St James’s Hospital made  an application to the Department of Health in May 2014 that  chief executive Brian Fitzgerald be allowed to  retain a €30,000 allowance for lecturing on top of his salary. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Department of Health has rejected a bid by St James’s Hospital to allow its chief executive to retain a €30,000 allowance for lecturing on top of(...)

Cloud Computing: Even though the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform launched a revised public service ICT strategy in January, the announcement on March 16th that the GCSC project was being abandoned caught many by surprise. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Technology companies, rather than taxpayers, ended up carrying the cost of the decision to cancel a major cloud computing plan for the public sector, (...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: his department said it was cancelling the project because the economic and technical requirements for it had “fundamentally changed”. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government has cancelled a major technology project that would have allowed it to buy cloud computing services in a way that reduced complexity (...)

Mount Carmel Hospital in Dublin’s Churchtown was bought by the HSE to provide 65 extra short-stay beds.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A major industrial relations row is looming over plans by HSE management to outsource the operation of a new State-owned facility providing community (...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said he will invite public service unions to talks after the Government receives exchequer figures for the first quarter.

There is no certainty that a deal can be reached between the Government and trade unions on pay restoration for public service staff, a senior officia(...)

Robert Watt, secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. Photograph: Frank Miller /	Irish Times

The Government is not in a position to fully reverse cuts made to public sector pay in the wake of the crash, the secretary general of the Department (...)

Minister for Children James Reilly: “Our children are too important. We must be certain that our investment in this area is as effective as possible, giving the best outcomes to children, young people and their parents.” Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Significant changes in the funding of childcare are expected to emerge from a high-level group established by Minister for Children James Reilly whic(...)

The demographic challenges facing the health service are well known: the over-65 population is growing by about 20,000 each year and the number of people over 80 is increasing by 4 per cent a year. The older the patient, the more complex and expensive their treatment tends to be. File photograph: Reuters

Revelations the Health Service Executive sought more than double the amount of additional money it received this year is likely to reopen the debate o(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has  said the new deadline for staff in the public service to retire if their pensions are to be calculated on the higher salaries in place prior to the Haddington Road cuts is June 2016. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government has again extended the deadline for staff in the public service to retire if their pensions are to be calculated on the higher salaries(...)

Siptu chief Jack O’Connor: Wants to see increases of 5% across the economy. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

In December Labour Minister for Employment Ged Nash said 2015 would be “year of the pay rise”.While few workers are likely to have actually received p(...)