Minister Paschal Donohoe: there are ‘constant demands for increases in expenditure’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has defended his fiscal policies and rejected criticism from the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council (Ifac) after it de(...)

Irish Army Ranger wing in Chad in 2008. Some 731 personnel departed  the forces in 2018 when 612 new recruits joined the Army, Navy and Air Corps.

The fall-off in the number of personnel serving in the Defence Forces is escalating despite efforts to recruit a record level of new entrants. The I(...)

Minister for Enterprise Heather Humphreys said the Government had provided €1bn for the Defence Forces and was fully committed to ensuring they had the resources to deal with all their functions. File photograph: The Irish Times

Defence Force personnel must now be allowed to join a trade union the Dáil has heard following “extraordinary” and “unprecedented criticism” of the De(...)

Members of the Defence Forces, Army, Navy and Aer Corp at the GPOin Dublin during the Easter Sunday Commemoration, marking the 103rd Anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Personnel in the Defence Forces may benefit by less than €1 per day before tax from increases in allowances aimed at tackling recruitment and retentio(...)

The Public Service Pay Commission is likely to propose increases in military service allowances for Army personnel  and to patrol duty allowances for Naval Service members, sources said. Photograph: Alan Betson

Increased take-home pay for members of the Defence Forces is likely to be recommended by the Public Service Pay Commission when it reports to the Mini(...)

In recent weeks there has been a succession of announcements by Ministers which would indicate that the grip of the Department of Public Expenditure may be loosening. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government will be very relieved the dispute by 40,000 nurses which caused chaos in the country’s hospital system this year has been brought to a (...)

Minister for Health  Simon Harris  is expected to propose a new process to deal with the two-tier pay issue at the IMO conference on Saturday. File image: Michelle Devane/PA Wire

Hospital consultants and non-consultant hospital doctors will jointly ballot for industrial action if the Government does not move to end the two-tier(...)

Delegates at the IMO’s  agm in Killarney, Co Kerry. Photograph: SON Photo

The Minister for Health Simon Harris is expected on Saturday to promise a new process to tackle the pay gap between medical consultants taken on since(...)

Talks between the public service unions and the Department of Public Expenditure on a review of the pay terms set out in the agreement for State employees has taken place, say informed sources. File photograph: Getty Images

Public service unions have had discussions with the Department of Public Expenditure on a review of the pay terms set out in the agreement for State e(...)

ASTI delegates protest as Minister for Education Joe McHugh arrives at the annual convention in Wexford. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

There are no ifs, buts or maybes: full consideration will be given to abolishing controversial two-tier pay scales for teachers, Minister for Educatio(...)

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