Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: his department argued there was merit in the options for cuts drawn up by line departments before the budget. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Law Reform Commission’s abolition was also suggested in review

 Brendan Howlin Minister for Public Expenditure at a joint Budget 2015 Press conference at Government Buildings. Photograph: Alan Betson

Health and education sought more money

Recent analysis had demonstrated “the urgent need to address the ongoing viability of CIÉ, particularly Irish Rail, in the context of a significant reappraisal of the existing rail network”

Government advised that further funding cuts could lead to bankruptcy

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin told the Dá
the primary purpose of the comprehensive review of expenditure was to provide an evidence base for Government decisions on ministerial expenditure ceilings for the next three years. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Education sought additional €500 million but was given just over €60 million

Chief equality commissioner Emily Logan: “The case highlights that discrimination continues to be experienced by Travellers.” Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Tribunal awards maximum compensation in discrimination case against funeral directors

 In the first eight months of the year the number of new planning applications in Dublin increased by 35 per cent. There were also large increases in planning applications in Meath, Wicklow, Kerry, Clare and Cavan.

Significant rises in number of planning applications and building starts

A survey of secretaries general in Government departments found there was concern that some posts did not attract as strong an applicant pool as others.  Photograph: Eric Luke.

Concerns raised by secretaries general over capable staff not going for promotions

Minister of State for Business and Employment Ged Nash who said he had come across zero-hour contracts in the  retail,  hospitality and  carer sector.

Minister says he will make recommendations to Cabinet on foot of new report

A Comptroller and Auditor General report said that over €4 million was paid into the account between 2002 and 2009 by a range of State bodies including the Department of Health. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Former Siptu official Matt Merrigan seeking to appeal direction that he gives evidence

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