A spokesman for the HSE said none of the parties providing specialist input to the HSE in regard to the new National Children’s Hospital had any role in the subsequent decision-making process.

PwC hired in 2018 to look at hospital options and in January 2019 for costs overrun review

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone meets survivors of institutions Terri Harrison and Sydney Herdman. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Forum releases recommendations to provide healthcare and other supports to survivors

The tribunal will be open to, among others, those who are part of the 221 group of women involved in the CervicalCheck audit. File photograph: Getty

Cabinet ponders ex-gratia scheme for women affected by non-disclosure of key audits

Katherine Zappone: will bring some key updates on the Mother and Baby Homes Commission Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Inside Politics: Recent polling shows neither Fine Gael nor Fianna Fáil have made significant inroads to justify pulling plug on G(...)

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone received the commission’s report on March 15th and will bring it to Cabinet on Tuesday. Photograph; Nick Bradshaw

Commission likely to have focused on burial arrangements for those who died in the institutions

The HSE’s MyOptions helpline was a cornerstone of the Government’s post-referendum plan. Photograph: Getty

Jane had two different experiences: one when terminations were still illegal, another this year

The HSE report found there is a “lack of individual accountability for the success” of the national children’s  hospital.

Potential for future cost increases remains, according to HSE document

Minister for Health Simon Harris said there  is no funding this year to start work on a national maternity hospital adjacent to the new children’s hospital at the St James’s Hospital site in Dublin. Photograph:  Alan Betson

Minister says there is no provision in this year’s health estimates for project

Minister for Health Simon Harris: stands over the decision. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Simon Harris’s decision to offer free tests out of cycle is a factor in backlog of 80,000

Simon Harris: ‘What the report doesn’t find is that there should be a clear-out of the board, in fact it explicitly recommends against.’  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister has power to change board structure in order to strengthen project oversight

Minister for Health Simon Harris: facing questions over decision to offer free out-of-cycle smear tests to women. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Inside Politics: Minister will face questions at committee over whether advice was taken on offering free tests after CervicalChec(...)

Artist’s impression of the new national children’s hospital. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Consultants PwC finds changing builder at this stage would increase final cost of project

EU Brexit chief negotiator Michel Barnier, who will meet Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Jean-Francois Monier/AFP/Getty Images

EU negotiator Michel Barnier due in Dublin to discuss no-deal plans with Government

Artist’s impression of the new national children’s hospital. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Roads and higher education projects among those affected, according to documents released under FoI

A member of the group Fingal Battalion Direct Action reading out a statement at Paul Kehoe’s house on Sunday. Photograph: Facebook.

Group has targeted a number of senior politicians in recent months

HSE’s Liam Woods said decision was being taken on the back of financial pressures in the system. Photograph: Alan Betson

HSE letter warns of jobs freeze because of financial pressures

Ellie Kisyombe says she sought asylum immediately after arriving at Dublin airport in 2010. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Allegations of inconsistencies in background history surfaced in February

Minister for Health Simon Harris announced via a tweet last April that any woman who wanted a free out-of-cycle smear test could avail of one. Photograph: Alan Betson

Simon Harris was asked to correct the Dáil record but has stood over his position

Dublin European  election candidates take part in a hustings event in Dublin Chamber on Friday morning. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Alex White and Frances Fitzgerald outline need to prepare for ‘big push’ from Brussels

Prof Gráinne Flannelly: says she warned against the smear test plan and expressed concern labs would not be able to cope, just hours before the plan was announced in April 2018. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Department refusing to reveal messages around announcement of out-of-cycle tests

 Minister for Health, Simon Harris: A spokeswoman for Mr Harris said he would appear before the Oireachtas Committee on Health in the coming days. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Harris claims he was not informed of concerns over free tests by CervicalCheck director

Minister for Health Simon Harris said Dr Gráinne Flannelly had never said that she had given any warning to him about the initiative.

Former head of CervicalCheck says she raised concerns with senior HSE officials

Did Simon Harris announce the free smear-testing measure without consulting the national screening service? Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Inside Politics: Former clinical director of CervicalCheck says she expressed concerns about Government’s plan for free out-of-cyc(...)

Dr Gráinne Flannelly:  says she warned officials, in the hours before the Government announced the plan, that it would have consequences. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA

Former head of CervicalCheck said offer would ‘undermine’ screening programme

A Bill proposed by Sinn Féin finance spokesman Pearse Doherty TD could have unintended consequences,  the Oireachtas Committee on Finance has heard. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins.

