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#Robert Watt

# robert-watt - Yesterday’s News

'Remuneration is significant': No appetite in Govt to increase €420k salary for next HSE boss
# Job Vacancy
# Job Vacancy

'Remuneration is significant': No appetite in Govt to increase €420k salary for next HSE boss

16 hours ago 21,642 Views 29 Comments

Questions have been raised about whether tensions between the HSE and Department of Health played a part in Paul Reid’s decision to step down.

# robert-watt - Wednesday 15 June, 2022

Working conditions for non-consultant hospital doctors must change, senior civil servant says
# Robert Watt
# Robert Watt

Working conditions for non-consultant hospital doctors must change, senior civil servant says

Jun 15th 2022, 3:11 PM 9,848 Views 6 Comments

The Secretary General of the Department of Health said many doctors already work longer hours than what is considered legal and safe.

# robert-watt - Thursday 26 May, 2022

'Outrageous': Over 75s face average wait of 20 hours in some Emergency Departments
# PAC
# PAC

'Outrageous': Over 75s face average wait of 20 hours in some Emergency Departments

Updated May 26th 2022, 8:39 PM 25,204 Views 56 Comments

PAC Chair Brian Stanley said wait times in emergency departments is an intolerable situation in a well funded health system.

# robert-watt - Wednesday 4 May, 2022

'You lost the run of yourself': Robert Watt grilled by TDs over Holohan secondment to Trinity
# Health Committee
# Health Committee

'You lost the run of yourself': Robert Watt grilled by TDs over Holohan secondment to Trinity

May 4th 2022, 12:33 PM 31,853 Views 27 Comments

The Secretary General of the Department of Health appeared before the Oireachtas Health Committee this morning.

# robert-watt - Tuesday 3 May, 2022

Robert Watt to tell TDs he 'regrets' that Tony Holohan won't be taking up Trinity job
# Abandoned Secondment
# Abandoned Secondment

Robert Watt to tell TDs he 'regrets' that Tony Holohan won't be taking up Trinity job

May 3rd 2022, 7:02 PM 17,601 Views 16 Comments

The Secretary General of the Department of Health will attend the Oireachtas Health Committee with Holohan tomorrow.

# robert-watt - Wednesday 27 April, 2022

Sen Gen Robert Watt and Dr Tony Holohan to appear before Oireachtas health committee next week
# Cmo
# Cmo

Sen Gen Robert Watt and Dr Tony Holohan to appear before Oireachtas health committee next week

Updated Apr 27th 2022, 7:11 PM 17,600 Views 12 Comments

Secretary General Martin Fraser was quizzed by politicians at the Oireachtas Finance Committee today.

Robert Watt's 'refusal' to appear before Oireachtas Committee may force Dail vote
# Sec Gen
# Sec Gen

Robert Watt's 'refusal' to appear before Oireachtas Committee may force Dail vote

Apr 27th 2022, 4:18 PM 16,872 Views 23 Comments

The committee will seek powers to compel the Secretary General of the Department of Health to appear before it.

# robert-watt - Tuesday 26 April, 2022

'Who's running the country?': Sec Gen 'snub' of Oireachtas committee raised with Taoiseach
# CMO Trinity Job
# CMO Trinity Job

'Who's running the country?': Sec Gen 'snub' of Oireachtas committee raised with Taoiseach

Apr 26th 2022, 4:10 PM 20,480 Views 21 Comments

TD John McGuinness has written to Robert Watt to convey disappointment at the lack of response to an invitation.

# robert-watt - Sunday 24 April, 2022

Donnelly and Watt criticised for rejecting committee appearance over Holohan secondment
# Dept Of Health
# Dept Of Health

Donnelly and Watt criticised for rejecting committee appearance over Holohan secondment

Apr 24th 2022, 6:19 PM 21,870 Views 34 Comments

Taoiseach Micheal Martin said today that Stephen Donnelly ‘has not refused to go before any committee’.

