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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Budget 2019

Budget 2019

Budget 2019

We have produced range of publications that deal specifically with Budget 2019. Find them all here.

Analysis of Voted Expenditure Allocations

budget 2019

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

Infographic

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.

Recent publications

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

Oireachtas TV

Annette Connolly video

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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Budgetary scrutiny publications

Keep up to date on documents related to the budget process published by other organisations.

OECD countries should provide for an inclusive, participative and realistic debate on budgetary choices, by offering opportunities for the parliament and its committees to engage with the budget process at all key stages of the budget cycle.
OECD Recommendations on Budgetary Governance

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.

Annette Connolly, director of the PBO

Annette Connolly, director of the PBO

Organisational structure

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.

Contact details

Parliamentary Budget Office
Leinster House
Kildare Street
Dublin 2
D02 XR20
pbo@oireachtas.ie