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# robert-watt - Monday 6 July, 2020

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

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

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'

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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 This post contains videos

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

# robert-watt - Thursday 23 February, 2012

Brendan Howlin publishes 'report cards' on all departments

An “unprecedented” amount of information on Government budgeting and targets has been released, Howlin said.