Robert Watt

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We have a ruling culture that has already forgotten everything that happened so recently. It has “moved on” into a bland technocratic desert where thinking about all big public projects is outsourced because that way no one has to take responsibility for the public good.  Photograph: Getty Images

When we think of the madness that is the National Broadband Plan (NBP), of €3 billion of public money for infrastructure that will be owned by a priva(...)

 The installation of  broadband in rural Ireland has proved to be a political hot potato. File photo: Michael Smith/Getty

Former minister for communications Denis Naughten warned if the proposed National Broadband Plan falters between now and the signing of the contract h(...)

Minister for Finance and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe rejected advice from a senior civil servant about the broadband plan. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

The controversy surrounding the huge cost of the National Broadband Plan is growing nearly as quickly as the list of zeros at the end of bill. Ou(...)

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(...)

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