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.

Performance Information and the Revised Estimates for Public Services

budget 2019

Performance Information and the Revised Estimates for Public Services

This Note is a primer which sets out how to approach scrutiny of the Votes set out in the REV, based on the Programme Logic Model (PLM).

Health expenditure (Vote 38)

Briefing paper

Health expenditure (Vote 38)

This Note provides an overview of how Health expenditure (Vote 38) is set out in REV2018

Recent publications

Wed, 12 Dec 2018

Health (Vote 38) in the Revised Estimates for Public Services
PBO Note 28 of 2018

Thu, 6 Dec 2018

Supplementary Estimates 2018
Briefing Paper 16 of 2018

Tue, 27 Nov 2018

The European Commission’s Opinion on Ireland’s Draft Budgetary Plan 2019
PBO Note 27 of 2018

Fri, 23 Nov 2018

General Government Debt: Key Issues to Consider
PBO Note 26 of 2018

Wed, 21 Nov 2018

Performance Information and the Revised Estimates for Public Services
PBO Note 25 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