John McGuinness  raised concerns over €258,000 paid to fill the position of chief operations officer/deputy chief executive officer . Photograph: The Irish Times

People appointed on consultancy contracts to carry out work for public bodies are not covered by the Government’s official pay ceiling, the Department(...)

The chairman of PAC John McGuinness: he said the HSE was a business and if he was a shareholder, he would say it was not fit for purpose. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Cost-saving drives in the health service are expected to intensify in the weeks ahead as the Department of Health estimates that the HSE’s financial d(...)

Rehab chief executive Angela Kerins arrives for a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee at Leinster House this morning. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Rehab group chief executive Angela Kerins has said she has a contractual entitlement to a bonus payment of up to 30 to 35 per cent of salary. (...)

 Prof Noel Whelan , Chairman, St Vincent’s Healthcare Group.

The board of the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group is to meet today to consider proposals for dealing with the controversy over additional payments made t(...)

Former Central Bank deputy governor Matthew Elderfield: said the terms of KPMG’s engagement letter specified that the review would not “necessarily reveal errors or irregularities in the underlying documentation and financial records seen”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Central Bank of Ireland will not seek repayment of a near €60,000 fee from KPMG for a report it produced in relation to Custom House Capital in ad(...)

Robert Watt: Happy to hear suggestions for improved performance. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure, Robert Watt, has been accused of being “over-sensitive” after he said it was unfair to (...)

The Department of Health has written to the HSE with a statement of public pay policy. Photograph: Frank Miller

The HSE is to urge voluntary hospitals and agencies to cease paying allowances to senior executives which are outside public service pay rules.The HSE(...)

John McGuinness

The Dáil Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is to investigate the payment of more than €3 million to senior executives in State-funded voluntary hospital(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s spokesman had no comment on the actions of the four TDs, which came as the legislation passed its first Dáil reading by a margin of 138 to 24. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Fine Gael has removed four rebel TDs from the party after they defied Taoiseach Enda Kenny to vote against the abortion legislation. Steps were also u(...)