The Government’s far-reaching reform plan is due to be announced by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin later this week. Photograph:  Collins

The Government is expected to turn down an expert group’s key recommendation to appoint a head of the Irish Civil Service when it unveils a far-reachi(...)

In a recent article in The Irish Times (13/01/14), Dorothea Dowling, chairwoman of the Injuries Board, claimed the State could save millions of euro b(...)

Claims over medical mistakes are currently handled by the State Claims Agency, which was thrust into the spotlight last month when a High Court judge criticised the State for causing additional stress for families by long delays in admitting liability.

The State could save millions of euro by bringing medical negligence claims under the remit of the Injuries Board, its chairwoman has said. Dorothea D(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter: appears intent on pushing his Bill through, although he has said he will hear any proposed amendments at committee stage this week.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The sight of a Government Minister pushing through important legislation in the face of opposition from vested interests is generally to be welcomed. (...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has said the existing monetary limits have rendered the District and Circuit Courts redundant in respect of some classes of civil proceedings. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Insurers have joined their voice to those warning the Government that increasing the monetary limits of cases dealt with by the District and Circuit C(...)

Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Alan Shatter. Photo: Dara Mac Donaill.

The Government has been urged to reconsider new courts legislation that, it is feared, would lead to unintended increases in insurance costs and clog (...)

The insurance industry has remained so quiet about the proposed measures that its bête noire, Dorothea Dowling, best known as the chairwoman of the Motor Insurance Advisory Board, believes the industry may have a vested interest in seeing awards rise. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Here is an interesting question. Why are the insurance companies not up in arms at the Government’s plans to increase the size of awards that c(...)