Mr Justice Nial Fennelly. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Two commissions of inquiry will have cost the State €7.6 million by the end of 2016, the Department of Public Expenditure has said. Secret(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Two years after the controversy began over millions of euro in top-up payments being made to health service executives, the Department of Health and t(...)

The pay deal has been proposed by Kevin Foley of the Labour Court. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Almost 8,000 secretaries and caretakers in State-funded schools are set to receive pay increases of up to 10 per cent over the next four years under p(...)

ASTI general secretary Pat King has  predicted the next government, with a four- or five-year mandate, would feel confident enough to face down second level teachers - a move which could see closures of schools next autumn in the wake of strikes or lockouts. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Last week, as expected, members of the ASTI, voted strongly - albeit on a low turnout - to reject the Lansdowne Road agreement on public service pay. (...)

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(...)

 Beaumont Hospital in Dublin. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Chief executives appointed in future to run the country’s main hospitals will receive significantly reduced salaries, the Government has decided. Man(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said telling the public they would have to pay more to managers was “unbelievably politically toxic”. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Speaking at a medical conference this month, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar acknowledged that Ireland was competing in an international market not o(...)

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(...)

Yoga: there is a lunchtime keep-fit class at Government Buildings

A civil servant was recently spotted striding across Dublin city centre. Apparently, the apparatchik had come from a yoga session at the Department o(...)

 Trying to spin it both ways

Reading many of the pre-budget headlines in recent weeks I was reminded of an exchange I had with a member of the audience at the MacGill summer schoo(...)