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.
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These two PBO notes discuss the issues regarding new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) proposal.
Two new PBO Notes focus on the existing civil service costing facility and how it could be enhanced.
Thu, 12 Jul 2018
Quarterly Economic and Fiscal Commentary, Q2 2018
PBO summary of the main macro-economic and fiscal developments that have emerged over the previous quarter
Mon, 11 Jun 2018
The Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027 of the EU – the European Commission’s proposals
PBO Note 14 of 2018
Fri, 8 Jun 2018
The PBO’s approach to enhancing the civil service costing facility
PBO Note 13 of 2018
Fri, 8 Jun 2018
An overview of the existing civil service costing facility
PBO Note 12 of 2018
Tue, 29 May 2018
2018 European Semester: Draft Country Specific Recommendations for Ireland
PBO Note 11 of 2018
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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