Robert Watt worked as interim secretary general at the Department of Health until Cabinet decided on Tuesday to appoint him to the permanent position. File photograph: Collins Photos

Robert Watt, the newly appointed Department of Health secretary general, is being asked to explain how his waiving of some of the €292,000 salary that(...)

Robert Watt has been appointed as secretary general of the Department of Health. File photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Robert Watt has been appointed as secretary general of the Department of Health but is to waive a salary increase of more than €80,000 that comes with(...)

Robert Watt was previously secretary general at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. File photograph: The Irish Times

Sinn Féin has claimed the appointment of Robert Watt as secretary general of the Department of Health would have “hallmarks of an old-fashioned stroke(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath was advised by senior officials in his department that plans to pay the next secretary general of the (...)

 Michael McGrath: “I would like to clarify for the committee that Mr Watt had no input into my sanctioning of the salary of €292,000 to apply for the open competition for the substantive post.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath has said senior civil servant Robert Watt had “no input” into the sanctioning of an increas(...)

Sinn Féin TD Matt Carthy: said the PAC has an obligation to look into matter and  questioned whether the salary level increase can be reversed.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The decision to raise the salary level of the next secretary general of the Department of Health by more than €90,000 “stinks to the high heavens”, a (...)

 KBC:  “It is extremely disappointing that KBC have refused to engage with the FSU on these serious issues.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Financial Services’ Union (FSU) is seeking an early conciliation meeting in a dispute with KBC Bank over its plans to close four branches. FSU ge(...)

Mr D’arcy said he doesn’t hold insurance companies in ‘high regard’ and had made ‘pretty strong statements’ about them. Photograph: iStock

Fifty cases of suspected insurance fraud have been reported to the gardaí in the past eight months, the Minister of State at the Department of Finance(...)

IFA president Joe Healy: “There is a loss of confidence in the banks among the farming community.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has claimed that vulture funds are “killing off” farm businesses that have the potential to repay their debts and(...)

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi is credited with quelling the debt-crisis storm of 2012 and the potential break-up of the euro zone. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi has accepted an invitation to appear before the Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure(...)

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