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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Working Paper Series
In our new Working Paper Series, we present primary research in progress. It's intended to elicit comments and encourage debate, and it establishes an evidence base from which future PBO Notes and Briefing Papers will draw. The papers are written by economists working in the PBO.
Budgetary Cycle 2019
Know the key dates in the budgetary cycle and which documents to look out for in the coming year with this handy infographic.
Wed, 20 Feb 2019
An overview of the Revised Estimates for Public Services 2019
PBO Publication 9 of 2019
Thu, 14 Feb 2019
The impact of a disorderly or no-deal Brexit
PBO Publication 8 of 2019
Thu, 14 Feb 2019
An overview and analysis of the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund
PBO Publication 7 of 2019
Tue, 12 Feb 2019
Examining the Volatility of Ireland's Tax Base in the Paradigm of Modern Portfolio Theory
PBO working paper series - No. 1 of 2019
Fri, 25 Jan 2019
The Role and Functions of the Parliamentary Budget Office
PBO Publication 6 of 2019
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.
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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