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# Department of the Taoiseach

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# Secretary General
John Callinan has been appointed as Ireland's top civil servant
Callinan will replace Martin Fraser as Secretary General of the Department of the Taoiseach.
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# Level 3
High levels of compliance with Covid-19 restrictions are reported but concerns remain around sport and shopping
22,000 inspections have been carried out since restrictions were implemented.
# NAMA commission
Taoiseach says that cost of NAMA commission so far is over €2.5 million
So far, €2.5 million has been spent on the commission since it was established in 2017.
# debunked
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.
# Say Cheese
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.
# Word processing problems
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.
# job vacancy
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.
# Speaking out
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.
# Missing documents claim
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.
# Secretary General
President Higgins has a new senior aide
The new Secretary General has been named as Art O’Leary.
# Verbal request
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.
# Special Advisers
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.
# Seanad referendum
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.
# Bank Guarantee
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.
# 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.
# Cost
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.
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.
# Bank Guarantee
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.
# Bank Guarantee
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.
# Bank Guarantee
FF: Claims of no bank guarantee documents are 'a lie', and this FOI proves it
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.
# 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.
# 1982
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.
# 1982
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.
# eu presidency
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.
# fiscal compact
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”.
# Credit Cards
Here’s what the Taoiseach’s Department puts on its credit cards
The Department of the Taoiseach ran up credit card bills of almost €25,000 in Enda Kenny’s first year in office.
# Bank Guarantee
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”.
# Moriarty Tribunal
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.
# Expenses
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.