Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said the new NTMA board would continue to oversee attempts to reduce the national debt to below 100 per cent of GDP by 2018

The National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) has completed the early repayment of €9 billion of IMF loans that is expected to result in a saving of (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin will launch the Civil Service Renewal Plan at Government Buildings this morning. File Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government is to streamline its disciplinary procedures to make it easier to remove civil servants who are clearly underperforming. The secretary (...)

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(...)

Comptroller and Auditor General Seamus McCarthy:  assessment  found that non-commercial State bodies are following rules laid down for audit committees in 2009 code of practice. Photograph: Frank Miller

State bodies are likely to start screening members of their internal audit committees for conflicts of interest and using formal procedures to select(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin numbers employed across the public service had been cut by 10 per cent but there would be no further overall reductions. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government is to end its controversial moratorium on recruitment in the public service “in a targeted way” , Minister for Public Expenditure and R(...)

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(...)

 Department of Public Expenditure and Reform’s  secretary general Robert Watt: how should he be expending his energies? Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

It seems the Government could shave up to €16 billion from the public sector pension bill if it was to break the automatic link between pensions and p(...)

Robert Watt, secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: the document prepared for him suggests the changes could be carried out in conjunction with the unwinding of financial emergency legislation. Photograph: Frank Miller

The State could save €16 billion on the projected cost of its public service pension bill in the coming decades if it links increases for pensioners (...)

Robert Watt, secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, speaking during a seminar held by the Institute for Government, said: “I think it is important to say we were reforming and making cuts before the troika arrived.

The Government’s ability to implement reforms has not diminished because of the departure of the troika, but Irish people are suffering from “austerit(...)