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# Public Service

This year
2023
Firefighter leaves retirement party to help rescue 28 calves trapped in slurry tank in Armagh
All of the 28 calves survived the incident thanks to the swift intervention of John and his team.
Public service staffing crisis not just an Irish problem but 'a Europe-wide issue'
European and Irish public services employees met in Dublin this week to discuss how to future-proof the sector amid a retention crisis.
Civil servants warn Donohoe of 'reform fatigue' within public sector due to Covid and Brexit
The warning was issued in a ministerial briefing from December 2022.
Last year
2022
Revised terms amounting to a 6.5% pay increase accepted by public service workers
The new terms will cover the next 12 months.
McGrath gives the green light to exploratory talks on public service pay
The talks will centre around the pay for 350,000 people who work in the public sector.
School secretaries vote to accept pay scale aligned with public service rates
Previously most secretaries were employed directly by schools, with many earning minimum wage.
All time
Public turned to trustworthy online media during pandemic, with RTÉ and The Journal top
Reuters Digital News Report 2021 shows this publication and State broadcaster were most popular news sources for online audiences.
Explainer: Why are politicians getting a 2% pay rise?
Many are angry that TDs and senators will see a pay rise next week.
'It's not popular, but needs to be said': MacSharry defends saying some civil servants using lockdown to watch box sets
High-ranking civil servants have called for the comments to be withdrawn.
Taoiseach favours setting targets to make the health service, schools and the civil service more diverse
The Taoiseach says the civil service is currently ‘very white’.
Public service workers to be transferred to help with contact tracing and social welfare applications
It comes after a flood of workers signalled their desire to help tackle the public health crisis.
President signs bill that allows public servants work until they're 70
The State pension age is scheduled to increase to 67 in 2021 and 68 in 2028.
Government spent over €200k promoting the Public Services Card
The rollout of the card sparked a storm of publicity about its use last year.
Poll: What age would you like to retire at?
The mandatory retirement age for civil servants is to rise from 65 to 70 under new measures.
Retirement age for public service workers to increase to 70
A number of parties, including Fianna Fail, have called for people to be allowed to work beyond 65 if they so choose.
Public servants took more than 2 million sick days last year
The government are saying changes to the way sick leave is administered has saved the taxpayer €51.5 million.
Public or private sector workers - who actually came out worse in the recession?
New figures shine a light on the pay gap after the swingeing cuts of 2010.
Fifty Dublin City Council JobBridge interns not employed at the end of placement
The Department of Social Protection say this is down to the public sector recruitment embargo.
These are the government departments with the highest rates of absenteeism
The sector’s head said there were an ‘unacceptable’ number of sick days being taken in the public service.
Emails from annoyed viewers abroad led to RTÉ's new international player
The RTÉ fans wanted to know why they couldn’t watch their favourite shows on the existing player.
Fancy a job as a public servant? Recruitment for 550 positions has started
The job will be filled over the next two years.
Fancy a civil service job? Recruitment will start again next year
A moratorium on hiring will be lifted.
Bank of Ireland will not be able to pay salaries until tomorrow morning
Some public (and private) workers woke up today to find no salary in their bank account.
Gardaí €13 million off target for Haddington Road savings
There was also a similar shortfall last year, with just €9 million of the projected €15 million in savings achieved.
Council workers in South Dublin are working to rule today
Their union say that their pay has been cut unilaterally.
Impact: We want more pay... as long as the economy can handle it
The public service union will only seek increased pay if the government reaches deficit targets.
Dozens of retired civil servants receive pensions worth €100k
Minister Brendan Howlin has revealed that 35 receive pensions worth €100,000, with five of those being €118,000.
Problems recruiting consultants? 'Let's deal with it'
The IMO said this evening that there has been nothing but “disincentives and obstacles” put in the way of highly skilled doctors.
'A lot done, more to do': Reform plans promise more public services cards and better procurement
Launching new public service reform plans today, the Minister of State Brian Hayes said there has been “a lot done, more to do, to borrow a phrase from the past”.
Aaron McKenna: Our government hides its actions by obstructing Freedom of Information
To hide public service deficiency and ensure that ‘accountability’ remains a word in the dictionary, senior public servants have been waging a long war on Freedom of Information, writes Aaron McKenna.
Peter Tyndall to replace Emily O'Reilly as Ombudsman
He’s set to take up the position after serving in the same role in Wales. There were 35 expressions of interest in the job from journalists, PR professionals, politicians and others.
Applicants for Dublin Fire Brigade were asked if they’re gay or straight
The Public Appointments Service says it’s a standard procedure, and helps them monitor equality across the public service.
Average weekly earnings fall in seven out of 13 categories
The largest decrease, of around seven euro a week, was recorded in the hospitality sector. The largest increase was in construction.
Another public sector union has voted in favour of Haddington Road
The union represents workers in the Civil Service, An Post, FÁS and other organisations.
The Croke Park Agreement saved the taxpayer €1.8 billion
The final report of the public sector pay deal’s implementation body has outlined the savings it achieved.
RTÉ’s equivalent in Greece is shut down to cut public spending
ERT will cease operations for three months, and is likely to reopen with only a fraction of its current workforce of 2,800.
New broadcasting charge won’t be used to save ailing newspapers
Pat Rabbitte says the replacement for the TV licence needs to ensure minimal standards for RTÉ, and can’t save other media.
'Industrial peace' on the way if unions accept pay proposals
If the union’s proposals are accepted, the ‘essential elements’ of the Croke Park Agreement will remain in place.
Howlin: It's in personal interests of public workers to accept pay cuts
As he prepares for Kieran Mulvey to sound the death knell on pay talks, Brendan Howlin says national solvency is good for everyone.
Sector-specific talks on table as Howlin prepares for defeat on pay deal
The public expenditure minister tells TheJournal.ie that some unions would need a dramatic U-turn – and that the next option is negotiating with unions on an individual basis.