The arrest of a man in his 40s on Tuesday morning followed the previous arrests of a man in his 50s in August, and a woman in her 30s in September.

Gardaí have arrested a third person as part of an anti-corruption investigation involving the Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board (ETB). (...)

Most people would be much better off being treated in local primary-care centres rather than going to A&E departments. Photograph: Alan Betson

Hovering over the election, there is a great but largely unspoken dilemma. It affects almost everything any government can hope to do, but it is not o(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets actor Ruth Negga at a Screen Ireland event in Los Angeles last week. The Irish film industry depends upon the section 481 tax credit, but approved relief fell last year.

Tax relief approved under the section 481 film and television scheme dropped by two-thirds to €33 million last year, according to figures contained in(...)

Former chief executive Seán Ashe, who failed to declare ties to family members with interests in two companies that received contracts from the ETB, an audit found. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board (ETB), which is at the centre of a controversy over how taxpayer funds were spent, is reviewing all i(...)

 Nearly €20,000 was spent in 2015 at one five-star hotel and golf resort – a third of all of the accommodation costs incurred by the organisation that year.  Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board repeatedly broke public contract rules and indulged in “excessive” spending on five-star hotels, acco(...)

Minister for Education Richard Bruton. The Department of Education has been urged to fast-track its investigation into spending at an education board. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Department of Education has been urged to fast-track its investigation into spending at an education board, following a decision by the board’s ch(...)

Public services card

The project to develop the public services card was first identified by the then government in 2004 as an “important component” for modernising the de(...)

Awards and associated costs of the SCA in 2015 amounted to a total of €219.3 million. This represents a more than 50 per cent increase on the 2014 figure of €141.4 million. File photograph: Getty Images

Awards and associated costs paid out by the State for personal injury, property damage and clinical negligence increased by more than 50 per cent last(...)

Sample Public Services Card: The cost of the service provider contract increased by over €3 million (16 per cent) due to contract changes and revisions arising from delays in the project and additional security features.

The Department of Social Protection failed to develop a business case for the rolling out of the Public Service Card and there is no evidence it carri(...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has confirmed he will appear before the Public Accounts Committee in relation to Nama’s sale of its Project Eagle portfolio. File photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has confirmed he will appear before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). Mr Noonan had been invited by the PAC to(...)

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