Robert Watt

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Robert Watt, secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: the document prepared for him suggests the changes could be carried out in conjunction with the unwinding of financial emergency legislation. Photograph: Frank Miller

The State could save €16 billion on the projected cost of its public service pension bill in the coming decades if it links increases for pensioners (...)

Robert Watt, secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, speaking during a seminar held by the Institute for Government, said: “I think it is important to say we were reforming and making cuts before the troika arrived.

The Government’s ability to implement reforms has not diminished because of the departure of the troika, but Irish people are suffering from “austerit(...)

Mount Carmel Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Department of Health said that buying the former Mount Carmel hospital would unnecessarily expose the HSE(...)

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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 (...)

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