Watt appointment to Department of Health ‘damaged public trust’, draft report says

Cross-party report criticises process by which Robert Watt became secretary general of the Department of Health, and got a €81k pay rise

18th November, 2021
Watt appointment to Department of Health ‘damaged public trust’, draft report says
Watt was officially announced as secretary general of the Department of Health in April after taking the role on an interim basis in January. Picture: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

The government followed “no formal process” when appointing Robert Watt secretary general of the Department of Health on a salary of €292,000, according to a report which will be published later today.

And Watt, who first took on the role in January 2021, showed a lack of regard for the work of an Oireachtas committee by declining to attend a hearing on the issue, the cross-party review said.

The report, a draft copy of...

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