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 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(...)

 Michael McGrath: “I would like to clarify for the committee that Mr Watt had no input into my sanctioning of the salary of €292,000 to apply for the open competition for the substantive post.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath has said senior civil servant Robert Watt had “no input” into the sanctioning of an increas(...)

 Roderic O’Gorman asked the Government to examine the source of a leak of information about the Mother and Baby Homes report. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The State’s most senior civil servant is to head up an inquiry into the leaking of Government information. Martin Fraser, the secretary general of th(...)

Tony Holohan is central to the team’s operation and that’s why the Government pushback has been personally directed at him. File photograph: Collins

Information is the currency in Government, and news travels fast. Within hours of its conclusion on Wednesday, word was swirling around official circl(...)

The Government has put various measures in to try and de-fang the Nphet suggestions before they come to Cabinet. File photograph of Nphet chairman Dr Tony Holohan: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

As recently as 10 days ago, the number of new Covid-19 cases being diagnosed was collapsing, seemingly clearing the way for a smooth exit from Level 5(...)

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan, according to a person who has worked with him, is not someone who accepts rejection with equanimity. If he does(...)

Dr Tony Holohan and team at a Covid -19 update press conference. ‘It is not the job of Nphet or of the Expert Advisory Group to make decisions. That’s the Government’s job – the experts advise and recommend, the Government chooses.’ Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Last Saturday there were intensive discussions at the highest level about whether the country’s anti-coronavirus measures should be raised to Level 5.(...)

Dr Tony Holohan, Dr Colm Henry,  and Prof Philip Nolan at Thursday’s press conference at the Department of Health, Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Senior Government figures are to hold a crunch meeting on Saturday to consider the recommendation from the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphe(...)

The Central Bank’s forecast suggests the hit from Covid will be significantly less than feared and the economy could return to decent growth next year. Photograph: Colin Keegan

This week we learned three important things that will strongly influence the way our politics takes shape in the coming weeks and months. 1 The (...)

 Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly: spoke to chief medical officer Tony Holohan on Sunday before the Nphet meeting. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

The Government was made aware of chief medical officer Tony Holohan’s concerns about the spread of Covid-19 before the meeting of the National Public (...)

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