Brendan Howlin

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Austerity fatigue has been reflected in a fragmentation of national pay structures and the militancy of some public service unions. Despite that, the (...)

Members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) and the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) protesting against projected pay cuts earlier this year. PNA members have supported the Haddington Road proposals by 70 per cent to 30 per cent, and INMO members by 71 per cent to 29 per cent. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Nurses and rank-and-file gardaí have voted to accept the proposed Haddington Road agreement on public service pay.Members of the Irish Nurses and Midw(...)

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton is under growing pressure within the Government to do more to cut welfare spending. Photograph: Getty

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton is under growing pressure within the Government to do more to cut welfare spending and compel claimants to (...)

Vodafone will implement a new network for the public sector that will link Government departments and agencies.

Vodafone is to invest €5 million in building a high speed fixed data network for the public sector, as the Government moves to make public services mo(...)

Pre-Budget kite-flying

Pre-Budget skirmishing has broken out between Fine Gael and Labour Party ministers as they seek to minimise cutbacks within their Departments, raise r(...)

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter says fines collection legislation will be published in coming weeks .Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

More than 5,000 suspects have been arrested and almost 3,000 criminally charged as part of a major operation targeting burglaries across the State. Si(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin, Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar, and Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn at yesterday’s announcement. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government has announced a new jobs stimulus worth €150 million using money raised from the sale of State assets this year, particularly the pr(...)

The funding announced by Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin will be invested in school projects, road maintenance and a local authority energy efficiency scheme. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

A €150 million infrastructure stimulus plan has been announced by the Government. The funding announced by Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan How(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: his plan to ensure that budgetary discipline continues until 2020 has provoked a predictable clamour from “anti-austerity” campaigners. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Michael Noonan’s plan to put structures in place to ensure that budgetary discipline continues until 2020 has provoked a predictable clamour from “ant(...)

When Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin first mooted the idea of selling off the lottery for an upfront payment, An Post’s bid to retain the lucrative franchise looked forlorn.

When Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin first mooted the idea of selling off the lottery for an upfront payment, An Post’s bid to retain t(...)

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