Parliamentary Budget Office

The Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) provides independent and impartial information, analysis and advice to the Houses of the Oireachtas.

The PBO is a key source of financial and budgetary intelligence for Oireachtas Members and in particular for the Oireachtas Committee on Budget Oversight as it conducts ex-ante scrutiny of all budgetary matters. It is an independent specialist unit within the Houses of Oireachtas Service.

Annette Connolly video

Description: Watch the PBO director, Annette Connolly explain the objectives of the PBO and her vision for its role in the budgetary process. This video is an extract from the Budget 2018 Studio Debate produced by Oireachtas TV.

Latest publications

PBO, Briefing Paper 2 Supplementary Estimates 2017

PBO, Note on Public Service Performance Report 2016

PBO, Note on Gender Budgeting

PBO, Post-Budget 2018 Commentary for the Committee on Budgetary Oversight

PBO, Pre-Budget 2018 Commentary for the Committee on Budgetary Oversight

Summary of Pre-Budget 2018 Commentary

Quarterly Economic and Fiscal Commentary

Why was the PBO established?

The need for the office was identified by the OECD in its review of budget oversight by the Irish Parliament. The Oireachtas Sub-Committee on Dáil Reform, in its final report in May 2016, recommended that the office be established.
Established in 2017, the PBO is a key source of financial and budgetary intelligence for Oireachtas Members and in particular for the Committee on Budgetary Oversight as it conducts ex-ante scrutiny of all budgetary matters.

Organisational structure

The organisational structure of the PBO has yet to be finalised. In the initial period, the PBO will likely be made up of teams, with an assistant principal (or equivalent) acting as team leader reporting to the deputy director. These teams will cover subjects including budgetary research, economic research, policy analysis, management of the public finances, budgetary policy, EU fiscal rules, fiscal policy analysis, and communications and support.
The structure is subject to change and will evolve as time goes by. Until additional staff are in place there will be flexibility between the teams in terms of the type of work or analysis to be undertaken.
Annette Connolly is the director of the Parliamentary Budget Office. She has overall responsibility for establishing, developing and leading the Parliamentary Budget Office.
Annette is a Designated Public Official under Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015; see the Register of Lobbying.
Previously, Annette was head of the Central Expenditure Management Policy Unit at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

Supporting documents

The need for a Parliamentary Budgetary Office was identified by the OECD in its review of budget oversight by the Irish Parliament. The Oireachtas Sub-Committee on Dáil Reform, in its final report in May 2016, recommended that the office be established.

Contact details

Parliamentary Budget Office
Leinster House
Kildare Street
Dublin 2
D02 XR20
pbo@oireachtas.ie