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

A tug of war between Oireachtas committees around who should grill one of the most senior civil servants in the country has been playing out behind th(...)

Robert Watt before the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday

The secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure has faced sustained questioning about why his department only became involved in dealing(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris. In a confidential memo to the Cabinet last Tuesday,  he signalled that many of the review group’s key proposals would effectively be kicked to touch. File photograph: James Forde

The review group on the future relationship between the State and voluntary healthcare sector has recommended widespread reforms, including a radical (...)

The Department of Health and the Department of Public Expenditure declined to comment on Wednesday on whether nurses would still be allowed to move to the new scales from the beginning of March in the event of the new nursing contract not being finalised in time. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Government representatives held their first round of talks on Wednesday with nursing unions on a new contract which forms part of proposed settlement (...)

The INMO’s executive has recommended that members should support the proposed new agreement in a forthcoming ballot.

Psychiatric nurses have suspended strike action planned for next week as discussions continued over a proposed deal to tackle pay and staffing issues.(...)

INMO members on the picket line outside St. James’s Hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The nurses’ pay dispute has focused attention again on the unwinding of public sector pay cuts introduced during the economic crisis. Much of this p(...)

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

Senior officials in the Department of Health were aware in September 2018 that the potential cost overruns at the new national children’s hospital wer(...)

Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation members on the picket line outside St James’s Hospital in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The personal determination of nurses on the picket lines – out again today for the third time in 10 days – is the most noticeable feature of the dispu(...)

Nurses take part in their second day of industrial action over pay and conditions at Naas General Hospital, in Co Kildare, on Tuesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

In an address to be given to the Oireachtas Health Committee on Wednesday the new interim head of the HSE, Anne O’Connor, will warn that with each day(...)

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

Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen has said if it was not for Brexit, the Government would not have survived recent controversies including the escalation of (...)

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