Members of the AGSI voted a number of weeks ago to reject the new Lansdowne Road deal on public service pay, which the Government considers to be an extension of the previous Haddington Road deal. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Middle-ranking gardaí have said they will not work additional hours provided for under the Haddington Road Agreement beyond the end of this year. Und(...)

The Central Remedial Clinic in Dublin. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Voluntary hospitals and health agencies did not act outside their powers when they made top-up payments to senior executives, the Office of the Att(...)

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(...)

Central Bank: has confirmed about 30 of its staff are receiving “retention payments” worth 21 per cent of their salary. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Government insisted last night that the Central Bank “must continue to operate” under the rules of the Fempi legislation that limits public sec(...)

 Irish hospital costs are 80 per cent higher than the EU average, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has estimated. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Costs in Irish hospitals are 80 per cent higher than the EU average, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has estimated, in an internal pap(...)

 Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee John McGuinness outside Leinster House. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has warned of signs of a “blank cheque” for funding of forthcoming State inquiries despite the fin(...)

Teagasc has said demand for its courses  has grown to an unprecedented level. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Demand for courses with the agriculture development and training agency Teagasc has grown to an unprecedented level due to a new requirement that farm(...)

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) heard the starting salary for solicitors in the public sector is about €30,000, while the equivalent for trainees in private firms stands at about €60,000.  The latter figure was revised to a maximum of €50,000 in Dublin by legal sources. File photograph: Getty Images

The State’s legal services are being undermined by the private sector offering significantly higher salary levels to attract qualified solicitors and (...)

HSE director general Tony O’Brien told his human resources department he was concerned the risks of publishing the report at the time outweighed the benefits. Photograph:  David Sleator.

The introduction of a new human resource strategy for the HSE’s 100,000 health service staff has been delayed, in part, by concerns in the Department(...)

Asti general secretary Pat King warned individual teachers could forfeit up to €6,700 in lost increments, while others could face redundancy or reduced entitlement to permanency, because of the union’s stance on the Lansdowne Road pay deal. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The head of the State’s main second level teaching union is warning of school closures next autumn if the next Government faces down secondary teacher(...)