Simon Harris:  “The Government’s view is that €55 or €60 to bring your child to see the doctor is too expensive.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There comes a time in the tenure of most Ministers for Health when the ambitious reform plans with which they usually start off in office have to over(...)

The cost of public-service occupational pensions is expected to increase from 1.2 per cent of GDP in 2016 to 1.5 per cent of GDP by 2040.

The State’s bill for its 298,000 serving public servants, and a further 155,000 who have already retired, now stands at €114.5 billion. The figure, c(...)


Trade unions representing workers in the private sector are to seek basic pay increases of just over 3 per cent next year and to look for additional p(...)

The Department of Health said  it was essential  it was in a position to attract candidates of calibre for what would be a considerable health reform programme. Photograph: Getty Images

The Department of Public Expenditure has said it has not sanctioned the payment of a proposed €24,000 performance bonus for the person to be appointed(...)

The Department of Health has proposed a five-year contract as part of the recruitment process for the person appointed to implement the Sláintecare health reform plan.

The Department of Health has suggested a “flexible payment” or performance bonus of €24,000 be offered to the person appointed to implement the new Sl(...)

Minister for Education Richard  Bruton said the new allocations will see the total number of SNAs rise to more than 14,100 by the end of the current school year. Photograph: iStock

More than 1,000 extra special needs assistants are to be allocated next year to help ensure all children who require support can access it. The inves(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe said the decision of State employees to remain on after the traditional retirement age of 65 would be optional. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Thousands of public service staff will in future be permitted to work until the age of 70 under new Government returns. The Minister for Public Expen(...)

Thomas Byrne, Fianna Fáil TD and education spokesman, said teacher retirement figures show “people are literally running out of the profession”. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Department of Education needs an extra €80 million to pay for a doubling in the number of projected retirements from teaching and other education (...)

“This approach would move to a more equitable position of financially recognising performance.” Photograph: iStock

The payment of incremental pay rises for public service staff should have a greater link with performance, a high-level report commissioned by the Dep(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris whose department is expected to receive additional funding of almost €200 million to cover overspending. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Government is expected to provide close to €200 million in additional funding for the health service this year to address overspending. Suppleme(...)

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