Robert Watt

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 Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee John McGuinness outside Leinster House. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has warned of signs of a “blank cheque” for funding of forthcoming State inquiries despite the fin(...)

The new governor of the Central Bank of Ireland is Dr Philip Lane (46), Whately professor of political economy at Trinity College Dublin. (Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times)

The Government has nominated economist Prof Philip Lane to succeed Patrick Honohan as governor of the Central Bank. Prof Lane (46) is the Whately cha(...)

Michael Noonan: expected to go to Cabinet on Tuesday with a recommendation. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan is expected to go to Cabinet on Tuesday with a recommendation on a successor to outgoing Central Bank governor Pat(...)

The nomination of a successor to outgoing governor Patrick Honohan is expected to be settled shortly

Bookmaker Paddy Power has suspending betting on the next Central Bank governor following a rush of bets for Robert Watt. Mr Watt, currently secretary(...)

‘The crisis may be over, but there are huge problems to be faced in the banking and financial sector and a big job to be done in managing relationships with Frankfurt.’ Above, the  European Central Bank   in Frankfurt. Photograph: EPA/FREDRIK VON ERICHSEN

A boffin or a bureaucrat? A banker or a bean counter? The debate is on about what kind of person is needed as the new governor of the Central Bank, to(...)

Brian Purcell, who asked to be moved from the position of secretary general in the Department of Justice in July 2014. Photograph: Frank Miller

None of the applicants for the vacant role of secretary general of the Department of Justice qualified for a second interview, it has emerged. Ther(...)

 Minister for Public Expenditure  Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has reacted coolly to Minister for Health Leo Varadkar’s call for an extra €1 billion to meet existing (...)

The media report says that all the IBRC borrowers involed were commercial borrowers and do not include Irish Nationwide mortgage holders. Photograph: iStockPhoto

More than 1,000 borrowers owing €9 billion to Irish Bank Resolution Corporation were paying interest rates on their loans of less than 2 per cent at t(...)

Robert Watt, secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, said the Government would face demographic and budgetary pressures in the years ahead and that reform was always going to be necessary.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Public service staff will have to continue to implement work practice reforms and improve productivity in the future, one of the country’s most senior(...)

Robert Watt, secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. Photograph: Frank Miller /	Irish Times

The Government is not in a position to fully reverse cuts made to public sector pay in the wake of the crash, the secretary general of the Department (...)

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