Accounts for the companies involved show significant payments last year to David McCourt, the US businessman who leads the project.  Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

Legal and commercial advisers have told the Government there has been no change in the ownership and control of the company awarded the multi-billion (...)

The review was initiated after the controversy over former Independent Minister Katherine Zappone was appointed as a special envoy on freedom of expression earlier this year. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Ireland’s special envoys should be appointed in an “open, accountable and transparent manner” according to a review of how the diplomatic jobs are fil(...)

Ireland’s aviation sector may require more State pandemic supports next year, Government officials have forecast in a spending review.  File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ireland’s aviation sector may require more State pandemic supports next year after receiving €521 million in such supports since Covid-19 struck, as t(...)

Once a person has a public services card, they no longer have to submit the same information to authenticate their identity each time they apply for public services provided by bodies who accept it. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The introduction of the public services card and online measures to validate the identity of people accessing Government services has proved highly s(...)

For a clerical officer recruited to the Civil Service, the spending review forecast that the lifetime cost over their career would be €2.36 million. Photograph: iStock

The recruitment of a civil servant at administrative officer level will cost more than €4 million over the lifespan of their career, a new spending re(...)

Schools could be forced to close on foot of Government plans to eliminate additional working hours, the Department of Education has warned. Photograph: iStock

Schools could be forced to close on foot of Government plans to eliminate additional working hours introduced across the public service nearly a decad(...)

 The Department of Public Expenditure criticised a proposed deal for a new headquarters for the Data Protection Commissioner. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Department of Public Expenditure criticised a proposed deal for a new headquarters for the Data Protection Commissioner, saying the rent being sou(...)

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys said  €8.8bn had been paid out in PUP scheme. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The pandemic unemployment payment (PUP) may have acted as a significant disincentive to people to return to work because of the high rates paid, the D(...)

The scarring effects of long-term unemployment in the 1980s and early 1990s were especially difficult to tackle. Photograph: Aidan Crawley Department of Finance figures published in a separate Government report on jobseeker projections and costs on Tuesday as part of the budget documentation showed that last year unemployment levels exceeded 19%. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Government is forecasting that there will be a “remarkable re-bound” in the employment levels in the economy with projections of more than 400,000(...)

The recruitment of hundreds of additional teachers will see primary school class sizes fall to their lowest on record from next year. Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/ EPA

The recruitment of hundreds of additional teachers will see primary school class sizes fall to their lowest on record from next year. The measure, an(...)

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