The plan is aimed at making the service a more open and accountable organisation

Firing civil servants set to become easier

16.29 The Government is to streamline disciplinary procedures to make it easier to fire underperforming civil servants as part of a new three-year strategy to improve the civil service.

Solicitor confirms four involved in IRA inquiry into Maíría Cahill's claims will not meet Enda Kenny

Four Cahill cover-up accused will not meet Kenny

16.29 The solicitor representing four people allegedly involved in an internal investigation by the IRA into Maíría Cahill's rape allegation has confirmed they will not meet with the Taoiseach.

Gardaí in Longford town are appealing for witnesses

Man critically injured in high-speed chase

16.45 A man is in a critical condition in hospital following a high-speed garda chase after an incident in which a woman was held at knifepoint in Longford town yesterday evening.

Mary Mealy is alleged to have attended for duty at the nursing home while under the influence of alcohol

Nurse faces professional misconduct allegation

16.43 A nurse who was the Director of Care at a Longford nursing home is facing allegations that she failed to give medicines to some residents, dumping some of the drugs in rubbish bins.