The proposed flood relief scheme, which will take about three years to complete, is designed to prevent a repeat of the 2009 fluvial flood.

The biggest flood relief scheme ever carried out in Ireland, costing between €40 million and €60 million and aimed at preventing flooding in Cork ci(...)

Irish Times columnist Noel Whelan and Frank Flannery   at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties.  Flanery warned that Fine Gael Ministers Ministers tend to be  captured by the civil service and become more and more detached from the public the longer they remain in office.  (North West Newspix)

The message emanating from the last Cabinet meeting before the summer break on Wednesday was clear: as far as the Coalition is concerned the era of(...)

Proposals for revised pay and career structures are  aimed at changing the hospital system into a “consultant-delivered” service, as distinct from consultants leading teams of non-consultant doctors.

The Government is preparing to partially reverse salary cuts imposed on hospital consultants two years ago, which would see their pay increase by as m(...)

The Government’s data site is in its initial stages as Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin admitted in a meeting. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government’s new open-data portal is not yet where it would like it to be, Minister Brendan Howlin said in a Department of Public Expenditure and (...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin who said health spending by the Government has remained almost unchanged since 2011, and was down just €19 million. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Repeated reductions in hospital and mental health budgets over the past 5 years have undermined the delivery of frontline services, hospital consultan(...)

 Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan  Howlin said the adjustment required to achieve a 3 per cent budget deficit next year would “certainly” not include €2 billion in cuts. Photograph: Frank Miller / THE IRISH TIMES

Stop the press! We are to be spared the full force of a €2 billion budgetary adjustment in October, says Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howli(...)

Secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform said under-performance in the civil service would not be tolerated. He said an existing system of accountability for the civil service had been strengthened in recent years.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The number of people who consistently underperform in the civil service is a low proportion of the workforce but underperformance at any level “should(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has said the housing supply should be “dramatically increased” to tackle the homelessness cr(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has signalled ‘less cut backs and less tax increases’ than previously expected in October’s budget. Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has signalled “less cut backs and less tax increases” than previously expected in October’s budget.Speaking on his(...)

New Minister of State for the Gaeltach Joe McHugh who has begun a refresher course in Irish with Liam Ó Cuinneagáin at Oideas Gael in Glencolumbcille in Co Donegal.

After a week of sustained criticism for his lack of Irish, the new Minister of State for the Gaeltach Joe McHugh has begun a refresher course in Irish(...)