The Department of Public Expenditure  said the analysis should look at how health services could be delivered

The Department of Health should develop feasible alternatives for health reform in the wake of the abandonment of the originally-favoured model of uni(...)

Robert Watt, secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform said that the number of civil servants has fallen to 35,000 from 39,000 in 2007. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The Government expects to save €50 million a year by centralising routine work done by parts of the civil and public service. As part of a shake-up o(...)

Robert Watt, the secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform said the current system of pay for Civil Servants is too hierarchical. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Staff in the Civil Service should in future have their pay linked to their performance, the secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said the Central Bank is independent under the statute covering the European System of Central Banks. Photographer: Frantzesco Kangaris/Bloomberg

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said the Central Bank of Ireland did not seek his permission to issue retention payments to staff. T(...)

Department of Public Spending and Reform secretary general Robert Watt told TDs during the week  his officials would examine whether the bonus scheme breaches  legislation. Photograph: Frank Miller

The bonuses the Central Bank is giving to around 30 of its staff amount to more than 21 per cent of the €67,000 to €84,000 salaries that they are pai(...)

Central Bank: has confirmed about 30 of its staff are receiving “retention payments” worth 21 per cent of their salary. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Government insisted last night that the Central Bank “must continue to operate” under the rules of the Fempi legislation that limits public sec(...)

 Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee John McGuinness outside Leinster House. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has warned of signs of a “blank cheque” for funding of forthcoming State inquiries despite the fin(...)

The new governor of the Central Bank of Ireland is Dr Philip Lane (46), Whately professor of political economy at Trinity College Dublin. (Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times)

The Government has nominated economist Prof Philip Lane to succeed Patrick Honohan as governor of the Central Bank. Prof Lane (46) is the Whately cha(...)

Michael Noonan: expected to go to Cabinet on Tuesday with a recommendation. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan is expected to go to Cabinet on Tuesday with a recommendation on a successor to outgoing Central Bank governor Pat(...)

The nomination of a successor to outgoing governor Patrick Honohan is expected to be settled shortly

Bookmaker Paddy Power has suspending betting on the next Central Bank governor following a rush of bets for Robert Watt. Mr Watt, currently secretary(...)