Robert Watt

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The Bill to abolish severance pay is being sponsored by Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin.

Some of the highest officials in government departments are to hold “town hall” meetings with civil servants at venues across the country to seek thei(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin: said he favoured the reintroduction of performance-related bonuses for civil servants who hit and beat strict targets set for them. File Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Senior civil servants face greater accountability under new proposals contained in a paper launched by Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin.(...)

While walking through Dublin yesterday morning, I encountered the surreal sight of Robert Watt, secretary general of the Department of Public Expendit(...)

Robert Watt (centre), secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure: “The social safety net has done its job,” he said.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

When people look back at the fiscal consolidation carried out in recent years, they will say the Government “was very successful”, the secretary gener(...)

“About 480,000 new homes went up here between 2000 and 2006, five times the European average.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Some pretty stark facts emerged from the census survey of vacant homes in the Republic. One quarter of all apartments in the State were unoccupied on (...)

Robert Watt: Happy to hear suggestions for improved performance. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure, Robert Watt, has been accused of being “over-sensitive” after he said it was unfair to (...)

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

There are now very few people in Irish Civil Service under the age of 30, the secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has(...)

and MARK PAULState assets agency Nama should be prepared to fund housebuilding in Dublin and its commuter belt to avoid a bubble developing in residen(...)

Two of the most influential people on the Economic Management Council are Andrew McDowell (above), chief economic adviser on the Fine Gael side, and Colm O’Riordan, his counterpart for Labour.

The quartet of the most senior members of Cabinet, along with their civil servants and advisers, known as the Economic Management Council, has been su(...)

 Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin: bringing proposals to the Government.

The Government is to introduce restrictions, including new audit requirements, to the operation of the controversial party leaders’ allowance system. (...)

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