Minister of State at the Department of Finance Michael D’Arcy  chairs the Cost of Insurance Working Group. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

A national database tracking insurance claims is unlikely to be established until next year, an Oireachtas Committee has heard. The database is desig(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris  said   waiting times for calls to be answered had  reduced significantly following  the decision to  bring in 40 additional public health staff to deal with the volume of calls being received. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

The CervicalCheck helpline has received more than 8,000 calls since it was set up to deal with the cervical cancer screening scandal, Minister for Hea(...)

HSE director-general Tony O’Brien must have the hide of a rhinoceros. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The turmoil in Government and the health service continued to escalate on Wednesday, with Dáil exchanges dominated by the controversy and Opposition c(...)

Senator Máire Devine has been suspended from Sinn Féin for three months in what the party referred to as “unacceptable behaviour” on the part of an elected representative. File photograph: The Irish Times

A call has been made for Sinn Féin Senator Maire Devine to give an explanation to her Seanad colleagues about her retweeting of a malicious post about(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton said: ‘There is not a [constitutional] provision, however, which states every parent should get the school of their choice.’ File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Education Richard Bruton has said his intention is religion will not be used as a criterion for pupil selection in the vast majority of s(...)

Ann Marie Walsh Harte with her son Lewis. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd.

In August 2017 Ann Marie Walsh Harte learned that her then five-year-old son Lewis would not receive a new treatment for his Duchenne muscular dystrop(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin TD at Leinster House on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The State’s agencies showed a “shameful’’ lack of empathy with Joanne Hayes, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin told the Dáil. He said it was a damnin(...)

Labour Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said there were at least 30,000 cases involving tracker mortgage issues. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The senior bankers who caused the tracker mortgage scandal were described as a “shower of bastards’’ by Labour’s Aodhán Ó Ríordáin in the Seanad on Th(...)

An  anti-fracking campaign group in jubilant mood after the fracking Bill was passed  banning all fracking in Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Hydraulic fracturing is set to be banned in Ireland after the Seanad passed legislation on Wednesday outlawing the practice. The House supported a Pr(...)

Senator David Norris. Photograph: Dave Meehan

A national housing co-operative to take over distressed mortgages has been proposed by Independent Senator David Norris. Introducing a Private Membe(...)

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