Lismore Castle, Co Waterford, former home of Sir Walter Raleigh, where you can now stay in aristocratic splendour

An invitation to dinner and an overnight stay in Lismore Castle, the opulent Irish seat of Britain’s Duke of Devonshire prompted concern. What to b(...)

The research behind Public Sector Reform in Ireland  was carried out by Richard Boyle of the Institute of Public Administration. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

More than half of local government executives feel politicians interfere with their routine activities, a new report claims.The research behind Publi(...)

William Burlington and Darren Topps, the new head gardener at Lismore Castle who has introduced a new environmental policy to the centuries-old gardens around the castle. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

The flag aloft one of the many towers at Lismore Castle is that of the town’s camogie team, winners of the All-Ireland Intermediate Club Champ(...)

Richard Boyle of the Institute of Public Administration, whose report on public-sector trends in 2013 says average weekly earnings are considerably higher in the public sector than for private-sector employees. Photograph: Eric Luke

Over the past four years average weekly earnings for staff in the public sector have fallen by €47.88, or 5 per cent, compared with an average reducti(...)

The Red House, Youghal, Co Cork

“Look!” says Helen Keane as she shifts a rug on the floor at the Red House. “When we lifted the old carpets this is what we found.” She has exposed a (...)

The issues the IPA highlighted two years ago as being most urgently in need of reform are being addressed “to varying degrees”.

Progress on reforming the public sector has been patchy but not without successes, according to a report published today by the Institute of Public Ad(...)