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# department-of-the-taoiseach - Tuesday 28 April, 2020

Debunked: No, this image does not show an official government announcement about the lifting of restrictions

This image has been shared widely on WhatsApp recently.

# department-of-the-taoiseach - Tuesday 21 February, 2017

Taoiseach spent twice as much on photos last year compared to 2015

€3,000 was spent to cover cost of photographing the visit of Joe Biden.

# department-of-the-taoiseach - Tuesday 3 January, 2017

The government brought in word processors in the 1980s - and civil servants weren't too happy

One civil servant had to routinely work through lunch and late in the day to catch up on work.

# department-of-the-taoiseach - Thursday 15 September, 2016

Independent ministers are hiring a 'political coordinator' to liaise with their government partners

The successful candidate will earn a salary between €70,000 to more than €90,000.

# department-of-the-taoiseach - Thursday 12 March, 2015

The vast majority of staff in Enda Kenny's office are proud to work there

That’s according to a new survey that was carried out last year.

# department-of-the-taoiseach - Tuesday 24 June, 2014

Micheál Martin asks Enda Kenny to withdraw a 'partisan slur', Taoiseach declines

A long-running row over whether documents about the bank guarantee went missing in the Department of the Taoiseach continued today.

# department-of-the-taoiseach - Tuesday 10 June, 2014

President Higgins has a new senior aide

The new Secretary General has been named as Art O’Leary.

# department-of-the-taoiseach - Sunday 23 February, 2014

No written record of Taoiseach asking for bank guarantee documents

Enda Kenny made a ‘verbal’ request to his department’s Secretary General for records related to the decision to issue a blanket guarantee of the Irish banking system.

# department-of-the-taoiseach - Friday 25 October, 2013

Want to see what staff members in the Taoiseach's department get paid?

The 17 staff members appointed by the Taoiseach have an annual salary between them of almost €1.4 million.

# department-of-the-taoiseach - Sunday 6 October, 2013

Taoiseach had 'no difficulty' releasing Seanad referendum documents - but he didn't

Enda Kenny told Micheál Martin he would forward information about the Seanad referendum compiled by a unit in his department to the Fianna Fáil leader but this didn’t happen before Friday’s vote.

# department-of-the-taoiseach - Saturday 14 September, 2013

Here are the sign-in books for the Finance and Taoiseach departments from September 2008

The books are not a complete record of who visited the Departments in the weeks before the bank guarantee was issued but provide a fascinating insight.

# department-of-the-taoiseach - Saturday 10 August, 2013

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.

# department-of-the-taoiseach - Wednesday 24 July, 2013

Taoiseach's office spent €50k on courses for staff last year

Figures released by the department show that 269 staff were sent for additional training by the department in the 2012/2013 academic year.

# department-of-the-taoiseach - Saturday 20 July, 2013

Over €9,000 spent on redesign of Taoiseach’s website

The new-look website was recently the subject of an overhaul that cost a little over €9,000.

# department-of-the-taoiseach - Monday 15 July, 2013

No full record of who visited Taoiseach's department on bank guarantee night

Enda Kenny has revealed that their is no exhaustive record of who visited his Department during the period leading up to the State guarantee of the banks nearly five years ago.

# department-of-the-taoiseach - Wednesday 10 July, 2013

Did the Taoiseach talk to staff in his department about the bank guarantee?

The Taoiseach did not directly address a question about seeking oral or written recollections from seven senior staff in his department who worked there during the period of the bank guarantee five years ago.

# department-of-the-taoiseach - Monday 8 July, 2013

FF: Claims of no bank guarantee documents are 'a lie', and this FOI proves it Exclusive

The government continues to insist that there are no documents in existence which explain the rationale behind the decision to guarantee the banks in September 2008.

# department-of-the-taoiseach - Sunday 30 December, 2012

1982: 'Ireland', 'Éire' and why both aren't written on postage stamps 55c

1982: 'Ireland', 'Éire' and why both aren't written on postage stamps

Government thought that using the word ‘Ireland’ would be problematic as unionists regarded it as referring to the 32 counties.

# department-of-the-taoiseach - Friday 28 December, 2012

1982: Haughey, America and "The Troubles"

Newly released documents show Ireland’s attempts to engage American President Ronald Reagan on Northern Ireland and to counter British propaganda.

30 years ago: Anger at Irish Government over IRA bombings

Newly released documents related to the Hyde Park and Regents Park bombings show that people both at home and abroad thought that Ireland’s government weren’t doing enough to stamp out the IRA.

# department-of-the-taoiseach - Tuesday 18 December, 2012

Government defends cost of €244k EU presidency website

The website for Ireland’s six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union cost the taxpayer €244,741.71.

# department-of-the-taoiseach - Thursday 13 December, 2012

Referendum Commission head criticises government's Fiscal Compact book

Justice Kevin Feeney says the Government’s booklet, separate to its own, caused “confusion among the public”.

# department-of-the-taoiseach - Monday 20 August, 2012

Here’s what the Taoiseach’s Department puts on its credit cards Exclusive

The Department of the Taoiseach ran up credit card bills of almost €25,000 in Enda Kenny’s first year in office.

# department-of-the-taoiseach - Tuesday 17 July, 2012

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VIDEO: Kenny, Martin argue over 'missing' bank guarantee files

Fianna Fáil says the Taoiseach is “throwing out conspiracies like a man standing at a bar at a pub”.

# department-of-the-taoiseach - Friday 4 May, 2012

Nine legal staff on Moriarty Tribunal earned €33.7 million

The Public Accounts Committee is told that Enda Kenny may have to seek extra funding from the Dáil to cover costs.

# department-of-the-taoiseach - Sunday 28 August, 2011

Mystery surrounds the work of Bertie's €265k secretaries

A report in today’s Sunday Times has revealed that €265,000 has been allotted to Bertie Ahern since he stepped down in 2008 for ‘secretarial services’ relating to his role as a former Taoiseach.