Department headed by Watt advised lifting €200k public sector pay cap

There has been controversy over the decision to award the Department of Health’s interim secretary general an €81,000 pay rise as he begins his new job

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent @aiden_corkery
24th January, 2021
Department headed by Watt advised lifting €200k public sector pay cap
Robert Watt with Paschal Donohoe, the Minister for Finance: he will receive a pay rise of €81,000 when taking up his new job at the Department of Health Picture: Collins

A government department headed by Robert Watt previously advised that the country’s highest-paid public servants should no longer be limited to earning €200,000 a year.

Watt moved from his role as secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to a role as interim secretary general of the Department of Health three weeks ago, while the search for a permanent replacement takes place.

A controversy has since broken out over the...

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