41. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on the implementation of the Toland report and the need for comprehensive reform of his Department; his further views on whether structural and cultural reform is required in his Department; and his plans for same. (Question 51980/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Departmental Reform)

Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: Revelations in recent weeks have raised serious questions about the Department of Justice and Equality, its culture, its fitness for purpose and the need for a structural reform that takes in, but is not limited to, the Toland report and the reforms outlined therein. Will the Minister outline how he intends to reform the Department and implement this report?
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42. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when the recommendations of the Toland report will be implemented. (Question 51992/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Departmental Reform)

Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: Revelations in recent weeks have raised serious questions about the Department of Justice and Equality, its culture, its fitness for purpose and the need for a structural reform that takes in, but is not limited to, the Toland report and the reforms outlined therein. Will the Minister outline how he intends to reform the Department and implement this report?
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263. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he or a previous Minster for Justice and Equality required the review group of the Toland report to assume this monitoring role in view of the fact that the review group was prepared to meet twice yearly over the ensuing two years to review progress in the implementation of the 18 recommendations therein; if so, the number of times the review group met; the outcome of the meetings including written reports; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51927/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Departmental Reform)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): In the weeks following the Toland Review in 2014, the Department of Justice and Equality began a process of consultation and engagement to develop a Programme for Change and a delivery plan to implement the recommendations following that review.  
Since 2014, considerable progress has been achieved on the delivery of that Programme, including but not limited to, reforming the organisational culture, leadership and management of the Dep...

264. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the extent to which each recommendation of the Toland report has been implemented; those that have been completed; and those not yet begun, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51928/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Departmental Reform)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Report of the Independent Review Group (Toland Report) 2014
Status of Recommendations
 Recommendation Culture: Status 1 A “Programme for Change” should be supported and facilitated by management resources from other parts of the Civil Service or from outside to assist the Department to migrate to a new culture, leadership, management and operating model which delivers a high performance organisation and one which provides s...

117. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the extent reform remains a feature of his Department’s policy with particular reference to ensuring good value for the taxpayer and quality service for the consumer; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40732/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Departmental Reform)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Public Service Reform continues to be a key feature of my Department’s policy. Considerable progress has been made since the first Public Service Reform Plan was published in 2011. We are now moving from a stage of reform to one of development and continuous improvement which will cover the period to 2020. My Department is currently developing a new Public Service Development and Innovation Framework, Our Public Service 2020...

13. Deputy James Lawless asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the status of the implementation of the recent recommendations from the report of the independent review group on her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40299/16 asked on 16 Dec 2016 - Departmental Reform)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): My Department has implemented significant reform through a Programme for Change following the report of the Independent Review Group which recommended a range of organisational and cultural changes. Some actions involve strengthening structural and governance processes while others focused on changing organisational behaviour. It should be noted that many of the changes overlap with the actions set out in the Civil Ser...

111. Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the steps that have been taken, on foot of the Guerin report, to change the governance and management of her Department; the concrete improvements that have been made to the performance of her Department since the Minister’s statement on 13 May 2014; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41142/14 asked on 18 Nov 2014 - Departmental Reform)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): On 13 May as part of my comprehensive response to the recommendations of the Guerin report I announced an independent review of the performance, management and administration of my Department. Three weeks later I announced the appointment of an Independent Review Group chaired by Mr. Kevin Toland, CEO of the Dublin Airport Authority.
The Independent Review Group reported on 11 July - a very rapid turn-around time for which I thank th...

33. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach the position regarding reforms in his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20859/14 asked on 15 Jul 2014 - Departmental Reform)

The Taoiseach: The Department restructured in 2011, transforming it into the equivalent of a Cabinet Office and further restructuring has taken place following the successful Irish Presidency of the Council Of Ministers of the European Union. HR, pensions, payroll, financial management and ICT services in the Department will be all shared services by the end of 2014.
My Department’s Integrated Reform Delivery Plan sets out the reforms that are being undertaken by my Department, which includes ch...

146. Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 111 of 18 November 2014, the additional steps that have been taken, on foot of the Guerin report, to change the governance and management of her Department; the concrete improvements that have been made to the performance of her Department since her statement on 13 May 2014; the progress made in the appointment of a new Secretary General; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8656/15 asked on 26 Feb 2014 - Departmental Reform)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I assume the Deputy is referring to the Report of the Independent Review Group chaired by Mr Kevin Toland. Following the publication of the Groups report in relation to the performance, management and administration of my Department, a Programme for Change to address the Group’s recommendations is continuing. The objective of this Programme is to assist the Department to migrate to a new culture, leadership, management and operatin...