Minister for Health Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Hospital groups should be given autonomy to set their own pay rates for senior managers and doctors, the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has said. H(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government should be permitted to recruit more people to senior management posts in the Civil Service through open competitions, an arbitration bo(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform, Brendan Howlin,  said it would be up to the next government to decide on a new mechanism for objectively determining public service pay. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

With the improvements in the public finances, and the economy envisaged to return to a period of regular growth, a new system for determining pay in t(...)

The paper, drawn up by the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, warns that under a “no policy change” scenario expenditure on the two State pension schemes could reach €7.5billion by 2026.

The State’s bill for the old age pension could increase by nearly €200 million annually in the years ahead, a new official paper drawn up for a natio(...)

The report says that seasonally adjusted employment peaked in the first quarter of 2008 at 2.16 million.

A core challenge to the economy over the next five years will be to increase the labour supply, according to official papers drawn up for a new nati(...)

Gardaí took an average of 7.7 sick days last year, compared with 9.6 days for those working in the health sector. Photograph: Frank Miller

The cost of sick leave across the Public Service totalled almost €320 million last year, according to figures released on Monday. The Department of(...)

Universal health insurance  would abolish Ireland’s existing two-tier system with a single tier system by effectively making everyone a private patient Photograph: Andrew Wong/Reuters

The annual cost of universal health insurance (UHI) to cover a standard package of benefits for one adult could be between €2,000 and €3,000, external(...)

William Beausang speaking at the banking inquiry on Wednesday.

A senior Government official received a draft press release announcing a blanket guarantee hours before it was agreed, the inquiry has heard. A(...)

“In the US, philanthropy – which literally means ‘love of mankind’ – is seen as a way of participating directly in solving society’s ills and needs.” Photograph: Getty

Put simply, philanthropy is the application of private resources to the public good. Yet in Ireland philanthropy is often misunderstood or treated wit(...)

The media report says that all the IBRC borrowers involed were commercial borrowers and do not include Irish Nationwide mortgage holders. Photograph: iStockPhoto

More than 1,000 borrowers owing €9 billion to Irish Bank Resolution Corporation were paying interest rates on their loans of less than 2 per cent at t(...)