Robert Watt

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A view of the construction site of the national children’s hospital.Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Robert Watt, the secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure (DPER), is to be asked to appear before the Dáil Public Accounts Committee (...)

 Central Bank governor Philip Lane emerged last week as the unopposed candidate to succeed outgoing ECB chief economist Peter Praet on the six-member board in Frankfurt. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has committed to carrying out a “comprehensive” search for the successor to Central Bank governor Philip Lane, wh(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Minister for Health Simon Harris has signalled he is prepared to change the membership of the board developing the new National Children’s Hospital if(...)

 Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald pictured arriving for the centenary commemorations  in the Mansion House on Monday  to mark the anniversary of the inaugural public meeting of Dáil Éireann in 1919. Photograph: Tom Honan

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended the refusal of a senior civil servant to attend the Oireachtas Health Committee to deal with cost overruns for the(...)

   Department  of Public Expenditure and Reform secretary general Robert Watt: declined to appear before committee.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An Oireachtas committee has accused the head of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform of treating it with disrespect over his refusal to giv(...)

Robert Watt, secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure, has declined to attend an Oireachtas committee meeting  to answer questions on the hospital overspend.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An additional €450 million will have to be found to cover a “very significant and disturbing” escalation in the cost of the new national children’s ho(...)

The site of the proposed National Children’s Hospital, which is currently projected to cost €1.43bn. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Oireachtas committee investigating overspending on the National Children’s Hospital is in dispute with one of the State’s most senior civil servan(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: “All Government departments must give full priority to activating their plans for a no-deal or disorderly Brexit”

Before Christmas, in the wake of Theresa May’s decision to postpone the Commons vote on the withdrawal treaty, Irish Government Ministers were told th(...)

Secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Public Reform, Robert Watt  said ‘pricing carbon works and it should be the primary tool in our arsenal to combat climate change’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Future State infrastructure projects will have to pass tougher climate change rules, or else not go ahead, a top civil servant has said, in a major ch(...)

Flooding along the banks of the Shannon near Athlone. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Higher costs for carbon emissions must be introduced to encourage people and businesses to cut climate-damaging carbon emissions, a top civil servant (...)

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