Sinn Féin proposal seeks to stop banks selling problem loans without borrower consent

Pearse Doherty: ‘In no way does it mean a borrower can simply not pay and expect to stay in his or her home.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Bill designed to protect homeowners is ‘no get-out-of-jail-free card’, says Pearse Doherty

Hermann Kelly at the Irexit Freedom Conference in Dublin in September 2018. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Irish Freedom Party wants to run candidates in the European elections

Mark Griffin, secretary general of the Department of Communications, said officials now believe they have a final cost for the National Broadband Plan. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Government will cap subsidies to prevent repeat of children’s hospital overruns

The secretary general of the Department of Communications Mark Griffin told the Public Accounts Committee the department now believes  it has a final figure for the cost of the National Broadband project. Photograph: PA Wire

Dept of Communications says final figure for cost of plan will go to Government shortly

National Broadband Plan: Ministers had been warned the cost of the project could reach as much as €3 billion. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Varadkar previously confirmed cost had risen to ‘many multiples’ of original estimate

Ibec said its position was strongly influenced by the likely costs and disruption that any deviation from Greenwich Mean Time would involve. Image: iStock

MEPs voted in favour of ending the practice of changing clocks in spring and autumn

The board of the national children’s hospital has invited members of the Public Accounts Committee to visit the construction site.  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/ PA Wire

Board wants to wait until PwC report looking at how cost of hospital rose is completed

“While parliament is not unique with respect to issues of bullying, harassment and sexual harassment, elected members should be held to the highest standard of behaviour due to the role of parliament in society”

Politicians have been warned in a new guide that they must ‘conduct themselves to the highest ethical standards’

Bill Browder has campaigned internationally for sanctions  against Russian officials accused of corruption and human rights abuses. Photograph: Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/EPA

UK-based financier Bill Browder to meet TDs to discuss Irish version of the Magnitsky Act

Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement on Brexit to the House of Commons. Photograph: House of Commons/PA

Inside Politics: MPs are set to vote on alternatives to Theresa May’s deal

Celine Cawley, who was killed by her husband Eamonn Lillis. Photograph: Eric Luke

Bill preventing killers benefiting from victims’ estate may be deemed unconstitutional

The Fine Gael intention is to link payments such as the pension to the consumer price index this year. File photograph: Getty Images

FG plan would consign people to poverty while claiming to help them, says Willie O’Dea

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar addresses the Fine Gael national conference

Taoiseach says SF does not respect courts or gardaí during his party’s national conference

DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson has called for the Republic to rejoin the Commonwealth. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Senior unionist says Brexit risks putting up more ‘scaffolding’ around Belfast Agreement

MMA fighter  Conor McGregor taking part in the  St Patrick’s Day Parade in Chicago last week. The Taoiseach, who also took part, has said he would not like to be associated with the athlete’s action. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Leo Varadkar was accused of snubbing MMA fighter after both marched in Chicago parade

A ‘rough’ sketch is beginning to emerge around how a hard border would be avoided if there is a no-deal Brexit, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Varadkar says ‘rough sketch’ of how to avoid hard border emerging and is like backstop

 Minister for Health Simon Harris:  ‘I think we really need to call on the anti-vaxxers to cop on. We need to call them out.’ Photograph:   Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister says ‘misinformation and nonsense’ commonly spread about vaccines

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar gives a press conference at the end of an EU summit focused on Brexit in Brussels on Friday.  Photograph: Aris Oikonomou/AFP/Getty Images

DUP describes Theresa May’s failure to secure new EU concessions as ‘inexcusable’

Dr Gabriel Scally’s report last year described the open disclosure policy in the health service as deeply contradictory and unsatisfactory. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Dr Gabriel Scally’s latest progress report notes ‘deeply flawed’ HSE policy still in place

Video grab of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking at Government Buildings in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Michelle Devane/PA Wire

Taoiseach says reported €100,000 loan ‘does seem a bit unusual’

The Government has published  a report laying out a path to reform the State’s 60-year-old gambling laws

Establishment of independent regulator approved by Cabinet

“All the social consequences,  suicides, ruination, people’s careers being destroyed and all the rest that flow from an unregulated gambling industry in this country are there for us all to see,” says Independent Senator  Michael McDowell.

