Robert Watt

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 Garda specialist units are currently housed in Harcourt Square but must vacate the offices by the end of 2022. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Office of Public Works (OPW) has warned there will be “huge financial implications” if there are further delays to work on a new Garda command and(...)

Senior civil servant Robert Watt has been appointed to the board of the FAI. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Senior civil servant Robert Watt has been appointed to the board of the FAI. He becomes the fourth independent director of the association, filling a (...)

The scarring effects of long-term unemployment in the 1980s and early 1990s were especially difficult to tackle. Photograph: Aidan Crawley The secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Robert Watt warned there would be 200,000 more people without jobs than at the beginning of this year. File Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Up to 400,000 people may be unemployed in the State at the end of the year, the Oireachtas Covid-19 committee has been told. The secretary general of(...)

The secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Robert Watt is expected to warn that ‘a delayed recovery in the economy, for example, could see a deficit of up to €30bn this year’. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

For every euro the State is likely to raise in income tax this year it will pay out about €1.60 on social welfare, the Oireachtas committee on Covid-1(...)

The Green Party is demanding system change, to satisfy both the wider environmental movement and their own core membership

YOU COULD END UP LIVING IN A MORE ENERGY-EFFICIENT HOME, WHICH MIGHT DOUBLE AS A WORKPLACE. BUYING AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE WOULD BE EASIER (IF YOU’D EV(...)

The exit from the Covid-19 crisis will give us some opportunities to start anew, but it also presents us with the age-old challenge that getting things to change in a time when there is less cash around is just a lot more difficult

DELIVERING THE GREEN AGENDA – ALWAYS A COSTLY ENTERPRISE – LOOKS EVEN HARDER IN AN ECONOMY RAVAGED BY COVID-19. WE WOULD NEED TO GET THE BEST BANG (...)

Some key targets in the Government’s climate action plan were ‘not credible’, a senior official suggested in correspondence that emerged this week.

Irish agriculture is at a crossroads. How it addresses its obligations in decarbonising beef production and dairying, while ensuring a viable income f(...)

Proposals to cut the national agriculture herd to reduce greenhouse gas emissions was a ‘lazy narrative’ the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has said. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Proposals to cut the national agriculture herd to reduce greenhouse gas emissions was a “lazy narrative” based on “flawed” calculations, the Irish Far(...)

‘Ignoring agriculture increases the costs for other sectors and for the economy as a whole,’ Department of Public Expenditure secretary general  Robert Watt said. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Key planks of the Government’s climate action plan are “not credible” and it should have proposed cutting the national farming herd rather than “ignor(...)

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform secretary general Robert Watt has signalled that the Government is looking at  guarantee schemes, open-ended grants, and cases for equity capital support

The Government’s €200 million Covid-19 working capital fund for small businesses has seen a muted level of drawdowns amid concerns that the programme (...)

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