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 Robert Watt, secretary general of the Department of Health, has waived the €80,000 pay increase for the moment in the light of current economic circumstances. File photograph: Collins Photos

There was no benchmarking exercise or international comparison carried out before the pay level of the top civil servant in the Department of Health w(...)

The application by parts of the State of the protected disclosures law has caused ‘serious damage’ to some whistleblowers, the chairman of an Oireachtas committee has said. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The application by parts of the State of the protected disclosures law has caused “serious damage” to some whistleblowers, the chairman of an Oireacht(...)

During an appearance at the Oireachtas Finance Committee, Taoiseach Micheál Martin  denied that Robert Watt (pictured) was head-hunted for the €292,000 position. Photograph: Collins

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has defended the salary increase of more than €80,000 for the job of Department of Health secretary general as “appropriate” (...)

Fine Gael TD Michael Creed said it was ‘entirely unacceptable’  that the most senior official in the Department of Health  contacted RTÉ about the programme. File photograph: Tom Honan

A former government minister has accused secretary general of the Department of Health Robert Watt of a “gross abuse of position” in attempting to “ga(...)

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(...)

The Davy Group at Davy House on Dawson Street, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Members of the Davy group of 16 at the heart of the scandal that has landed the stockbroker with a record fine face the possibility of personal sancti(...)

The Oireachtas finance committee is to ask Davy for an explanation of the events that led to it being hit with the heavy fine. File photograph: The Irish Times

Davy bowed on Wednesday to Government pressure to issue a statement on its €4.1 million Central Bank fine for “reckless” actions in relation to a bond(...)

The Government has no plans to set up new banks, the Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath has said.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government has no plans to set up new banks, the Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath has said. Speaking at the Oireachtas Select Comm(...)

Executives from Ulster Bank will be quizzed by TDs and Senators on plans for distressed mortgages and staff  as lender winds down Irish business. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Executives from Ulster Bank will be quizzed by TDs and Senators on plans for mortgage holders in difficulty and what will happen to staff amid the fin(...)

Taoiseach Micheal Martin  told colleagues a “prolonged period” of suppression was required. Photograph:Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has indicated that Ireland will remain in a prolonged period of lockdown that Fianna Fáil colleagues predict could last right(...)

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