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#Robert Watt

# robert-watt - Wednesday 5 May, 2021

Robert Watt says 'no evidence' Department of Health was 'prying on families'
# Joint Health Committee
# Joint Health Committee

Robert Watt says 'no evidence' Department of Health was 'prying on families'

Updated May 5th 2021, 2:16 PM 17,395 Views 19 Comments

RTÉ said the Department of Health was invited by RTÉ Investigates to participate in the programme, contrary to claims made by Watt.

# robert-watt - Tuesday 20 April, 2021

Robert Watt appointed head of Department of Health and says he will waive €81k pay rise for now
# Secretary General
# Secretary General

Robert Watt appointed head of Department of Health and says he will waive €81k pay rise for now

Apr 20th 2021, 1:03 PM 35,737 Views 60 Comments

Opposition TDs have criticised Watt’s decision to temporarily waive the “shocking” and “berserk” increase.

# robert-watt - Monday 18 January, 2021

Harris says it's 'important' Oireachtas gets opportunity to scrutinise salary hike for new Dept of Health Sec Gen
# Pay Increase
# Pay Increase

Harris says it's 'important' Oireachtas gets opportunity to scrutinise salary hike for new Dept of Health Sec Gen

Jan 18th 2021, 6:21 PM 22,518 Views 47 Comments

Questions have been raised about the government’s decision to sanction a pay rise of €81,000 for the post.

# robert-watt - Tuesday 21 July, 2020

FAI announce appointment of top civil servant as fourth independent director From The42

FAI announce appointment of top civil servant as fourth independent director

Jul 21st 2020, 6:47 PM 18,733 Views 5 Comments

Robert Watt joins the board alongside Roy Barrett, Catherine Guy and Liz Joyce.

# robert-watt - Monday 6 July, 2020

'Who took this decision?': Top civil servant queried decision not to publish pensions paid to former Taoisigh
# Robert Watt
# Robert Watt

'Who took this decision?': Top civil servant queried decision not to publish pensions paid to former Taoisigh

Jul 6th 2020, 6:30 AM 47,603 Views 48 Comments

DPER Secretary General Robert Watt told an official: “I don’t understand why we should not release the information.”

# robert-watt - Friday 8 May, 2020

Ambitious emissions targets will cost the taxpayer, says top government official
# Government Formation
# Government Formation

Ambitious emissions targets will cost the taxpayer, says top government official

May 8th 2020, 6:45 AM 18,437 Views 135 Comments

A 7% reduction in emissions year-on-year is a red line for the Green Party.

# robert-watt - Saturday 21 September, 2019

Top civil servant not attending committee is 'an affront to democracy'
# Public Services Card
# Public Services Card

Top civil servant not attending committee is 'an affront to democracy'

Sep 21st 2019, 12:05 AM 39,144 Views 80 Comments

Chairperson John McGuinness says committee wants to discuss the cost of the PSC to date.

# robert-watt - Thursday 25 July, 2019

'It is not our job to hide our views': Top civil servant who warned against broadband plan stands over his opinion
# Rural Wifi
# Rural Wifi

'It is not our job to hide our views': Top civil servant who warned against broadband plan stands over his opinion

Jul 25th 2019, 6:10 AM 19,152 Views 33 Comments

Watt caused controversy recently when documents warning the government against proceeding with the NBP were published.

# robert-watt - Wednesday 24 July, 2019

Top civil servant: 'Government should be able to walk away from projects if the cost works out greater than expected'
# Robert Watt
# Robert Watt

Top civil servant: 'Government should be able to walk away from projects if the cost works out greater than expected'

Jul 24th 2019, 6:16 PM 12,977 Views 11 Comments

Watt previously warned ministers about not proceeding with the national broadband plan.

# robert-watt - Saturday 22 June, 2019

Government officials had 'serious reservations' about broadband plan cost before final tender was submitted
# FOI
# FOI

Government officials had 'serious reservations' about broadband plan cost before final tender was submitted

Jun 22nd 2019, 12:05 AM 13,960 Views 33 Comments

Documents released under FOI show how members of the Cabinet privately raised concerns about the plan.

# robert-watt - Tuesday 18 June, 2019

Top civil servant who warned against broadband plan questioned behind closed doors
# National Broadband Plan
# National Broadband Plan

Top civil servant who warned against broadband plan questioned behind closed doors

Jun 18th 2019, 2:41 PM 15,237 Views 23 Comments

Robert Watt warned ‘strongly recommended against’ the decision to proceed with the NBP.

