Marc Macsharry

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended the Minister for Health Simon Harris and said the HSE’s practice of passing its problems onto the Department of Health needs to change.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended the Minister for Health Simon Harris and said the HSE’s practice of passing its problems onto the Department of He(...)

Peader Tóibín was previously suspended when he diverged from party opinion over the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín faces suspension from the parliamentary party for the second time after he voted against abortion legislation currently bef(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Marc MacSharry said after the abortion referendum result he had said he would support the legislation but is not sure now that he can . His change of heart came ‘out of fear, quite frankly’. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Minister for Health Simon Harris has described as “horrific and bizarre” a suggestion that abortion will in time be used as contraception. He describ(...)

Maurice Buckley, chair of the Office of Public Works  confirmed Stepaside is expected to reopen next June. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

About €1.5 million will be spent on refurbishing Stepaside Garda station while five other stations will be allocated a maximum of €1 million between t(...)

Fianna Fáil’s Marc MacSharry  said a similar loss of money in the private sector would have led to disciplinary action.  Photograph:  Bryan James Brophy

The new headquarters for the Department of Health, which lay empty for 18 months at a cost of €11 million, was “in the round a very good deal” for the(...)

The official cost of the President’s office in 2016 was €3.6m, of which €1.15m was accounted for by the bonus paid to citizens who have reached 100 years of age. Photograph: Frank Miller

The disclosure at the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that the President has an annual unaudited allowance of €317,000, on top of his regular expenses(...)

President Michael D Higgins at the  National Ploughing Championship in Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has clashed with a powerful Dáil committee chaired by a party colleague over its decision to examine the costs of th(...)

A number of children and young adults who received the vaccine ‘have experienced life altering illnesses’. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

A call has been made for the Government to stop fighting court cases against people affected by a vaccine the State offered for swine flu. Fianna Fái(...)

The committee said the officer had his salary suspended after he submitted a protected disclosure. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

An Irish Service prison officer has had his salary suspended after he made a protected disclosure, according the Public Accounts Committee. The comm(...)

 Minister for Health Simon Harris is assessing if services provided under the Maternity and Infant Scheme can be expanded to women who may require an abortion. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government is considering covering the cost of care for women seeking a termination of their pregnancy. Minister for Health Simon Harris is asses(...)

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