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(...)

Brian Purcell, who asked to be moved from the position of secretary general in the Department of Justice in July 2014. Photograph: Frank Miller

None of the applicants for the vacant role of secretary general of the Department of Justice qualified for a second interview, it has emerged. Ther(...)

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(...)