20. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the degree to which his Department plans to incorporate further reforms throughout the civil and public service with a view to achieving better value for money, improved economic impact and delivery of services to the public; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47275/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Public Sector Reform Implementation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Since the first public service reform plan was published in 2011, a comprehensive programme of reform has been implemented and this continues to be a key priority. This is important as the performance of the public service has major implications for the management of the State’s finances, and for economic development and employment creation.
The 2014-16 public service reform plan put the public ever more to the centre of what ...

74. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his views on whether further reform or policy initiatives are now required to maintain a stable path towards economic recovery; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47555/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Public Sector Reform Implementation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 74 and 75 together.
Public Service Reform was a central element of the response to the challenges of recent years and remains an essential part of building for the future. We must build on progress made in recent years and maintain and renew our focus on Public Service Reform. It is essential that targeted recruitment and investment in public services is done in tandem with further Public Servi...

75. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the degree to which reform is likely to remain a key element in managing costs throughout the public sector in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47556/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Public Sector Reform Implementation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 74 and 75 together.
Public Service Reform was a central element of the response to the challenges of recent years and remains an essential part of building for the future. We must build on progress made in recent years and maintain and renew our focus on Public Service Reform. It is essential that targeted recruitment and investment in public services is done in tandem with further Public Servi...

77. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the extent to which he remains satisfied of being able to continue to meet the targets set by his Department in the context of spending and reform; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47559/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Public Sector Reform Implementation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 77, 79 and 80 together.
Effective management of expenditure has been a key contributor towards putting Ireland’s public finances back on a sustainable footing. On an on ongoing basis, managing the delivery of public services within budgetary allocations is a key responsibility of each Minister and their Departments. Important measures are in place to ensure that budgetary targets continue to b...

79. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the degree to which each Department continues to maintain good practice in terms of expenditure in keeping with both the effects of the economic recession and the growing demands of the recovery; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47561/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Public Sector Reform Implementation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 77, 79 and 80 together.
Effective management of expenditure has been a key contributor towards putting Ireland’s public finances back on a sustainable footing. On an on ongoing basis, managing the delivery of public services within budgetary allocations is a key responsibility of each Minister and their Departments. Important measures are in place to ensure that budgetary targets continue to b...

80. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the savings to date achieved through reform or limitation of expenditure in each of the past three years to date in 2017; the extent to which this is in line with targets; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47562/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Public Sector Reform Implementation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 77, 79 and 80 together.
Effective management of expenditure has been a key contributor towards putting Ireland’s public finances back on a sustainable footing. On an on ongoing basis, managing the delivery of public services within budgetary allocations is a key responsibility of each Minister and their Departments. Important measures are in place to ensure that budgetary targets continue to b...

125. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans for outsourcing in the public service; and if the cost of labour will continue to be excluded from the business case for outsourcing of public services. (Question 26403/17 asked on 01 Jun 2017 - Public Sector Reform Implementation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Government is committed to using alternative models of service delivery, including outsourcing, as part of our ongoing drive to provide the most efficient and effective services to the public. 
External Service Delivery formed a key component of previous Public Service Reform Plans published in 2011 and 2014 respectively.  To meet the obligations set out in these plans, Departments and Offices were requested to produce spec...

198. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the extent to which 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 18953/17 asked on 13 Apr 2017 - Public Sector Reform Implementation)

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 2017-2020. The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform are currently developing a new Public Service Development and Innovati...

118. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the extent of reform and-or policy initiatives required to maximise the opportunities for economic recovery in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3654/17 asked on 26 Jan 2017 - Public Sector Reform Implementation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 118 and 121 to 123, inclusive, together.
Increased investment in public capital infrastructure can support enhanced economic growth. In this regard the Deputy will be aware that I announced on Budget Day that my Department would, by the middle of 2017, complete a review of the Capital Investment Plan published in September 2015. The objective of the Capital Review will be to provide a focused an...

121. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the degree to which each Government Department continues to maintain good practice in terms of expenditure, in keeping with both the effects of the economic recession and the growing demands of the recovery; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3702/17 asked on 26 Jan 2017 - Public Sector Reform Implementation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 118 and 121 to 123, inclusive, together.
Increased investment in public capital infrastructure can support enhanced economic growth. In this regard the Deputy will be aware that I announced on Budget Day that my Department would, by the middle of 2017, complete a review of the Capital Investment Plan published in September 2015. The objective of the Capital Review will be to provide a focused an...

122. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the extent to which he is satisfied that he will be able to continue to meet the targets set by his Department in the context of spending and reform; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3703/17 asked on 26 Jan 2017 - Public Sector Reform Implementation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 118 and 121 to 123, inclusive, together.
Increased investment in public capital infrastructure can support enhanced economic growth. In this regard the Deputy will be aware that I announced on Budget Day that my Department would, by the middle of 2017, complete a review of the Capital Investment Plan published in September 2015. The objective of the Capital Review will be to provide a focused an...

123. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the degree to which each Government Department has achieved the targets set by way of public expenditure and reform in the past five years; the extent to which this has now become the basis for reward throughout; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3704/17 asked on 26 Jan 2017 - Public Sector Reform Implementation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 118 and 121 to 123, inclusive, together.
Increased investment in public capital infrastructure can support enhanced economic growth. In this regard the Deputy will be aware that I announced on Budget Day that my Department would, by the middle of 2017, complete a review of the Capital Investment Plan published in September 2015. The objective of the Capital Review will be to provide a focused an...

372. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he has in place in his Department’s social policy and public sector reform division, any arrangements for acting on recommendations of the Comptroller and Auditor General which have cross public service implications. (Question 27014/16 asked on 18 Oct 2016 - Public Sector Reform Implementation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I have in place in my Department in Government Accounting Unit robust and well-established arrangements for responding to the recommendations of the Comptroller and Auditor General which have cross-public service implications.
As the Deputy will be aware, when the Comptroller and Auditor General makes a recommendation relating to a Government Department or body under the aegis of a particular Government Department the recommend...

75. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach the public sector reform measures taken in his Department in the past year. (Question 28657/16 asked on 04 Oct 2016 - Public Sector Reform Implementation)

The Taoiseach: My Department submits regular reports to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform regarding progress with implementation of its Integrated Reform Delivery Plan under the Public Sector Reform Plan 2014 – 2016. 
Some examples of specific actions taken in my Department under the Plan in the past year include:
- playing a central role in supporting the Civil Service Renewal Plan through the Civil Service Management Board, chaired by the Secretary General of my Department, and t...

190. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to outline the extent to which reform will remain central to Government policy in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2356/16 asked on 19 Jan 2016 - Public Sector Reform Implementation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): Public Service Reform was a key element of the Government’s response to the crisis and continues to be an essential part of our strategy for recovery. The reforms we have implemented over the past five years have enabled us to maintain and improve public services in the face of necessary reductions in staff numbers and budgets, and at a time of increased demand for public services.
Following on from strong progress on the imple...

9. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the extent to which the economy continues to benefit from public sector and general reform over the past number of years; if he expects the benefits from such reforms to continue to accrue into the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33310/15 asked on 01 Oct 2015 - Public Sector Reform Implementation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): Public Service Reform was a key element of the Government’s response to the crisis and continues to be an essential part of our strategy for recovery.  The reforms we have implemented have enabled us to maintain and improve public services in the face of necessary reductions in staff numbers and budgets, and at a time of increased demand for public services.  
Significant progress has been made since the publication of the Gover...

16. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the criteria his Department utilises to anticipate and prepare for future human resource trends in the public service, including how the need to respond to imbalances in staffing resources per capita across different geographical regions is measured and how this data is incorporated into policy; what he considers to be, based on available data projections for demographical trends, the most pressing concerns to the ability of the public service, including in particular local government; if he will provide an effective and generally equal service to all citizens in the State; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26381/15 asked on 02 Jul 2015 - Public Sector Reform Implementation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): The increasing complexity of the Public Service delivery means that new skills and ways of working are needed for the delivery of effective and efficient services to all citizens of the State. Workforce Planning plays a key role in identifying human resource trends and forecasting workforce gaps in the medium term across the Public Service.  
The specific tools used for Workforce Planning in the public service are intended to e...

20. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to reform the performance measurement system in the public sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26116/15 asked on 02 Jul 2015 - Public Sector Reform Implementation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): The Civil Service Management Board (CSMB) composed of Secretaries-General of Government Departments and Heads of Civil Service Offices has been assigned a central role under the Civil Service Renewal Plan for reforming performance management in the civil service and for strengthening the Performance Management and Development System (PMDS).  The Deputy may wish to note that management of staff performance in the wider public ser...

21. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he is satisfied with his Department’s reform process to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26395/15 asked on 02 Jul 2015 - Public Sector Reform Implementation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): Public Service Reform is a key element of the Government’s overall strategy for recovery.  Led by my Department, the reforms delivered over the past four years have enabled us to maintain and improve public services in the face of the necessary reduction in staff numbers and budgets, at a time of increased demand for public services.
The Government’s second Public Service Reform Plan was published in January 2014 and sets out th...

747. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health the arrangements that were made during industrial relations discussions in the health sector in relation to pay, hours and practice, over the past four years; the way they differed from the Haddington Road agreement; if it is envisaged that these will be changed (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20750/15 asked on 26 May 2015 - Public Sector Reform Implementation)

Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The Croke Park Agreement and Haddington Road Agreement (HRA) have been crucial to the health service’s ability to manage through the very difficult circumstances of recent years. Agreement between public service management and public service staff representatives was reached on a series of measures to secure an additional €1 billion annual saving from the public service pay and pensions bill by 2015. A key requirement for the health service during the p...

323. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the extent to which reform, as a component of economic strategy, continues to achieve savings in line with projections; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18666/15 asked on 12 May 2015 - Public Sector Reform Implementation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): Public Service Reform was a key element of the Government’s response to the crisis and continues to be essential as part of our strategy for recovery.  The reforms we have implemented have enabled us to maintain and improve public services in the face of the necessary reduction in staff numbers and budgets, at a time of increased demand for public services.  
Significant progress has been made since the publication of the Govern...

114. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to outline the manner in which he expects his proposed forum on public sector pay, expenditure and taxation issues to operate; when it will be convened; the remit it will be provided with; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12625/15 asked on 26 Mar 2015 - Public Sector Reform Implementation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): The wide-ranging ranging reforms to the budgetary architecture, introduced by this Government, have been informed by the core principle that a more open and transparent process, allowing for clearer accountability and oversight, supports the efficient use of public funds to deliver effective services for citizens.
With Ireland set to exit the Excessive Deficit Procedure at the end of 2015, we will thereafter become subject to th...

233. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will address a matter (details supplied) regarding the Civil Service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8978/15 asked on 03 Mar 2015 - Public Sector Reform Implementation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): I launched the Civil Service Renewal Plan along with the Taoiseach on 30 October last.  The Plan outlines 25 practical actions that will create a more unified, professional, responsive, open and accountable Civil Service that can provide a world-class service to the State and to the people of Ireland.  Work has commenced on the implementation of the Plan which is being overseen by the newly-formed Civil Service Management Board....

66. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the extent to which reform throughout the public sector remains a component of economic policy in the context of economic recovery; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6225/15 asked on 11 Feb 2015 - Public Sector Reform Implementation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): Public Service Reform was a key element of the Government’s strategic response to the crisis and remains a key part of our strategy for recovery.  Reform has enabled us to maintain and improve public services in the face of the necessary reduction in staff numbers and budgets, at a time of increased demand for public services.  For example, 21% more people were in receipt of a weekly social protection payment at the end of 2013 ...

253. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the reason he has not sought the opening of formal negotiations on giving effect to the various elements of the Civil Service renewal plan with the public service unions; if his attention has been drawn to the unions that have indicated their willingness to participate when his Department issued the prerequisite invitation to discussions; the delay in opening implementation negotiations on this priority issue (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5962/15 asked on 10 Feb 2015 - Public Sector Reform Implementation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): I published the Civil Service Renewal Plan along with the Taoiseach on 30 October last.  The Plan was informed by a year-long engagement and consultation process which involved some 2,000 staff and stakeholders.  It brings together the work of the Independent Panel on Strengthening Civil Service Accountability and Performance and the work of the Civil Service Renewal Taskforce, an internal group of senior managers.  Members of t...