The higher salary amounts to a pay increase of more than €80,000 for Robert Watt. File photograph: Collins

Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath is to appear before an Oireachtas committee to answer questions on the appointment of Robert Watt as s(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath has been asked if the Government now believes that the salary increase of more than €80,000 for the ro(...)

 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(...)

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has suggested that the target of vaccinating 82 per cent of adults by the end of June can still be met but supplies of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be needed to do it. File image: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has suggested that the target of vaccinating 82 per cent of adults by the end of June can still be met but supplies of the Johns(...)

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(...)

The Taoiseach has been criticised for failing to provide details on the process on deciding on a new €292,000-a-year salary for the next Department of Health secretary general. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Taoiseach and other senior Government figures have been criticised for failing to provide details on the process on deciding on a new €292,000-a-y(...)

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(...)

Frank Clarke: he was the first member of his family to go to university

The incoming chief justice Frank Clarke was nominated after pre-Cabinet discussions between Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister for Justice Charlie Flana(...)

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