# robert-watt - Wednesday 20 March, 2019

Fancy being the next governor of the Central Bank? New appointment rules have been approved
# Top Banker
# Top Banker

Fancy being the next governor of the Central Bank? New appointment rules have been approved

Mar 20th 2019, 8:10 PM 12,372 Views 18 Comments

New procedures were approved by Cabinet today.

# robert-watt - Thursday 7 March, 2019

Top civil servant says you can't compare how Dermot Bannon delivers projects to that of the children's hospital
# Not The Same
# Not The Same

Top civil servant says you can't compare how Dermot Bannon delivers projects to that of the children's hospital

Mar 7th 2019, 4:14 PM 28,669 Views 38 Comments

The government is going to stop accepting ‘guesstimates’ for large-scale projects.

Sec Gen accused of calling committee 'a mob', Robert Watt says he didn't recall and did not mean to offend
# Children's Hospital
# Children's Hospital

Sec Gen accused of calling committee 'a mob', Robert Watt says he didn't recall and did not mean to offend

Mar 7th 2019, 10:13 AM 14,613 Views 38 Comments

Sinn Féin’s David Cullinane said there is a level of contempt being shown to Oireachtas committees.

# robert-watt - Thursday 5 March, 2015

These are the government departments with the highest rates of absenteeism
# Cough Cough
# Cough Cough

These are the government departments with the highest rates of absenteeism

Mar 5th 2015, 6:10 PM 41,475 Views 140 Comments

The sector’s head said there were an ‘unacceptable’ number of sick days being taken in the public service.

# robert-watt - Thursday 30 October, 2014

New plan will make it easier to sack civil servants who are doing a bad job
# Reforms
# Reforms

New plan will make it easier to sack civil servants who are doing a bad job

Oct 30th 2014, 10:17 AM 17,454 Views 90 Comments

While staff in the civil service who do well will be recognised – but not with bonuses.

# robert-watt - Thursday 24 July, 2014

Top civil servant: Public sector workers who don't perform should 'of course' be sacked
# MacGill
# MacGill

Top civil servant: Public sector workers who don't perform should 'of course' be sacked

Jul 24th 2014, 7:30 AM 9,201 Views 80 Comments

Senior civil servant Robert Watt called for a debate on making it easier to sack public sector workers at the MacGill Summer School yesterday.

# robert-watt - Wednesday 23 July, 2014

This top civil servant wants to talk about making it easier to sack public sector workers
# MacGill
# MacGill

This top civil servant wants to talk about making it easier to sack public sector workers

Jul 23rd 2014, 6:30 PM 16,475 Views 79 Comments

Robert Watt has admitted it is easier to sack workers in the private sector than it is in the public sector.

# robert-watt - Tuesday 23 October, 2012

Oireachtas questioning legal advice about use of travel expenses
# Travel Allowances
# Travel Allowances

Oireachtas questioning legal advice about use of travel expenses

Oct 23rd 2012, 3:48 PM 5,025 Views 22 Comments

The head of the Houses of the Oreachtas Commission believes allowances should not cover travel around the country.

# robert-watt - Thursday 11 October, 2012

Any cut in allowances is in breach of Croke Park agreement say unions
# Croke Park Agreement
# Croke Park Agreement

Any cut in allowances is in breach of Croke Park agreement say unions

Oct 11th 2012, 10:03 AM 7,043 Views 120 Comments

The government has a priority list of 88 allowances to be abolished in the public sector, according to newly published letter.

# robert-watt - Saturday 10 March, 2012

Annual sick leave in public sector costs State over €551 million
# Sickies
# Sickies

Annual sick leave in public sector costs State over €551 million

Mar 10th 2012, 12:59 PM 5,702 Views 73 Comments

Certified and uncertified sick days taken by civil and public service workers cost about €551.2 million per year.

# robert-watt - Thursday 23 February, 2012

Brendan Howlin publishes 'report cards' on all departments
# Performance
# Performance

Brendan Howlin publishes 'report cards' on all departments

Feb 23rd 2012, 7:22 PM 4,955 Views 26 Comments

An “unprecedented” amount of information on Government budgeting and targets has been released, Howlin said.