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#Public Expenditure

# public-expenditure - Tuesday 19 December, 2017

The State's public service pension liability currently stands at €114.5 billion
# Finance
# Finance

The State's public service pension liability currently stands at €114.5 billion

Dec 19th 2017, 7:34 PM 19,827 Views 136 Comments

The figure was calculated under the assumption that future pension increases will continue to be in line with pay rates

# public-expenditure - Tuesday 28 November, 2017

Ireland gets approval for early repayment of €5.5 billion in bailout loans
# Repayment
# Repayment

Ireland gets approval for early repayment of €5.5 billion in bailout loans

Nov 28th 2017, 9:48 AM 28,178 Views 131 Comments

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has this will save Ireland €150 million over the remaining life of the loans.

# public-expenditure - Thursday 7 September, 2017

Ireland to repay €5.5 billion of bailout loans early to IMF, Denmark & Sweden
# There You Go Now
# There You Go Now

Ireland to repay €5.5 billion of bailout loans early to IMF, Denmark & Sweden

Sep 7th 2017, 1:56 PM 38,062 Views 138 Comments

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe says IMF chief Christine Lagarde has approved the deal.

# public-expenditure - Tuesday 29 August, 2017

Union recommends nurses back public service pay deal to roll back recession measures
# Public Service Pay
# Public Service Pay

Union recommends nurses back public service pay deal to roll back recession measures

Aug 29th 2017, 9:22 AM 10,875 Views 33 Comments

The recommendation comes after the union received clarifications from the Department of Public Expenditure.

# public-expenditure - Tuesday 27 June, 2017

Poll: Should the Government reduce taxes?
# Make It Rain
# Make It Rain

Poll: Should the Government reduce taxes?

Jun 27th 2017, 9:13 AM 22,234 Views 122 Comments

Many economists believe that tax cuts are a bad idea.

# public-expenditure - Friday 28 April, 2017

Paschal Donohoe is gearing up for a 'very demanding' public sector pay showdown
# Pay Restoration
# Pay Restoration

Paschal Donohoe is gearing up for a 'very demanding' public sector pay showdown

Apr 28th 2017, 9:49 AM 15,782 Views 95 Comments

The Public Service Pay Commission will soon deliver its report.

# public-expenditure - Tuesday 28 June, 2016

Garda awarded €30,000 after being hit on the head with stone 'the size of a melon'
# Music Festival
# Music Festival

Garda awarded €30,000 after being hit on the head with stone 'the size of a melon'

Jun 28th 2016, 7:02 PM 21,733 Views 30 Comments

The court heard the tinnitus was ongoing and the garda needed to avoid loud noise situations since being hit 5 years ago.

# public-expenditure - Tuesday 13 October, 2015

IN FULL: Brendan Howlin's Budget speech
# Budget 2016
# Budget 2016

IN FULL: Brendan Howlin's Budget speech

Oct 13th 2015, 4:25 PM 6,554 Views 16 Comments

“Today we reap the benefits of the hard work and resilience of the Irish people.”

# public-expenditure - Monday 20 July, 2015

Ministers don't have to explain most of their €1.4 million personal expenses
# Public Purse
# Public Purse

Ministers don't have to explain most of their €1.4 million personal expenses

Jul 20th 2015, 5:30 PM 38,970 Views 192 Comments

A new analysis of official figures by TheJournal.ie.

# public-expenditure - Wednesday 26 November, 2014

Government: Fianna Fáil is wrong, new state board rules WILL apply to Irish Water
# Appointments
# Appointments

Government: Fianna Fáil is wrong, new state board rules WILL apply to Irish Water

Nov 26th 2014, 6:00 PM 11,262 Views 60 Comments

The Department of Public Expenditure denied there was a loophole in the new guidelines.

# public-expenditure - Wednesday 19 November, 2014

Here's how much money Europe is giving us over the next seven years...
# Ca-ching
# Ca-ching

Here's how much money Europe is giving us over the next seven years...

Nov 19th 2014, 11:31 AM 11,770 Views 55 Comments

…and how it’s going to be spent.

# public-expenditure - Tuesday 14 October, 2014

Here's Brendan Howlin's Budget speech in full
# Read All About It
# Read All About It

Here's Brendan Howlin's Budget speech in full

Oct 14th 2014, 7:35 PM 5,245 Views 4 Comments

Hot on the heels of Michael Noonan, here’s what the Minister for Public Expenditure had to say.

# public-expenditure - Wednesday 23 July, 2014

Do you have any ideas on how the Government should spend its money?
# Public Purse
# Public Purse

Do you have any ideas on how the Government should spend its money?

Jul 23rd 2014, 7:46 PM 7,389 Views 67 Comments

Howlin wants to hear from you.

