An almost empty Grafton Street in Dublin during the Covid-19 restrictions. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

It will be, according to a Government source, “a battle of the spreadsheets”. For weeks now, teams in at least three Government departments have been(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath briefed the Cabinet  on the preliminary talks on a new public service pay accord. Photograph: Collins

Formal talks between the Government and public service trade unions on a new pay deal for more than 340,000 State employees are expected to begin late(...)

Pension funds typically have to be drawn down by the age of 70, but the new approach would mean a standarised age of 75 introduced. File photograph: Getty

Pension savers will no longer be able to access their retirement benefits from the age of 50 under new Government proposals, which also recommend incr(...)

Public health specialists, who have played a key role in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, have started balloting for strike action over pay. Image: iStock.

Industry Correspondent Any proposals for upgraded contracts with higher salaries for public health specialists will have be considered in the context(...)

Government intervention is needed to overcome market failures that could lead to otherwise sub-optimal take-up,  notes a departmental report. File photograph: Getty

The plan to spend €8.7 billion on 500,000 deep retrofits, along with installing 400,000 renewable heat systems in homes, is “one of the most challengi(...)

Distillers Building in Smithfield, which the OPW pre-let last year

With almost half of the Office of Public Works’ leased properties due to expire over the next five years, and an increase in remote working, the Gover(...)

The contact tracing call centre in UCD. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

There are fewer public service personnel available for redeployment to other areas during the current heightened Covid-19 restrictions than was the ca(...)

Kevin Callinan, general secretary of Fórsa and chair of the public services committee said the basis of negotiations for a new public service agreement would need to address specific austerity measures. File photograph: Laura Hutton

Public service trade unions have warned that “time is running short” to negotiate a new pay agreement for about 340,000 State employees. At a meeting(...)

Grafton Street on the first day of  Level-5 restrictions: Robert Watt told the Dáil Public Accounts Committee  the new restrictions would cost about €150 million per week.  Photograph:  Damien Eagers/PA

The new heightened Covid-19 restrictions will cost the State about €1 billion over the next six weeks, the secretary general of the Department of Publ(...)

Kevin Callinan, secretary general of Fórsa said there is now ‘a grave risk that we will find ourselves, perhaps unintentionally, without an agreement at the end of the year’. File photograph: Laura Hutton

There is currently no basis for a negotiation with the Government on a new pay deal for 340,000 staff employed by the State, the head of the country’s(...)

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