Leo Varadkar:  refreshing directness. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Leo Varadkar needs to be careful. Such is his press and public acclaim these days that some of Enda Kenny’s apparatchiks might decide become to do a M(...)

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(...)

Former minister for European affairs Lucinda Creighton. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The shortcomings of the European Union do not warrant the “visceral criticism” heard about it so often, former minister for European affairs Lucinda C(...)

Political self-analysis

The MacGill Summer School is in full swing with politicians, lobbyists and critics gathering to identify necessary reforms; settle personal scores and(...)

An Tanáiste Joan Burton with Glenties residents including Michael Glynn, chairman of the Glenties Amalgamated CE scheme, enjoying a local walk. Photograph: North West Newspix

Tanáiste Joan Burton has called for politicians to work with the people to restore faith in the institutions of State. Countering widespread cynicis(...)

Frank is on track to become Fine Gael’s version of Bertie Ahern. Photograph: North West Newspix

If there is such a thing as a bottomless navel, the MacGill Summer School has found it. Some 34 years gazing into it now. And always more fluff to min(...)

Dr Maurice Hayes called for “the transfer of substantial powers and responsibilities to a reinvigorated local government”. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Ireland’s political difficulties are compounded by a “lack of engagement” by the electorate and especially by the young, the MacGill Summer School ha(...)

Angela Kerins announced in April that she was resigning as chief executive of the Rehab Group citing the toll the controversy surrounding the charity group had taken on it and also on her personal life Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The next chief executive of the Rehab group will receive a salary of around €140,000 a year, it has emerged.Management consultant Eddie Molloy, who ha(...)

Rehab board member  Brian Kerr. Photograph: Stephen Collins / Collins Photos

With Frank Flannery and Angela Kerins nowhere to be seen yesterday, five of their former Rehab colleagues had an abject time of it in Leinster (...)

Enda Kenny: The Government is introducing legislation on whistleblowers and lobbyists

The Taoiseach agreed in the Dáil yesterday that a former close political associate, Frank Flannery, should not have been paid by Reha(...)