Team of 20 gardaí
 is to be set up on a pilot basis within the department.

A new Garda unit is to be established in the Department of Social Protection as part of moves to crack down on welfare fraud. In addition almost one m(...)

 The health service has  2,669 whole-time equivalent employees above the employment target.  Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

The HSE has said it would have to shed about 700 staff per month between now and the end of the year to meet new employment targets set down by the Go(...)

Leo Varadkar: his department warned it could not operate the public health system safely if further  cuts were imposed. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said a controversial menu of health cuts submitted to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform represented(...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar:  said to have told a private meeting at the Fine Gael “think-in” in Co Cork on Thursday that the true level of his department’s budget adjustment in 2014 is €900 million. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Almost 300 hospital beds will be closed and 2,400 fewer high-tech operations carried out next year if the Government insists on making further spendin(...)

The department says it would have to cut health spending by €213 million to comply with the ceiling set by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform for the review. Photograph: Tim Ockenden/PA

Potential cuts of up to €833 million in the health budget are outlined in the Department of Health’s submission to the Government’s comprehensive r(...)

Department says there is no capacity to safely operate the health service next year with less money than was provided by the exchequer in 2014.

The Department of Health has signalled that the health service will require additional funding of some €500 million next year from the exchequer, a(...)

Former minister for health Dr James Reilly.  Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Department of Health officials told Minister for Health Leo Varadkar on his appointment in July that plans for implementing health service reforms dra(...)

Last month the chairman of the Dáil Public Accounts Committee John McGuinness raised concerns that a company known as Starline Management Consulting Ltd was paid €258,000 to fill the position of chief operations officer/deputy chief executive officer at the hospital group.

Talks are scheduled to get underway tomorrow at the Labour Relations Commission aimed at resolving a dispute over what staff at the Limerick group of(...)

Hiqa contends that it received official approval as far back as 2007 to appoint its directors on the salary scale of assistant secretaries in the Civil Service

The Government is set to reduce the exchequer allocation to health service safety watchdog Hiqa to recoup overpayments it is accused of making to se(...)

The Government’s data site is in its initial stages as Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin admitted in a meeting. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government’s new open-data portal is not yet where it would like it to be, Minister Brendan Howlin said in a Department of Public Expenditure and (...)