Savings and efficiencies are balanced out' by rising number of children and increasing demand for services.
The government is missing its own deadline to pass the long-awaited bill to cut legal costs due to behind-the-scenes lobbying by lawyers.
Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has insisted that the government needs to use the cabinet reshuffle to start setting the agenda again.
The banking inquiry will have the power to go to the High Court to force witnesses to produce confidential documents.
Hickie goes for the conversion. Ex-rugby star backs alcohol ban.