# public-expenditure - Friday 9 May, 2014

Senior civil servants want their pay cuts reversed, and they've made it their union's "primary goal"
# Money Back
# Money Back

Senior civil servants want their pay cuts reversed, and they've made it their union's "primary goal"

May 9th 2014, 8:02 PM 16,934 Views 88 Comments

As part of the three-year Haddington Road Agreement, salaries above €65,000 that were cut were due to be restored when it expired.

# public-expenditure - Thursday 30 January, 2014

€600k in leftover funding used to 'manipulate taxpayer', Creighton claims
# Top-ups
# Top-ups

€600k in leftover funding used to 'manipulate taxpayer', Creighton claims

Jan 30th 2014, 9:10 AM 9,690 Views 61 Comments

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 - Friday 29 November, 2013

Can abuse of salary top-ups be avoided? 'With great difficulty,' says Howlin
# Public Expenditure
# Public Expenditure

Can abuse of salary top-ups be avoided? 'With great difficulty,' says Howlin

Nov 29th 2013, 10:28 AM 5,911 Views 107 Comments

The Minister for Public Expenditure said individual agreements across different organisations complicates the process.

# public-expenditure - Wednesday 24 April, 2013

No deal on public pay means no protection against job cuts - Kenny
# Croke Park 2
# Croke Park 2

No deal on public pay means no protection against job cuts - Kenny

Apr 24th 2013, 12:22 PM 11,050 Views 154 Comments

Enda Kenny says workers rejected the Croke Park 2 deal knowing it would have protected them against mandatory redundancies.

Revised Budget figures presented to Dáil - including Croke Park 2 cuts
# Croke Park 2
# Croke Park 2

Revised Budget figures presented to Dáil - including Croke Park 2 cuts

Apr 24th 2013, 8:03 AM 5,803 Views 50 Comments

Opposition parties say Brendan Howlin shouldn’t have compiled Budget figures assuming that Croke Park 2 would be accepted.

# public-expenditure - Tuesday 23 April, 2013

Opposition TDs abandon committee over Budget’s Croke Park 2 figures
# Walkout
# Walkout

Opposition TDs abandon committee over Budget’s Croke Park 2 figures

Apr 23rd 2013, 4:50 PM 10,395 Views 45 Comments

TDs from Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil and the independent ranks say Budget figures should not assume the passage of Croke Park 2.

# public-expenditure - Tuesday 15 January, 2013

Hogan to reveal how he reversed safety alarm cuts... in February
# Seniors Alert Scheme
# Seniors Alert Scheme

Hogan to reveal how he reversed safety alarm cuts... in February

Jan 15th 2013, 10:10 AM 4,983 Views 28 Comments

The Minister said that he became concerned about the number of attacks on elderly people over the Christmas period.

# public-expenditure - Thursday 3 January, 2013

Howlin activates new 'average earnings' pensions scheme for public workers
# Public Pensions
# Public Pensions

Howlin activates new 'average earnings' pensions scheme for public workers

Jan 3rd 2013, 12:29 PM 10,306 Views 35 Comments

Any new entrant to the public sector will have their final pension calculated based on their average wage, not their final salary.

# public-expenditure - Wednesday 5 December, 2012

BUDGET 2013: Here is what happened
# Budget 2013
# Budget 2013

BUDGET 2013: Here is what happened

Dec 5th 2012, 10:50 PM 103,931 Views 115 Comments

TheJournal.ie brings you every detail of the Budget 2013 announcement, all the analysis and all the reaction.

# public-expenditure - Thursday 29 November, 2012

Noonan and Howlin will both deliver Budget 2013 next Wednesday
# Budget 2013
# Budget 2013

Noonan and Howlin will both deliver Budget 2013 next Wednesday

Nov 29th 2012, 6:30 AM 5,613 Views 59 Comments

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.

# public-expenditure - Wednesday 31 October, 2012

IBRC and AIB executives to face Oireachtas committee
# Banks
# Banks

IBRC and AIB executives to face Oireachtas committee

Oct 31st 2012, 7:48 AM 3,006 Views 9 Comments

The executives from the two guaranteed banks will be questioned about the operations and functions of their respective institutions.

# public-expenditure - Thursday 11 October, 2012

Gilmore: 'Individual departments' to pursue public sector allowance cuts
# Allowances
# Allowances

Gilmore: 'Individual departments' to pursue public sector allowance cuts

Oct 11th 2012, 11:53 AM 2,971 Views 11 Comments

The Tánaiste says the planned removal of public sector allowances will be done in “accordance with industrial relation procedures”.

# public-expenditure - Thursday 19 July, 2012

Over €1m spent on sending children of Irish diplomats to school
# School Fees
# School Fees

Over €1m spent on sending children of Irish diplomats to school

Jul 19th 2012, 6:45 AM 6,132 Views 22 Comments

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.

