News of the deep levels of concern about Garda overtime comes after it emerged that funding for some of the Garda’s armed units was at risk. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Garda overtime spending is out of control and must be tackled immediately, the Government believes. Documents obtained by The Irish Times under the F(...)

HSE chief executive Tony O’Brien said they could not simply go to Bargaintown and buy additional beds. Photograph: Emma Jervis/Press 22

The 2,500 extra hospital beds envisaged under the Government’s new plan for tackling overcrowding could cost €1 million per bed to provide, the HSE ha(...)

The Department of Social Protection says 3.034 million public services cards had been issued by the end of 2017.

A Government target to issue at least three million public services cards by the end of 2017 has been reached, according to the Department of Employme(...)

Local fishermen in Glen Pier, Balliskelligs, Co Kerry, look on as Storm Ophelia rages. Photograph: Stephen Kelleghan

The Government has allocated almost €9 million to local authorities to cover the cost of three severe weather events last year. Minister for Housing (...)

Siptu health division organiser Paul Bell: warned of threat to services. Photograph: Eric Luke

Staff in State-supported organisations providing health and social care are to go on strike from February 12th if they back proposals for industrial a(...)

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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(...)

 Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has written to the  Policing Authority asking it to start  the process to select and appoint a new commissioner. Photograph: Collins

Policing experience is not an essential requirement for the position of Garda Commissioner, the Government said on Tuesday as it commenced the selecti(...)

Former Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan. The current commissioner’s salary is €180,613. Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan is keen to begin recruiting for the vacant role. Photograph: Alan Betson

The next Garda commissioner would be entitled to a salary of €250,000 under a proposal expected to be agreed by the Government today. Minister for J(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: to date, some 2.98 million public services cards have been issued, he said on Thursday. File photograph: Eric Luke

The cost of the Government’s public services card (PSC) project has reached almost €54.6 million to date, including nearly €29 million to pay up to 2(...)

The Garda Armed Response Unit during an exercise in  Cork recently. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

The cost of extra payments for gardaí in return for not going on strike last year led to a significant increase in the Garda overtime bill, it emerged(...)

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