Sir Humphrey

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The Tax Strategy Group recommends that politicians consider committing to an annual 0.25 to 0.5 point increase in PRSI rates for a period of five to 10 years.

There are quite a few places in the just-published Tax Strategy Group papers where you might reasonably speculate that senior civil servants are putti(...)

 In Dublin, “hazard” used to be the actual term for a taxi-rank, or its forerunner, the cab-stand. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Amid a mountain of old newspaper cuttings on my desk recently, I found one with the headline: “Man leaves Porsche in taxi rank to go to a Paris nightc(...)

Tom Ryan: has been  involved in the business of the association through the GAA’s management committee and another key body, the joint review committee. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho Dublin

Given the scale of change that faces the GAA in the years ahead, starting with a radical experiment to shorten the inter-county season and create addi(...)

The Money Advice and Budgeting Service was founded by volunteers to address poverty and crippling indebtedness. Along with the Citizens Information Services, it is at risk .  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Citizens Information Board (CIB) wants to disband the governance structures of two highly effective and well-regarded locally based organisations,(...)

Ciaran Rohan is General Secretary of the Association of Higher Civil and Public Servants

Whenever public sector pay makes it onto the political agenda, civil and public servants brace themselves for a slew of overly critical articles and o(...)

Marie Collins from One in Four: It is doubtful she will be moved by the new “understanding” currently wafting from some in the Vatican. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

It has been said of some senior civil servants, in Ireland as elsewhere, that they believe governments are elected to carry out their will. Such Sir H(...)

An anti-water charges protest in Dublin last year. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The expert commission which looked at the issue of water funding was not conducting its work in laboratory conditions. Comprised as it was of professi(...)

Shane Ross: Eight years on the county council, nine Seanad terms and counting down his second Dail term but still unprepared for the OCI ticketing scandal.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Isn’t it grand to see the confidence of some of the newbies in the Dáil? In situ just a few months and already Sean Canney, the Independent Alliance T(...)

Sir Antony Jay, co-writer of influential BBC government satire Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, has died at the age of 86.  Photograph: PA Wire

Sir Antony Jay, co-writer of influential BBC government satire Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, has died at the age of 86. Yes Minister was a b(...)

Banking Inquiry: Former secretary general, Department of Finance Kevin Cardiff recounted a hilarious Sir Humphrey-type conversation at the time with a colleague from another country. Photograph: Leah Farrell/Photocall Ireland

It turns out that Ireland’s double Eurovision winner Johnny Logan isn’t just popular in Turkey. Kevin Cardiff said yesterday that Logan was also a hit(...)

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