Sinn Féin said it is ‘shocking and damning’ that the Coalition does not have an up-to-date estimate for the project. File photograph: The Irish Times

The final bill for the new National Children’s Hospital is still “some distance off” because of disputes with the building contractor over costs, Mini(...)

The extension of the universal subsidy under the National Childcare Scheme, which is not means-tested, would benefit up to 40,000 children at a cost of €5 million.  Photograph: iStock

A universal subsidy for parents to help meet the costs of childcare has been extended to all children aged under 15 as part of what the Government des(...)


The Minister for Public Expenditure has raised concerns about the spending of €1.25 billion by the Health Service Executive on goods and services last(...)

The higher salary amounts to a pay increase of more than €80,000 for Robert Watt. File photograph: Collins

Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath is to appear before an Oireachtas committee to answer questions on the appointment of Robert Watt as s(...)

The head of Cork Simon Community said in 2019 it helped 52 people move into secure, affordable and supported housing. Photograph: The Irish Times

The experience of those living on the streets during the Covid 19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of people having their own homes, according (...)

Dr Tony Holohan flanked by members of the National Public Health Emergency Team which outlined the rationale for recommendations made to Government. File photograph: Collins

Perhaps unavoidably, much of the Government’s crunch Covid-19 summit on Thursday was conducted over Zoom. Outwardly, it was billed as a Cabinet subco(...)

Solidarity-People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny, whose Dying with Dignity Bill faces  faces significant resistance from members of the medical profession.  ‘It is not going to be straightforward and it is difficult to know where it will go.’ Photograph: Sam Boal/

People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny has warned that progression of his Dying with Dignity Bill will not be straightforward and a referendum may still b(...)

Mr Doherty criticised the lack of details around the size of the proposed fund, which he said would likely be leaked to the media in the coming days.   File photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

The lack of information on the size of a Covid-19 recovery fund to be announced in next week’s Budget showed a “disrespect” for the Oireachtas budgeta(...)

Michael McGrath said the change was taken to ensure that all three super junior minsters  be “treated equally”. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

The decision to increase the salary of the third ‘super junior’ Minister in Cabinet by over €16,000 has been defended by Minister for Public Expenditu(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin outside a Cork  count centre. Photograph:  Reuters/Henry Nicholls

Fianna Fáil may still be the largest party in the next Dáil, be in a position to lead a government and elect Micheál Martin as taoiseach, but it did n(...)

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