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Robert Watt elevation ‘a stroke of the highest order’, claims Sinn Féin

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Sinn Féin has claimed the appointment of Robert Watt as secretary general of the Department of Health would have “hallmarks of an old-fashioned stroke”.

Sinn Féin member of the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Matt Carthy made the remarks amid reports that Mr Watt’s appointment is expected to be ratified by Cabinet. 

It is understood that an independent recruitment process carried out by the State’s Top Level Appointments Committee has ended. And it is expected that Mr Watt’s name will be forwarded to Government in the coming weeks. But it is considered unlikely the promotion will be confirmed at this week’s Cabinet meeting.

Mr Watt is former secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. He was appointed interim secretary general of the Department of Health in January while the recruitment process for the permanent post took place.

Controversy arose when it was announced the new secretary general at the Department of Health would earn an annual salary of €292,000 – more than any other civil servant. Though the salary will not be paid until a permanent appointment has been made.

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