The financial emergency legislation published by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin will allow the Government to pay – and to withhold – payments to teachers for supervision and substitution duties. Photograph: Eric Luke

Second-level teachers could lose out on thousands of euro in incremental pay rises and lump sum payments if their trade unions walk away from the new(...)

When a person in Ireland dies without a will, their estate is divided among family members on the basis of rules laid down in the Succession Act 1965

More than €2.4 million in unclaimed money is being held in the State’s coffers from the estates of people who died and left no wills and no known b(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar raised the prospect of ‘bonuses and excellence awards’ for hospital consultants. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Following the economic crash and the consequent widespread job losses, salary cuts and pay freezes, the whole concept of employment bonuses became pol(...)

The C&AG report reveals that while €217 million was disbursed to various sporting and charitable programmes last year under the umbrella of lotto funding, only €178 million came directly from the fund

Almost 20 per cent of money given out to good causes under the auspices of the National Lottery came directly from the Government rather than ticket s(...)

‘Would Ireland be the same place without the traditional music of counties such as Clare, the many local cultural festivals, the visual art of people such as Jack Yeats, and the poetry of Seamus Heaney and WB Yeats?’ Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

As the Budget and an election approach one hears concern being expressed about the demand for increases in expenditure in many areas. The much bigger(...)

Minister for Children Dr James Reilly. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

An additional month’s split parental leave is being sought by Minister for Children James Reilly in budget negotiations as one of a number of first mo(...)

The ASTI and TUI will not complete their ballots until next month. Photograph: Getty Images

Second-level teachers could lose out on pay increases of nearly €800 next year if their unions fail to support the new Lansdowne Road agreement. Highl(...)

Any increase is the old age pension is seen as unlikely. Photograph: The Irish Times

A reversal of one the most controversial cuts implemented by the Government is under consideration for next month’s budget, the Coalition’s last play (...)

The Irish Medical Organisation has estimated 250 or more consultants’ posts in hospitals remain vacant despite a new pay structure being agreed earlier this year aimed at making the positions more attractive.  Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said last week he wanted to see a return to the funding and staffing levels that existed in the health service prior(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: officials from his department reached a compromise with trade union representatives on May 30th which could see some public servants receive a €2,000 pay increase. Photograph: Eric Luke

Unite has become the latest organisation to recommend rejection of the proposed new public sector pay deal between unions and the Government. Speaking(...)