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#Public Service

# public-service - Wednesday 4 July, 2012

Explainer: How much sick leave can civil servants take?
# Sick Leave
# Sick Leave

Explainer: How much sick leave can civil servants take?

Jul 4th 2012, 10:39 AM 23,575 Views 34 Comments

Here’s what the official regulations say…

€26million: The annual bill for sick leave in the civil service
# Sick Leave
# Sick Leave

€26million: The annual bill for sick leave in the civil service

Jul 4th 2012, 9:01 AM 4,920 Views 99 Comments

In one Government department, the average employee had a day off sick every three weeks.

# public-service - Thursday 28 June, 2012

Howlin insists: If Unions keep Croke Park commitments, we’ll keep ours
# Croke Park Deal
# Croke Park Deal

Howlin insists: If Unions keep Croke Park commitments, we’ll keep ours

Jun 28th 2012, 1:03 PM 3,667 Views 60 Comments

The public expenditure minister tells the Dáil that lower-paid public servants will not have their increments cut.

Pension changes to impact former taoisigh and those on “Rolls Royce” salaries
# Pensions
# Pensions

Pension changes to impact former taoisigh and those on “Rolls Royce” salaries

Jun 28th 2012, 7:30 AM 4,330 Views 24 Comments

A proposed new scheme will benefit lower paid public servants, says Minister Brendan Howlin.

# public-service - Wednesday 27 June, 2012

€25k left unallocated for wheelchair-accessible taxis
# Accessibility
# Accessibility

€25k left unallocated for wheelchair-accessible taxis

Jun 27th 2012, 6:45 AM 4,402 Views 2 Comments

Irish Wheelchair Association believes that, even with grant aid, VAT and VRT on accessible taxis and cabs are “prohibitively” high.

# public-service - Sunday 17 June, 2012

Croke Park agreement 'should not exist at all' - Eddie Hobbs
# Croke Park
# Croke Park

Croke Park agreement 'should not exist at all' - Eddie Hobbs

Jun 17th 2012, 12:53 PM 7,226 Views 44 Comments

The financial advisor and broadcaster said the deal cocooned higher-level public servants and targeted cuts at the most vulnerable.

# public-service - Friday 15 June, 2012

Croke Park deal: Unions reject Varadkar suggestion to allow redundancies
# Croke Park Deal
# Croke Park Deal

Croke Park deal: Unions reject Varadkar suggestion to allow redundancies

Jun 15th 2012, 11:50 AM 3,491 Views 50 Comments

Trade unions are confused by the logic behind Leo Varadkar’s suggestions that some public staff should be laid off.

# public-service - Wednesday 13 June, 2012

'Croke Park must deliver more savings': Mixed reaction to latest review
# Croke Park Agreement
# Croke Park Agreement

'Croke Park must deliver more savings': Mixed reaction to latest review

Jun 13th 2012, 8:40 PM 4,269 Views 68 Comments

While business group Chambers Ireland called for more cuts in the public sector, unions pointed to the effect the agreement has had on the lower-paid in the public service.

Croke Park deal saved €920m in second year, report says
# Croke Park Deal
# Croke Park Deal

Croke Park deal saved €920m in second year, report says

Jun 13th 2012, 12:34 PM 2,579 Views 40 Comments

The Implementation Body for the public service pay deal says savings of €900m have been made between pay and non-pay.

# public-service - Saturday 19 May, 2012

Here is the week's news... skewed
# Not The News
From The Daily Edge
# Not The News

Here is the week's news... skewed

May 19th 2012, 6:00 PM 2,137 Views 4 Comments

BREAKING via The Mire wire: The Government’s You Retire, We Rehire policy; Israel to take on Ireland; the second referendum that won’t happen will be held on 22 June.

# public-service - Tuesday 15 May, 2012

Department defends reappointment of top servant who retired 18 months ago
# Retirements
# Retirements

Department defends reappointment of top servant who retired 18 months ago

May 15th 2012, 1:31 PM 3,822 Views 39 Comments

An assistant secretary-general at the Department of Agriculture retired in 2010, but will stay on until October at least.

# public-service - Friday 11 May, 2012

45 years: average age of civil servants as staffing levels approach crisis point
# Civil Service
# Civil Service

45 years: average age of civil servants as staffing levels approach crisis point

May 11th 2012, 3:03 PM 4,179 Views 50 Comments

The country’s top civil servants say more urgency is needed on staffing levels, with some public servants taking on the work of two or three people.

