The proposed new system to end the existing two-tier health service was championed strongly by former minister for health James Reilly. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Universal health insurance (UHI) was to be the centrepiece of the Government’s ambitious health service reform plans. The proposed new system to end (...)

The Department of Health said Minister for Health Leo Varadkar would bring proposals to Cabinet regarding the next steps. Photograph: Alan Betson

The prospects for the Government’s ambitious and controversial plans to introduce universal health insurance (UHI) have taken a further blow on foot o(...)

Primary schools began collecting the information for the Primary Online Database at the request of the Department of Education at the start of the current school year. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

A new database of primary school students will gather personal information, including PPS numbers, information on ethnic and cultural background 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(...)

About 900,000 workers in the private sector have no pension arrangement at all for their retirement, other than the contributory State pension. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Defined benefit pension schemes, which guaranteed an income after retirement based on final salary and years of service, are disappearing fast, leavin(...)

In the 10 years to 2013 the number of people receiving contributory or non-contributory pensions increased  115 per cent to 420,000

A cut in the basic rates of the State pension must be considered as an option to ensure its sustainability, officials at the Department of Public Exp(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said the new NTMA board would continue to oversee attempts to reduce the national debt to below 100 per cent of GDP by 2018

The National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) has completed the early repayment of €9 billion of IMF loans that is expected to result in a saving of (...)

Two midwives are to receive a pay increase and backmoney after the State decided not to contest potential infringement procedures being brought by the European Commission. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Two midwives are to receive a pay increase and backmoney after the State decided not to contest potential infringement procedures being brought agains(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Lump sums of €100,000 or more are being paid to 263 Civil Service retirees this year.Figures provided by the Department of Public Expenditure and Refo(...)

Brendan Howlin has said choices will have to be made to ensure the pay policy for the public service “continues to balance the effective delivery of public services and Government policy with sustainability and affordability into the future”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill /The Irish Times

Government pay policy will pose a key challenge in attracting and retaining a skilled workforce in the public service for the future, the Minister for(...)