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(...)

Prof Kevin Rafter of DCU: his proposals are  contained in a new document on strengthening Civil Service accountability and performance, which will now be considered by the Government.

Politically appointed Government advisers will be subject to new rules to clarify their exact roles, as well as detailing expected standards of condu(...)

Few, if any, opinion articles in this newspaper’s history captured public attention as did Morgan Kelly’s post-Christmas analysis on The Irish Times b(...)

The Seanad should be abolished because it is elitist. It is chosen by 150,000 people, all professional politicians and some university graduates who represent just 3 per cent of the population

There is widespread agreement that our political system needs serious reform. At the general election in 2011 the four main political parties backed S(...)

Senator Katherine Zappone, Michael McDowell SC, Jim O’Callaghan SC and Lucinda Creighton TD during the debate at Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Former minister of state Lucinda Creighton has accused the Yes side in the Seanad referendum campaign of using misleading and superficial claims to su(...)

Chief executive of the Labour Relations Commission Kieran Mulvey. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Chief of the Labour Relations Commission Kieran Mulvey has defended his move to chair an anti-Seanad group in the referendum campaign, saying his invo(...)

Chief executive of the Labour Relations Commission Kieran Mulvey. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A new group which will campaign to scrap the Seanad has dismissed as “trickery” the notion that the Upper House will be reformed if the referendum is (...)

Members of the National Union of Journalists  protesting about the closure of the Sunday Tribune. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Over the past fortnight we have had two very different Government responses to the financial challenges facing news media in Ireland. Earlier this wee(...)

Letters from the Revenue Commissioners with news about local property tax liabilities start arriving from this week. Minister for Finance Micha(...)