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

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

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Stability Programme Update


Stability Programme Update

The Stability Programme Update (SPU) 2021 sets out Ireland’s medium-term economic outlook and its fiscal plans. It presents the Department of Finance’s updated economic and fiscal forecasts out to 2025.

Scrutiny of Estimates


Scrutiny of Estimates

For all the PBO's analysis and guides relevant to scrutinising the Estimates for Public Services, visit the Scrutiny of Estimates page.

Expenditure Analysis


Expenditure Analysis

Our Expenditure Analysis Series provides a summary and analysis of the latest voted expenditure developments across ministerial portfolios.

Recent publications

Wed, 12 May 2021

Letter of Understanding regarding the relationship between the Houses of the Oireachtas’s Parliamentary Budget Office and the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council
Key differences between the Fiscal Council and the PBO and an agreed approach to co-operation based on their respective roles, remits and primary stakeholders

Fri, 23 Apr 2021

Summary and Analysis of the Stability Programme Update 2021
PBO Publication 18 of 2021

Fri, 19 Mar 2021

Government’s proposal to Dáil Éireann for spending on Children, Equality, Disability, Integration & Youth in 2021 Vote 40 in the Revised Estimates for Public Services 2021
PBO Publication 17 of 2021 - Expenditure Analysis Series [Scrutiny of Estimates; Rev2021]

Data spreadsheets

We have published the data underlying some of our research as spreadsheets. You can download the spreadsheets to examine our findings in more detail.

Data visualisation

Access all our interactive and static data visualisation resources, along with those published by the Oireachtas Library & Research Service (L&RS) in one place.

Economic recovery


Economic recovery

The European Council has approved a plan to help the European economy to recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. Find out more in our latest publication on the impact of the pandemic.

See all PBO publications on the Covid-19 pandemic

Fiscal Data in Ireland

Data visualisation

Fiscal Data in Ireland

The estimated cost of the Covid-19 pandemic in terms of reduced taxation receipts in 2020 was expected to be €13.9 billion but the impact on tax receipts has been less severe than expected. See a data visualisation of fiscal data for Ireland, including the impact of Covid-19.

Oireachtas TV

About the PBO

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.

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Contact details

Parliamentary Budget Office
Leinster House
Kildare Street
Dublin 2
D02 XR20