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Runner in Dublin’s Kimmage-Rathmines ward Samantha Long: political parties got almost €6 million in State funding in 2017. A new injection would allocate €500,000 more to “already generously funded party machines”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A special Cabinet meeting was held recently to mark the Government collecting the last few tokens it required to claim a new kettle for the ministeria(...)

Opposition politicians joined families of children with spinal muscular atrophy who are seeking access to a new drug, Spinraza, in a march to Leinster House on Thursday. Photograph: Paul Cullen

Families of children with a rare muscle-wasting disease have protested outside the Dáil calling for the HSE to approve an expensive new treatment that(...)

Sixty-nine patients were waiting for admission to the hospital on Tuesday

University Hospital Limerick (UHL) says large number of surgical cases and frail, elderly patients with complex needs have increased pressure on servi(...)

Artist’s impressions  of proposed new National Children’s Hospital at St James Hospital campus.

The Government is facing further political pressure over the massive cost increases at the children’s hospital this week, with opposition parties and (...)

   Department  of Public Expenditure and Reform secretary general Robert Watt: declined to appear before committee.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An Oireachtas committee has accused the head of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform of treating it with disrespect over his refusal to giv(...)

Robert Watt, secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure, has declined to attend an Oireachtas committee meeting  to answer questions on the hospital overspend.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An additional €450 million will have to be found to cover a “very significant and disturbing” escalation in the cost of the new national children’s ho(...)

The site of the proposed National Children’s Hospital, which is currently projected to cost €1.43bn. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Oireachtas committee investigating overspending on the National Children’s Hospital is in dispute with one of the State’s most senior civil servan(...)

Tom Costello, chairman of the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board. Photograph: Ray Lohan/ The Irish Times

Members of the Oireachtas health committee have criticised a “catastrophic” and “unprecedented” increase in the cost of building the new national chil(...)

Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger has criticised a decision by the Rotunda to accept abortion referrals only up to 11 weeks into a pregnancy.

The number of hospitals providing abortions is lower than the nine officially announced in the run-up to the introduction of the service. Of the mate(...)

Extra Government funding of €655m  will be needed this year to deal with over-spending by the Health Service Executive – 4%  of overall health expenditure for 2018

Some €50 million will be required as a supplementary estimate for the primary care reimbursement scheme which compensates GPs for treating medical car(...)

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