Gordon Jeyes: “It’s about getting people to face up to the consequences . .  . If I get a standstill budget, I will have to make reductions.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Social services will be reduced to a “basic child protection service” next year unless significant additional money is made available, the head of th(...)

The Mater hospital, Dublin, which was rejected by An Bord Pleanála as a suitable site for the national children’s hospital. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Most of the €40 million spent on developing the new national children’s hospital at the Mater site in Dublin will be written off, it has been confirm(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has suggested that the Government will begin talks with trade unions next year on restoring pay and pensions for public sector workers. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The State’s largest public service trade union Impact has welcomed comments from Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin indiciating that the G(...)

The number of staff at the Department of Jobs has dropped from 1,075 at the end of 2008 to 783 by the middle of June this year. Photograph: Getty Images

The Department of Jobs and Enterprise, and agencies under its control, are grappling with a serious staffing crisis due to the State’s moratorium o(...)

John McSweeney, ESB’s head of innovation, is to retire later this year. He will depart about the same time as deputy chief executive Bríd Horan, whose departure was announced last week.

Senior management at ESB held a series of discussions with its trade unions in recent months at which they were told workers strongly opposed the prop(...)

Leo Varadkar, Minister for Health, and James Reilly, Minister for Children: Will Varadkar continue with Reilly’s ambitious plan for universal health insurance? Photograph: Alan Betson

Bill Clinton says there are only three things that should matter to public servants in their work: “Are people better off when you quit than when you (...)

Dr James Reilly: Whoever succeeds him as Minister for Health  will have to decide whether we should be spending more on health. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

There may be lies, damn lies and statistics, but western countries still rely on the OECD to process and make sense of reams of comparative internatio(...)

HSE director general Tony O’Brien. Photograph: David Sleator

For two organisations due to merge, Department of Health and the HSE show little sign of peaceful co-existence. The correspondence between their respe(...)

Tony O’Brien, director general  of the HSE, outside Leinster House yesterday  after he had appeared before  the Public Accounts Committee. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

For the last six months or so, the Government and the HSE have been promising to sort out the whole issue of the €3 million-plus in top-up or unauthor(...)

The HSE’s national director for human resources Barry O’Brien said if organisations made such cases and submitted the required documents he would engage with the Departments of Health and Public Expenditure on their behalf. The HSE is understood to be insisting the July deadline remains for compliance with Government pay policy.

Some senior executives in voluntary hospitals and health agencies, who are currently receiving highly controversial top-up allowances, may be able to(...)