Irish Daily Mail

No Cabinet sign-off on Watt move to €292k Health role

- By Louise Burne

CIVIL servant Robert Watt’s permanent transfer to the €292,000-ayear secretary general job at the Department of Health was not confirmed at yesterday’s Cabinet meeting as expected.

Mr Watt has been working in the role on a temporary basis since January following his move from the Department of Public Expenditur­e and Reform.

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly was expected to bring a memo to yesterday’s Cabinet meeting formally confirming the appointmen­t. However, a Government spokespers­on confirmed last night that the minister had not brought the memo and the appointmen­t had not been confirmed.

It is also unclear whether it will be brought to next week’s Cabinet meeting. A spokespers­on for Minister Donnelly told the Mail he ‘does not comment on matters that he may or may not bring to Cabinet’.

There has been considerab­le opposition to Mr Watt’s appointmen­t with questions raised over the Department of Public Expenditur­e and Reform’s role in increasing the salary before Mr Watt’s appointmen­t and his move to the Department of Health.

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Transfer: Robert Watt

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