Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has said it is regrettable that details about the impending departure of HSE Chief Executive Cathal Magee appeared in the press before ministers were informed.

Mr Gilmore said he only learned of the development from yesterday morning's radio news.

He said he had spoken with Minister for Health James Reilly over the matter and said he was confident that a similar situation would not arise again.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he was informed about the departure after Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting.

Mr Kenny said there was no need to make a story on the matter and said he will be meet Mr Magee tomorrow.

Both parties in Government have a strong working relationship, he added.

Mr Kenny and Mr Gilmore were speaking at an event to outline progress made on the Government's action plan for jobs.

The initiative was published last February and contained over 270 actions to be implemented this year by Government departments and 36 State agencies.

According to today's Government analysis, 72 of the 77 measures that were due to come into force in the second quarter of this year have been implemented.

The overall plan aims to create 100,000 new jobs by 2016.

It includes providing better supports for small businesses, as well as a special fund to attract international entrepreneurs.

Kathleen Lynch not 'hung up' over resignation

Labour Junior Minister Kathleen Lynch has said that she would not get that "hung up" that she was not told about the resignation.

Ms Lynch said her department was a very busy one with things happening every day and that she did not have that big an ego.

She also said she was very happy with the policy direction that Dr Reilly was taking in the Department of Health when it came to her areas of Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older people.

She said everyone in the department had strong views and that there were going to be tensions and differing views, but said they all agreed on the ultimate goal to have a better health service in Ireland.