Productivity in the North is much lower than in the Republic and has also fallen relative to other regions in the UK in recent years. Photograph: iStock

The gap in productivity between Northern Ireland and the Republic, a core feature of the island’s two economies, is to be examined as part of joint re(...)

‘Covid-19 was not a potential threat. It was an existential threat.’

A new book tells the inside story of the Government handling of the pandemic. This extract recalls the early fear and uncertainty as details unfold(...)

Oireachtas finance committee chairman John McGuinness (FF) said there had been a ‘determined effort by Government’ to cloud the issues surrounding the Holohan appointment. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin put “misleading commentary” to the Dáil on efforts by the Oireachtas finance committee to secure testimony from the top civil(...)

Martin Fraser is secretary general of the Government. Photograph: GIS

The country’s most senior civil servant has said he was supportive of the now-abandoned secondment of Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Tony Holohan to a(...)

’Excluding nursing and midwifery from a panel ... shows a distant and unrealistic approach,’ says INMO deputy general secretary Edward Mathews. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

It was a “mistake” for the Government not to include a nursing and midwifery representative on the newly formed Covid Advisory Group (CAG), the Irish (...)

Outgoing Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

The outgoing Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan is to chair the newly formed Covid Advisory Group (CAG) announced on Friday evening. The 20-person(...)

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath,   and  the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe,  during a press conference on the publication of exchequer returns this week at the Department of Finance. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins Photos

Before the end of the month – possibly as early as next week – a delicate dance between negotiating teams from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ict(...)

John Callinan was announced this week as the next holder of the €215,000 role at the peak of the civil service.

The Oireachtas finance committee is to raise a series of questions over the appointment of the new secretary general to the Government – but has stopp(...)

John Callinan photographed with then taoiseach Bertie Ahern in May 2008. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Cabinet has approved the appointment of John Callinan as secretary general of the Department of the Taoiseach and secretary general to the Governm(...)

Retired High Court judge John Cooke was appointed in June 2017 to investigate the 2014 sale of Nama’s £1.24 billion (€1.4 billion) portfolio to US distressed-debt firm Cerberus. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government-appointed commission of investigation into the sale by the National Asset Management Agency (Nama) of its Northern Ireland portfolio ha(...)

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