# robert-watt - Wednesday 20 April, 2022

Maura Quinn to head up review of Tony Holohan's abandoned secondment to Trinity
# Maura Quinn
# Maura Quinn

Maura Quinn to head up review of Tony Holohan's abandoned secondment to Trinity

Apr 20th 2022, 11:19 AM 19,776 Views 16 Comments

Quinn is the the outgoing Chief Executive of the Institute of Directors.

# robert-watt - Thursday 14 April, 2022

Denis Naughten: The only winners in the Holohan job debacle will be large consultancy firms
# Science Advice
# Science Advice

Denis Naughten: The only winners in the Holohan job debacle will be large consultancy firms

Apr 14th 2022, 8:00 PM 24,650 Views 21 Comments

The independent TD says the mishandling of a potential move by the CMO to Trinity College is a wasted opportunity.

# robert-watt - Wednesday 13 April, 2022

Donnelly orders external review into Tony Holohan's abandoned secondment at Trinity College
# Botched Appointment
# Botched Appointment

Donnelly orders external review into Tony Holohan's abandoned secondment at Trinity College

Apr 13th 2022, 10:11 PM 27,233 Views 29 Comments

The Health Minister said he ordered the review “to examine learnings and recommendations that could inform future such initiatives”.

# robert-watt - Tuesday 12 April, 2022

Watt report says it is normal practice for minister not to receive details of every secondment
# CMO's Department Move
# CMO's Department Move

Watt report says it is normal practice for minister not to receive details of every secondment

Apr 12th 2022, 3:17 PM 14,657 Views 35 Comments

Dr Holohan says he will not be proceeding with the TCD role as a Professor of Public Health Strategy and Leadership.

# robert-watt - Monday 11 April, 2022

Donnelly receives report on Dr Tony Holohan's abandoned secondment to Trinity
# Cmo
# Cmo

Donnelly receives report on Dr Tony Holohan's abandoned secondment to Trinity

Updated Apr 11th 2022, 9:55 PM 31,513 Views 30 Comments

The report was compiled by the Secretary General of the Department of Health, Robert Watt.

# robert-watt - Tuesday 22 February, 2022

'Banter can happen': Taoiseach won't confront minister or civil servant about war of words in pub
# Confrontation
# Confrontation

'Banter can happen': Taoiseach won't confront minister or civil servant about war of words in pub

Feb 22nd 2022, 3:21 PM 39,458 Views 15 Comments

The Irish Daily Mail reported that Watt, one of the country’s top civil servants confronted the housing minister in a crowded pub.

# robert-watt - Wednesday 16 February, 2022

Deferrals caused by Covid will increase hospital waiting lists this year, says Health Sec Gen
# Sláintecare
# Sláintecare

Deferrals caused by Covid will increase hospital waiting lists this year, says Health Sec Gen

Feb 16th 2022, 6:45 AM 8,151 Views 9 Comments

Over 1.5 million people will be added to the waiting lists this year, the Oireachtas Health Committee will hear.

# robert-watt - Wednesday 26 January, 2022

Department of Health confirms Robert Watt is now in receipt of full €292,000 salary
# Secretary General
# Secretary General

Department of Health confirms Robert Watt is now in receipt of full €292,000 salary

Jan 26th 2022, 1:32 PM 31,587 Views 62 Comments

The Secretary General had temporarily waived an €81,000 pay rise.

# robert-watt - Tuesday 25 January, 2022

Did the country's top civil servant accept an €81K pay rise? Varadkar says it's not for him to say
# Sec Gen Job
# Sec Gen Job

Did the country's top civil servant accept an €81K pay rise? Varadkar says it's not for him to say

Jan 25th 2022, 7:21 PM 33,909 Views 27 Comments

‘Transparency is always useful in these matters,’ a spokesperson for the Taoiseach has said.

# robert-watt - Wednesday 6 October, 2021

No ‘vast conspiracy’ to delay Sláintecare, committee told
# Robert Watt
# Robert Watt

No ‘vast conspiracy’ to delay Sláintecare, committee told

Updated Oct 6th 2021, 1:10 PM 23,953 Views 66 Comments

Robert Watt, the secretary general of the Department of Health, faced the Health Committee alongside Health Minister Stephen Donnelly.

