A spokesman for the HSE said none of the parties providing specialist input to the HSE in regard to the new National Children’s Hospital had any role in the subsequent decision-making process.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is to question health officials over a “blatant conflict of interest” regarding reports into the national children(...)

 Kate O’Connell: “I think in London the eels were behaving bizarrely in the Thames at some point.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The environmental watchdog has been asked what it is doing to monitor the presence of illicit drugs in Irish water following research in some European(...)

Oireachtas report calls for legislation to  to limit emissions. Photograph: Getty

An all-party committee has delivered a mandate “for this and future governments” to implement a range of actions to address the threat of climate brea(...)

Mark Griffin, secretary general of the Department of Communications, said officials now believe they have a final cost for the National Broadband Plan. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

State subsidies for plans to offer high-speed broadband to hundreds of thousands of rural homes will be capped to prevent a repetition of the National(...)

National Broadband Plan: Ministers had been warned the cost of the project could reach as much as €3 billion. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than €25m has been spent on the National Broadband Plan to date, the Public Accounts Committee will be told on Thursday. The secretary general o(...)

The board of the national children’s hospital has invited members of the Public Accounts Committee to visit the construction site.  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/ PA Wire

The board of the national children’s hospital has turned down a request to appear before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) next month. Members of t(...)

 The Department of Health’s controversial move to new offices in Miesian Plaza  resulted in “ineffective expenditure”. Photograph: Bryan James Brophy / The Irish Times

The Department of Health’s controversial move to new offices resulted in “ineffective expenditure” and “overpayments” of €21 million, the Dáil’s Publi(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan must address a chilling and costly system which is tipped against the media. Photograph: James Forde/The Irish Times

The right to be informed of issues of legitimate public interest has been validated over the past week or so in the outcomes of two sets of court proc(...)

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(...)

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