April 20, 2021
Government’s sign-off of ridiculous salary increase for Department of Health boss ‘absolutely shocking’ – Matt Carthy TD

Sinn Féin TD for Cavan/Monaghan and member of the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee, Matt Carthy, has slammed the government’s decision today to appoint Robert Watt as the new Secretary General of the Department of Health on a salary of €292,000. 

Teachta Carthy said:

“The government are trying to sugar-coat the appointment of Robert Watt as Secretary General of the Department of Health on a salary of €292,000 today by temporarily waiving the shocking €81,000 salary increase, but this is a just another stroke in this sorry saga.

“The reality is that the Cabinet have today signed off on this is absolutely shocking increase – when there has been no justification provided for the additional €81,000 in pay provided for this position.

“The Public Accounts Committee has called for the recruitment process to be stalled pending a full review of the remuneration package, and along with the Dáil’s Finance Committees had agreed a joint framework for reviewing this unprecedented salary hike. 

“That the former Secretary General of the Department of Public Expenditure – who previously had responsibility for managing public sector pay scales – could move to another Department with a substantial salary hike for which there was no process, no rationale and no justification is a reflection of the government’s priorities and their views. 

“This process has all the hallmarks of a good old-fashioned stoke. There are massive public concerns around this and we will continue pressing for Oireachtas Committees to examine this appointment.”

Follow us online

Latest Tweets

Government can and must act to ease cost-of-childcare burden on parents – @Kathleensf1

“Sinn Féin is calling for the government to give families a break by cutting the cost of childcare by two thirds from 2022 levels.”


The negotiations between London and Brussels are finished, and from today the deal is being implemented.

It is now time to move forward.

Later this month a delegation of U.S business leaders will visit.

We must work together in an Executive to seize the new economic…

Garda roster dispute: While it isn't the Minister's job to negotiate the dispute, it IS her job to ensure that this dispute is negotiated.

It can be resolved, but unfortunately the Minister is just standing back. She needs to get in there and assist – @Martin_Kenny on #TWIP

📺 Sinn Féin spokesperson on Transport and Communications @Martin_Kenny will be live on @rtetwip today, from 12noon.

Watch here: https://www.rte.ie/player/onnow


Load More