Leo Varadkar said the HSE will be empowered to provide people with therapies or appliances

Major changes to medical card scheme

25 Nov The Government has announced plans to introduce a single application process within the Health Service Executive for all medical cards and other medical schemes under reform measures.

David O'Sullivan said appropriate precautions need to be taken

EU ambassador 'reasonably satisfied' US HQ secure

25 Nov The new EU Ambassador to the US, Irishman David O'Sullivan, has said that he is "reasonably satisfied" that the EU Headquarters in Washington are "as secure as they need to be" following revelations last year that the US had bugged the building.

The Mistral-class assault warship Sevastopol

France delays sending warship to Russia

25 Nov French President Francois Hollande has delayed the controversial delivery of a high-tech warship to Russia "until further notice" over the crisis in Ukraine.

Gerry Adams has apologised for the language he used

Adams criticised for 'foul-mouthed abuse'

25 Nov Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has been criticised for unscripted remarks he made at a public meeting in Enniskillen, which have been seen as insulting to unionists.

RTÉ News revealed yesterday that the cost of metering now stands at €539m

Water metering an issue for Irish Water - Kenny

24 Nov Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the issue of water metering is one for Irish Water, following comments by Ervia Chief Executive Michael McNicholas about the cost of installing the water meters.

Chuck Hagel will remain in the role until his successor is confirmed by the US Senate

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to resign

24 Nov US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has resigned, ending nearly two years in the Pentagon's top job after a bruising mid-term election that undermined President Barack Obama's Democrats in Congress.