Tánaiste Joan Burton with Minister Alex White as they launched the Labour Party Marriage Equality Campaign in Dublin at the weekend. Photograph: Stephen Collins.

Tánaiste Joan Burton said it was “right and appropriate” that public sector workers enter talks with the Government on restoring pay levels.She said (...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has ruled out reversing cuts to public sector pay in “one big bang”. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Low-paid workers will be the major beneficiaries from the forthcoming talks on restoring public service pay, the Minister for Public Expenditure and R(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Another senior union official will today rule out additional productivity or reforms in return for pay restoration in the public service. (...)

Minister Brendan Howlin Minister for Public Expenditure said the Spring Statement will be  a “snapshot of where we are” and where the country is going. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A draft Dáil schedule shows the Spring Statement will be detailed at 2pm next Tuesday, April 28th.The two Government party whips were given a copy of (...)

Brendan Howlin: “What I have always said is that we won’t be able to undo the Fempi legislation in one year or, in fact, in two years either. It will be a gradual increase to restore pay”

Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin have indicated that any public sector pay rises will be staggered over a (...)

The mortgage crisis “is one of the residual big social challenges left as we recover the economy,” said Minister Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Brendan Howlin will begin talks with the unions on restoring pay next month.The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform said yesterday he will brin(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin will bring a memo to Cabinet within two weeks on public sector pay. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin will bring a memo to Cabinet within two weeks on public sector pay.Mr Howlin said he has not yet opened(...)

Retired Supreme Court justice Catherine McGuinness with community garda Kerrie Sullivan at Pearse Street station, Dublin, on Sunday. Photograph: Paul Sharp/Sharppix

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan said the force is examining the circumstances in which uniformed members were in a voter registration drive for (...)

‘Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin insisted he had not found recent comments by Fine Gael Ministers about increased productivity being the quid pro quo for pay rises in any way unhelpful.’

Fine Gael and Labour Government Ministers are “at one” in relation to their approach to pay restoration for public sector workers, according to Minist(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has dismissed the concern that not supporting the same-sex marriage referendum will affect funding. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has described as a “red herring” the concern expressed by some religious groups that school (...)