Firms such as Mazars, Deloitte, KPMG and Ernest and Young appear repeatedly in the figures for Government spending on outside consultants. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Accountancy firms, public relations companies, management consultants and think tanks are among those who benefited from millions in Government spendi(...)

Troops from the 55th Infantry Group photographed in March 2017 during an exercise in the Glen of Imall, Co Wicklow. File photograph: The Irish Times

The Defence Forces representative body has expressed anger and frustration at the Government’s delay in publishing the Public Pay Commission report on(...)

“The nurses are wrong to link their pay issues with the national children’s hospital overrun – one is a massive one-off, the other an ongoing bill.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

There are symptoms – and then there is the underlying disease. This week we have seen the nurses extending their strike action, a big protest by famil(...)

For public servants, the pay deal delivers average rises of 6.6 per cent by 2020, or just over 2 per cent a year.

The pay increases in the proposed new public pay deal will use up about one-third of the total room for spending increases and tax cuts in the October(...)

How did the Ministers fare? Clockwise from top left: Simon Coveney, Shane Ross, Leo Varadkar, Pascal Donohoe. File photographs: The Irish Times/Collins

LEO VARADKAR (Social Protection) Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins Any consideratio(...)

Pay and display: the boom-time rise in incomes was one reason we got in such trouble. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It’s trade-union conference season, and there is, it appears, a competition to see who can express the most outrage about the pace of restoration of p(...)

‘I want to put in place a process that reviews that spending every year to ensure we’re getting best value for money.’ Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe is confident the Government will be able to deliver all the public service commitments it m(...)

Former minister for public expenditure Brendan Howlin, who promised that 48 bodies would be abolished or merged, but the changes were incremental rather than instrumental Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Of all the three-card political tricks played in the last decade, the “quango cull” must rank as the most audacious. In the run-up to the 2011 gener(...)

 Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said on Tuesday she does not want to see garda strikes. Photograph: Collins

A mechanism is required to make sure the State is not brought to the eve of a strike by gardaí again, according to Tánaiste and Minister for Justice F(...)

Majorities within Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael approved of the tactics used by members of the Garda Síochána in pursuing recent pay increases, in spite o(...)

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