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#Robert Watt

# robert-watt - This year 2022

Fianna Fáil TD calls for Robert Watt to be made boss of the HSE and the Dept of Health
# HEALTH OVERHAUL
# HEALTH OVERHAUL

Fianna Fáil TD calls for Robert Watt to be made boss of the HSE and the Dept of Health

Aug 16th 2022, 2:15 PM 32,393 Views 33 Comments

Barry Cowen believes it is time to share leadership between the two bodies.

'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

Jun 27th 2022, 6:40 PM 24,536 Views 30 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.

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 9,938 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.

'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 25,289 Views 56 Comments

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

'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 31,921 Views 27 Comments

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

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 17,621 Views 16 Comments

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

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 17,623 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 16,905 Views 23 Comments

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

'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 20,503 Views 21 Comments

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

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 21,890 Views 34 Comments

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

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 19,834 Views 17 Comments

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

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 24,715 Views 21 Comments

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

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 27,288 Views 29 Comments

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

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 14,671 Views 35 Comments

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

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 31,548 Views 30 Comments

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

'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 39,519 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.

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 8,186 Views 9 Comments

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

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 31,732 Views 62 Comments

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

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 33,951 Views 27 Comments

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

# robert-watt - Last year 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 23,974 Views 66 Comments

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

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 17,497 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 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 36,233 Views 60 Comments

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

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 22,615 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 - All time

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 18,810 Views 5 Comments

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

'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 47,850 Views 48 Comments

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

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 18,479 Views 135 Comments

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

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 39,204 Views 80 Comments

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

'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 19,194 Views 33 Comments

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

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 13,028 Views 11 Comments

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

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 14,000 Views 33 Comments

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

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 15,322 Views 23 Comments

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

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 12,395 Views 18 Comments

New procedures were approved by Cabinet today.

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 28,722 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 14,714 Views 38 Comments

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

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 41,640 Views 140 Comments

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

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 17,706 Views 89 Comments

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

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 9,257 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.

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 16,548 Views 79 Comments

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

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 5,052 Views 22 Comments

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

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 7,063 Views 120 Comments

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

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