# robert-watt - Wednesday 5 May, 2021

Robert Watt says 'no evidence' Department of Health was 'prying on families'
# Joint Health Committee
# Joint Health Committee

Robert Watt says 'no evidence' Department of Health was 'prying on families'

Updated May 5th 2021, 2:16 PM 17,454 Views 19 Comments

RTÉ said the Department of Health was invited by RTÉ Investigates to participate in the programme, contrary to claims made by Watt.

# robert-watt - Tuesday 20 April, 2021

Robert Watt appointed head of Department of Health and says he will waive €81k pay rise for now
# Secretary General
# Secretary General

Robert Watt appointed head of Department of Health and says he will waive €81k pay rise for now

Apr 20th 2021, 1:03 PM 36,182 Views 60 Comments

Opposition TDs have criticised Watt’s decision to temporarily waive the “shocking” and “berserk” increase.

# robert-watt - Monday 18 January, 2021

Harris says it's 'important' Oireachtas gets opportunity to scrutinise salary hike for new Dept of Health Sec Gen
# Pay Increase
# Pay Increase

Harris says it's 'important' Oireachtas gets opportunity to scrutinise salary hike for new Dept of Health Sec Gen

Jan 18th 2021, 6:21 PM 22,587 Views 46 Comments

Questions have been raised about the government’s decision to sanction a pay rise of €81,000 for the post.

# robert-watt - Tuesday 21 July, 2020

FAI announce appointment of top civil servant as fourth independent director From The42

FAI announce appointment of top civil servant as fourth independent director

Jul 21st 2020, 6:47 PM 18,795 Views 5 Comments

Robert Watt joins the board alongside Roy Barrett, Catherine Guy and Liz Joyce.

# robert-watt - Monday 6 July, 2020

'Who took this decision?': Top civil servant queried decision not to publish pensions paid to former Taoisigh
# Robert Watt
# Robert Watt

'Who took this decision?': Top civil servant queried decision not to publish pensions paid to former Taoisigh

Jul 6th 2020, 6:30 AM 47,812 Views 48 Comments

DPER Secretary General Robert Watt told an official: “I don’t understand why we should not release the information.”

# robert-watt - Friday 8 May, 2020

Ambitious emissions targets will cost the taxpayer, says top government official
# Government Formation
# Government Formation

Ambitious emissions targets will cost the taxpayer, says top government official

May 8th 2020, 6:45 AM 18,453 Views 135 Comments

A 7% reduction in emissions year-on-year is a red line for the Green Party.

# robert-watt - Saturday 21 September, 2019

Top civil servant not attending committee is 'an affront to democracy'
# Public Services Card
# Public Services Card

Top civil servant not attending committee is 'an affront to democracy'

Sep 21st 2019, 12:05 AM 39,188 Views 80 Comments

Chairperson John McGuinness says committee wants to discuss the cost of the PSC to date.

# robert-watt - Thursday 25 July, 2019

'It is not our job to hide our views': Top civil servant who warned against broadband plan stands over his opinion
# Rural Wifi
# Rural Wifi

'It is not our job to hide our views': Top civil servant who warned against broadband plan stands over his opinion

Jul 25th 2019, 6:10 AM 19,180 Views 33 Comments

Watt caused controversy recently when documents warning the government against proceeding with the NBP were published.

# robert-watt - Wednesday 24 July, 2019

Top civil servant: 'Government should be able to walk away from projects if the cost works out greater than expected'
# Robert Watt
# Robert Watt

Top civil servant: 'Government should be able to walk away from projects if the cost works out greater than expected'

Jul 24th 2019, 6:16 PM 13,005 Views 11 Comments

Watt previously warned ministers about not proceeding with the national broadband plan.

# robert-watt - Saturday 22 June, 2019

Government officials had 'serious reservations' about broadband plan cost before final tender was submitted
# FOI
# FOI

Government officials had 'serious reservations' about broadband plan cost before final tender was submitted

Jun 22nd 2019, 12:05 AM 13,981 Views 33 Comments

Documents released under FOI show how members of the Cabinet privately raised concerns about the plan.

