Robert Watt

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Robert Watt is moving from Merrion Street to Baggot Street to take up his new job as secretary general of the Department of Health. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Monopoly money is not just for Christmas, you know. So here are some sums. Cross the road outside Government Buildings on Merrion Street and turn lef(...)

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar: ‘The Cabinet signed off on temporary appointment of Robert Watt as interim secretary general. He is there on his existing salary.’ Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

The Government’s decision to sanction a pay rise of €90,000 per year for the post of secretary general of the Department of Health will no doubt lead (...)

International standards dictate that every child in such a unit should have 16 sq m of space, but in the Rotunda there is just 5 sq m available. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government has been warned of an “urgent and serious need” to address overcrowding in the neo-natal unit of the busiest maternity hospital in Euro(...)

Robert Watt, the longtime secretary general at teh Department of Public Expenditure, was appointed last week as interim secretary general of the Department of Health pending a forthcoming open competition. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The appointment by the Government on an interim basis of Department of Public Expenditure secretary general Robert Watt as the top official in the Dep(...)

 Catherine Martin is understood to have raised the issue of Department of Health pay rise at Cabinet. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Minister for Culture Catherine Martin raised the €90,000-plus salary increase for the next head of the Department of Health at the cabinet meeting tod(...)

The Affordable Purchase Shared Equity scheme will be aimed predominantly at first-time buyers, although Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien recently said there will be ‘some exceptions’. Photograph: Alan Betson

With property prices remaining surprisingly resilient, albeit against a background of reduced supply, the introduction this year of a new affordable h(...)

The Department of Health on Dublin’s Baggot Street. File photograph: Bryan James Brophy/The Irish Times

The Government has approved a pay rise of more than €90,000 for the position of secretary general of the Department of Health, making the person to be(...)

The private sector residential development model is broken. It cannot deliver genuinely affordable homes for working people. Photograph: Getty Images

Delivering genuinely affordable homes for working people to rent and buy will be one of Government’s biggest challenges in 2021. Despite the pandemic,(...)

Tony Holohan is central to the team’s operation and that’s why the Government pushback has been personally directed at him. File photograph: Collins

Information is the currency in Government, and news travels fast. Within hours of its conclusion on Wednesday, word was swirling around official circl(...)

Grafton Street on the first day of  Level-5 restrictions: Robert Watt told the Dáil Public Accounts Committee  the new restrictions would cost about €150 million per week.  Photograph:  Damien Eagers/PA

The new heightened Covid-19 restrictions will cost the State about €1 billion over the next six weeks, the secretary general of the Department of Publ(...)

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