Minister for Children James Reilly: “Our children are too important. We must be certain that our investment in this area is as effective as possible, giving the best outcomes to children, young people and their parents.” Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Significant changes in the funding of childcare are expected to emerge from a high-level group established by Minister for Children James Reilly whic(...)

The demographic challenges facing the health service are well known: the over-65 population is growing by about 20,000 each year and the number of people over 80 is increasing by 4 per cent a year. The older the patient, the more complex and expensive their treatment tends to be. File photograph: Reuters

Revelations the Health Service Executive sought more than double the amount of additional money it received this year is likely to reopen the debate o(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has  said the new deadline for staff in the public service to retire if their pensions are to be calculated on the higher salaries in place prior to the Haddington Road cuts is June 2016. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government has again extended the deadline for staff in the public service to retire if their pensions are to be calculated on the higher salaries(...)

Siptu chief Jack O’Connor: Wants to see increases of 5% across the economy. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

In December Labour Minister for Employment Ged Nash said 2015 would be “year of the pay rise”.While few workers are likely to have actually received p(...)

Minister for Data Protection Dara Murphy: “There’s a chance to cluster and have a best in class global data analytical centre of excellence on the island”

When Fine Gael TD Dara Murphy, was promoted by Taoiseach Enda Kenny to a ministerial role last July, the position had a special twist. As well as b(...)

An FOI from the Tánaiste’s department has revealed the Department of Social Protection is seeking extra resources  to run the water conservation grant scheme. Photograph: Frank Miller /The Irish Times

The Department of Social Protection has set out a plan to administer the €100 water conservation grant, Tánaiste Joan Burton has told the Dáil. She re(...)

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(...)