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 the Oireachtas Service.
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Analysis of Voted Expenditure Allocations
This publication presents a concise analysis of the changes to expenditure presented in Budget 2019 and the overall presentation of expenditure information in the budget documentation.
Estimates and expenditure ceilings
This double-sided infographic shows the Estimates of Exchequer revenue and the gross current and capital expenditure ceilings by ministerial vote group.
Wed, 14 Nov 2018
Budget 2019 - Analysis of Voted Expenditure Allocations
This publication presents the Parliamentary Budget Office’s analysis of the changes to expenditure presented in Budget 2019, and the overall presentation of expenditure information in the budget documentation.
Tue, 13 Nov 2018
An Overview of the Green Budgeting Initiative
PBO Note 24 of 2018
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
The Local Government Fund and Vote 34 in the Revised Estimates for Public Services
PBO Note 23 of 2018
Mon, 12 Nov 2018
The National Training Fund
PBO Note 22 of 2018
Wed, 7 Nov 2018
Budgetary Issues in the Finance Bill 2018
Briefing Paper 15 of 2018
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.
The PBO has a director, Annette Connolly, and a deputy director, Denise O’Connell. It has a small number of teams headed by an Assistant Principal, or equivalent, acting as team leader and reporting to the deputy director. The PBO covers subjects such as budgetary research and analysis (including analysis of expenditure and tax), economic research, the management of the public finances and EU semester and fiscal rules. The structure is subject to change and will evolve as the PBO develops its services.
As director, Annette Connolly has overall responsibility for establishing, developing and leading the PBO. Previously, Annette was head of the central expenditure management policy unit at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. Annette is a Designated Public Official under the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015; see the Register of Lobbying.
Denise O’Connell, deputy director of the PBO, formerly worked in the Department of Finance in various roles including tax policy, economics and budgetary matters. Denise has also worked in the Department of Health.
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