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Minister for Transport Shane Ross has been accused of being ‘seriously politically disinterested’ in the BusConnects scheme. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Transport Shane Ross was heavily criticised at a private meeting of Fine Gael TDs and Senators on Wednesday night over his handling of th(...)

Orla O’Brien, the new chief executive of the LauraLynn Children’s Hospice. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Children die with no privacy in dingy rooms – that’s how a clinical nurse manager described the end-of-life scenario at Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin(...)

Leo Varadkar is hoisted on shoulders after being elected as leader of Fine Gael at the Mansion House, Dublin. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

In order to persuade Fine Gael members of their merits, Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney took part in debates in May 2017 when they were seeking the lea(...)

Eoghan Murphy Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government. Photograph: Alan Betson

At the beginning of the summer, when Sinn Féin threatened a motion of no confidence in Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy, the Taoiseach made clear to(...)

A  driver for former Minister for Health James Reilly for six years has failed in his unfair dismissal action against a Government department. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A Government ministerial driver who served in his post for six years has failed in his unfair dismissal action against a Government department. The m(...)

Why do we spend enough money to have a first-class health service but end up with waiting lists that will top a million patients this year? Photograph: Pierre Andrieu/AFP/Getty Images

Why does the State not work? Why is it chronically unable to produce effective, timely and fair responses to social crises? Why can it not tackle a cr(...)

Vicky and Jim Phelan leaving the Four Courts after the announcement of a settlement of their High Court action for damages in April. Photograph: Collins Courts

Vicky Phelan, whose story brought the CervicalCheck scandal to light, has said the fines facing healthcare providers for poor performance under propos(...)

Prof Niamh Brennan said it was “remarkable” the HSE had gone for so long without a board in place. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Former members of the disbanded HSE board have said the operation of a multibillion euro healthcare body without appropriate board oversight was unacc(...)

Under Simon Harris’ new proposals the HSE board is to be re-established. Here we go again. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fifteen years ago next month the then minister for health and current Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin announced a major programme of health service (...)

Dr Gabriel Scally, who is carrying out  a scoping inquiry into the CervicalCheck screening programme: ‘Some key individuals and organisations are being distracted by the necessity of preparing to appear before committees.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government may look to appoint a new chairperson-designate for the HSE who will have a significant executive role in running the health authority(...)

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