Minister for the Arts Heather Humphreys:  appointed two Fine Gael members, John McNulty and Sheila O’Regan, to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

New guidelines on appointments to State boards published by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform will ensure that Government departments d(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin described housing as ‘the biggest social issue we have to face’  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin described housing as “the biggest social issue we have to face” on his way into the Cabinet (...)

Minister for the  Community Alan Kelly:  bringing a memorandum on his social housing strategy to the weekly Cabinet meeting. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Cabinet is set to approve an ambitious social housing plan which will provide as many as 30,000 new and refurbished houses over the next four to(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has sponsored the Registration of Lobbying Bill 2014, which allows for a “cooling-off” period of one year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A new report on lobbying in Ireland calls for a two-year “cooling-off” period for former ministers and special advisers.Transparency International wi(...)

Pay rise: the TEEU union is looking for increases of 5 per cent for members in both the public and private sectors. It is seeking to recoup concessions made on pensions and conditions. Photograph: Alan Betson
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In the run-up to Christmas last year, the chief executive of the Labour Relations Commission, Kieran Mulvey, forecast that pent-up pressures for incom(...)

Addressing the TEEU conference, Minister for Jobs and Enterprise Richard Bruton said the issue of public service pay was a matter for Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

One of the country’s largest trade unions is to seek pay rises of 5 per cent for its 40,000 members across the public and private sectors.The Technica(...)

 Protesters battle  high winds and rain on Vinegar Hill, while taking part in a protests against pylons and wind turbines, at Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, last January. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

After the opening credits of his TV3 programme on Wednesday night, Vincent Browne took a swing at the Government at the end of one of the more chaste(...)

Water charge protestors outside Leinster House in Dublin yesterday. Photovgraph: PA

Seven potential landmines lie in wait for the Government as it attempts to gain public acceptance for water charges with its vastly revised regime. 1.(...)

Above: Filter tanks in the Liffey Works Water Treatment Plant in Ballymore Eustace. Below (left to right): former minister for environment Phil Hogan, Irish Water director John Tierney, and Minister for Environment Alan Kelly. Photographs: The Irish Times.

From Fianna Fáill’s abolishment of water charges in 1978, through to Minister Alan Kelly’s revised package today, here’s a brief history of water cha(...)

 Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly at a press conference in Government Buildings outlining revised water charges. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times 1:58

Households will face an “absolute maximum net cost” of slightly more than €3 a week for water, Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said. He to(...)