Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Lump sums of €100,000 or more are being paid to 263 Civil Service retirees this year.Figures provided by the Department of Public Expenditure and Refo(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure  Brendan Howlin says the first action the Taoiseach took on taking office was to cap his salary at €200,000. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoisigh and gardaí had a shorter timespan to accumulate pension rights because it was understood they would not be in the same position for a long (...)

More than one third of TDs have been missing for each vote on the controversial legislation to implement changes to the water charges regime.During tw(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly was repeatedly asked to clarify the precise cost of billing each household annually for water charges. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A call was made in the Dáil to suspend proceedings on the water charges legislation because it could not be confirmed whether there would be a net in(...)

Richard Boyd Barrett  was in full flight, hands waving, voice hoarse from addressing the rally the previous day. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

People Before Profit Alliance TD Richard Boyd Barrett seemed ready to attribute superhuman powers of observation to the media in the Dáil.And then he (...)

Independent TD Maureen O’ Sullivan says  homelessness needs a ‘multi-pronged’ approach if it is to be solved. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan said a multi-pronged approach was needed to deal with homelessness. She said Prof Diarmaid Ferriter had observed tha(...)

‘A technical issue which gave rise to potential difficulty with penalty points issued for motoring offences was identified,’ Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe said. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Amended penalty points legislation will be published Friday and rushed through the Dáil next week following the discovery of a flaw in the system and (...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin  today told the Dáil that as well as Childline there were many important helplines, which all requird funding. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

An appeal for funding to keep the children’s helpline Childline operating at night will be discussed with the Minister for Children.Minister for Publi(...)

Brendan Howlin said a recent survey on salary and recruiting trends found that only 30 per cent of jobseekers placed remuneration as the most important consideration.

The public service cannot ever expect to attract the skilled and high-calibre personnel it requires on the basis of offering more generous pay benefit(...)

“I love my country!” boomed Michael Ring. “To Inda Kinny and to Joan Burton, I want to say: CARRY ON!” At which stage he was carried out. Or at least, he should have been. Photograph: Frank Miller.

That Enda Kenny is a marvellous chap altogether. Oh, no he isn’t. Somebody should make him Taoiseach. Oh, yes he is. (Already the Taoiseach). Well his(...)