# public-service - Friday 27 April, 2012

National Library awarded for social media savvy
# Online
# Online

National Library awarded for social media savvy

Apr 27th 2012, 2:29 PM 3,059 Views 5 Comments

Fáilte Ireland gets overall prize in eGovernment awards for their Discover Ireland online campaign.

# public-service - Wednesday 25 April, 2012

Howlin confirms review of €1.5bn of public sector allowances
# Public Sector
# Public Sector

Howlin confirms review of €1.5bn of public sector allowances

Apr 25th 2012, 8:48 AM 4,007 Views 69 Comments

One union says it expects the review of some 800 different allowances and that some will go.

# public-service - Tuesday 24 April, 2012

Government paying €10m a year on parking for public servants
# Parking
# Parking

Government paying €10m a year on parking for public servants

Apr 24th 2012, 4:21 PM 4,028 Views 25 Comments

OPW says that renting a Dublin parking space costs the state an average €2,428 a year.

# public-service - Thursday 12 April, 2012

Government unveils 'master plan' to move public services online
# EGovernment
# EGovernment

Government unveils 'master plan' to move public services online

Apr 12th 2012, 9:22 PM 6,280 Views 50 Comments

The eGovernment plan hopes to allow adults renew passports, apply for driving licences, and file company documents online by 2013.

# public-service - Saturday 7 April, 2012

Column: How do you solve a problem like the public sector?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: How do you solve a problem like the public sector?

Apr 7th 2012, 8:15 AM 3,980 Views 115 Comments

The public sector is old, bewildered and struggling, writes Cormac McGrane. Here’s what we need to do.

# public-service - Thursday 29 March, 2012

Public sector bashing 'has become a blood sport' - Hayes
# Public Service
# Public Service

Public sector bashing 'has become a blood sport' - Hayes

Mar 29th 2012, 10:31 AM 4,055 Views 73 Comments

However, Hayes warned that a cultural change was essential for Ireland’s economic recovery.

# public-service - Saturday 24 March, 2012

Column: Here's why we turn empty properties into art spaces
# Read Me
# Read Me

Column: Here's why we turn empty properties into art spaces

Mar 24th 2012, 6:00 PM 146 Views 5 Comments

“Raise the shutters on a vacant unit, and life returns to an area”: Arts initiative PrettyvacanT Dublin on bringing energy through art back to abandoned buildings.

# public-service - Saturday 10 March, 2012

# public-service - Friday 9 March, 2012

TheJournal.ie’s progress report for the Government: Public sector reform
# One Year In
# One Year In

TheJournal.ie’s progress report for the Government: Public sector reform

Mar 9th 2012, 2:00 AM 577 Views 2 Comments

The government promised to cut public sector numbers, increase accountability and improve performance. What’s happened?

# public-service - Tuesday 6 March, 2012

Kevin Cardiff's Department of Finance successor named
# Secretary General
# Secretary General

Kevin Cardiff's Department of Finance successor named

Mar 6th 2012, 6:17 PM 5,103 Views 42 Comments

The department’s Second Secretary is stepping up to the top post following Cardiff’s appointment to the European Court of Auditors.

# public-service - Saturday 3 March, 2012

Public service pay drop bigger than in private sector
# Wages
# Wages

Public service pay drop bigger than in private sector

Mar 3rd 2012, 12:34 PM 7,054 Views 111 Comments

…but average wages are still falling overall, new figures show.

# public-service - Friday 2 March, 2012

Over 7,000 applied to retire from public sector last month
# Retirements
# Retirements

Over 7,000 applied to retire from public sector last month

Mar 2nd 2012, 6:21 PM 3,057 Views 17 Comments

Brendan Howlin says that the number of staff in the public sector has fallen by more than the target set for 2011.

# public-service - Monday 6 February, 2012

'Transition teams' set up to manage public sector's pension exodus
# Retirements
# Retirements

'Transition teams' set up to manage public sector's pension exodus

Feb 6th 2012, 9:10 AM 1,822 Views 24 Comments

Enda Kenny says high-level special units have been established to make sure that retirements next month do not hit services.

# public-service - Friday 3 February, 2012

McCarthy bemoans Government's "ham-fisted" public retirement scheme
# Retirements
# Retirements

McCarthy bemoans Government's "ham-fisted" public retirement scheme

Feb 3rd 2012, 9:00 AM 2,430 Views 28 Comments

The chairman of An Bord Snip Nua attacks the “very poorly designed” system which may leave the public sector understaffed.

# public-service - Tuesday 31 January, 2012

Column: Why should our government have the right to hide from its citizens?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Why should our government have the right to hide from its citizens?

