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# Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

This year
# Leaders' Questions
Taoiseach defends Paschal Donohoe as minister due to make Dáil statement on undeclared donations
Opposition TDs have called for a full explanation from the Minister, as well as the opportunity to ask questions.
Last year
# pay talks
Public sector pay talks run to 3am but no deal reached
ICTU President Kevin Callinan said some progress was made and negotiations remained civil, but the gap between sides may not be bridged.
All time
# Transparency
Freedom of Information Act to be reviewed by government
The Act will be reviewed for the first time since being updated in 2014.
# Pay increase
Harris says it's 'important' Oireachtas gets opportunity to scrutinise salary hike for new Dept of Health Sec Gen
Questions have been raised about the government’s decision to sanction a pay rise of €81,000 for the post.
Senior civil servant said media outlets had 'agenda' against the Public Services Card
The government’s chief information officer singled out the Irish Times in a mail sent to other senior civil servants.
# Public Services Card
Top civil servant not attending committee is 'an affront to democracy'
Chairperson John McGuinness says committee wants to discuss the cost of the PSC to date.
# Pay
Consultants blame government for staffing 'crisis' as report finds pay higher than UK levels
A government report found that Irish consultants have higher gross salaries than the UK or New Zealand.
Opinion: The PSC could become the most expensive administrative error in the history of the State
Three million Irish citizens could be entitled to compensation if the project is found to be unlawful, writes Simon McGarr.
# Your Say
Poll: Should civil servants be entitled to time off in order to deal with a marriage breakup?
Currently, civil servants and teachers are entitled to 1.5 days paid leave at the time of a marital breakdown to help deal with legal issues.
# Sneaky fashion
Stopped welfare payments and getting a passport abroad - the Irish haven't been shy complaining about the PSC
A great deal of ire has been directed at the government over the rollout of the card.
# gender balance
New rules mean top jobs in Irish civil service must go to women
When it’s between two candidates of equal merit, female candidates will be priorities.
# Reform
Howlin wants to know what you think about public bodies sharing data
A public consultation process has been announced ahead of the publication of the Data-Sharing and Governance Bill.
# MacGill
This top civil servant wants to talk about making it easier to sack public sector workers
Robert Watt has admitted it is easier to sack workers in the private sector than it is in the public sector.
# Injured
Garda bodies launch High Court challenge to sick pay changes
Sick and injured gardaí have already been moved to lower rates of sick pay as changes in legislation reduce the amount of time they can receive the full rate.
# Budget 2014
Cigarettes and lots of debt: 7 things in Budget 2014 that you may have missed
We’ve read the Budget documents so you don’t have to…
# Budget 2014
IN FULL: Brendan Howlin's Budget 2014 speech
Medical cards, GP care for children, a levy on banks and more…
# Awkward
The Minister who 'couldn't be bothered' with Twitter is doing a Budget Q&A on Twitter
Someone’s changed their tune…
# Up All Night
The long weekend: Finance staff in the office today and tomorrow as Budget finalised
The finer details of the Budget will be worked on this weekend.
# Tax Transparency
How does the government spend your taxes? This TD can tell you
Or rather Eoghan Murphy’s tax transparency calculator can give you a good idea of what your hard-earned money is being spent on
# Rubber Stamp
Ombudsman's Office will have to wait "a few weeks" to sign off on "a small number of cases"
A lack of a system to handle the changeover in the Ombudsman’s Office means that there will be nobody to rubber stamp some cases.
# Jobswatch
Want to work in the civil service? New jobs being advertised from today
The civil service is looking to fill positions in the Departments of Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform in the coming months.
# Freedom of Information
Government acknowledges section of new FOI bill 'may cause difficulties'
The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform will consider if section 17 of the new FOI bill needs to be altered in the wake of correspondence from the Information Commissioner.
# Bank Guarantee
Taoiseach won't say if record-keeping methods have changed in his department
Enda Kenny has bemoaned the “paucity” of documentation in his Department related to the previous government’s decision to issue a bank guarantee in September 2008 but won’t say if record-keeping methods have changed.
# Freedom of Information
Cabinet papers from 2008 set to become available
Changes to Freedom of Information (FOI) rules mean government deliberations from five-years-ago will be available on request.
# Cabinet chatter
Howlin: 'Many an important economic issue resolved over a mug of tea'
Brendan Howlin says it would be impossible for one minister to deal with the workload he shares with Michael Noonan.
# Consultants
HSE fails to submit €74 million worth of consultant claims
An Oireachtas report found that consultants were not signing off on claims and recommended that the HSE look at naming those holding up the collection of income.
# Croke Park II
Croke Park II will cut nurses wages by 11.1pc, not 1.7pc - INMO
Phil O’Shea from the IMNO said that government figures of a 1.7 per cent drop were incorrect.
# Public Service
Government shrugs off EU fears to proceeds with public job cuts
Brendan Howlin today confirmed he was continuing with plans to cut public staff numbers by 9,500 in two years.
# Exchequer Returns
Exchequer deficit reduced by €10bn in 2012 to €14.9bn
VAT and corporation tax recorded surpluses, while income tax and excise duties recorded shortfalls.
# Budget 2013
Budget 2013 to be held over one day, after Labour's "serious political miscalculation"
Budget 2013 will take place over a single day this year, unlike the coalition’s first budget last year, which took place over two.
# Ireland Stat
Government launches performance measure website
How is Ireland doing? The Government has launched a pilot performance measurement website Ireland Stat to answer that question.
# Exchequer Returns
Latest figures show government's tax income ahead of target
The Exchequer Returns for the end of July show the tax take is 2.5 per cent ahead of target, and 9 per cent up on last year.
# Consultants
Over €7m spent on consultants since government took office
Figures disclosed in parliamentary questions last week reveal the expenditure on consultancy services by the government since last year.
# Performance
Brendan Howlin publishes 'report cards' on all departments
An “unprecedented” amount of information on Government budgeting and targets has been released, Howlin said.
# Education
Teachers angry as allowances suspended
The Teachers Union of Ireland has claimed the suspension will lead to a further loss of income for new teachers of up to 15 per cent.
# Public Service
Cost of public sector pay rises to be halved this year – Howlin
The length-of-service increments will cost the taxpayer €90million in 2012 – down from €180million last year.
# millions
Here’s how much the Government spent on legal fees last year...
Enda Kenny said proposals for a competitive tendering process to cut costs have been rejected.
# Civil Service
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.
# Pay Cuts
Brendan Howlin: No guarantees on public sector pay cuts
The Minister for Public Expenditure has said “all bets are off” unless savings are delivered under the Croke Park deal.
# Public Spending
Find 20 per cent in government spending cuts, ministers ordered
Minister Brendan Howlin has asked his cabinet colleagues to submit far-reaching plans to slash spending.