Robert Watt from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform told a gathering of business leaders in 2014 that the civil service was in need of structural change and required some new leadership — but five years later, €1.8m bill for the Oireachtas printer scandal typifies just how little things have changed, writes
Fri, 29 Nov, 2019
Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone and her department are to be severely criticised for handing back almost €60m in State funding last year when 6,000 children were not allocated a social worker, the Irish Examiner can reveal.
Mon, 25 Nov, 2019
The National Transport Authority has rejected accusations of “gross mismanagement” after it emerged it is paying agency staff working for it double what it is paying its own full-time staff.
Thu, 14 Nov, 2019
A member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has called on the Taoiseach and the Government to appraise themselves of what is being spent on the new children’s hospital rather than “just showing up in a hard hat for a photo op”.
Thu, 07 Nov, 2019
The head of the department with primary responsibility for the Public Services Card project has agreed that it would have been “preferable” if a full business case had been prepared for it at its inception.
Mon, 04 Nov, 2019
After confirmation that Bord na gCon spent €227,000 on consultants and amid queries about the use of taxpayer money, PAC chairman Sean Fleming ordered that all agencies and departments be asked for details.
Thu, 17 Oct, 2019
The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has yet to reply to a request by the data protection commissioner for “certain information” regarding the new National Childcare Scheme and the Public Services Card, despite that request being made nearly two weeks ago.
Wed, 16 Oct, 2019
The chairman of the Public Accounts Committee has criticised one of the country’s most senior civil servants for making “zero effort to answer the questions” posed by the committee regarding the Public Services Card.
Thu, 10 Oct, 2019
The complainant, Martin McMahon, from Dublin, noted when travelling with his own travel pass that his rights were being breached under the General Data Protection Regulation as his movements were being ‘recorded’
Thu, 10 Oct, 2019
An alternative method for applying for the new National Childcare Scheme online, other than the public services card, was dramatically dropped on the advice of a State body with responsibility for the card’s expansion in January 2018.
Tue, 01 Oct, 2019
The Data Protection Commission found there was NO legal basis for the issuing of PSCs for the purposes of transactions between individuals and state bodies other than the Department of Social Protection.
Sun, 18 Aug, 2019
Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy insists that the Government is still on track to retrofit half a million homes by 2030 - despite the fact there is no money left for the retrofitting grant offered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
Wed, 14 Aug, 2019