Robert Watt

107 results

‘Foreign investors would prefer to travel an hour by motorway from Dublin airport, rather than spending non-productive time in Dublin traffic,’ says former PayPal vice-president Louise Phelan. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

As Ireland enters what looks likely to be a whirlwind general election campaign ahead of the February 8th poll, it can at times seem that politics has(...)

Ajai Chopra of the IMF in Dublin. Illustration: Eoin Coveney

So it was a mistake, all that austerity, all those cuts that blighted people’s lives, all that squalor, all that doubling of child poverty, all that c(...)

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton will shortly seek Cabinet approval to sign off on the broadband plan and award the contract to preferred bidder, Granahan McCourt.

What is the National Broadband Plan? The National Broadband Plan (NBP) is the Government’s long-standing plan to address the lack of broadband covera(...)

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton has denied reports of a further delay to the National Broadband Plan (NBP) amid speculation he had been due(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal O’Donohue at Government Buildings on budget day last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Our nearest neighbours are not the only ones who have held daft referendums. Apart from the one on abortion in 1983, the daftest one we’ve done was in(...)

John Moran, former secretary general at the Department of Finance and now the head of the new Land Development Agency. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

So many Irish problems stem from one thing – poor planning. That was the takeaway from this year’s Dublin Economics Workshop conference, which took pl(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will tell the Oireachtas Budgetary Oversight Committee it is “critical that the expenditure position for Budget 2020 is managed within the parameters set out in the mid-year expenditure report”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Government departments have been warned there will be no extra money available in the budget over and above what has already been pledged. The Iris(...)

Robert Watt: ‘The cost-benefit analysis of significant investment in rail, and I’ll get shot for saying this, is challenging.’ Photograph: Jenny Barker

One of the State’s most senior civil servants has promised a “new approach” to spending on major capital projects in the wake of the children’s hospit(...)

Robert Watt,  secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, made the comments during an email exchange with David McRedmond,  chief executive of An Post. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

One of the State’s most senior civil servants has said the public service has “hundreds of offices and thousands of civil servants providing outdated,(...)

Michael Gove, the UK’s Brexit planning minister, writes in the Sunday Times that the UK government is making preparation ‘on the assumption’ that Brussels would not strike a fresh agreement

Brexit dominates many front pages and opinion pieces with the Sunday Times reporting that UK prime minister Boris Johnson has set up “a war cabinet” t(...)

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • Next
  • Last »