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(...)

River life: a caddis fly by the stream. Illustration: Michael Viney

Now that I swallow my pills with icy water from the electric well, the stream has lost a certain presence in our lives. There’s no more climbing the h(...)

Two of the most influential people on the Economic Management Council are Andrew McDowell (above), chief economic adviser on the Fine Gael side, and Colm O’Riordan, his counterpart for Labour.

The quartet of the most senior members of Cabinet, along with their civil servants and advisers, known as the Economic Management Council, has been su(...)