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Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe speaks to media on the National Broadband Plan at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The total cost of the National Broadband Plan (NBP), including private investment, is now expected to exceed €5 billion. Despite paying the bulk of t(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte walk along the parliament in The Hague, Netherlands,  prior to the Summit in Sibiu. Photograph: EPA

Ireland and the Netherlands intend to stand firm on the issue of tax sovereignty, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. Both countries have been criticis(...)

 The vacancy at the Central Bank of Ireland arose when governor Philip Lane moved to the European Central Bank. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The competition to find the next governor of the Central Bank has been narrowed down to a shortlist of four candidates, including bookies’ favourite, (...)

John Fell, the longest-serving Irish staff member at the ECB, is understood to be among individuals who put their names forward for the Central Bank governorship.

The most senior Irish member of staff at the European Central Bank (ECB) and the deputy secretary general of the Department of Health have emerged as (...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has begun the process of finding a new Central Bank governor. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has given prospective candidates to lead the Central Bank two weeks to register their interest, after European le(...)

Philip Lane: he is set to be confirmed   as the Republic’s first ECB executive board member. He is also the favourite to become the organisation’s chief economist.  Photograph:  Reuters

When Otmar Issing, one of the prime architects of the euro, was asked in 2001 to help select an outstanding European economist under 40, one name stoo(...)

Robert Watt, the secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure, finally appeared before the Public Accounts Committee and the Finance Committee on Thursday.

A tug of war between Oireachtas committees around who should grill one of the most senior civil servants in the country has been playing out behind th(...)

Robert Watt before the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday

The secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure has faced sustained questioning about why his department only became involved in dealing(...)

Robert Watt, secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, said he had been asked to appear before four Dáil committees in connection with the children’s hospital.   File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Robert Watt, the senior civil servant who heads the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, has told the Public Accounts Committee that he is wil(...)

A view of the construction site of the national children’s hospital.Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Robert Watt, the secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure (DPER), is to be asked to appear before the Dáil Public Accounts Committee (...)

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