A committed approach can see doctors and the Government reach agreement on a new deal that will ‘benefit patients in every community’ and in return  provide rewarding careers for general practitioners, a Minister of State has said. File photograph: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire

Talks with GPs on a new approach to fees in return for service improvements are expected to begin in the coming weeks, a Minister of State has said. (...)

Taxpayers are likely to end up paying up to €200 million to the private operator of the Limerick Tunnel due to lower-than-expected traffic flows. Photograph: Seán Curtin/Press 22

Taxpayers are likely to end up paying up to €200 million to the private operator of the Limerick Tunnel due to lower-than-expected traffic. The Dáil’(...)

Teachers protesting over pay inequality. The Government has said it will enter into talks with trade unions on the two-tier pay structure for teachers, nurses and other public service personnel. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has warned the Government it would support the next budget only if it boosts pay levels for 60,000 public servants appointed since 2011 on(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton says about 75 per cent of the pay difference for newer teachers has been restored.Photograph:  Julien Behal

Lower-paid staff in the public service are paid considerably more than their counterparts in the private sector, the Department of Public Expenditure (...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris said there was not a State agency in the country that did not look for more money than the Government could provide. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Minister for Health Simon Harris has said he fought his corner “pretty well” in Cabinet in securing an additional €600 million in resources for th(...)

The  National Lottery operator has warned the Government that “parasite lotteries” could divert hundreds of millions of euro from good causes. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

National Lottery sales are at risk of being cannibalised by an influx of so-called parasite lotteries with potentially hundreds of millions of euro be(...)

HSE director-general Tony O’Brien. The Department of Health claimed Mr O’Brien was ‘overly focused on a transition fund’. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A struggle between the Health Service Executive and the Department of Health at the highest levels over how the €15 billion spending plan for the heal(...)

Robert Watt has had his contract as secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform extended. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government is extending the contracts of three secretaries general of high-profile departments whose terms in their jobs were due to expire this y(...)

The HSE has  warned it could face major problems in paying tens of thousands of healthcare staff from next year as a result of an obsolete payroll system. Photograph: Getty Images

The HSE has warned the Government has virtually no capacity to deal with any chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear incident stemming from an a(...)

Simon Harris:  “The Government’s view is that €55 or €60 to bring your child to see the doctor is too expensive.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There comes a time in the tenure of most Ministers for Health when the ambitious reform plans with which they usually start off in office have to over(...)

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