Robert Watt

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Robert Watt previously said he would waive what amounted to an €81,000 salary increase ‘until the economy begins to recover and unemployment falls’. Photograph: Collins Photos

Department of Health secretary general Robert Watt has refused to say if he is still waiving an €81,000 salary increase he got when he was appointed t(...)

National Children’s Hospital under construction on the campus of St. James’s Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The secretary general of the Department of Health faced criticism at the Dáil’s spending watchdog as he refused to provide estimates for the final cos(...)

There is concern the cost of the NCH will be much higher than €1.433 billion when delays are factored in. Photograph: Irish Times

About 60 per cent of the approved €1.433 billion budget for the National Children’s Hospital (NCH) will have been drawn down by the end of the year, t(...)

Economic historian and author Prof Adam Tooze said the perception has grown that we are behind the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic, but the reality is globally that things are as bad as they were in the spring of 2020.

Seven thousand people a day are currently dying from Covid-19 globally, a conference has heard. Economic historian and author Prof Adam Tooze said t(...)

Adam Tooze says the new variant is a consequence of ‘making choices’ to deal with the virus nationally but not globally

The failure of governments to build vaccine programmes globally to tackle coronavirus is “the disgrace of the last 12 months”, renowned economic histo(...)

A requirement for children in primary school to wear masks is expected to be discussed by Nphet. File photograph: The Irish Times

A requirement for children in primary school to wear masks is expected to be discussed by the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) when it me(...)

A woman wearing a mask in Dublin city centre. While acute concerns about the situation in hospitals remain, the Government has adopted a wait-and-see attitude on the imposition of further restrictions. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

No further Covid restrictions will be imposed by the Government this week, as Ministers and public health officials wait until at least the end of nex(...)

The PAC report into Robert Watt’s appointment  as interim secretary general of the Department of Health is highly critical of Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Mr Watt and others. Photograph: Collins

The State’s top-level appointments group should be disbanded and a new independent body should take over its role, the chair of the Oireachtas finance(...)

Robert Watt, the former secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, was successful in the competition and was appointed to the top job at the Department of Health in April.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The appointment of Robert Watt to the role of interim secretary general of the Department of Health and the decision to set a €292,000 salary for the (...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald: when she  stands up to make her televised speech  she does so safe in the knowledge that all ranks of the party are united around her. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Sinn Féin’s party faithful gather at the Helix on Saturday in Dublin City University, surrounded by banners hanging overhead that will declare that it(...)

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