Robert Watt

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Garda commissioner: Nóirín O’Sullivan will be entitled to a lump sum of almost €290,000 and a pension of €90,000. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government believes the new Garda commissioner will need to be paid about €300,000, or 65 per cent more than the current salary, if strong interna(...)

Sanita Zarina at home in Longford with a picture of her daughter, Dace.  'I can’t get back my daughter,' she says. 'I can’t get back a future with her. I can’t get grandchildren from her.' Photograph: Peter Murtagh

The last time Sanita Zarina saw her daughter, she was dead. But even in death, the only part of 22-year-old Dace her mother was advised to inspect wa(...)

Paschal Donohoe: many of the economic choices facing the State will fall to him. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The MacGill Summer School, held annually in Glenties, Co Donegal, and which has been taking place all this week, is easy to parody. Official Ireland t(...)

“Sometimes we give the impression the tooth fairy is going to fund infrastructure,” Robert Watt, secretary-general at the Department of Public Expenditure. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Choosing where to build half a million new homes over the coming two decades will be the major challenge facing successive governments, according to R(...)

Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty said the danger for Ireland was that “10 executives make a decision and we’re into serious austerity”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Department of Finance has said a shortfall in expected taxation revenue in the first quarter of the year was not yet a cause for worry “but they a(...)

83% per cent of people who have dealt with public servants  expressed satisfaction, up from 76% in 2015. Photograph: iStock

Public satisfaction with public servants is at the highest level recorded to date, according to the latest in a series of official surveys. Some 83 pe(...)

The public sector also offers perhaps the best opportunities for the right kind of balance between career and personal life. Photograph: Johnny Greig/Getty

The public sector has always been a popular career choice for Irish graduates and aspiring recruits. Aside from the more well-known advantages – like(...)

Recent figures from the DPP, released under the Freedom of Information Act, show barristers in private practice were paid €14m by the State last year to prosecute cases, an increase of 4.6%. Photograph: The Irish Times

Barristers prosecuting criminal cases on behalf of the State have demanded a fees increase from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), saying the (...)

Aaaron Eckhart as Nick Naylor, a tobacco industry lobbyist in ‘Thank You for Smoking’

There is a brilliant scene in the 2006 film, Thank You for Smoking, where Aaron Eckhart’s character, Nick Naylor, a tobacco industry lobbyist with que(...)

Civil Public and Services Union general secretary Eoin Ronayne said there was nothing to stop the in-coming Government from entering into talks on bringing forward elements of the existing Lansdowne Road agreement which is scheduled to run until 2018. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Lower-paid civil servants are to seek the Government to bring forward the payment of a €1,000 increase scheduled for September 2017 to accelerate the (...)

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