Barry Cowen is considered a safe bet for a seat. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Laois-Offaly (five seats) In 2016, candidates were elected for the two separate constituencies of Laois and Offaly, each with three seats. It has now(...)

Colin Hunt is due to present his vision for AIB in early March, a timing that has not been helped by the calling of an election for February 8th. Photograph:  Collins

A year into the job, AIB chief executive Colin Hunt will unveil his grand vision for the bank in early March. It’s shaping up to be an unenviable task(...)

A view of  a public services card. File  photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Evidence continues to mount that the beleaguered and ill-considered public services card (PSC) is the wannabe cross-departmental project that has beco(...)

There are 156 full-time chaplain posts – mostly Catholic – allocated to Education and Training Boards secondary schools and colleges. The annual cost is €9.8 million. Photograph: Cesar Manso/AFP/Getty

Education authorities are spending almost €10 million of taxpayers’ money on hiring religious chaplains for State-run multidenominational secondary sc(...)

The Komori printer purchased for the Houses of the Oireachtas was too big for its designated room so remedial works had to take place. Photograph: RTÉ News.

The Clerk of Dáil Éireann has said there was a sound business case for the purchase of an €850,000 printer that would not fit into the room where it w(...)

“Contracting face surveillance technology for children accessing medical care would be incredibly invasive.”

For the new national children’s hospital, 2019 has been bookended by criticisms over escalating costs: in January Fianna Fáil’s health spokesperson St(...)

Construction of the new Kevin Street Garda station in Dublin went over budget by about €3 million. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The construction of two state of the art Garda stations has run over budget by up to €6 million, it has emerged. A row has broken out over the cost o(...)

The printer was too big for the building it was to be housed in. Photograph: RTÉ News

Minister for Business Heather Humphreys has described the Dáil printer controversy as “absolutely outrageous” a day after it emerged the full cost of (...)

On average the Oireachtas printers do 2,357 jobs every year. Photograph iStock.

Walk past Leinster House on a Thursday afternoon and you’ll often see TDs piling boxes into their car boots. The boxes are heavy, and there’s a lot of(...)

The report spotlights the lack of accountability for flawed decision-making and incompetence in the public service. This was highlighted in spectacular style in the past week with the disclosure in the Irish Times that a high-tech printer costing €808,000 ordered for use in the Dáil could not be installed for almost a year because it did not fit inside the building due to incorrect measurements.

The mismanagement of public money in important areas and the knock on impact that has on people who need the assistance of State agencies has been rev(...)

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