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.

Role of the PBO

Latest publications

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

Summary of Pre-Budget 2018 Commentary

Quarterly Economic and Fiscal Commentary

Director of the PBO

Annette Connolly is the director of the Parliamentary Budget Office. Annette was previously head of the Central Expenditure Management Policy Unit at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. She has overall responsibility for establishing, developing and leading the Parliamentary Budget Office.  Designated Public Official under Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 See

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