Simon Harris, Leo Varadkar, Katherine Zappone and Simon Coveney.

Minster for Health Simon Harris The Department of Health has put an end to many a political ambition. How many new ministers have started full of(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has found his footing in this administration; Richard Bruton has gone about his work quietly while Michael Noonan has numbers to crunch ahead of the budget. But Shane Ross has failed to shine. Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny He has survived and that counts for something. Yet it has come at a huge cost. Fine Gael had a terrible election, heavily losin(...)

Caring for an aging population

Abandonment of the interests of an aging population by successive governments has not been confined to pensions. Public nursing homes, community based(...)

Four EU member states – Portugal, Italy, Romania and Slovenia – have introduced taxes on e-cigarettes, or on the liquid used in them

The Government has been told to consider introducing a levy on the liquid used in e-cigarettes. The Department of Finance says a levy of 50 cent on e(...)

Independent Minister for Transport Shane Ross.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The first 100 days of a government is like the first 10 minutes of a championship match. There’s a bit of preening, a lot of showboating, a tincture o(...)

Enda Kenny has recovered some of his brio during the first 100 days, but it is an open question whether he will still head it after another 100.  Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Fourth time is a charm, joked Noel Rock. It was May 6th, and the young Fine Gael TD had been asked on three other occasions since the February electio(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris said some of the delays were due to factors outside the control of the HSE. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Just one of the 36 primary care centres promised by the last government four years ago to improve community health services has opened its doors. Th(...)

In 2014, then minister for health James Reilly introduced a measure aimed at getting insurers to cover the full costs of their patients in public hospitals

In a row that has been brewing for some time, health insurance companies are getting increasingly frustrated with public hospitals that charge patient(...)

 Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald, pictured in her office. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Have you heard the stampede back towards the political centre ground since the general election? Chastened politicians, mostly from Fine Gael, have be(...)

Enda Kenny has served notice of his intention to quit as Taoiseach but has not set the date of his departure. Were he to do so, his political authorit(...)