Paul Reid says message from Government on spending and provision of services  ‘could not be clearer’.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The HSE has put in place a cap on all spending on employee overtime and on the use of agency staff in a new attempt to control expenditure. HSE direc(...)

It is estimated that paying the increases being sought, including for chefs, would cost about €19 million a year. File photograph: iStock

The dispute that will bring widespread disruption to hospital services on Wednesday essentially boils down to when thousands of support staff will rec(...)

The HSE submitted a paper to Minister for Health Simon Harris’s department outlining ‘savings in the order of €500 million in 2019’. Photograph: Tom Honan

The HSE has targeted home-help hours for cuts as part of efforts to plug a €500 million hole in the health budget this year. Official documents seen (...)

Hospital managers are warning of the potentially ‘crippling’ impact of the strike on hospital services

A planned strike by hospital support staff on Thursday will have a significant impact on services, the Health Service Executive (HSE) has warned. Hos(...)

Robert Watt: ‘We assume that attendance at the above two committees is sufficient on this occasion’.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure Robert Watt has said he will not appear at an Oireachtas committee today to discuss the (...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe speaking to media about the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council report. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Health spending has sharply accelerated in recent weeks, leading to fears in Government of further overspending in the sector this year. The rate of(...)

There will be a record 15,950 special needs assistants in school in the coming year, supporting about 37,500 pupils.

Almost 800 new special needs assistants are to be allocated to schools from September. The increased allocation reflects the fact that record numbers(...)

Kevin Callinan told Fórsa’s services and enterprises conference in Sligo on Thursday a key part of the vision for social Europe was effective social dialogue involving trade unions, employers and the GovernmentFile photograph: Laura Hutton

Industry Correspondent Trade unions are seeking the opportunity to influence Government policy on a range of areas rather than just be consulted, t(...)

Siptu health service support staff such as healthcare assistants, laboratory aides as well as porters and cleaners backed strike action by 94 per cent. Photograph: Alan Betson

Thousands of health services support staff in more than 30 hospitals and other facilities are set to take industrial action in the weeks ahead over pa(...)

Conceived during the crisis, the broadband plan was designed to minimise the up-front cost. Whether that is now the best option to deliver long-term value for money is the question.

The Government is battling to win support for its broadband plan – welcomed through much of rural Ireland, but attacked by its own senior officials an(...)

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