Robert Watt

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senior civil servants has said the public service has “hundreds of offices and thousands of civil servants providing outdated,(...)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

The site of the new national children’s hospital, in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The top civil servant in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform will on Wednesday signal a shake-up of how the State spends money on infrastr(...)

Secretary general of the Department  of Public Expenditure and Law Reform Robert Watt  is among those speaking at an economics  forum in September. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Robert Watt, the secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at the 42nd Dublin Ec(...)

Why is Eir undertaking this full frontal assault on a broadband process  it has not been engaged in for 18 months? Photograph:  Michael Smith/Getty Images

Since its explosive claim that it could deliver the objectives of the National Broadband Plan for €1 billion, Eir has shown little sign of resiling fr(...)

The Eir claim was like ‘they pulled the pin out of the grenade and rolled it into the room,’ according to committee member and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan. Photograph: iStock

What has been proposed? Earlier this week, Eir told a sitting of the Oireachtas communications committee it could complete the National Broadband Pla(...)

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