Brendan Howlin said that while it had always been open to change, the Civil Service had not always delivered on reform initiatives. Photograph: Eric Luke

Launching the Government’s new reform plan yesterday, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin highlighted two different views of (...)

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(...)

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the primary purpose of the comprehensive review of expenditure was to provide an evidence base for Government decisions on ministerial expenditure ceilings for the next three years. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The departments of health and education sought almost €700 million more in funding than they were allocated in the budget, official papers show. Submi(...)

Dr Susan O’Reilly: taking over as chief executive of the Dublin-Midlands Hospitals Group. Photograph: Frank Miller

The new chief executive of the group of public hospitals in Dublin and the midlands will be paid nearly €220,000 a year, it has emerged.The HSE said(...)

Under the proposals consultants would also have scope for receiving higher salaries for taking on more senior posts as heads of departments or clinical directors. Photograph: Getty Images

Talks between the Government and the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) on a new pay and career structure deal for new hospital consultants have broken (...)

Clean-up at Connolly station in Dublin yesterday. Siptu does not yet have a mandate for an all-out strike. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

With three further days of strikes planned for next month, unions yesterday warned that the dispute over pay cuts at Iarnród Éireann, which brought(...)

Iarnród Éireann says it does not expect any services – Inter-city, commuter or Dart – to run tomorrow and Monday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley
Q&A: Train strike

Will any trains be running on Sunday and Monday? No. Iarnród Éireann says it does not expect any services – Inter-city, commuter or Dart – to run tomo(...)

Ictu general secretary David Begg said there should be restrictions on water charges. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

There is no room for tax cuts next year while water charges should be restricted to households with a gross income of more than €80,000, the trade uni(...)

Former Central Remedial Clinic chief executive Paul Kiely received a  total retirement package of €740,000.

The HSE has signalled that it wants to see the repayment of any excess money paid to Paul Kiely, the former chief executive of the Central Remedial C(...)

 Aer Lingus cabin crew during a 24-hour strike over rosters at Dublin Airport, Dublin, last Friday. Around 28,000 people had their travel plans disrupted.   Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins 2:43

Aer Lingus is to withdraw cheap travel privileges from cabin crew who took part in the strike at the airline last Friday.The airline wrote to the cab(...)