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#Civil Service

# civil-service - Wednesday 4 July, 2012

Poll: Should a doctor's note be needed for all sick days? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should a doctor's note be needed for all sick days?

Sick leave costs the Government and businesses millions every year. So should employees have to provide proof?

Explainer: How much sick leave can civil servants take?

Here’s what the official regulations say…

Shoes, health insurance top ups and school fees - public service allowances revealed

Millions in school fees and cost of living expenses are paid to those posted overseas, while details of allowances paid across many of the departments have been revealed.

# civil-service - Tuesday 15 May, 2012

Department defends reappointment of top servant who retired 18 months ago

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

# civil-service - Friday 11 May, 2012

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

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.

# civil-service - Monday 23 April, 2012

Nearly two-thirds of civil servants in line for pay increase this year

63 per cent of civil servants – including 2,776 who already earn over €70k – are entitled to ‘increments’ this year.

# civil-service - Wednesday 11 April, 2012

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Nine things you need to know this morning…

# civil-service - Monday 12 March, 2012

€85k spent on hiring internal candidate to succeed Cardiff is 'best practice'

The government has defended the amount spent on hiring a successor to Kevin Cardiff from within the Department of Finance after details of the cost were revealed by TV3 News.

# civil-service - Saturday 10 March, 2012

Annual sick leave in public sector costs State over €551 million

Certified and uncertified sick days taken by civil and public service workers cost about €551.2 million per year.

# civil-service - Friday 9 March, 2012

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

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

# civil-service - Tuesday 6 March, 2012

Kevin Cardiff's Department of Finance successor named

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

# civil-service - Tuesday 28 February, 2012

Most Government departments seeking new staff to cope with retirements

More than 1,200 staff have retired from the civil service since January – almost twice the number expected in the whole of 2013.

Column: The public sector isn’t there to provide jobs, it’s there to work for us

Truly intelligent efficiencies would deliver more fulfilled workers as well as better services, writes Aaron McKenna.

# civil-service - Thursday 23 February, 2012

Brendan Howlin publishes 'report cards' on all departments

An “unprecedented” amount of information on Government budgeting and targets has been released, Howlin said.

# civil-service - Wednesday 15 February, 2012

Government to close three decentralised offices - report

RTÉ reports that the closure of decentralised offices of FÁS, the Equality Tribunal, and the Department of the Environment has been given the green light.

# civil-service - Tuesday 7 February, 2012

Leaders still struggling to find a deal for Greece as 15,000 jobs cut from civil service

The three coalition parties continue talks today after missing yet another deadline yesterday.

# civil-service - Wednesday 25 January, 2012

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

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.

# civil-service - Wednesday 11 January, 2012

Column: Abolish the Seanad? Here's a better idea to fix our political system

Parish-pump politics is crippling our democracy – so Simon Tuohy offers a radical new proposal to fix the system.

# civil-service - Wednesday 14 December, 2011

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

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

# civil-service - Thursday 24 November, 2011

Column: Pity Kevin Cardiff – he never signed up for public scrutiny

Cardiff’s humiliation at the EU was a rare example of political transparency – something our civil servants are far from familiar with, writes Aaron McKenna.

# civil-service - Wednesday 23 November, 2011

Cardiff could go back to old job - but has one day to apply

The post of Secretary-General at the Department of Finance requires “effective management” and “excellent co-ordination” with key agencies such as… the NTMA.

Civil servant Sean Gorman retires with €634,088 package

The secretary general at the Department of Jobs received a severance gratuity and a lump sum payment on his retirement on 22 October.

# civil-service - Thursday 17 November, 2011

Who has the civil service employed this year?

Some exceptions to the hiring moratorium have been granted by the Government – including posts for judiciary criers – but there was no place for new staff to answer calls made to the emergency services.

# civil-service - Wednesday 9 November, 2011

30 former government ministers receive pensions of over €100k

Bertie tops the list, followed by fellow former taoisigh Brian Cowen and Albert Reynolds…

# civil-service - Sunday 6 November, 2011

'No proper system of assessment' in the civil service

A newspaper report today shows that just nine out of almost 18,000 people in the civil service received poor performance ratings last year.

# civil-service - Thursday 20 October, 2011

One in five ministerial advisers breaking new salary cap

Six of the government staff are paid more than €92,000 a year – the rate at which wages were officially capped in July.

# civil-service - Saturday 10 September, 2011

In focus: how some civil servants accrue such massive pensions

Civil servants are entitled to enormous pensions largely because of rules brought in by politicians to boost their own retirement.

# civil-service - Thursday 8 September, 2011

Column: Emigrated? Well, good luck coming home again…

Sinead Moran came back to Ireland from Australia – and met a wall of hostile bureaucracy. She writes about her experiences.

# civil-service - Tuesday 6 September, 2011

Top civil servant received over €700,000 on retirement

A former Government Secetary General received a €700k golden handshake on his retirement this summer. However, the Department of Finance has said that pension caps will be put in place by this year’s Budget so such payouts will be a thing of the past.

# civil-service - Thursday 12 May, 2011

IMPACT asks civil service to 'look beyond' Croke Park deal

IMPACT’s general secretary tells a conference that a more sophisticated approach to redeployment is needed.

# civil-service - Saturday 16 April, 2011

Lower-paid civil servants vote to block Croke Park reforms

The Civil Public Services Union votes to bar co-operation with the public service reform, as well as approving strikes.

# civil-service - Tuesday 22 March, 2011

Op-ed: The civil service should be run as if it were a company

Simon Cunnane, a reader of TheJournal.ie, has been following the commentary on civil servants’ ‘privilege days’ – and believes those running it could learn a little from the management style of Henry Ford.

# civil-service - Monday 21 March, 2011

Civil servants hold onto their two 'privilege days'

The days – taken at Easter and Christmas – date back to pre-Independence days.

# civil-service - Wednesday 28 July, 2010

Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal released a list of the top 25 earners of the decade and it got us thinking.

Who are the best paid civil and public servants in Ireland? So we compiled a list from their respective annual reports. We’ve put their salaries together with the value of their known benefits and bonuses.

Perhaps the new McCarthy group will want to take a look at this.

1. Padraig McManus, CEO, ESB, €654,309

2. Declan Collier, CEO, Dublin Airport Authority, €568,100

3. John Corrigan, Head of NTMA, €500,000 + (Estimated as NTMA refuses to release salary details)

4. Brendan McDonagh, Head of NAMA, €500,000 + (Estimated as NAMA refuses to release salary details)

5. Mike Aynsley, CEO, Anglo Irish Bank, €500,000

6. Donal Connell, CEO, An Post €500,000

7. Cathal Magee, Chief Executive, HSE €415,000

8. Donal Byrne, CEO, Eirgrid, €407,000

9. John Mullins, CEO, Bord Gais, €394,000

10. Gabriel D’arcy CEO, Bord na Mona, €392,000

And what does poor old Taoiseach Brian Cowen earn? A measly €228,000 – not bad in comparison to his British counterpart David Cameron who’s only pulling in €169,500. There are sixty-six civil and public servants on higher pay than Cowen according to The Sunday Tribune.