Flexible working hours and the right to accrue flexi-leave were withdrawn for all assistant principals except for staff already availing of them under the Haddington Road Agreement in 2013. Photograph: iStock

New middle-ranking civil servants have lost a claim to be entitled to similar flexi-leave arrangements as longer-serving colleagues. The Civil Servic(...)

A placard from a teachers’ strike led by the  ASTI in 2016. The TUI is to ballot members next month to renew its mandate for industrial action as tensions rise over controversial two-tier pay scales.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A teachers’ union is to ballot members next month to renew its mandate for industrial action as tensions rise over controversial two-tier pay scales .(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohue: has  pointed out monthly spending returns for the year to July show health is continuing to exceed its budgeted allocation for 2019.   Photograph: James Forde

New health initiatives which require extra spending will be blocked by the Department of Public Expenditure unless the Department of Health controls i(...)

About 2,500 consultants have contractual rights to see private patients. File photograph: Getty

At the launch of the report of the review group on private practice in State-owned and funded hospitals its chairman Donal de Buitléir said he was a “(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris. File photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe has warned that the cost of removing private medical practice from public hospitals would be “signifi(...)

Minister of State at the Department of Health Jim Daly: while managers have to be mindful of budgets, any deviation from the four-week limit for accessing the Fair Deal scheme cannot be tolerated. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

By mid-May of this year, alarm bells were ringing at the top of the health service about the escalating cost of the Fair Deal nursing home support sch(...)

For Sláintecare proposals to be implemented, consultants must be given contracts that allow only public activity in public hospitals, a report says. Image: iStock

The Government should introduce special derogations from official pay caps for senior medical consultants to facilitate the health service in filling (...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris and Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

The Health Service Executive has told the Government that “difficult decisions” will need to be taken if its financial deficit – which had reached nea(...)

Fair Deal: Jim Daly, Minister of State with responsibilty for older people, has told the Department of Health extra funding needs to come from the Department of Public Expenditure in order to ensure the four-week wait-time target is met.

The Government may have to provide a €17 million bailout for Fair Deal to avert growing delays in accessing the scheme for funding nursing home places(...)

Minister for Transport Shane Ross collecting his electric car in Dún Laoghaire. The Government’s recent climate action plan set a madcap target of 840,000 passenger electric vehicles on the road by 2030. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It’s remarkable how the Government has taken the positive momentum behind electric cars and managed to run over its own feet. Everybody now accepts (...)

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