Brian Lenihan: The 2010 budget strategy memorandum was drawn up by the then minister for finance. Photograph Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The Department of Finance told ministers in 2009 they would have to tell public servants cuts to their core pay and allowances would be “once -off mea(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has withdrawn controversial comments that documents relating to the bank guarantee had “disappeared behind radiators”. Photograph: Getty

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has withdrawn controversial comments that documents relating to the bank guarantee had “disappeared behind radiators”.Mr Kenny ma(...)

The option for discontinuing the Junior Cert was set out in a “secret” government budgetary strategy memorandum for 2010 drawn up for the then cabinet by the former minister for finance Brian Lenihan in October 2009. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The abolition of the Junior Certificate examination and its replacement with a school-based assessment programme was considered by the then government(...)

The Department of Finance told the then cabinet in a memorandum marked “secret” that without remedial action the exchequer deficit could grow to more than 14 per cent of gross domestic product in 2010

The Department of Finance warned ministers in the run-up to the 2010 budget that the viability of the State could be undermined by a soaring exchequ(...)

Irish Water appears to have shown no pro-active interest in contacting the department: it wasn’t until September 18th that John Tierney, chief executive of Irish Water, wrote to secretary general, Niamh O’Donoghue. Photograph: Eric Luke

The testy tone of some exchanges between Department of Social Protection officials and Irish Water about what officials said was the utility’s failure(...)

According to a senior advisory group to the Taoiseach, many families will in future “have little chance of buying their own home” and will have to turn to social housing or rental properties. Photograph: Frank Miller

A range of social classes will “find it difficult if not impossible” to buy their own homes in the future, according to a senior advisory group to Tao(...)

The number of senior mangers in HSE hospitals has increased by more than 10 per cent over the past 3½ years despite significant retrenchment in budge(...)

The HSE’s  bill could reach €326 million. Photograph: Getty Images

The HSE’s bill for hiring agency staff may reach €326 million this year, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has forecast.It has maintain(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton. Mr Kenny today said Mr Bruton’s department had not been in contact with  current Attorney General Maire Whelan about a report containing allegations of tax evasion by senior politicians and others since she was appointed in 2011.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation has not been in contact with Attorney General Máire Whelan about a file containing allegations of ta(...)

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 (...)