Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell raised concern on Thursday about why a senior official in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, who was also a prominent member of the hospital’s development board, did not raise concerns about the escalating costs. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) raised concerns nearly two years ago about governance arrangements for the development of the p(...)

 Eileen O’Sullivan and Ramon Whelan outside Leinster House on Wednesday after the launch of new legislation to crack down on advertising of false cancer cures. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

When Eileen O’Sullivan was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 she did what would be instinctive for many people and searched online for further info(...)

Prof Sabaratnam Arulkumaran in Dublin with Maura Leahy, IFPA director of counselling. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times

The head of the inquiry into the death of Savita Halappanavar in 2012 has supported a Yes vote in the referendum on the Eighth Amendment “for the sake(...)

Campaigns to retain or get rid of the Eighth Amendment are well under way already on the streets. Photographs: The Irish Times

This weekend, 99 men and women will meet in Dublin Castle to begin their deliberations in the new Citizens’ Assembly. The first item on their agenda w(...)

Kate O’Connell recently criticised Enda Kenny’s decision to create another three junior ministries, increasing the number from 15 to 18, as “jobs for the boys”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Sometimes it is not what is said, but the mere fact of it being said at all. Fine Gael’s Kate O’Connell, speaking on The Irish Times Inside Politics (...)