...)

Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform, Brendan Howlin,  said it would be up to the next government to decide on a new mechanism for objectively determining public service pay. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

With the improvements in the public finances, and the economy envisaged to return to a period of regular growth, a new system for determining pay in t(...)

Universal health insurance  would abolish Ireland’s existing two-tier system with a single tier system by effectively making everyone a private patient Photograph: Andrew Wong/Reuters

The annual cost of universal health insurance (UHI) to cover a standard package of benefits for one adult could be between €2,000 and €3,000, external(...)

Sources said the scheduled pay restoration for about 300,000 staff in the public service had been raised with the troika at the last post-bailout visit, which ended on May 1st. Photograph: Getty Images

The European Commission is concerned that pay rises for public service staff in Ireland could spill over into greater demands for increases in the pri(...)

Minister of State at the Department of Finance Simon Harris. Mr Harris has signalled that the Government’s reform plans in relation to the public service would have to continue for some time.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Formal talks between the Government and unions on restoring pay levels for about 300,000 staff across the public service are now expected to get unde(...)

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(...)