Councillors in Donegal voted to legalise gaming machines, despite risks of addiction

Ambulance staff take a man from outside a mosque following the shootings which left 49 dead in central Christchurch, New Zealand. Photograph:Mark Baker/AP

Simon Coveney: ‘We are countries that have so much in common’

John Kelly (centre), whose brother Michael died during Bloody Sunday, during a press conference in reaction to today’s Bloody Sunday prosecution announcement  in Derry. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Appalling that Britain intends to amend legacy system to protect former state forces – SF

John Kelly (C), whose brother Michael died during Bloody Sunday, speaks during a press conference. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

DUP’s Gregory Campbell says ‘massive imbalance’ in legacy investigations into Troubles

Cancer patients are being sent home without chemotheraphy due to  lack of beds. Photograph: Alan Betson

Reduced funding also affecting tests on new treatments, Cancer Trials Ireland says

National children’s hospital new board head, Fred Barry, says: “I don’t think it would be good business for the State to stop the works and retender it.” Photograph: Collins

New board head says no scope for savings and cites ‘diminishing returns’ at this stage

Michel Barnier at  the  Six Nations rugby match between Ireland and France at the Aviva. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Leo Varadkar hosts Michel Barnier at private pre-match dinner in Dublin

The Government has ruled out leasing ships in the event that the route to mainland Europe is affected by Brexit. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Brexit briefing papers show legal complications of managing a crash-out scenario

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said Ireland has strong counter-terrorism laws which ‘provide for prosecution here of terrorist offences committed outside the State’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Lisa Smith and her two-year-old child are understood to be in a camp in Syria

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe was escorted out of a jobs event early when he learned of the protest. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Paschal Donohoe attending jobs event in his constituency when he learned of situation

Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan described the political system as ‘archaic’ and said her job was a ‘sacrifice and a privilege’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Josepha Madigan said she spent ‘around five minutes’ with family during midterm

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said there was an ‘epidemic of violence against women’ which ‘needs to stop’. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Government holds special Cabinet meeting on gender equality, ratification of Istanbul Convention

The woman with the Irish accent told ITV: “The people don’t have food. They’re struggling for food and money and everything is expensive, so I don’t know how they’re going to keep living.” Photograph: ITV

A former member of the Air Corps who worked on the Government jet converted to Islam

Robert Watt, the secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure, finally appeared before the Public Accounts Committee and the Finance Committee on Thursday.

Expenditure head did not want to get in to ‘who knew what when’ on hospital cost

Robert Watt before the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday

Robert Watt criticised for reportedly saying PAC chairman was trying to ‘control the mob’

Mary Coll and Jacqueline Connolly, Clodagh Hawe’s mother and sister, said the commissioner has agreed to a serious case review headed up by the assistant Garda Commissioner Barry O’Brien. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Assistant Garda Commissioner Barry O’Brien to lead team to look into murders

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment  Richard Bruton, as well as Minister for Employment and Social Protection Regina Doherty.

Special Cabinet meeting to take place on International Women’s day on Friday

Paul Murphy: ‘Are we guilty of not ‘telling the truth’ to the working class?’ Photogaph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Inside Politics: Party papers reveal serious differences between leading figures on domestic political strategy

The family of Clodagh Hawe is due to meet Garda Commissioner Drew Harris on Thursday in their bid to get further access to Garda files on the case. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Department of Education says arrangements being made to facilitate family’s request for information

Ellie Kisyombe, still a candidate for Social Democrats in local elections.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fundamental internal differences exist about policy, the EU and party leadership

Attorney General Séamus Woulfe has heard concerns about the CervicalCheck tribunal from senior judges. File photograph Nick Bradshaw

Simon Harris insists Government has prioritised setting up the legislation

Clodagh Hawe’s mother, Mary Coll (right), sister Jacqueline Connolly (left) and another family member outside Cavan courthouse following an inquest   in December 2017. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Flanagan says officials will examine possible changes to Succession Act

Clodagh Hawe and her three sons were murdered by Alan Hawe before he took his own life in Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan, in August 2016.

Minister to meet mother and sister of woman murdered, along with three sons, by husband

President Michael D Higgins, who was sworn in for a second seven-year term last November, came under pressure during the presidential election over the allowance. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Confidential draft of report for PAC finds failure of audit group to meet ‘unacceptable’

The Government has come under significant pressure to explain how the cost of the national children’s hospital rose from an estimated €800 million in 2014 to the current figure of €1.73 billion. Photograph:  Collins

Paul Quinn accepts “in hindsight” he should have told PAC about hospital board role at an earlier stage

The Minister for Children Katherine Zappone said the provisions in the Bill in relation to release of birth information are “very serious and complex”. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Adopted people will no longer have to sign an undertaking that they won’t contact their natural parents

Does Jeremy Corbyn recognise the possibility that Theresa May is finally moving in a direction where she could get a Brexit deal over the line? Photograph: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

Inside Politics: Does Labour leader recognise possibility that Theresa May could get a deal over the line?

