Minister for Health Leo Varadkar at the Fine Gael Ardfheis at Citywest Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fine Gael founded the State and saved it following the bailout and economic crash, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has claimed. Mr Varadkar was addr(...)

 Minister for Communications Alex White has defended his decision to re-appoint Noreen Wright to the board of the ESB six months before her term was due to end. Fianna Fáil said it was an attempt to play fast and loose with the public appointments process. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Minister for Communications Alex White has been accused of making an “anti-democratic” re-appointment to the board of the ESB. Mr White secured Cabi(...)

 Transparency International Ireland chief executive John Devitt said the free advice scheme  would advise whistleblowers on their rights and how to negotiate the system. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The State has agreed in principle to fund a new, free legal advice centre for whistleblowers, according to the anti-corruption campaign group Transpa(...)

 Paschal Donohoe,  Enda Kenny,  Joan Burton and  Brendan Howlin: “Is the focus of publicly funded R&D creating the best impact for the economy and society?” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The general election, as you may have heard, is imminent. In 2011, Enda Kenny campaigned to make Ireland the best small country in the world in which (...)

A spokesman for the Tánaiste said David Begg has demonstrated an “ability to work with different perspectives”. Photograph: The Irish Times

In 2011 the Government introduced new arrangements for appointments to State boards, whereby expressions of interest would be sought when a vacancy ar(...)

The appointment by Tánaiste Joan Burton of David Begg to the  role of  chair of the Pension Authority has been criticised.

Tánaiste John Burton has admitted using an exceptional clause in new guidelines to appoint David Begg as chairman of the Pensions Authority. Mr Begg(...)

New Irish ambassadors to Australia, Canada and Greece are among 11 senior diplomatic nominees  approved by Cabinet.

New Irish ambassadors to Australia, Canada and Greece are among 11 senior diplomatic nominees who have been approved by the Cabinet. Breandán Ó Caoll(...)

Uncertified sick leave for public service staff was cut from seven days in any 12-month period to seven days in any two-year period. Photograph: Getty Images

Sick-leave restrictions introduced for staff in the public service in 2014 generated savings of more than €50 million, the Department of Public Expend(...)

The Department of Public Expenditure  said the analysis should look at how health services could be delivered

The Department of Health should develop feasible alternatives for health reform in the wake of the abandonment of the originally-favoured model of uni(...)

Greater accountability: Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Health Service Executive is too large and too remote from the health service frontline and should be replaced, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar t(...)