Each person reaching the age of 100 receives a congratulatory letter from President Michael D Higgins and a cheque for the €2,540

More than 400 people are expected to celebrate their 100th birthday this year and receive the centenarian bounty of €2,540 from the President.The fig(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who described the electoral rebuff on abolishing the Seanad as a “walloping’’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Legislation implementing the Government’s decision to give all third-level graduates a vote in future Seanad elections is expected to be published dur(...)

A grim year remembered

Official records released by the National Archives under the thirty year rule and dealing with subjects ranging from budgetary matters to the removal (...)

A nun hands out ‘Yes’ leaflets at the polling station on Basin Lane, Dublin, on polling day, September 7th, 1983. Photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

A leading figure in the Pro-Life Amendment Campaign (PLAC) told the government in secret talks in 1983 that it was willing to drop its demand tha(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron visiting the grave of Irish MP Willie Redmond who died in the first World War. Photograph: PA Wire

A downpour at dawn cleared as Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron paid a solemn visit to the sparse, bloodied Flanders lands(...)

Tony O’Brien, Director General and Tom Byrne Chief Financial Officer HSE Health Services Executive at the publication today of the HSE Service plan for 2014. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

At the best of times publicly-available HSE financial data can be infuriatingly vague and unclear. Previous annual service plans have been, justifiabl(...)

Minister for Health James Reilly. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

An additional €47 million in funding, generated mainly from reduced costs due to falling unemployment levels, is to be given to the health service nex(...)

Matthew Donaldson: His Medical Card has been withdrawn and he has been approved for a GP-visit card only.

The Taoiseach says no, they are not. But countless people around the State say to the contrary that, yes, medical cards are being rationed by the Heal(...)

The deficit is higher  than that forecast by Minister for Health James Reilly. Photograph: Eric Luke

The HSE will ask the Government to provide an additional €199 million in funding for this year.The Irish Times has learned that the health authority w(...)

It has been reported that the HSE director general Tony O’Brien had told the Minister in a letter accompanying the plan that proposed spending cuts on the medical card scheme was being taken “against the advice of the HSE and the Department of Health”.

The Government has abandoned plans to seek more than €100 million from the health insurance industry in “accelerated payments” this year.The payment o(...)

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