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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Scrutiny of Estimates


Scrutiny of Estimates

For €7 of every €10 of additional spending requested in the Supplementary Estimates for Public Services 2019, Select Committees had no full working days to analyse the briefing provided by Departments. Find out more in this infographic.

Revenue and expenditure trends


Revenue and expenditure trends

Read these two publications together for an overview of recent trends in tax revenue voted expenditure.

Expenditure Analysis Series

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

Recent publications

Tue, 14 Jan 2020

Dáil Select Committees and the Ministerial Vote Groups which they scrutinise – 2020
PBO publication 2 of 2020 – Expenditure Analysis series

Wed, 8 Jan 2020

Budgetary Cycle 2020
Key documents with indicative dates – PBO publication 1 of 2020

Fri, 20 Dec 2019

Supplementary Estimates for Public Services 2019: How much time was there for the Dáil Select Committees to prepare for Scrutiny?
PBO Publication 77 of 2019 – Expenditure Analysis series

Tue, 10 Dec 2019

Gross Expenditure Monitor: January to November 2019
PBO Publication 76 of 2019 - Expenditure Analysis series

Fri, 6 Dec 2019

Revenue Receipts: January to November 2019
PBO Publication 75 of 2019

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