In 2014, 13 bodies under the  control of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport had a credit card bill of €2,700,753 and a further one of €2,967,010 in 2015. File photograph: Getty Images

State bodies spent €11,288,798 using credit cards over two years, new figures have revealed. Information released to Fianna Fáil spokesman on public (...)

An analysis by The Irish Times coupled with the findings of recent academic research suggests that while a total of 62 quangos were terminated in the past six years, as many as 40 new agencies have been created, some 14 of them involving the merger of old agencies.

The ambitious “quango cull” of State agencies promised by Fine Gael and Labour in the run-up to the 2011 general election has amounted to a net reduct(...)

Former minister for public expenditure Brendan Howlin, who promised that 48 bodies would be abolished or merged, but the changes were incremental rather than instrumental Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Of all the three-card political tricks played in the last decade, the “quango cull” must rank as the most audacious. In the run-up to the 2011 gener(...)

Dr Ken Whitaker: “If you live long enough you would be either canonised or found out.” File photograph: David Sleator

Every country has its heroes. Some are generals, some are conquerors, some even tinsel celebrities. Few countries would nominate a long-retired civil (...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton noted how Ireland – A Directory 2016 chronicled Ireland changing from a black and white world of the 1960s, 70s and 80s, as represented by photographs, into the technicolor country it is today. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The Administration Yearbook of the Institute of Public Administration, a hardy annual publication at the turn of the year, has been rebranded as Irela(...)

Alan Kelly: set September 30th deadline for Cork local government review report. Photograph: Eric Luke

The chairman of an independent review group set up to recommend reform of local government structures in Cork has expressed satisfaction with the leve(...)

Jim Breslin returns to the Department of Health after serving as inaugural secretary general at the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has announced the appointment of Jim Breslin as secretary general of the Department of Health. Mr Breslin rejoins the(...)

The research behind Public Sector Reform in Ireland  was carried out by Richard Boyle of the Institute of Public Administration. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

More than half of local government executives feel politicians interfere with their routine activities, a new report claims.The research behind Publi(...)

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has warned against “constant criticism” of the Garda.   Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times.

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has warned against “constant criticism” of the Garda. In a lengthy address on ‘Good G(...)

Prof Donnacha Kavanagh: “We need to create some sort of process where contrarian arguments are not only tolerated but celebrated.”

Ireland has been doing well in terms of promoting innovation in recent years. Certainly the evidence, in terms of the new wave of Irish businesses mar(...)

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