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# Public Expenditure

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# Civil strife
Defence Department report: Ill-defined policy and 'extremely strained' civil-military interactions
The Capability Review of the Department of Defence was ordered in 2021 as part of the Civil Service Renewal Plan.
# Commission on Defence
Row between two government departments over cost of ramping up Ireland's Defence spending
Simon Coveney was due to deliver an action plan on defence to Cabinet in June.
# Ukraine
Decision on €400 payment to households who host Ukrainian refugees to be made 'shortly'
Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath says work is continuing across a number of departments.
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# Michael McGrath
Government to announce revamped restriction supports for businesses by Tuesday at the latest
Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath said that the Government was asking businesses to keep employees on their books if they can.
# Receipts
Minister refuses to rule out costs for National Children's Hospital surpassing €2 billion
The project has been hit with around 900 claims worth approximately €540 million.
# Michael McGrath
Public services among 'key objectives' that will frame budget, public expenditure minister says
The budget, which will be published next month, is also expected to include an increase in social welfare rates.
# Finance
The State's public service pension liability currently stands at €114.5 billion
The figure was calculated under the assumption that future pension increases will continue to be in line with pay rates
# Repayment
Ireland gets approval for early repayment of €5.5 billion in bailout loans
Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has this will save Ireland €150 million over the remaining life of the loans.
# there you go now
Ireland to repay €5.5 billion of bailout loans early to IMF, Denmark & Sweden
Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe says IMF chief Christine Lagarde has approved the deal.
# public service pay
Union recommends nurses back public service pay deal to roll back recession measures
The recommendation comes after the union received clarifications from the Department of Public Expenditure.
# make it rain
Poll: Should the Government reduce taxes?
Many economists believe that tax cuts are a bad idea.
# pay restoration
Paschal Donohoe is gearing up for a 'very demanding' public sector pay showdown
The Public Service Pay Commission will soon deliver its report.
# Music Festival
Garda awarded €30,000 after being hit on the head with stone 'the size of a melon'
The court heard the tinnitus was ongoing and the garda needed to avoid loud noise situations since being hit 5 years ago.
# budget 2016
IN FULL: Brendan Howlin's Budget speech
“Today we reap the benefits of the hard work and resilience of the Irish people.”
# public purse
Ministers don't have to explain most of their €1.4 million personal expenses
A new analysis of official figures by
# Appointments
Government: Fianna Fáil is wrong, new state board rules WILL apply to Irish Water
The Department of Public Expenditure denied there was a loophole in the new guidelines.
# ca-ching
Here's how much money Europe is giving us over the next seven years...
…and how it’s going to be spent.
# Read all about it
Here's Brendan Howlin's Budget speech in full
Hot on the heels of Michael Noonan, here’s what the Minister for Public Expenditure had to say.
# public purse
Do you have any ideas on how the Government should spend its money?
Howlin wants to hear from you.
# Money Back
Senior civil servants want their pay cuts reversed, and they've made it their union's "primary goal"
As part of the three-year Haddington Road Agreement, salaries above €65,000 that were cut were due to be restored when it expired.
# top-ups
€600k in leftover funding used to 'manipulate taxpayer', Creighton claims
Denied by Minister Howlin, she said money earmarked for TDs who are no longer Fine Gael or Labour parliamentary members would be used to make the public ‘vote in a particular way’.
# Public Expenditure
Can abuse of salary top-ups be avoided? 'With great difficulty,' says Howlin
The Minister for Public Expenditure said individual agreements across different organisations complicates the process.
# croke park 2
No deal on public pay means no protection against job cuts - Kenny
Enda Kenny says workers rejected the Croke Park 2 deal knowing it would have protected them against mandatory redundancies.
# croke park 2
Revised Budget figures presented to Dáil - including Croke Park 2 cuts
Opposition parties say Brendan Howlin shouldn’t have compiled Budget figures assuming that Croke Park 2 would be accepted.
# Walkout
Opposition TDs abandon committee over Budget’s Croke Park 2 figures
TDs from Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil and the independent ranks say Budget figures should not assume the passage of Croke Park 2.
# seniors alert scheme
Hogan to reveal how he reversed safety alarm cuts... in February
The Minister said that he became concerned about the number of attacks on elderly people over the Christmas period.
# Public Pensions
Howlin activates new 'average earnings' pensions scheme for public workers
Any new entrant to the public sector will have their final pension calculated based on their average wage, not their final salary.
BUDGET 2013: Here is what happened brings you every detail of the Budget 2013 announcement, all the analysis and all the reaction.
# Budget 2013
Noonan and Howlin will both deliver Budget 2013 next Wednesday
Though the budget is being held over just one day this year, Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin will both make speeches, starting from 2.30pm next Wednesday.
# Banks
IBRC and AIB executives to face Oireachtas committee
The executives from the two guaranteed banks will be questioned about the operations and functions of their respective institutions.
# Allowances
Gilmore: 'Individual departments' to pursue public sector allowance cuts
The Tánaiste says the planned removal of public sector allowances will be done in “accordance with industrial relation procedures”.
# School fees
Over €1m spent on sending children of Irish diplomats to school
The cost will rise this year but in over a third of Irish foreign posts there are no children in education paid for by the State.
# Allowances
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.
# State Assets
Half of proceeds from sale of State assets can be used for jobs - Howlin
The Public Expenditure and Reform Minister said that negotiations with the Troika had yielded such an agreement with the other half of the money being leveraged for further stimulus measures.
# Spending
The Secret Service, centenarian bounty and cherished numbers: more on Howlin's report cards
Some of the more interesting items found in Brendan Howlin’s financial report cards.
# Gardaí
337 Gardaí to retire between December and February
Hundreds of gardaí have applied to retire over the next few months, including an assistant commissioner and five chief superintendents.
# open thread
Let us know: What do you think of the Budget?
So now that we’ve heard the entire Budget, what do you think? Was it better or worse than you’d expected?
Budget 2012 liveblog
Join us for live video and text commentary, as Michael Noonan tells us how he plans to raise €1.6bn in extra taxes next year.
# Budget 2012
Here’s Michael Noonan’s Budget 2012 speech… as a word cloud
A pictorial representation of Michael Noonan’s Budget 2012 speech, as delivered to Dáil Éireann this afternoon.
# Budget 2012
In full: Michael Noonan's Budget speech to the Dáil
The full text, as prepared in advance, of Michael Noonan’s Budget 2012 speech to the Dáil delivered this afternoon.