Tánaiste  Joan Burton: expressed concern that Irish Water not dealing with customer queries ‘efficiently, reliably and in a timely way’.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Irish Water has rejected a suggestion by Fianna Fáil that performance-related payments or bonuses were paid to its staff this year. Fianna Fáil(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

The Department of Health has denied it has been left with a €460 million “black hole” following Budget 2015, and says the spending allocation given(...)

Fianna Fáil spokesman on public expenditure and reform Seán Fleming alleged Mr Howlin had “failed to grapple with” the black hole in the health budget. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has not presented an accurate health estimate in three budgets, it has been claimed.Fianna F(...)

Fianna Fil finance spokesman Michael McGrath said the certainty ireland has built around its corporation tax offering is beginning to crumble. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/ The Irish Times

Ireland’s certainty around corporation tax is “beginning to crumble” because of changes Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has made to the regime, Fi(...)

Fianna Fáil TDs Michael McGrath, Sean Fleming and Dara Calleary announcing the party’s pre-budget proposals today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Sinn Féin are following the example of the Labour Party before they entered Government, with the unrealistic promises of both furthering “the erosi(...)

Brendan Howlin: took time off from grappling with budget arithmetic to answer ministerial questions in the Dáil yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Public Expenditure and sometimes Greek scholar Brendan Howlin took time off from grappling with budget arithmetic to answer ministerial q(...)

Former MEP Paul Murphy of the Anti-Austerity Alliance canvassing in Tallaght yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The water pressure is very strong in Tallaght at the moment. But it has nothing to do with the pipes. There are allegations of lies on the doorsteps a(...)

Acting Commissioner Noirín O Sullivan: “fully committed to improving the effectiveness and transparency of the penalty points system”.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Garda penalty points regime has systemic weaknesses which result in up to 20 per cent of fines not being collected, a report published by the Publ(...)

Ministers should be able to speak more openly about budget decisions, Minister for Communications Alex White has said.

Ministers should be able to speak more openly about Budget decisions, Minister for Communications Alex White has said. Referring to the Taoisea(...)

A  Bord na Mona  peat powered Power station in Co Offaly.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Despite the weight of conventional wisdom to the contrary, issues can and do move at high speed within the public sector. On Monday morning, the Na(...)