Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin will launch the Civil Service Renewal Plan at Government Buildings this morning. File Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government is to streamline its disciplinary procedures to make it easier to remove civil servants who are clearly underperforming. The secretary (...)

An offer you can’t refuse: ‘Should Ervia eventually be privatised, the days of 19 per cent bonuses for senior managers may seem like the good old days’

“Bonus” is a loaded word. “Bonus culture”, meanwhile, evokes the loadsamoney excess of investment bankers whose pay was linked to how proficiently (...)

Comptroller and Auditor General Seamus McCarthy:  assessment  found that non-commercial State bodies are following rules laid down for audit committees in 2009 code of practice. Photograph: Frank Miller

State bodies are likely to start screening members of their internal audit committees for conflicts of interest and using formal procedures to select(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin: his department argued there was merit in the options for cuts drawn up by line departments before the budget. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform backed radical cuts to social welfare payments, suggested the abolition of the Law Reform Commission (...)

The All-Island Free Travel pass which was launched in 2007

The free travel scheme for pensioners is not sustainable in its current form, the Department of Social Protection warned in its pre-budget submissi(...)

 Brendan Howlin Minister for Public Expenditure at a joint Budget 2015 Press conference at Government Buildings. Photograph: Alan Betson

Many Government departments argued against budget cuts and instead pitched for significant increases in spending as part part of the Government’s lat(...)

Garda graduates

Reducing Garda regions from six to three to deal with “huge inefficiences’’ was suggested by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform ahead (...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin told the Dá
the primary purpose of the comprehensive review of expenditure was to provide an evidence base for Government decisions on ministerial expenditure ceilings for the next three years. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The departments of health and education sought almost €700 million more in funding than they were allocated in the budget, official papers show. Submi(...)

 Tusla   said this week  that the agency   that although future legal costs would be reduced, “this will not be evidenced in 2014 as a consequence of the level of inherited commitments”.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, has said it anticipates that it will require a supplementary budget in the order of €25 million for 2014. This fi(...)

Claire Loftus, Director of Public Prosecutions: defended her office’s handling of rape cases

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has urged “great caution” in public comment on criminal cases before the courts, warning that the risk of p(...)