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European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Olli Rehn. Photograph: Yves Logghe/AP

The troika has said the Government remains obliged to cut the public pay bill by €300 million this year, an intervention which follows indicati(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin at a press briefing at Government Buildings yesterday  on the negotiations on Croke Park. On the right is Paul Reid, Government chief negotiator. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The revised Croke Park II proposals do not just represent a “tweaking” of the deal rejected last month. Neither are they a whole new blueprint(...)

Minister for Finance  Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin. Tough exchanges between the Government and the troika on a revised Croke Park deal can be expected. Photograph: Alan Betson

When EU-IMF troika officials have talked privately about how the Government has been faring on its bailout programme, they have borrowed a phra(...)

Teachers who lose supervision and substitution payments as part of a revised Croke Park II agreement would receive the money back as part of th(...)

 Chief executive of the Labour Relations Commission Kieran Mulvey: to brief Minster for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin today on progress in the pay talks. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government has reached agreement with unions on reducing the pay and pensions bill in the Civil Service and negotiations on a revised Croke Par(...)

Doctors at the Mater Hospital in Dublin yesterday. Under the reworked deal, their nursing colleagues will keep their premium payments for Sunday work. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The indications given yesterday by Minister of State Brian Hayes that the Government may not secure €300 million in savings it was seeking this(...)

Minister of State Brian Hayes has given the Government’s first public indication that it may not generate €300 million in savings on the public service pay and pensions bill this year under talks on a revision to the Croke Park II deal.

Talks on a revised public sector pay agreement at the Labour Relations Commission later today amid fresh doubts over the Government’s savings t(...)

Minister of State Brian Hayes said the Government’s target of achieving €300 million in savings on the public service pay and pensions bill this year was still an ambition.    Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Minister of State Brian Hayes has given the Government’s first public indication that it may not generate €300 million in savings on the public(...)

The Dáil chamber. “Our parliament could do with an injection of vitality.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland is now one of the few parliamentary democracies in which members of parliament are not allowed free votes on issues of conscience. It’s(...)

The European Parliament in Brussels: Ireland’s 12 MEPs had on average an 83 per cent attendance rate at European Parliament plenary sessions, a drop of 2 per cent from 2011, which places Ireland 19th out of the 27 EU countries, a report by the European Movement Ireland shows.

Irish MEPs attended the European Parliament on average less last year than they did in 2011, made far fewer speeches and submi(...)

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