Richard Thaler: Ireland’s Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has established a Behavioural Economics Unit to implement some of his  ideas. Photograph: University of Chicago/Anne Ryan/Reuters

Most winners of the Nobel Prize in Economics get the award for work so abstruse that few people understand it and it rarely has any effect on public p(...)

The report published by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on disability allowance payments found the more recent cost rises were solely down to an increase in the number of recipients, as payment levels have remained flat. File photograph: iStock

The Government needs to investigate the substantial increase in the number of people receiving disability allowance with costs soaring from €185 mill(...)

The the minister for finance Michael Noonan, and the then minister for public expenditure and reform Brendan Howlin answering listeners’ questions on ‘Today with Sean O’Rourke’ at RTÉ in 2015. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The budgets everybody remembers are the ones with tax rises and spending cuts, and there have been a few of those in the last decade, with some respit(...)

Disclosures about the scale of the lobbying campaign being carried out in an effort to influence the final shape of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill has lifted the lid on the kind of behind-the-scenes activity that accompanies the drafting of controversial legislation

Disclosures in this newspaper about the scale of the lobbying campaign being carried out in an effort to influence the final shape of the Public Healt(...)

President Michael D Higgins visits the under 40 horse plough competition on the opening day of the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Co Offaly. Photograph: Laura Hutton/Collins Photo Agency

Isn’t it sweet the way Michael D Higgins goes all coy and bashful when asked if he fancies a second term as President? On Tuesday at the Ploughing Ch(...)

 Robert Watt, secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. He will be a speaker at the Great Place to Work Ireland Conference 2017. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

MONDAY Results: Green Reit. Indicators: Euro zone inflation (Aug), US housing market index (Sept). Meetings: Ormonde Mining agm (Crowne Plaza Hote(...)

During Nóirín  O’Sullivan’s last days as Garda Commissioner the force said it had found 2,055 jobs “suitable for consideration with a view to possible civilianisation”. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

The crises around inflated breath tests, the wrongful conviction of motorists and financial governance at the Garda College in Templemore all stalked (...)

Garda commissioner: Nóirín O’Sullivan will be entitled to a lump sum of almost €290,000 and a pension of €90,000. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government believes the new Garda commissioner will need to be paid about €300,000, or 65 per cent more than the current salary, if strong interna(...)

Minister for Justice  Charlie Flanagan speaking on Monday following the retirement of Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

During the summer a senior Government TD made an appearance on a national radio show in the midst of another week of controversy surrounding An Garda (...)

Sanita Zarina at home in Longford with a picture of her daughter, Dace.  'I can’t get back my daughter,' she says. 'I can’t get back a future with her. I can’t get grandchildren from her.' Photograph: Peter Murtagh

The last time Sanita Zarina saw her daughter, she was dead. But even in death, the only part of 22-year-old Dace her mother was advised to inspect wa(...)

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