Robert Watt

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The public sector also offers perhaps the best opportunities for the right kind of balance between career and personal life. Photograph: Johnny Greig/Getty

The public sector has always been a popular career choice for Irish graduates and aspiring recruits. Aside from the more well-known advantages – like(...)

Recent figures from the DPP, released under the Freedom of Information Act, show barristers in private practice were paid €14m by the State last year to prosecute cases, an increase of 4.6%. Photograph: The Irish Times

Barristers prosecuting criminal cases on behalf of the State have demanded a fees increase from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), saying the (...)

Aaaron Eckhart as Nick Naylor, a tobacco industry lobbyist in ‘Thank You for Smoking’

There is a brilliant scene in the 2006 film, Thank You for Smoking, where Aaron Eckhart’s character, Nick Naylor, a tobacco industry lobbyist with que(...)

Civil Public and Services Union general secretary Eoin Ronayne said there was nothing to stop the in-coming Government from entering into talks on bringing forward elements of the existing Lansdowne Road agreement which is scheduled to run until 2018. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Lower-paid civil servants are to seek the Government to bring forward the payment of a €1,000 increase scheduled for September 2017 to accelerate the (...)

File photograph: Getty Images

The levels of pay on offer to people entering the public service is not hampering the State’s ability to recruit high-calibre staff, the secretary gen(...)

The Department of Public Expenditure  said the analysis should look at how health services could be delivered

The Department of Health should develop feasible alternatives for health reform in the wake of the abandonment of the originally-favoured model of uni(...)

Robert Watt, secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform said that the number of civil servants has fallen to 35,000 from 39,000 in 2007. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The Government expects to save €50 million a year by centralising routine work done by parts of the civil and public service. As part of a shake-up o(...)

Robert Watt, the secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform said the current system of pay for Civil Servants is too hierarchical. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Staff in the Civil Service should in future have their pay linked to their performance, the secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said the Central Bank is independent under the statute covering the European System of Central Banks. Photographer: Frantzesco Kangaris/Bloomberg

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said the Central Bank of Ireland did not seek his permission to issue retention payments to staff. T(...)

Department of Public Spending and Reform secretary general Robert Watt told TDs during the week  his officials would examine whether the bonus scheme breaches  legislation. Photograph: Frank Miller

The bonuses the Central Bank is giving to around 30 of its staff amount to more than 21 per cent of the €67,000 to €84,000 salaries that they are pai(...)

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