Jan 31st 2012, 7:30 AM 856 Views 25 Comments

Our leaders are spending our money in our names, writes Aaron McKenna – so why won’t they let us know how?

# public-service - Thursday 26 January, 2012

Cost of public sector pay rises to be halved this year – Howlin
# Public Service
# Public Service

Cost of public sector pay rises to be halved this year – Howlin

Jan 26th 2012, 7:15 AM 2,671 Views 66 Comments

The length-of-service increments will cost the taxpayer €90million in 2012 – down from €180million last year.

# public-service - Wednesday 25 January, 2012

Top civil servant to retire, aged 55, with €430,000 package
# Pay And Pensions
# Pay And Pensions

Top civil servant to retire, aged 55, with €430,000 package

Jan 25th 2012, 12:23 PM 5,072 Views 60 Comments

Meanwhile, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has revealed that one civil servant has taken a voluntary pay cut of more than 50 per cent.

# public-service - Tuesday 17 January, 2012

Majority of FG-Lab councillors want Croke Park deal changed - survey
# Croke Park Deal
# Croke Park Deal

Majority of FG-Lab councillors want Croke Park deal changed - survey

Jan 17th 2012, 10:29 AM 2,049 Views 38 Comments

A survey carried out by a Fine Gael senator finds that two-thirds of FG and Labour councillors would back amending the deal.

# public-service - Monday 16 January, 2012

Police warn thieves that stolen cockroach gel is toxic
# Ouch
From The Daily Edge
# Ouch

Police warn thieves that stolen cockroach gel is toxic

Jan 16th 2012, 12:00 PM 3,588 Views 14 Comments

Manchester officers puzzled by robbery at town hall – but issue callout to warn burglars of dangers of stolen booty.

# public-service - Thursday 12 January, 2012

Public sector reforms need 'more urgency' to succeed - Hayes
# Public Sector Reform
# Public Sector Reform

Public sector reforms need 'more urgency' to succeed - Hayes

Jan 12th 2012, 8:01 AM 2,474 Views 39 Comments

The Minister of State has warned that pay cuts will be back on the agenda if Croke Park changes are not pushed through.

# public-service - Wednesday 14 December, 2011

Column: The Government promised ‘war on quangos’ – so why are they creating new ones?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: The Government promised ‘war on quangos’ – so why are they creating new ones?

Dec 14th 2011, 7:30 AM 90 Views 52 Comments

A whole new layer of bureaucracy is part of the Government’s fiscal plan, writes Fianna Fáil TD Seán Fleming.

# public-service - Monday 12 December, 2011

Croke Park Deal may be renegotiated if economy slumps - Rabbitte
# Croke Park Deal
# Croke Park Deal

Croke Park Deal may be renegotiated if economy slumps - Rabbitte

Dec 12th 2011, 8:21 AM 2,636 Views 84 Comments

The communications minister says a torrid economy could well force the government to revisit the current public pay deal.

# public-service - Friday 9 December, 2011

Public service will lose 9,000 staff in next three months - Howlin
# Public Sector
# Public Sector

Public service will lose 9,000 staff in next three months - Howlin

Dec 9th 2011, 11:20 AM 2,342 Views 10 Comments

Public expenditure minister Brendan Howlin says around 9,000 staff will take advantage of a handsome pension deal and retire.

# public-service - Wednesday 30 November, 2011

Two million staff on strike, in UK's biggest action since 1979
# United Kingdom
# United Kingdom

Two million staff on strike, in UK's biggest action since 1979

Nov 30th 2011, 11:07 AM 1,437 Views 9 Comments

Public sector workers are striking, over government proposals to make staff work longer and pay more in order to earn pensions.

# public-service - Sunday 20 November, 2011

Budget leaks: Dublin and Brussels in €300m dispute over public pay bill
# Budget 2012
# Budget 2012

Budget leaks: Dublin and Brussels in €300m dispute over public pay bill

Nov 20th 2011, 9:29 AM 5,896 Views 63 Comments

The government says cutting public jobs will save €2.5bn by 2015 – but the European Commission’s draft report is far less optimistic.

# public-service - Friday 18 November, 2011

Public service reform plans are 'weak' and 'wrong' says opposition
# Public Sector
# Public Sector

Public service reform plans are 'weak' and 'wrong' says opposition

Nov 18th 2011, 7:57 AM 1,409 Views 22 Comments

The government has been criticised for proposing to cut 23,500 jobs in the public sector over the next four years.