# robert-watt - Tuesday 18 June, 2019

Top civil servant who warned against broadband plan questioned behind closed doors
# National Broadband Plan
# National Broadband Plan

Top civil servant who warned against broadband plan questioned behind closed doors

Jun 18th 2019, 2:41 PM 15,299 Views 23 Comments

Robert Watt warned ‘strongly recommended against’ the decision to proceed with the NBP.

# robert-watt - Wednesday 20 March, 2019

Fancy being the next governor of the Central Bank? New appointment rules have been approved
# Top Banker
# Top Banker

Fancy being the next governor of the Central Bank? New appointment rules have been approved

Mar 20th 2019, 8:10 PM 12,380 Views 18 Comments

New procedures were approved by Cabinet today.

# robert-watt - Thursday 7 March, 2019

Top civil servant says you can't compare how Dermot Bannon delivers projects to that of the children's hospital
# Not The Same
# Not The Same

Top civil servant says you can't compare how Dermot Bannon delivers projects to that of the children's hospital

Mar 7th 2019, 4:14 PM 28,706 Views 38 Comments

The government is going to stop accepting ‘guesstimates’ for large-scale projects.

Sec Gen accused of calling committee 'a mob', Robert Watt says he didn't recall and did not mean to offend
# Children's Hospital
# Children's Hospital

Sec Gen accused of calling committee 'a mob', Robert Watt says he didn't recall and did not mean to offend

Mar 7th 2019, 10:13 AM 14,700 Views 38 Comments

Sinn Féin’s David Cullinane said there is a level of contempt being shown to Oireachtas committees.

# robert-watt - Thursday 5 March, 2015

These are the government departments with the highest rates of absenteeism
# Cough Cough
# Cough Cough

These are the government departments with the highest rates of absenteeism

Mar 5th 2015, 6:10 PM 41,573 Views 140 Comments

The sector’s head said there were an ‘unacceptable’ number of sick days being taken in the public service.

# robert-watt - Thursday 30 October, 2014

New plan will make it easier to sack civil servants who are doing a bad job
# Reforms
# Reforms

New plan will make it easier to sack civil servants who are doing a bad job

Oct 30th 2014, 10:17 AM 17,650 Views 89 Comments

While staff in the civil service who do well will be recognised – but not with bonuses.

# robert-watt - Thursday 24 July, 2014

Top civil servant: Public sector workers who don't perform should 'of course' be sacked
# MacGill
# MacGill

Top civil servant: Public sector workers who don't perform should 'of course' be sacked

Jul 24th 2014, 7:30 AM 9,242 Views 80 Comments

Senior civil servant Robert Watt called for a debate on making it easier to sack public sector workers at the MacGill Summer School yesterday.

# robert-watt - Wednesday 23 July, 2014

This top civil servant wants to talk about making it easier to sack public sector workers
# MacGill
# MacGill

This top civil servant wants to talk about making it easier to sack public sector workers

Jul 23rd 2014, 6:30 PM 16,533 Views 79 Comments

Robert Watt has admitted it is easier to sack workers in the private sector than it is in the public sector.

# robert-watt - Tuesday 23 October, 2012

Oireachtas questioning legal advice about use of travel expenses
# Travel Allowances
# Travel Allowances

Oireachtas questioning legal advice about use of travel expenses

Oct 23rd 2012, 3:48 PM 5,037 Views 22 Comments

The head of the Houses of the Oreachtas Commission believes allowances should not cover travel around the country.

# robert-watt - Thursday 11 October, 2012

Any cut in allowances is in breach of Croke Park agreement say unions
# Croke Park Agreement
# Croke Park Agreement

Any cut in allowances is in breach of Croke Park agreement say unions

Oct 11th 2012, 10:03 AM 7,051 Views 120 Comments

The government has a priority list of 88 allowances to be abolished in the public sector, according to newly published letter.

# robert-watt - Saturday 10 March, 2012

Annual sick leave in public sector costs State over €551 million
# Sickies
# Sickies

Annual sick leave in public sector costs State over €551 million

Mar 10th 2012, 12:59 PM 5,719 Views 73 Comments

Certified and uncertified sick days taken by civil and public service workers cost about €551.2 million per year.

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