Fianna Fáil’s McGrath told the Dáil the Fiscal Advisory Council and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform had warned that the Government’s medium-term plans were not credible ahead of this year’s budget. File Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Government has made unfunded commitments costing more than €4 billion with money that it simply does not have, Fianna Fáil has claimed. The party(...)

 Work in progress at the National Children’s Hospital, site at St James Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Some of the same PwC consultants who worked on the review of the overspend at the National Children’s Hospital advised the Health Service Executive be(...)

Paul Reid has sought an immediate review of ‘actions and timelines to bring about a financial break-even’ situation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

New HSE director general Paul Reid has said the health service will no longer spend money it does not have and breaching budgets “can no longer be con(...)

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton is among the advocates for the broadband plan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Major value-for-money reports on the National Broadband Plan consistently overestimated by €1 billion costs facing the operator. The error in the cos(...)

An automated robot arm being used in a factory. Photograph: Getty Images/iStock

Automation or technological advancements must not undermine jobs or public services, the trade union Fórsa has warned. It also said that citizens di(...)

In recent weeks there has been a succession of announcements by Ministers which would indicate that the grip of the Department of Public Expenditure may be loosening. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government will be very relieved the dispute by 40,000 nurses which caused chaos in the country’s hospital system this year has been brought to a (...)

The new deal was brokered at the Labour Court following three days of strikes by members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO). Photograph:  Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Nurses and midwives have backed proposals to end their long-running campaign over pay and recruitment/retention issues by 62 per cent in a ballot . (...)

Former taoiseach Enda Kenny: he turned the sod of the 6,000-seat event centre in February 2016 in the run-up to that month’s general election

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has reiterated the Government’s commitment to Cork’s stalled €73 million event centre However, speaking in the city he failed (...)

 ASTI delegates at the union’s annual convention in Wexford, where members voted to reverse austerity-era sick leave cuts. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Second-level teachers are seeking the reversal of significant cuts made to their sick leave arrangements during the economic crisis. However, the Dep(...)

ASTI delegates during the annual convention in Wexford during debates on the motions on  teachers’ pay. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The teachers’ conferences are on and there are loud demands for pay equality and higher spending – and a clear preparing of the ground for wider pay d(...)

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