# public-expenditure - Wednesday 4 July, 2012

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

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

Jul 4th 2012, 9:49 AM 10,561 Views 68 Comments

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.

# public-expenditure - Thursday 17 May, 2012

Half of proceeds from sale of State assets can be used for jobs - Howlin
# State Assets
# State Assets

Half of proceeds from sale of State assets can be used for jobs - Howlin

May 17th 2012, 8:52 AM 1,476 Views 42 Comments

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.

# public-expenditure - Saturday 25 February, 2012

The Secret Service, centenarian bounty and cherished numbers: more on Howlin's report cards
# Spending
# Spending

The Secret Service, centenarian bounty and cherished numbers: more on Howlin's report cards

Feb 25th 2012, 8:15 AM 5,296 Views 14 Comments

Some of the more interesting items found in Brendan Howlin’s financial report cards.

# public-expenditure - Saturday 17 December, 2011

337 Gardaí to retire between December and February
# Gardaí
# Gardaí

337 Gardaí to retire between December and February

Dec 17th 2011, 10:00 AM 3,296 Views 20 Comments

Hundreds of gardaí have applied to retire over the next few months, including an assistant commissioner and five chief superintendents.

# public-expenditure - Tuesday 6 December, 2011

Let us know: What do you think of the Budget?
# Open Thread
# Open Thread

Let us know: What do you think of the Budget?

Dec 6th 2011, 8:10 PM 2,532 Views 81 Comments

So now that we’ve heard the entire Budget, what do you think? Was it better or worse than you’d expected?

As it happened: Budget 2012 liveblog
# Budget 2012
# Budget 2012

As it happened: Budget 2012 liveblog

Dec 6th 2011, 7:09 PM 14,539 Views 32 Comments

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.

Here’s Michael Noonan’s Budget 2012 speech… as a word cloud
# Budget 2012
# Budget 2012

Here’s Michael Noonan’s Budget 2012 speech… as a word cloud

Dec 6th 2011, 4:42 PM 1,970 Views 6 Comments

A pictorial representation of Michael Noonan’s Budget 2012 speech, as delivered to Dáil Éireann this afternoon.

In full: Michael Noonan's Budget speech to the Dáil
# Budget 2012
# Budget 2012

In full: Michael Noonan's Budget speech to the Dáil

Dec 6th 2011, 4:34 PM 3,154 Views 7 Comments

The full text, as prepared in advance, of Michael Noonan’s Budget 2012 speech to the Dáil delivered this afternoon.

# public-expenditure - Monday 5 December, 2011

Budget 2012 (pt 1): the main points of Brendan Howlin’s announcement
# Budget 2012
# Budget 2012

Budget 2012 (pt 1): the main points of Brendan Howlin’s announcement

Dec 5th 2011, 3:30 PM 13,431 Views 71 Comments

Part one of Budget 2012 has been delivered by Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin, here’s what we’ve found out today.

# public-expenditure - Tuesday 15 November, 2011

Public sector numbers at lowest since 2006 - report
# Public Sector
# Public Sector

Public sector numbers at lowest since 2006 - report

Nov 15th 2011, 9:15 AM 814 Views 11 Comments

Figures to be published on Thursday will confirm that the public sector will have fallen under 300,000 for the first time in five years.

# public-expenditure - Thursday 3 November, 2011

Ireland to close its embassy in the Vatican
# Diplomatic Relations
# Diplomatic Relations

Ireland to close its embassy in the Vatican

Nov 3rd 2011, 6:08 PM 2,761 Views 89 Comments

Embasies in Iran and East Timor will also close ‘to implement savings’.

# public-expenditure - Wednesday 5 October, 2011

‘Alternative Budget’ claims to save €3.6billion without hitting poor
# Alternative Budget
# Alternative Budget

‘Alternative Budget’ claims to save €3.6billion without hitting poor

Oct 5th 2011, 7:18 PM 1,177 Views 33 Comments

New proposals would deliver the necessary savings while also making Ireland fairer, according to Social Justice Ireland.

# public-expenditure - Thursday 1 September, 2011

Retirements could leave stations without permanent garda: report
# Gardaí
# Gardaí

Retirements could leave stations without permanent garda: report

Sep 1st 2011, 5:57 PM 567 Views 9 Comments

The Garda Síochána could be left with significant personnel shortages if all gardaí eligible for retirement by next February decide to step down from their posts, according to an internal document seen by RTÉ.

# public-expenditure - Tuesday 12 April, 2011

Cabinet agrees to spending review
# Cutbacks
# Cutbacks

Cabinet agrees to spending review

Apr 12th 2011, 8:07 AM 263 Views 0 Comments

The Minister for Public Expenditure said that he wanted spending changes to be made early in the life of the government, so ministers did not become “captured” by their departments.