Sinn Féin health spokesman Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Cllr Máire Devine, Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams TD and Cllr Darren O’Rourke at the launch of a billboard campaign outside the Mater Hospital, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin had a good start to the campaign last week and took credit for highlighting the confusion over the Government’s figures on the fiscal space.(...)

HSE director general Tony O’Brien said 358 additional HSE staff were recruited in December 2015 alone. File photograph: Getty Images

New restrictions on the scale of recruitment of staff in the health service are to be introduced under a confidential policy adopted by the HSE. An i(...)

Papers dealing with the State’s response to the outbreak of violence in the North in 1969:  by investing in a digital archive, State departments will be able to transfer emails, business files, digital images and other electronic records to the National Archives. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

‘Better to have a nation without her history than have history but no nation” are the words apocryphally ascribed to Ernie O’Malley as he and the othe(...)

Brendan Howlin: he said Government departments and agencies would receive greater autonomy to manage their staffing as part of public service reforms

Following the economic crash the Government at central level introduced very firm controls over the numbers employed in the public service. The Depar(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar at the Fine Gael Ardfheis at Citywest Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fine Gael founded the State and saved it following the bailout and economic crash, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has claimed. Mr Varadkar was addr(...)

 Minister for Communications Alex White has defended his decision to re-appoint Noreen Wright to the board of the ESB six months before her term was due to end. Fianna Fáil said it was an attempt to play fast and loose with the public appointments process. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Minister for Communications Alex White has been accused of making an “anti-democratic” re-appointment to the board of the ESB. Mr White secured Cabi(...)

 Transparency International Ireland chief executive John Devitt said the free advice scheme  would advise whistleblowers on their rights and how to negotiate the system. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The State has agreed in principle to fund a new, free legal advice centre for whistleblowers, according to the anti-corruption campaign group Transpa(...)

 Paschal Donohoe,  Enda Kenny,  Joan Burton and  Brendan Howlin: “Is the focus of publicly funded R&D creating the best impact for the economy and society?” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The general election, as you may have heard, is imminent. In 2011, Enda Kenny campaigned to make Ireland the best small country in the world in which (...)

A spokesman for the Tánaiste said David Begg has demonstrated an “ability to work with different perspectives”. Photograph: The Irish Times

In 2011 the Government introduced new arrangements for appointments to State boards, whereby expressions of interest would be sought when a vacancy ar(...)

The appointment by Tánaiste Joan Burton of David Begg to the  role of  chair of the Pension Authority has been criticised.

Tánaiste John Burton has admitted using an exceptional clause in new guidelines to appoint David Begg as chairman of the Pensions Authority. Mr Begg(...)