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Papal Mass, Phoenix Park, 2018: TD Catherine Murphy said expenditure on big events  is part of a ‘balance sheet’ between public importance and a purely economic factor. File photograph: AFP

The final cost to the State of the papal Mass in 2018 in the Phoenix Park was just under €9 million, new figures show. Details released to Social Dem(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath is set to  tell the Cabinet new reform plans in education, health, higher education, local government and the Irish Prison Service are to be signed off and published by  May 15th. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Cabinet is expected to this week formally approve the establishment of an expert group to look at unwinding controversial additional unpaid hours (...)

The Minister said ‘there is a logic in providing support . . . during the off-peak rather than the peak season’. Photograph: PressEye

The Government may consider a voucher scheme option to encourage tourism in the off-peak season according to Minister for Public Expenditure and Refor(...)

 Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/RollingMews.ie

It is part of the job of a competent public relations professional to throw the best possible light on any messages conveyed by the client, if the PR (...)

Helen McEntee  pictured before going on maternity leave. Photograph: Tom Honan

Helen McEntee has become the first serving Cabinet Minister to give birth while in office. Ms McEntee temporarily stepped aside on Tuesday as Ministe(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath has been asked if the Government now believes that the salary increase of more than €80,000 for the ro(...)

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) has approved the use of  the Johnson and Johnson (Janssen)  vaccine and relaxed its restrictions on the AstraZeneca shot. Photograph: EPA

The State’s Covid-19 vaccination programme received a double boost last night when the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) gave the go-ahe(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe:  “Our public debt is approaching a quarter of a trillion euros.” Photograph: Julien Behal

The Cabinet will be warned today that current levels of public spending are unsustainable at Ireland’s existing tax base. However, fearing a politic(...)

Robert Watt’s time in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform was due to end in April after a decade there in the top role. File photograph: Collins

Sometime before lunch on December 23rd Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath quietly abandoned long-held traditions that have gov(...)

 Robert Watt worked as interim secretary general at the Department of Health until Cabinet decided on Tuesday to appoint him to the permanent position. File photograph: Collins Photos

Robert Watt, the newly appointed Department of Health secretary general, is being asked to explain how his waiving of some of the €292,000 salary that(...)

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