Mon, 06 Jul, 2020
Robert Watt from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform told a gathering of business leaders in 2014 that the civil service was in need of structural change and required some new leadership — but five years later, €1.8m bill for the Oireachtas printer scandal typifies just how little things have changed, writes
Fri, 29 Nov, 2019
The chairman of the Public Accounts Committee has criticised one of the country’s most senior civil servants for making “zero effort to answer the questions” posed by the committee regarding the Public Services Card.
Thu, 10 Oct, 2019
Yesterday’s statement to the Oireachtas communications committee from Eir chief executive Carolan Lennon that her company could complete the National Broadband Plan for less than €1bn, a third of the figure the State has agreed to
Wed, 26 Jun, 2019
Fianna Fáil has claimed the consortium behind the Government's broadband project may be planning to hit households with new charges to fill its own funding gap, before selling the contract onto another firm who will hike prices even further.
Tue, 14 May, 2019
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said the National Development Plan is now "in shreds" and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe can no longer say he will find the extra money for spiralling costs of rural broadband, the national children's hospital and the proposed metro in Dublin.
Thu, 09 May, 2019
Former Minister for Communications Denis Naughten has warned that if the proposed National Broadband Plan falters between now and the signing of the contract he does not believe that there will ever be high-speed broadband in rural Ireland.
Thu, 09 May, 2019
The civil servant overseeing the broadband plan has strongly defended the project, insisting that any decision to halt it would “likely result in the marginalisation of rural communities.”
Wed, 08 May, 2019
Robert Watt, secretary general at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, made headlines last week when he appeared first before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and then the finance and public expenditure committee on the same day.
Wed, 13 Mar, 2019