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President Michael D Higgins said during the election campaign that he would explain how the unaudited €317,000 allowance for his office is spent – but would only do so after the election. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The presidential election may, for the most part, be best forgotten, but one theme of the campaign – the lack of transparency at Áras an Uachtaráin – (...)

The official cost of the President’s office in 2016 was €3.6m, of which €1.15m was accounted for by the bonus paid to citizens who have reached 100 years of age. Photograph: Frank Miller

The disclosure at the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that the President has an annual unaudited allowance of €317,000, on top of his regular expenses(...)

President Michael D Higgins pictured at UCD, Belfield, Co Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

The secretary general of the Department of the Taoiseach, Martin Fraser, is due to appear before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday as par(...)

Secretary-general to the Government Martin Fraser queried the timing of the PAC meeting.

The State’s top civil servant, Martin Fraser, will appear before a Dáil committee for its controversial examination of spending in the President’(...)

  Fianna Fáil TD Seán Fleming, chairman of the PAC, insisted that what the committee intended to do was not unconstitutional. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

A former Attorney General has said expenditure by Áras an Uachtaráin should be open to examination by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) like other a(...)

President Michael D Higgins at the  National Ploughing Championship in Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has clashed with a powerful Dáil committee chaired by a party colleague over its decision to examine the costs of th(...)

Dublin’s docklands area has become a hub for business and innovation.

A new innovation district planned for the heart of Dublin’s docklands will help Ireland attract talent, investment and jobs, Trinity College said. T(...)

In his report on the controversial Strategic Communications Unit, the secretary general to the Government, Martin Fraser, concludes that it has lost the confidence of the opposition and has becomine a distraction, and on that basis should be wound down.

For democracy to work, governments must have ways of communicating to citizens how their money is being spent and what decisions are being taken in th(...)

The Department of the Taoiseach was spending much of its justifying the SCU’s very existence, the report finds. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The controversy surrounding the Strategic Communications Unit became so overwhelming for the Department of the Taoiseach that it had a negative impact(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said advertorials for the launch of the National Development Plan – Project Ireland 2040 – in national and regional newspapers and online media for five days last month cost €384,372. FIle photograph: Getty Images

Cinema and newspaper advertising costs for the launch of the National Development Plan – Project Ireland 2040 – was almost €500,000, final figures hav(...)

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