Robert Watt has been in the role on an interim basis since January, after serving as secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure for almost a decade. Photograph:  Jenny Barker

The Cabinet is expected to approve the appointment of Robert Watt to the job of secretary general of the Department of Health in the coming weeks foll(...)

 Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform  Michael McGrath ‘undertook to consider the question of an enhanced package on the basis that it would be set at a level below €300,000 per annum’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath was warned by his officials that the planned €80,000 salary increase for the position of secretary gen(...)

Fianna Fáil spokesman on justice Jim O’Callaghan had previously insisted the Chief Justice should chair the new Judicial Appointments Commission. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil has proposed the appointment of a retired judge to chair the new Judicial Appointments Commission in a proposed compromise with the Govern(...)

The Government will appoint civil servant and IT strategist Barry Lowry as chief information officer next April

The Government will appoint civil servant and IT strategist Barry Lowry as chief information officer next April. The Department of Public Expenditure(...)

“I kind of do the work as opposed to saying what I want to be.” Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Justice, visiting the Learning for Life centre in Esker Hill, Lucan. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘She does ‘mumsy’ well”, murmurs an observer, watching the local TD and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, drive off after declari(...)