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

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

Series

Expenditure Analysis

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

Economic recovery

Covid-19

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

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.

Recent publications

Thu, 18 Feb 2021

Government’s proposal to Dáil Éireann for spending on Social Protection in 2021 - Vote 37 and the Social Insurance Fund (SIF) in the Revised Estimates for Public Services 2021
PBO publication 11 of 2021 - Expenditure Analysis Series [Scrutiny of Estimates; Rev2021]

Fri, 12 Feb 2021

EU Budget: the Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) and the Next Generation EU (NGEU) instrument
PBO Publication 10 of 2021 – This PBO note provides an overview of EU Budget, the economic and financial plan to assist the European economy to recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and to fund the European Union.

Fri, 12 Feb 2021

Government’s proposal to Dáil Éireann for spending on Health in 2021 - Vote 38 in the Revised Estimates for Public Services 2021
PBO publication 9 of 2021 - Expenditure Analysis Series [Scrutiny of Estimates; Rev2021]

Mon, 8 Feb 2021

Government’s proposal to Dáil Éireann for spending on Education in 2021 - Vote 26 (Education) & Vote 45 (Higher Education) in the Revised Estimates for Public Services 2021
PBO publication 8 of 2021 - Expenditure Analysis Series [Scrutiny of Estimates; Rev2021]

Fri, 5 Feb 2021

Budgetary Cycle 2021 | Key documents with indicative dates
PBO publication 7 of 2021 [infographic]

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
pbo@oireachtas.ie