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan:  will seek approval to draft the Land and Conveyancing Law Reform (Amendment) Bill. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Legislation aims to keep distressed borrowers in mortgage arrears living in their homes

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Coveney responds to UK threat to import Brazilian beef on a tariff-free quota

Theresa May is welcomed by the president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker prior to a bilateral meeting on Brexit talks on Wednesday. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Inside Politics: Brexit talks continue with tentative hopes of breakthrough brokered in middle ground

 Climate change protesters demonstrated outside Leinster House in Dublin earlier this week.   Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

Parties wanted to set impossibly high targets for reducing carbon footprint so Government would not reach them, meeting heard

Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board chief executive Dr Deirdre Keyes will attend the Dáil public accounts committee on Thursday.

Criminal probe into concerns over spending of taxpayers’ money

European Parliament building in Strasbourg. Photograph: AP/Christian Lutz

After election extra MEPs in Ireland South and Dublin must wait to attend parliament

Security issues in the Circuit Family Court in Phoenix House were recently  exposed when a Circuit Court judge  was taken hostage along with a lawyer and client.

RCNI to discuss potential reforms and establishment of special family law court

Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty says she is expecting to receive a new report on the effectiveness of the JobPath scheme shortly. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Penalties meted out for transgressions including failing to keep an appointment

Tom Costello, who has since resigned as the chair of the National Paediatric Hospital’s Development board. Photograph: Ray Lohan for The Irish Times

Agreement was to cover issues relating to finance, building and main contractor Bam

Dublin Airport. Under EU rules the appointment of a noise regulator is required before the commissioning of the proposed second runway at the  airport. Photograph: Getty Images

Minister for Transport Shane Ross had said Fingal County Council will regulate new runway

Head of  Bam, Mr Cullinane, said the construction firm would ‘fully engage with PwC to ensure all relevant facts are disclosed’.  Photograph: Niall Carson/ PA Wire

Construction firm Bam says it will step down if asked to do so

The construction site of The National Children’s Hospital. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

BAM says if hospital board wishes to ‘opt out of contract’ then it will ‘facilitate this option’

The Minister for Rural Affairs Michael Ring has allocated €62m towards a range of rural projects as part of the €1 billion rural regeneration fund which was previously announced in the Project Ireland 2040 plan. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

National mountain-biking project and tourism site at Granard Motte to receive some of the €62m

Comptroller and Auditor General Seamus McCarthy told the Public Accounts Committee that the senior civil servant was bound by a circular. File photograph: Frank Miller

Paul Quinn was chair of the finance subcommittee board of the national children’s hospital

Paddy ‘The Hooligan’ Holohan prior to his retirement from MMA. Photograph: Getty

Paddy Holohan to run in Jobstown after retiring from mixed martial arts

Simon Harris:  “We will not be found wanting when it comes to acting against any entity or any company if errors were made”

Taoiseach concerned companies had come in with very low tenders to win contracts, and then sought to increase the budget

Minister for Health Simon Harris pictured in the Dail earlier this week, on televisions in Arnotts in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

‘Where we got extremely badly let down is the elasticity of the cost”

Minister for Health Simon Harris apologises to the Dáil for not providing fuller information to Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Inside Politics: Opposition seeks to pin down final cost of project and what other plans will suffer due to overrun

Anne O’Connor, HSE interim director general, will appear before the Oireachtas Health Committee on Wednesday morning. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Oireachtas Health Committee to hear how HSE plans to address backlog

The contract for the children’s hospital was awarded to the lowest tender (€637 million) but the costs have rocketed since to an expected €1.7 billion Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Government concerned over companies low-balling for tenders for children’s hospital

Independent TD D Michael Harty: it is incumbent on the Department of Public Expenditure, whose officials have not appeared before the health committee, to explain its involvement. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Mazars says checks and balances failed to protect board from project price spiralling

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris turn the sod on the National Children’s Hospital in 2017. The cost overrun for the hospital has placed the Government and Mr Harris under severe political pressure. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Government says it learned in November 2018 of massive overrun in costs

A view of the construction site of The National Children’s Hospital. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

To save €79m, one existing children’s hospital would have to stay open at €169m cost

Britain’s Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay leaves 10 Downing Street in London. Mr Barclay is due to meet Michel Barnier on Monday. File photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

EU to remain resolute on the backstop as Conservatives extend olive branch to Corbyn

Minister for Health Simon Harris is due to apologise for not providing fuller information about the cost escalation at the national children’s hospital when he was asked about it last September.  File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Harris due to apologise for not providing fuller information about cost escalation

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: instead of responding to the letter, it was agreed the issues referred to would be addressed in the estimates process. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister requested re-profiling of health capital allocation to address capital shortfall

Simon Harris told Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen that capital expenditure on the project was ‘in line with the expected expenditure profile’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Spokeswoman for Minister indicates he will apologise this week

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